When was the last time you (or someone you know) used a map? I’m 45, and I can honestly say, I don’t remember the time before GPS. Okay, I remember it, but the map thing, well, was never my thing. My husband and I learned early on in our marriage (before cell phones or in-car GPS technology) that to save our marriage, it was best for him to drive and navigate and generally, just not ask me directional questions of any kind. It’s better this way. I get lost in the mall, true story.
Be Safe, Stay Found!
Cell phone reception doesn’t always reach the places we go, and GPS doesn’t tell us about all the amazing and interesting things along our journey. Before you begin the day’s drive, take a couple of minutes to look through your atlas and mark the page or pages you will be using for the day. A Post-it or paper clips work well for quick access to the maps you will be using for your trip. A nice back up should you need or want it!
Take A Road Less Traveled
Did you know that in 1972 in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, a man named Curtis King built his son a spaceship house at the cost of $250,000?! Maybe the worlds biggest ball of twine (Cawker City, Kansas) holds more interest for you. An atlas is not only a map from point A to B, but it is also filled with places and things to see from the very popular to the very obscure. I carry (and use!) a Rand McNally road atlas.
On the road, it makes sense to have an atlas for backup to modern navigation. Take time to stop and see all that interests you and your family. Enjoy the journey and retell the tale of being at the Center of the Universe in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. After all, how many people can say they’ve been to the center of the universe?!