In our present world of all things electronic there are just a few things that I still enjoy holding a paper copy of. One of my favorites is a map. I’m in the car with my favorite travel chum, cooler full of drinks and snacks, great tunes on the radio, and we’re heading out for Somewhere, USA. My travel chum always has his GPS plugged in, however I prefer my good old paper map. You know the AAA variety, or maybe a trip-tik to Anywhere, USA. I’m pretty sure this love of maps comes from the travel days with my parents. We had some wonderful family vacations growing up, and I was always the kid in the car who never slept. I did not want to miss any of the sights, and my favorite challenge was to follow along the roadway with my map. I loved knowing how many miles left to travel, when is the next town going to come along, and the elevations when we were somewhere in the mountains. Nowadays no matter what state we are travelling to I travel with my maps, even if we are flying and then driving. If we don’t have a state map for our destination I head over to my friendly AAA office and get one. Yeah!!! My travel chum has always appreciated the fact that “my maps” readily display the rest areas, and the next exit. Plus I am pretty good at calculating the miles in between the little black or red arrows. No GPS required for the map lover. Also, I love having the atlas with me for all 50 states!! What a treat. I can flip through the pages, and explore the states we are travelling in or the ones we would like to travel too. I wonder if there is a map for the “leafer” destinations? I don’t know if any of our kids have developed this love of maps. I fear their maps will only be the electronic variety. And one final tip for anyone travelling to the Southern California area be sure to include a drive up the coast to Monterey in your travels. Spectacular, breathtaking views, and a big map of California is a necessity. Happy trails to you all.