I expect that It is a form of flattery that these doggone Garmin guys should always throw down the gauntlet.
You know, the newbie on the scene, always trying to proooove them selves to be a peer.
After all, Magellan has been the world standard for many, many years.
Magellan is the navagational electronics that demanding professionals choose. Every time. Not occasionally. But absolutely every time.
So when a seasoned geocacher puts the coordinates into his Garmin, squares up his shoulders and looks you right in the eye. Then says, "ok, let's go".
Then, you know, without a doubt that the gauntlet has been thrown down !
The sheer audacity of this upstart in the world of navagational electronics !
Step for step, traveling side beside, Magellan versus Garmin, we closed in on the targeted coordinates.
Then suddenly without warning, the Garmin operator breaks pace. Hesitating and falling back. Studying the screen carefully. Moving much slower.
It worried me a bit at first. This seasoned Garmin geocacher lagging behind, while I continued on with my trusty Magellan.
I turned to look back. Then I saw it ! He had completely stopped. Looking around in a circle he was looking wildly about.
There he was on hard packed dirt, nothing anywhere near him looked like a hiding place.
Then he did it ! He actually placed his Garmin GPS on the ground and walked away from it !
The Garmin could not take him any further.
Yet there I was with my Magellan still moving in closer and closer to the actual coordinates.
In desperation the Garmin operator briskly abandoned his GPS and rushed ahead of me looking franticly for the find at the coordinates.
Then, just as I see the magellan has found the coordinates, the Garmin operator says triumphantly, "I found it, I think".
He was actually standing there with the find in his hand, and his Garmin was laying on the ground yards away, claiming victory !
He, he, he . . . . . .
Ok, let the fireworks begin !
I wonder who this mystery geocacher actually was.
The names have been omitted to protect the guilty.
Who will holler the loudest in this challenge of GPS giants ?
What is your favorite ?
Do you have a victory, defeat or tie story to tell ?