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I’ve been using a map for my Minnesota road trip. I love maps but most of all, I trust them. I don’t trust a GPS, especially one of those dashboard talking ones. I don’t trust anyone telling me what to do and where to go; why would I trust a GPS?

I have Google Maps on my phone, and I like it to find nearby coffee shops and for specific street directions once I’m in a town. But for the big picture, I need a literal big picture idea of where I’m going.

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Look at all that beautiful land. All those arteries leading to places I’ve not known. I don’t like the tunnel vision of GPS directions. You get your one path, and that’s all you see. When I go somewhere, I need a spatial understanding of where I am. I like to know what’s around me. It’s all about the bigger perspective.

Other things I love about maps:

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The cool mileage table.

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A list of state parks and their amenities.

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The legend and scale.

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The list of cities and populations.

Are you old school? Do you still navigate with a paper map?

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