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BBBC #22 – Map or GPS

I am a fan of trying to make my kids be able to change a tire before they’re allowed to drive. They may never need to do it, but if they have to, it’s an important skill.

Same with maps and GPS and navigation systems. If you find yourself in a place where the GPS signal is not available, you better be able to read a map.

That being said, I don’t even carry paper maps with me when I travel.

All of my vehicles (except the little Honda) have navigation systems built in. I like all of the extra things that GPS allows me to do and all of the information it gives me. I like knowing what time I should arrive. I like knowing how long it is until my next turn. I like knowing that a gas station is just a few button pushes away. I like knowing that if I want to go see some little site, I can generally look it up and go see it.

That’s not to say I won’t go exploring. Not at all. But I like knowing that if I go exploring and get lost, I can get my way back home easily.

For me, paper maps are like candles. When the power goes out, candles can provide a little light. But I embrace the technology we have.

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