King Rat (gkr) wrote,
King Rat


I love maps. I don't know when it started. The earliest stuff I can remember about maps was reading Mapping, David Greenhood's book. But I was already interested by then. Don't know what I did with the book though. But if you ever want to get me a gift, this is the book.

I hated National Geographic, but my Grandpa Weiss gave subscriptions to it as gifts. I loved the maps. I used to keep them, but again, I don't know what happened to all of my maps from that magazine.

Even now, I have to stop by Metzger Maps on 1st Avenue relatively frequently. Like a bookstore, I can't leave without spending money. The Rand McNally map store on 4th sucks. Don't bother with it.

My current map list is:

  • German map in English
  • German map in German
  • Benelux
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Congo
  • 3 of India (Western, Eastern, and Southern)
  • Coastal Oregon and Washington
  • Ontario
  • Manitoba/Saskatchewan
  • Alberta/British Columbia
  • Washington
  • 2 of Idaho/Montana
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey/Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Arizona
  • Kitsap County, Washington
  • Latah County, Idaho
  • 3 of Berlin
  • San Leandro California
  • Amsterdam
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Tacoma
  • Boise
  • Baghdad
  • San Francisco transit map
  • Seattle Metro transit map
  • 2 of Pacific Crest Trail (Northern Washington and Southern Washington)
  • Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

I have a Thomas Guide for King and Pierce counties. A Rand McNally road atlas of the U.S. And a deluxe faux leather large size world atlas.

And I don't think I have anywhere near enough maps. I wish I still had my National Geographic maps.

If you are the type who ever wants to get me a gift, bring me a map. Or someone asks you what gift I would like, tell em a map. I read books more, but I am likely to have already read any book given to me as a gift. But maps, another map of the same place is even better. Obscure maps are great. Free chamber of commerce type maps. Maps of cities passed through. Maps of campgrounds. I love maps.


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