Why You Need to Find North. Right Now.

FM 21-76 US Army Survival Manual.

That title was my favorite book as a kid. It was my guide to an imaginary world of danger and adventure in the backyard. A way for my pretending to feel much more like reality.

My favorite section in the manual was on navigation. I have always had a love for maps. Old maps, new maps, digital maps, hand-drawn maps – any map for that matter. All of it fascinated me.

If I ever had an alternate life, I think I would have become a cartographer.

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