Intuition is a basic knowing, your inner being tapping into the energy and knowledge of the Universe. It would be wise for all of us to strengthen our intuition. Instead, developed countries are trusting more and more in technology which can get us into trouble. Big trouble. I’m here to warn travellers to never blindly trust GPS.
Recently we were traveling in Yosemite National Park when I heard about several different situations of carloads of people using GPS to get them through parks such as California’s Death Valley…only it didn’t.
Today we were going to checkout Bodfish, supposedly a ghost town not far from Lake Isabella. Neither Everette nor I are actually using GPS as we travel on Operation Sunshine even though Everette has a handheld Garmin. We both have cell phones but neither of us Canadians have a US SIM card, nor a phone plan that is economical to use in the USA.
So the only “GPS” we’ve got is via AllStays that Everette downloaded on his phone. It helps us locate free or economical places to park for the night i.e. State Parks, Rest Areas, Truck Stops, BLM, RV parks, etc that are great for truckers or RVers like us. It has a simple GPS not intended to be relied upon, I’m sure.
But its been handy when we’re trying to get our bearings.
However, never throw out common sense. You can plan all you want, but you need to be able to look at the situation around you and identify when it doesn’t make sense.
If it seems like you’re headed in the opposite direction than your gut says you should be, you probably are, like 8 People Who Trusted. If in doubt, always check and recheck with a printed map. Oh, and don’t leave home without at least one printed map. That’s a given.
As awesome as technology is, never rely solely on your phone or GPS. In crappy weather you might not get satellite readings. Or you might have a glitch with your battery.
Today there was a discrepancy between Everette’s GPS and myself. Actually, between how he was interpreting it and what I was saying. But when I pointed out the position of the sun he seemed to realize that I was right.
Who can argue with the sun?
Anyways, the point of this post is not to point out my hubby’s mistake today, because God knows I seem to make a whole lot more than Everette does. But its a reminder of how easy it is to trust our technology rather than to work our brain and figure it out for ourselves…and end up in do-do.
I know, because when I was reading the GPS in Mexico early one morning (while it was still dark so fortunately we all had our headlights on…which isn’t always the case in Mexico!) we were re-routed UP a highway exit. Quickly analyzing the situation told us not to trust our GPS and it all turned out just fine.
ALWAYS have a printed backup.
We have several. We’ve had our National Geographic big road atlas all North America for years…its starting to fall apart. But its been helpful to get us from Canada to central Mexico and back again.
We also purchase state or provincial maps, including recreational maps that show more of the backroads and hiking trails, etc. Sometimes we buy city maps if we’re going to be around a city long enough to warrant it.
End of the Story
At the end of the day we found ourselves camped by beautiful Lake Isabella with the autumn sun setting pink on the Sierra mountains. On the same page in the map book. Together.
All is well with the world.
I love my life!
PS We sent a SPOT with our daughter when she was hiking the Appalachian Trail. Great idea to carry on your travels…set up a message in case of Emergency.
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