gfish posted about map reading and it started me thinking. Thanks to my days as a Boy Scout and hiking I can read a map to determine my location and plan a route based on the the terrain information. It's been a long time since I've had to do that. The main map reading I did in the past few years was to find a route somewhere in Portland or Seattle using a Thomas guide. Though since I picked up an Android phone I haven't even done that. While I'm driving it's just so much easier and safer to drop the phone on the dash and let it guide me so I'm watching the road and not looking down at a map.
I like reading maps. I enjoy figuring out how to get from one point to another on my own. I have a compass rose tattoo for a reason, you see. So what to do? Why we go buy a map, grab our compass and go out orienteering. Or at least we will once we get past the holidays. It's going to be tough between work and school but I plan on two to three excursions each month. Hiking is good for me too so there's another reason to go.
I would like to learn celestial navigation and how to use a sextant too. I need to start researching the subject and finding some good references.