Google Maps Story- Road trip

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The Assignment

I did this assignment from the web category. The directions are as follows:

Use Google Maps to tell a story! It can be the story of a trip you took, a trip you would like to take, a strange occurrence, a war, anything you like! The only rules are that you have to use Google Maps proper in order to tell your story, and post it here.

The Process

This assignment documents my road trip from Colorado to Los Angeles in the summer of 2010.

I started by going to Google Maps to plot my course again. Then I took a printscreen of the map and opened it up in Photoshop.

I used Flickr advanced search to find CC liscenced photos of the unique places that I travelled on this trip. Then inserted them into the document, using line tools and paint bucket tools to make the pictures look more like photographs. The text I added was TW Cen Mt size 18-22.

The Story

This is the path I drove from my house in Colorado Springs, CO to visit my girlfriend living in Santa Monica, CA. It took my about 24 hours of driving by myself, and was one of my greatest experiences thus far in my life. The sights I saw on my drive, their beauty is inexplicable.

The twists and turns of the Rocky Moutnain Passes, The Colorado River, The sunset in the dusty mountains of Utah, The bright lights and desolate desserts of Nevada, and the crowded 6-lane highways of California. Each of these special places deserves a blog post on their own. All in all, it was a beautiful journey that left me with a lot of time to think about life, the universe, and everything else.

To help me in my journey, I had the musical companionship of Enya, Enigma, Tenacious D, “A Horse With No Name” (which I’ve come to associate with the desolate land of Nevada’s dessert) and even the politcal comedic genious of Stephen Colbert’s “I am America, and so can you!”

I learned a lot on my journey; I fell in love with cruise control, I spent the night in my car at a gas station on the Utah-Nevada border, ate countless Subway BMT sandwiches, cliff bars, and dried fruit and almonds. I really got a sense of appreciation of myself, and my country from this journey. A lesson which I feel everyone should undergo in their lives.

So, go forth readers. Take a challenge, go travel alone and get to really know yourself


3 comments on “Google Maps Story- Road trip

  1. lockmantuj says:

    I like what you’ve done with this. Pulling the screen capture of the map into photo shop and adding images in boxes with text makes for a good visual. I particularly like the way you’ve used the black lines to come out from the point to give the appearance of 3D zoom.

    There certainly is a lot to be said for a solitary road trip as journey for self-discovery. I enjoyed reading your account of your trip.

    Technically speaking, I think you missed part of the task in this assignment – though everyone is free to modify as they see fit.

    As I understand, the assignment wants us to make use of Google Map’s embedding tools to link images and text to points on the map. It is a pretty nifty feature that is certainly worth exploring. I don’t think you need redo what you’ve already done here.

    Ultimately, I think, what you’ve come up with is great.

  2. arc432 says:

    It’s great that you went on a road-trip by yourself. I never got the opportunity to go alone back in the US due to my lack of a car, but I was able to go on a couple with friends. It’s great to be able to experience different parts of your own country. It’s something that people 100 years ago didn’t have the opportunity to do unless they were super wealthy.

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