What to Know When Buying a GPS

Written by Chuck Fitzgerald

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Here arerepparttar features and products I recommend. Forrepparttar 139030 outdoor athlete or sportsman, be sure your GPS has these features: topographical mapping, back tracking, a computer interface, weatherproofing, 12 receiver channels and WAAS. I recommend portable GPS units inrepparttar 139031 Garmin eTrex Series andrepparttar 139032 Magellan Meridian Series. For driving applications, be sure your GPS has these features: street mapping, large display, a computer interface and external antenna compatibility. I recommend automotive GPS units inrepparttar 139033 Garmin StreetPilot Series andrepparttar 139034 Magellan RoadMate Series. For boating and other marine applications, be sure your GPS has these features: marine mapping, color screen, active sonar, back tracking, a computer interface and weatherproofing. I recommend marine GPS Units inrepparttar 139035 Garmin GPSMAP Series.

Prices for GPS units vary a great deal and in general, you get what you pay for. While some units cost around $100 and offer relatively few features, others may cost as much as $1000 or even more and are loaded with dozens of features. Here is a good rule of thumb for determining how much money to spend on your next GPS. You should expect to pay between $200 and $300 to get a decent GPS Unit. I own a Garmin eTrex Vista. I believe it isrepparttar 139036 best GPS available for under $300.

If you don’t have a GPS or yours is more than five years old, now’srepparttar 139037 time to get one. Adding a new GPS to your inventory of backcountry toys will take your outdoor adventures to a new level of enjoyment. Use this information and you’ll Get It Right The First Time. Get Outdoors!

Chuck Fitzgerald is the owner of Arizona based BackCountry Toys, an online specialty store with the “Best Gear Out There” and dedicated to helping outdoor enthusiasts to “Get It Right The First Time” with timely educational information. Please visit http://www.BackCountryToys.com to find great gear and to receive the Fact & Tips e-newsletter, "FreshAir.” (800) 316-9055.

Every River Tells a Story

Written by Mike Clifford

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Around yet another bend inrepparttar river we come uponrepparttar 138896 work crew that is clearly pouring every ounce of energy they can muster intorepparttar 138897 project at hand. Their story says a person can draw a living from nature without harming it. One can move steadily throughrepparttar 138898 workday and through one's life, chopping and digging, sawing and clearing, earning an honest buck and sleepingrepparttar 138899 good tired sleep ofrepparttar 138900 farmer or stone mason. They wish nature no harm, and believe they have enough knowledge about proper and improper behavior inrepparttar 138901 field. Like our forefathers, they are forging ahead towards a bright future among fresh new land, only much more efficiently with their expensive trucks, backhoes and graders.

The end of a reflective day is nearing as we tie uprepparttar 138902 canoe atrepparttar 138903 modest dock we've fashioned atrepparttar 138904 edge of our 3 acres of wetlands and natural prairie with a simple pathway made of stone leading up torepparttar 138905 house. Our guiding story is that of someone with conservationist knowledge and instincts, who is willing to stand up to his neighbors for those goals. Our aesthetics embrace woods and wildlife. Thoughts turn easily to how we may better protectrepparttar 138906 species of fish we are after andrepparttar 138907 quality of our water. Like a sudden bolt of lightning inrepparttar 138908 night, a knock comes atrepparttar 138909 door and we are snapped backed to reality in an instant. Two men from a local governmental unit have come to explainrepparttar 138910 details of their latest plan to dredge and straightenrepparttar 138911 portion of river in front of our house. It is explained that our woods andrepparttar 138912 neighbor's property get flooded during times of high water, and a very generous consortium has offered to pay forrepparttar 138913 work to its completion. They go on to mention something about mosquito control and such, but we're not really paying attention at this point, as our attention is fixed onrepparttar 138914 sight and sound of some birds working feverishly to build a nest inrepparttar 138915 tree just beyondrepparttar 138916 door.

In each case stated above,repparttar 138917 actors are guided by personal stories directed by specific attitudes and behaviors. Attitudes perhaps prescribed to by our own personal environmental heroes: golfers, loggers, naturalists. Spontaneously and without conscience we go about our life standing by our beliefs and traditions. I'll leave it to all of you to decide if there is a moral torepparttar 138918 story this river has to tell. I'm certain your favorite stream has one of its own, unique in nature but common in its entirety.

Until next time, I'll leave you with this to ponder: "The nation behaves well if it treatsrepparttar 138919 natural resources as assets which it must turn over torepparttar 138920 next generation increased, and not impaired, in value." ~Theodore Roosevelt

Mike is the owner/operator of HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com This most comprehensive website offers a unique look into the Great Outdoors. Photo Contests, discussions and reports from across the country fill out a great online experience.

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