There’s something that used to be a staple of travel in America that is becoming as obsolete as the dial telephone. It’s the map! During a just-ended family vacation on the Outer Banks in North Carolina, the trek we took to and from our destination was made with out the first look at a map. We relied instead on Google Maps, or the other GPS programs we all had on our phones. It doesn’t seem like it was all that long ago that any vacation trip would be preceded by a visit to a place like Triple A, to get a “Trip tick.” You remember the Trip tick, it was the folded document that would map out the entire route we were to take. It was fun to teach the kids how to read a map, how to use the sale-in-inches to determine how far we would travel, and to track the highways we were to use. There’s no need for any of that any more. I must admit this newer way of travel was more convenient, particularly with the notifications we got about highway slow downs or accidents or speed traps ahead of us. Just like knowing how to use a dial telephone, knowing how to read or use a map is a skill we don’t need any more. That’s the way I see it.