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--- Quote from: kphoger on July 13, 2021, 03:26:39 PM ---
--- Quote from: Roadgeekteen on July 13, 2021, 03:21:16 PM ---I teach maps to the older generation.

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community service?

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No. I was making a joke with the title.


--- Quote from: GaryV on July 13, 2021, 03:03:40 PM ---
--- Quote from: Max Rockatansky on July 13, 2021, 01:37:16 PM ---// Most of our extended family canít even remember where to find the campground they have been going to for over twenty years //

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When my son got his permit, he asked if he could drive to church.  Sure, why not.  He gets behind the wheel, makes all the adjustments and is ready to back out.  "How do we get there?"

We only lived 3 miles from church, and had been going there 2-3 times a week for the last decade and a half.

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I remember my mom telling the story of my cousin. His parents (my aunt/uncle) were aghast that he, after getting his license, didn't know how to drive to the mall he was taken to at least once a week for probably most of his walking life.

From an early age, like 4ish, I have been collecting and studying road maps and atlases.

When I decided on the college I was going to go to, neither of my parents had visited the campus with me. (Long story short, I went with a friend who was going into the seminary at St Thomas to check out the seminary for myself. I passed on the seminary but the campus was beautiful.) Now, for my parents, they knew how to get to St Paul from home but once in the Twin Cities, I was doing all the navigating from memory. I found the campus easy enough and my mom was shocked. I then took my parents down Summit Ave to see how beautiful this city was.

My dad has always used a Rand McNally road atlas, and I grew up helping with the route planning.  My mom also likes knowing where we're going by the map, at least a rough idea of the highways we'll use.

Every so often, my own kids break out the Rand McNally to find out where we are along the way.  I enjoy teaching them how to read the map.

When I was around middle school age my parents asked me to give them directions from Madison to Denver. We had done that 1,000 mile drive once before. I didn't need to look at a map once the whole way.


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