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
- 3 of India (Western, Eastern, and Southern)
- Coastal Oregon and Washington
- Alberta/British Columbia
- 2 of Idaho/Montana
- New Jersey/Pennsylvania
- New York
- Kitsap County, Washington
- Latah County, Idaho
- 3 of Berlin
- San Leandro California
- Puerto Vallarta
- 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.