Even though it was raining for 3 out of the 4 hours I was out this morning, the technology enhanced dog walk I went on this morning, was most enjoyable. I found 18 geocaches (a personal best). I’d uploaded 21 geocaches – as depicted below – a circular route that someone placed on to my GPS unit (Garmin Etrex H). Pretty much all I had to do was follow the arrow and make sure I was sticking to the public rights of way which I did by casting the odd glance over my OS 1:25000 waterproof paper map. I’d written down all the hints for each caches before hand and devises a short hand notation system to keep track of where I was and what I’d done so I could log it all later. When I got home, I uploaded my tracks and waypoints to a computer via EasyGPS, then Google Earth. I’ve since uploaded it to Google Maps – Here’s a link to it.
Here’s the pure vector view of what my walk looked like (using EasyGPS)
5.7 miles. Dog prolly did 20.
Here’s how it looks transposed onto Google Earth from a simulated height of 4.33km… It was really interesting replaying the walk in Google Earth,
And here’s what it looked like zoomed in a bit..
We had a great time. One man and his dog. we saw a wild deer with a white bottom gracefully leap away from us over a fence. We had an explore of Spofforth Castle – an impressive former fortified manor house, built in the 14th century. We had the whole of that part of the world, bar one other dog walker going the other way and a gamekeepery type person, to ourselves.
I quite like a bit of rain.
So.. this is the it. The last ‘normal’, run of the mill, look what I’ve been up to blog from my 365 project. I’ve got tomorrow to go, but I’ve got something planned for that. I’ll do the the big gush then.. but suffice to say, it’s been.. quite a unique experience. Thanks for following.