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I'm looking for PC GPS software that can track aerial maps
Ken in Regina
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There so many dirt roads over the whole range just begging to be explored. I have been hesitating for the same reasons as you. It is so confusing! You could be wandering around in the mountains for days!
With any decent GPS you will never be left lost if you simply take the trouble to explore your GPS a little bit before you take off exploring some part of the planet.

Make sure the track log is turned on. Clear it at the start of your offroad trek. If the feature exists on your GPS, turn on the option that makes the track show on the display behind your position indicator (breadcrumbs for those who grock Hansel & Grethel).

If it's a long complicated journey save your track with a name occasionally but don't clear the track log.

Then, when you are totally lost and confused, save the current track again (belt and suspenders) but don't clear the track log, set the "show track on map" option on for that saved track or for the track log and follow it back to your jumping off spot.

So simple if you're prepared in advance.

Anyone who gets lost while packing a modern GPS is a candidate for the Darwin award and should just stay lost.

As I tell my wife when we do just that sort of thing, I may not have a clue where we are but it's really pretty and I know how to get us home.

...ken... Sit down, shut up and hang on!!
nevadagary
Sure is nice having that big screen though.... and big pictures...and a nice track to follow....oh ya! After exploring Google Earth a little more I sure am liking it a lot better than any of my other 4 GPS units. I don't know everything like some of you but I know what I like and like what I see. I promise I won't get lost.
GadgetGirl
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Oh! That is TOOO funny! I'm going to remember that one!

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As I tell my wife when we do just that sort of thing, I may not have a clue where we are but it's really pretty and I know how to get us home.
That reminds me of the "stuck in the snow" incident from above. I had to laugh. While Mike was trying to figure out how to get us "unstuck", I was admiring the absolutely gorgeous mountain sunset! He got a little exasperated with me. You would have thought we were in the middle of the Bob Marshall Wilderness and we were going to have to start hunting small animals!!! We were ONE MILE from the main road that goes to a ski resort.Gee, the worst thing that happened was we had to actually walk back to the road! (Intermittent cell phone reception.) No GPS necessary. He said I wasn't taking the situation seriously enough.

I have practiced with the tracks in the unit in state parks, just in case we ever really need to seriously backtrack. And Mike teased me then saying, "do you think we'll get lost when we can see the campsite?" Sheessh, I can't win!

He's the cautious one and I'm the "let's see what's around the next bend or down this road" type. But, I'm prepared with 2 GPS receivers, netbook, swiss army knife, matches, car chargers and lots of extra batteries. I also keep 2 mylar space blankets, water, and a sleeping bag in the vehicle! And a large furry dog!
GadgetGirl
But he carries a big gun! I would just say "Stand back, I have a GPS!"
nevadagary
Holy crap batgirl you are prepared!!!! I take a cooler full of beer, a couple of bottles of water, my lighter stick, 2 GPS's, a propane grill, some hot dogs and my binoculars. Of course I take the blow up air matress and a nice comforter.

Oh make my batteries lithium.
GadgetGirl
I think I got this way cause I moved to Montana from a southeastern North Carolina beach town (palm trees swaying in the breeze). I guess I thought I was moving to the North Pole! Quite a "climate change".
nevadagary
I guess! How long did it take you to stop shivering?? We moved from Michigan...all the green trees and bllue water..to the middle of the desert....brown mountains and sage brush. Oh well at least the winters aren't as bad.
GadgetGirl
Funny thing is one of the reasons we moved here was to escape the heat and humidity of NC. When we moved here I was battling Graves Disease (hyperthyroidism). One of the hallmarks is an extreme intolerance of heat. Now, 5 years later, the Graves Disease is in remission, I've lost 40 lbs and I am freezing!! I now miss the ocean and palm trees (not so sure about the humidity, though).

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brown mountains and sage brush
My husband complains all the time of gray skies and brown grass! We do have green mountains though.
nevadagary
Yeah my wife and I came out here to escape the lousy winters in Michigan and to be closer to her family and then she got cancer and died December 6, 2008. Now I really miss the green and the water...but not the humidity.
GadgetGirl
I am so sorry about your wife! That must be very hard as it hasn't been that long. Do you think you will move back to Michigan?
GadgetGirl
Oh, did I also mention that I carry ibuprofen, Pepsid AC, Sudafed, nasal spray, toothbrushes, toothpaste, nail file, band-aids, Rolaids, hand cleaner, lip gloss, and extra contact lens in my gadget bag?
(BTW, Timbuk2 makes terrific gadget bags !! http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/messenger/)
nevadagary
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Originally Posted by GadgetGirl
I am so sorry about your wife! That must be very hard as it hasn't been that long. Do you think you will move back to Michigan?
Well thank you and it is still very hard and no I like it here in Nevada.

I will be carrying a full first aid kit and your suggestions are good! I'm also finishing up my netbook tray for the Jeep. I think it's going to be a killer... I hope. Pics when I'm done with it.
nevadagary
Sorry, I haven't been around for a few days, but I have been working vewy vewy howd on my netbook tway.... says Elmer Fudd.

Here it is...works good too.

Take a look: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/3396-home-made-mount-asus-eee-pc-netbook-jeep-grand-cherokee
GadgetGirl
Wow...I am impressed..I love the shock absorbers! What I great idea for off-road!
Is that a picture of your jeep on the back of the monitor, or do you know some trick for "back-to-back dual displays"? Hey, somebody should invent that.
We just traded Mike's totally useless (IMO) Bonneville for a 2004 Ford Expedition to pull our brand new toy...a travel trailer. And he has promised I can modify to my heart's content as long as, in his words, "It doesn't look like s**t!"
Can't wait to hear about your trip, coming up pretty soon...send pics!
nevadagary
Well the big trip to Gerlach had to be postponed for a few weeks....darn...but we will still be going. However tomorrow a bunch of us are going to take a day trip from basically Sparks, NV...exit 22 on I-80... to the petroglyphs up near Virginia City. Should be a really nice trail ride. Screen shot below of our route plotted on GE.....blue line. Red line is at the Jeep Trail is...well...impassable at best and only for super crawlers.

That Expo is a truly great vehicle that takes to modifications very nicely. I have a 2003 F-150 that is basically the same truck only a pickup. Good choice and with some bigger and a little more aggressive tires and maybe a little lift you'll have a truck that will go almost anywhere even the wilderness....I'm very partial to Ford cuz I worked for them for 30 years.
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