I was the first kid on my block at age 65 to get involved. I bought both the Kindle 3 e-reader and the Original Nook. Why not? It was my birthday. They were fun, until the 7" Google Nexus tablet came out. Clearly, I was spending too much time watching CNET video podcasts with Molly Wood and the gang. Had to have it a.s.a.p. It was fun (still works, too). Then, the Nook tablet came out - the big one with micro-sd expansion port. Nice screen, but heavy. I keep it, but I hardly use it now.
After all, the Kindle Fire 8.9 came out and it was faster and I had a lot more invested in the Kindle ecosystem. They made me a great interest-free payment deal for the larger onboard memory option. I love it, too. I use it every day. Last year - another self-birthday gift - I finally bought the Apple iPad Mini 3 because of the retina display and my connection with the Apple ecosystem of music, movies, podcasts and that it runs much nicer apps. It was great, too, until I dropped in on the corner while trying to put on a "protective case". Is that poetic or what? It still works, though.
This little tech toy was a gift and I am really thankful. Like all these little gizmos, there is a learning curve, how it works and how you have fun playing with it. This little gem does just fine without any interference from the user. Once you set it up with four basics - Current time, 12 or 24 hour time, yards vs km, and temperature F or C - that's it.
|Photo courtesy of the Amazon.com website, where this unit was purchased.|
As if this wasn't interesting enough, it does even more when you upload your trip data to your personal Bushnell account through free downloaded software when you register your unit for potential firmware updates and upgrades. Plug the unit into your USB port, the software initializes and asks for your log-in and password. Once you do that, automatic download of your trip(s) data begins.
Within seconds of uploading your collected GPS data to the website account, a map of your hike, bike or in my case, kayak trip will appear on your computer screen. With another click, you can get a view of your trip overlaid on a Google satellite image. I haven't discovered a way to download the image to my own computer, but I did manage to take a screenshot, which saves the image to a special folder in the Pictures Library of my Windows 10 OS computer. Additionally, there is an automatic upload to your Facebook account, but I don't use it since I recently deleted that account.
It should be noted that screenshots are downloaded as .png files, which must be washed through some imaging software and reformatted as .jpg files for uploading and sharing. I learned that too.
|Map view of my 6.7 mile Kayak Trip from Hardin Ridge/Lake Monroe, Indiana. (click to enlarge)|
If you click on the map, you can see a small circular spot on the trip back to the boat ramp. Since I have no rear-view mirror and the mind does wander, I decided to do a "Crazy Ivan" - a technique I wondered about when I first heard the term while watching the movie, "Hunt for Red October". (It seems that Russian sub commanders turn suddenly to see if anyone is following them.) I just paddled a 360 turn in place, then continued along my way - just for fun. I chuckled to myself and I grinned through the phrase, "Crazy Jim" instead. Ha-ha.
|Satellite view of the same Kayak Trip. (click to enlarge)|
Nevertheless, as long as I have three-AAA batteries in my fresh inventory, I won't forget to take it with me again. For the record, I'm using their latest and greatest "Quantum" from Duracell. Like Captain Kirk on the USS Enterprise, you just never get tired of telling Engineer Scotty, "More power!"
The unit is weather-proof, but I wouldn't drop it in the lake, if I were you. You can sweat all over it without fear. I can vouch for that after my paddling trip on the water. I kept the unit tucked under my pfd (personal flotation device) and on top of my perspiration-soaked t-shirt. Had it been a weekend day on the lake, I should have tucked it into a waterproof bag due to rough waters of passing speedboats, pontoons and jet skis. They create a strong wake and have no mercy on kayaks or canoes hugging the shoreline (mostly). As this was a week day, there were few such vehicles, although I did find a quiet cove where my video camera caught lots of activity. I'm working on that video, too.
I just wanted to post this little addition as an aside from my original trip posting. I'm just so impressed with this device, which is hardly a toy, but just as much fun.
|Heading out for a great day Yak-Paddling. See ya out there!|
Enjoy the road, enjoy the woodlands and lake lands, but most important, enjoy your life all along the way. See ya out there.