We love technology! That’s why it was absolutely crazy that we were the last people in our famliy to get a GPS. I kept hearing myself say things like this: “Why do we need a machine to tell me where to go? I’ve got a map!” or “A GPS is just another thing that can break so I might as well just keep on using google maps”. Then my husband finally decided he needed one for his birthday present. I have to tell you, that is one of the best things we have ever purchased!
Since we love to take quick road trips and we love to have options, the GPS allows us to have flexibility. Last summer we headed off with GPS in the van for our free day of adventure at KY Down Under near Bowling Green KY. We way overestimated the amount of time we would spend there and realized we still had alot of time for fun adventures. So we punched in ‘museums and attractions’ in our GPS. It told us we were only about 45 miles from the General Patton Musuem near Elizabethtown, KY. So off we headed. But we of course were hungry and really wanted KFC. So once again, the GPS saved our lunch! After leaving the Patton Museum, we realized we had some more time so we checked our trusty GPS and found a few other adventures to experience before it led us home.
We now make sure we have loaded the GPS anytime we plan to take a trip – even a quick day trip!
Recently we were trying to get across the river at Louisville KY and over on to the Indiana side. Since we don’t live in Louisville we were a bit stumped as to how to cross the river when the bridge was closed. The signs had gotten all turned around. Thankfully, our GPS has a nice feature that says DETOUR. We can just click the button and it gives us an alternative route!
The GPS does not replace the voice of God or the voice of reason. We have laughed many times at how the GPS will take us the long way around the block instead of just telling us to stop driving the direction we are heading and turn around. Instead, the GPS often keeps trying to ‘recalculate’.
The GPS also doesn’t see the full picture. If I am riding in an unfamiliar place with my kids and the GPS gives me directions that don’t feel right, I will quickly stop and ask for directions or make a call to confirm that the GPS is correct. There have been extreme cases where people have followed the GPS and ended up in trouble. Be smart and never let a machine take you into dangerous circumstances.
Soon after we purchased our GPS we realized that we didn’t want to mess with suction cups on the window to hold it in place. We purchased this friction mount from Amazon. It honestly has been the most helpful accessory! We just attached our GPS to the bean bag mount. Now when we pull into a parking lot we just lay the GPS on the floor so it can’t be seen. That makes one less incentive for someone to break into our vehicle. We loved this mount so much we ended up buying one for each of our praents for their birthdays!
Where to Buy
The GPS Store offers a wide range of GPS devices for vehicles as well as units for hiking, boating, fishing or sports. You can also purchase GPS devices on Amazon or from a local ‘big box store’.
There are many different versions of GPS devices. We recently used a handheld Garmin Dakota 20 GPS to find our first 2 geocaches! Our kids can’t wait till we go ‘hunting treasures’ again! Maybe this weekend? We’ll have to see!
Do you use a GPS? Got any great stories or tips? I’d love to hear!