Union Creek 5-29-15

Lovely day for the Friday group's last hike. Beautiful weather, lots of flowers, occasional mosquitos, and the fragrance of citronella in the air.

And there was a mystery too. When the leader recorded the track for this hike with his Garmin GPS unit 5 years ago, the round trip distance was 8.4 miles. Today, the same unit recorded a distance of 9.7 miles. No wonder that we felt a little more tired than usual. At a stretch, one could attribute maybe 0.3 miles of this discrepancy to a slightly different starting point plus a detour around a large fallen tree. But that still leaves 1.0 mile unaccounted for. We did walk a little faster than usual, so perhaps it was a relativistic effect? But relativity theory says that had we been moving fast enough--close to the speed of light--the distance should be shorter not longer. And the GPS unit recorded our speed as appreciably less than the speed of light. There is the possibility that the GPS unit has exceeded its useful lifetime, but that hypothesis would imply the need to shell out for a new GPS and therefore has little credibility.

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