Friday, June 3, 2016

Spotting Andrew

If you need me over the next 4 days I will likely be at the computer watching ("Spotting") Andrew via his SPOT GPS tracking device. I know what your thinking and it is probably one of two things. First, what are you talking about? or Sounds a little bit much right? Probably but whatever lets you sleep at night (and in this case me) works. 

For those who asked the first question here are the details:

Andrew is off for the next 4 days doing a mountaineering course. I know he will be doing dangerous things which require too much safety equipment and and ice axes up on a glacier. Truth is he will probably die. I am now creating his funeral program for next Thursday. Joking aside it make me nervous because their there is no cell service and there is no way for me to know that there is a problem until after he hasn't returned home. Andrew and his parents love me very much. They are very patient and kind with my nervous tendencies and for his birthday one year they got him a SPOT and I love it.

It lets me track him online and he can send my 1 of 3 pre-programmed messages. One is a generic I'm having a great time and I miss you and the kids.  The second is I am running behind schedule but I am fine.  The third basically says I am in big trouble and I have sent for rescue.  Thankfully, I have never received that message.

Here is what I see:

This what the screen looks like that sends me his auto-pinged location.

Then when he checks in it sends me the message  and his location at the time of the check-in.

It's kinda fun and it's super helpful especially when he is off hiking and camping by himself.  

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