So, I've been looking for something physical to do because I want to be able to be fit enough to play sports with my daughter when she's old enough. I don't want to be that father always telling his kid to slow down (well... until she starts learning to drive).
But I've been coming up dry. I was going to start going for walks before work but I never get there in time or I'm exhausted from not sleeping with my CPAP machine. Then I thought we could start going for walks as a family at night before my daughter goes to bed. Again, it just never seems to work out. Either we are out late at some one else's house or the routine of life just gets in the way.
The other day I was reading my buddies blog. You see my buddy Dave is into geocaching. It basically involves using GPS technology to find hidden treasures (caches). In fact, most of his blog posts have something related to it. He even incorporates it into business trips & vacations. But what I finally realized this time was that he often takes his wife, son, and dog with him.
It got me thinking (yeah... that's kinda dangerous), why don't I do that with my family? My wife loves road trips and used to like going hiking all the time. The best part is that it's goal oriented! I won't just be going for a walk for the sake of going for a walk. I'll be going for a walk to put another notch in my cache belt (not to be confused with a cash/money belt).
So after searching Best Buy, FutureShop, Canadian Tire, Sport Check, & Tiger Direct I found even the cheapest Garmin eTrex for $179 (+extra for maps). Umm, NO! Kijiji to the rescue! I found a step up from the basic Garmin eTrex model almost new for $60. It's been up for a couple weeks so I sent an email offering $50. (See below)