My first GPS was truly a marvel of engineering and technology. For the first time ever, a person who was truly lost could ask a cordless hand held device, “Which way is home,” instead of “Which way is North?” You don’t have to be able to read the stars, moon, sun, sextant, or a compass, you just follow the arrows until your feet are, once again, crossing that familiar threshold that is home. While I’ve never been lost at sea, or completely “turned around” in the woods, I had to have a GPS, just as soon as I could afford one. My first GPS really impressed me, but it had to burn up 4 AA batteries in under ? hour to do it! It weighed 2lbs, had a black and white screen, a huge fold out antenna, but gosh-darn it all, it let me talk to satellites in outer space, and that was cool!
Today, you see GPS units everywhere. They’ve come a long way… I carry a small hand-held one now with an incredibly detailed color screen, two batteries seem to last forever and the internal antenna can find satellites while I’m sitting in my living room. Whether I’m flying into an unknown city in search of a client or trekking through the woods, looking for the blind I built four years ago, I find the little unit absolutely indispensible.
The only negative thing about a GPS unit is that they’re still a bit on the expensive side. Not everyone can afford one. Did you know you could rent one? By the day or by the week, GPSRentals.biz (http://www.gpsrentals.biz) offers customers the cost-effective safety and security of a GPS device for rent. For a very modest fee ($12 for three days or $25 per week), GPSRentals will load up the maps you need and send you a unit to use.
The advantages to consider are numerous. Maybe you’re taking a vacation to a new destination and you’re planning on doing some hiking or biking? Perhaps it’s your first time overseas and the GPS you own doesn’t have European maps; Do you want to pay several hundred dollars to load them up just for a week in
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