Mapmaking

I’m making maps with Stamen Maps.

There is so much space and sensory experience between what a map shows you and what the land shows you. Walking the studied land is disorienting. One feels that location and place should feel obvious.

I have pored over this territory.

I could guess how many steps are to the creek east of me and be correct.

Still, it feels strange.

Something vertiginous¬†about the bird’s eye view.

Here are two maps. Both depict the city of Arcata, in Humboldt County, CA, to the left/west. As your eye roves east, you see Rte 299, a main corridor through the Trinity Alps toward Redding. (This is the setting for my novel – the path of escape.)

What is a river and what is a road? What is green, brown?

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