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Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy Trails for 2017!

It’s International Wayfinding Month!  A global celebration of all the handy tools and signs we use every single day to help us find our way.

Even before we had cities and cars, people made markings (petroglyphics) on cave walls and canyon passes to show new travelers what to expect, for instance animals – or warriors (eep!).

 Many of the signs we use today are quite clever

And a few are a little confusing

Before the invention of the compass, people generally relied upon the sun, the stars or landmarks seen from ships at sea for navigation. On land it is well known that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. However, due to seasonal changes in latitude which occur during summer and winter, travelers can become quite lost if they don’t know which pole (North or South) is currently pointing to the sun. And what if you happen to be lost on a cloudy day? No worries with a trusty compass!

Has there ever been a time you could have used a handy tool or sign? Which one helped you find your way?