I enjoy a good map on the same 'emotional' level as a painting or a novella. I also need maps. I'm dependent on having an appropriate map in hand when I arrive in a new place -- a map of the right scale and detail, that is. I find a good map far more useful than a guide book in a new city.
This is an okay map. Only 'okay' because it could easily present more info in the same format without becoming cluttered. When I got it in the mail, I was disappointed, however. I expected a trail map for hiking and biking on the SF Peninsula. This map shows very few trails, and those few rather vaguely. It's a large single-sided sheet of a map, showing the SF Peninsula as far south as Monterey Bay, with all 'parklands' color-coded according to the agency that maintains (or fails to maintain) them. In a sense, it's more a political boundary map than a recreational map. That makes it rather interesting, as an overview of the extent of public lands and of the role various levels of national, state, county, and city government play in sustaining livability for Californians, but not especially useful for actual hiking. The one service it offers the hiker is to show the locations of trailheads. There are so many trails on the SF Peninsula that almost no one knows all the starting points. Next time I'm looking for that elusive under-traveled unfamiliar trail, one where I won't know what I'll see until I get there, this map will come in handy.
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Aug 14, 2010
Aug 31, 2010 06:58 PM UTC
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