So, as we approach Valentines Day, Summer and I decided to save our money and not buy each other extravagant valentines day presents. I know it seems a little, bah humbug, but we are very practical people and we are trying to save money for a huge project in our near future.
I got into work this morning and did my usual reading of Summers blog, and what do I find? An entire blog entry about the present I was going to buy her for Valentines day before we decided not to buy each other presents. And she really wants it.
“Stefan told me what he was going to get me and now I WANT IT SO BAD! I had never even heard of it before, but I checked it out and I want the Nike+ system!”
So here I am, in quite a pickle. Summer really wants the Nike+ System but we already decided not to buy each other presents! Now, mind you, I am a thinker. I over think, or at least really analyze every decision I make…even decisions as easy as “what’s for dinner.” So, I have come up with a really good solution. I am going to post what I would really like for Valentines Day…hopefully Summer will read this, tell me if we are going to do gifts for each other…and problem solved.
The Ultimate Valentines Day Present for me:
The Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx
This handy little unit is waterproof and is designed for outdoor and marine use. It has a removable microSD card for detailed mapping memory and is built with an indestructible rubber housing. It has a USB port that can load map data from around the world and can upload pre-mapped out routes from my laptop. I can even buy pre-loaded microSD cards with MapSource and BlueChart.
MapSource will be a rad addition to my outdoor adventure gear because I will be able to map out trails and roads in advance. There will be no more questionable turns in baja or central America…we’ll know exactly where we are at all times. I will be able to breadcrumb my riding/hiking/traveling, integrate the coordinates with Google Earth and print out/post satellite images of my rides, hikes, camping trips and surf trips.
This brings me to BlueChart. BlueChart is a plug-and-play programmed card that helps boaters navigate the seas around the world. You might ask me, Stefan, I didn’t know you had a boat! Well, I don’t! But…Summer and I love to travel to surf. One of the things about traveling to new places and surfing is that we don’t really know where the good surf breaks are or how to get to them unless they have been discovered by other people and published. Using BlueChart, I will be able to study the contours of the bottom of the Ocean wherever we are traveling and make much better decisions on where we are going and how we are going to get there when we are hunting waves. Deep water to shallow water makes for good surf breaks.