Time for our Friday Feature which highlights a loyal customer who has contributed to our GPS City Gallery. Today's story brings us to the South American country of Brazil. Read below to follow Darlene and her husband (pictured left) as they go on a geocaching adventure.
At the beginning of last year, Darlene and her husband headed south to Sao Paulo, Brazil for a holiday and some geocaching. The couple brought along their "trusty Garmin" GPSMAP 60CSx. The 60CSx features a removable microSD card for detailed mapping memory along with a waterproof, rugged housing that makes this unit popular for outdoor and marine use. This Garmin GPS also features a highly sensitive receiver that acquires satellites faster than normal, so users can track their location even in challenging conditions. The couple's choice of GPS was perfect for the rain forest awaiting them in Brazil.
The cache that was enticing the couple to travel all the way from Canada was one of only two existing APE caches in the world. What is an APE cache? According to Darlene, "In 2001, twelve geocaches were placed in conjunction with 20th Century Fox to support the movie Planet of the Apes. Each cache represented a fictional story in which scientists revealed an Alternative Primate Evolution [APE]. These caches were made using specially marked ammo containers. Each cache has an original prop from the movie."
This particular APE cache was located at Intervales Park, about 270 km from Sao Paulo. Taking five hours to get out of the city, Darlene and her husband finally arrived at the park and made their way into the Atlantic rain forest. Overall, the cache took the couple two hours start to finish. Both were impressed with the quality of Garmin's 60CSx during their hike, stating, "The 60CSx was excellent through the tree coverage and using the original coordinates, we were right on top of the cache when it registered ground zero." For additional pictures and Darlene's original version, click here.
Love your GPS? Proud of your motorcycle mount? Try geocaching for the first time? We want to hear your story! Submit your story and pictures to the GPS City Gallery.
Include photos with your story and we'll send you a FREE t-shirt if your submission is approved for our Gallery. GPS City t-shirts are navy blue with white letters. International addresses subject to a mailing fee.