In this week's Friday Feature, Vonn from Alberta shares his story about a fishing trip gone wrong. Luckily, Vonn had his Garmin nuvi and his sons had a Garmin eTrex in their car.
"My boys and I head north from Edmonton to Peanut Lake about an hour [away]. We always take two vehicles just in case one of them gets stuck on the ice. Fishing was awesome. We were the only people on the lake."
"After years of ragging on the boys about knife safety, I start separating the frozen burger patties with the filleting knife. Yep, knife goes right through one of my fingers. I realize that this is one requiring medical intervention so I drive myself to Barrhead and spend two hours getting some stitches."
"Leaving the hospital, I call the boys on my cell to tell them I lived and will meet them back home. Nope. Won't happen. BOYS DECIDED TO GO TO LAC SAINT ANNE and are majorly stuck. So they decided to leave a lake that was fishing good and was drivable for a lake with overflow?"
"OK, where are you guys? We don't know. On the lake somewhere. OK, somewhere in your truck in my back pack is a little Garmin eTrex that your little sister uses when she and I go geocaching. OK, they found it. Turn it on, press this and that button. What are your coords? OK, now I feed it into my Garmin Nuvi and drive an hour to find them."
"OK, I finally find them. Jimmy is so stuck in the overflow and no way I am adding my truck to the mix. What to do? Let's call a tow truck. Wonder of wonders, I get the nicest tow truck driver in history who is actually willing to come out. At this point the freezing has worn off my finger and I am hurting. He can't find us and calls my cell. Yippee, he has a GPSr so I give him the coords. Tow truck driver arrives. No way he is going on the ice either. He calls buddy who is also driving a tow truck. Buddy also has a GPSr."
"To make a long story short, as the sun begins to set over Lac Saint Anne, we grab every tow rope in every vehicle and add them to the tow cables and have a tow truck pulling a tow truck pulling a Jimmy. We're free!!!! GPS is an incredible tool."