Friday, August 10, 2012

Fun Facts – Maps vs GPS

Maps vs GPS

It saddens me to read that maps are being replaced by the GPS.  I think there is a place for both in our lives.

A GPS is great for finding directions to a where you want to go.  It does serve as a map, directing you to the place you want to be. A few years ago, Jan and I were in New York City. She used her I-phone to find the way to almost any place we wanted to go.

One day, after walking, what felt like 15 long blocks, we decided we need a foot massage?  Bingo! Jan found the closest salon and it was only 1 block away.  It turned out to be a beautiful place and the foot massage was heavenly and only cost $30 before tip.  So I do agree that having a GPS is well worth the money. I keep waiting for someone to buy me an I-phone.

However, I have a love for the paper map – I have so many wonderful memories of driving across the country with a map to guide us. I loved consulting the map and charting our way. When traveling with our children or grandchildren, who constantly asked, “Are We There Yet?” I found the problem easily solved by handing them a map and telling them to figure it out.

In our ‘travel’ car, if you look in the side door pocket you will find maps of Arizona, Southern California, Mexico, Northern California, and most Western states.  You never know when you might need a map.

Yes, I think maps are great, but they can’t find you a nice motel when you are traveling on the road. You will need your GPS for that.

By Lois Jamieson

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