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Monday, August 31, 2015


Using Explore Mode to Plan Multiple Stops

I was on Orcas Island in the Washington San Juan Islands this past week and had a number of interesting GPS experiences. We got there via a Seaplane, also called a Float Plane from Seattle. There was no issue using a cell phone and BrailleNote GPS on this 50 minute flight. It was fascinating to know what we were flying over, to see the speed and the altitude. Sometimes, these planes stay 100 feet off the deck. I should post the Replay file I created. This is what others may know of as a bread crumb track.

On an island without a lot of points of interest, it sure was useful to be able to record points and to use points I previously recorded. There are some cool hikes for example and the key points on one of those hikes were marked.

It was extremely useful to have the exact location of our inn marked so we could go on walks and find our way back.

I was trying to figure out on a future trip how to visit Victoria British Columbia and Sequim Washington. I could see from using Explore mode that Victoria was only 27 miles South West and Sequim 37 miles South. Most ferries route you through Anacortes so unfortunately, it is not as simple as going straight to those places unless you are in a boat or seaplane. So close but yet so far. I am going to see if we can charter a sailboat to take us to these places.

I have mentioned before that there is an Island near Orcas called Blind Island. I would try to at least set foot there just for the heck of it. Apparently, there are no inhabitants there.

Orcas was just a reminder of a place where having the BrailleNote was more helpful than the cell phone since there was little to no coverage.

Next stop for Gena and me is Ireland, September 4-12. We have been learning about the trip virtually, starting in Westport and ending up in Achill, walking 40 miles. More about that  next week.


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