What is Twenty Acres?

Twenty acres is a common mining claim size. But any large area is hard to visualize.

Look at the photo below.  That rectangle is approximately 20 acres. The north/south direction, or long way, is about .25 miles. The east/west direction, or narrow way, is about .13 miles wide.

These are two individual properties, both once horse ranches, the dividing line running down the middle the long way. Each half ten acres.

Consider the southeast quarter. That area could comfortably fit a professional soccer pitch, those around two acres or so, no official size established.

That quarter could also easily fit any professional American football field. It could accommodate most high school football fields AND any stadium around them.

The house in the northeast corner is about 3,000 square feet. The buildings in the southwest corner are large, too, a house and barns and such.

Google Earth lets you measure areas in acres by drawing a line around an area. That’s how I confirmed these measurements, although I knew first hand the acreage involved.

I was an estate gardener on the property on the right. Although “only” ten acres, I can assure you that it took forever to walk the grounds. I was usually lucky to have what’s called a Gator, a working ATV, or one of two tractors.

This was a good job for me until the owners decided to move to another ranch fifty miles away. 100 acres!



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Mapping It Out

I’ve moved from organizing my rocks and minerals to getting my maps and pamphlets together. Thought of this solution last night.

The black fiber-backed over the door organizers were $4.88 each at WalMart. The individual pockets normally hold shoes so multiple maps will not be a problem. The garment rack was $14.88. It has wheels!

The three door organizers span four feet and the top bar is at six feet.

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Latest Spot X Firmware Update Available

Time for all Spot X users to update their firmware. Let’s make certain you know how to do this.

1. Download the device updater  to your computer and then install it. Run the program. Do this first. THEN

2. Connect your Spot X and follow the instructions presented.

Again, download the latest version of the updater program first, then connect your device. DO NOT USE an old updater. You must download the newest updater first.

My device appears to be working well after the update.

This is what Spot X says in their latest e-mail:

In our continued effort to ensure the best possible SPOT X user experience, we have made some updates to the device firmware V1.7.14 and the device updater 1.12.8 to improve usability and overall intuitiveness. You need to first download the latest SPOT X device updater. Next, connect and update your SPOT X firmware to start benefiting from these upgrades on your next adventure. Below are some of the update highlights.