Cutting new trails for the woods where we like to hunt deer
is always challenging. Try to picture four
guys with chainsaws, machetes, hand-saws, and backpacks full of water and
protein bars, marching and hacking their way through the woods for a mile on a
hot day. At least the walk back to
base-camp is always easy. These days, we
mark the new trails with a GPS and we copy and share the coordinates with each
other so that months later when there is snow all over the ground, we’ll be
able to easily find the turns and corners of the trail as it winds through the
woods. Years ago, before the luxury of
GPS technology, we would hammer empty beer cans onto trees to mark the route!
handheld GPS lets me enter “waypoints.” A
waypoint is an exact location or “address” on the earth, defined by longitude
and latitude. The Lat/Long coordinates
can be so precise as to mark a square inch of space on this planet! Here’s an example; the last time I was in
Chicago, I went to Navy Pier. I walked
out to the furthest possible corner of the pier, and marked the location with
my handheld GPS. Here are the latitude
and longitude: N41 53.536 W87 35.914. Now, open up http://maps.google.com
and paste those coordinates into the Search box. Hit enter, then click “Satellite” to toggle
the map into satellite mode. If you zoom
in far enough, you’ll see exactly where I was standing!
use this technology to my advantage whenever I travel! I use Google Earth (you can download and
install Google Earth for free) to get waypoints all the time. Just enter an address of a hotel, airport,
remote office location, favorite restaurant, etc, into the Google Earth search
box, and look in the status bar at the bottom as you move your mouse around; it
gives you the lat/long coordinates.
I leave for a new trip, I pre-load my handheld GPS with waypoint coordinates
for everywhere I know I have to go.
Getting around in a new city couldn’t be easier! Once I have the waypoints entered, I can ask
my GPS to build routes between them, to find alternate routes if I encounter
traffic, etc. A waypoint coordinate is
much more precise than an address so if I ever need to target a specific
location in Central Park in New York, or a place along a walking path, or even
a particular table on a restaurant terrace, it is simple to do so.
last hunting season, I took the time to walk some of the older trails with my
GPS in hand. Amazingly, many of the old
empty beer cans are still holding their vigil along the trees that mark the
trail. Six foot Poplar trees that are
growing in the middle of the trail suggest that the cans won’t be there for
much longer as the woods mature.
Fortunately, I was able to recover/recycle them now that I have a neat
electronic record of the old trail’s location.
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