Map it out – Ramblings In Ireland
Although I have Google Earth on my PC I haven’t used it to try to plot maps. My main use has been to look for places using the ‘street view’ so that I can picture the place before I set off to find it. Before my holiday to Ireland I used Google Earth’s ‘drive the route’ function so that I could see the route I would need to take between the guest house and the airport on the last day. Sitting in front of my PC watching the street zoom into view and the buildings whizzing by I got car sick.
When I saw the Writing Challenge from WordPress to use and embed a Google Maps image I thought it was a great idea. What better way to show people the route that I took on my holiday. The map below shows our driving route rather than the walking routes. The pins are places that we stayed or points of interest. It’s a bit of a standing joke between me and anyone who’s ever had me try to direct them that I’m incapable of reading a map. I am, however, capable of looking at the places that we visited, in my diary, and joining the dots.
After creating that map I wanted to add some pictures for you to enjoy. Following the Google Maps instructions I uploaded my pictures to picassa web albums and tagged all the locations there. You can see this web album and another map showing where the pictures were taken by clicking on the image below.
|Ramblings In Ireland|
I was very glad that Erica included links to the guides for this challenge as I wouldn’t have had a clue how to go about it otherwise. My challenge now is to work out how I can plot walking routes that don’t include roads. I had a look using the satellite image but many routes are hidden by woodland. It will be interesting to try it next time I am out walking.
What do you use Google Earth or Google Maps for?
Are you a good map reader or are they all printed the wrong way up?