I’m putting the our final schedule for 2011 together this morning. This includes crunching dates on a calendar as well as flipping through the Maine Atlas And Gazetteer. The pages of my current copy are loaded with notes, campsite reviews and landmarks that I’ve added. Flipping through it and seeing the notes is a trip down memory lane.
My kids will grow up using Google earth and other online mapping software. I use it as well; it’s amazing and simple to use. But for me there is something about the experience of sitting down with a paper copy of the Gazetter and planning out routes that isn’t matched by the digital experience. Even more so when that paper has travelled extensively and been filled with notes. My kids will likely not share my nostalgia for paper maps, but to me It’s like a conversation with an old friend.