Dec 24, 2019 at 7:00 AM in Just for Fun
It’s no secret that here at Discovery Map International we’re into skiing. Headquartered in Waitsfield, Vermont in the heart of ski country, most of the staff at DM loves snowsports. Peter Hans, president of Discovery Map International, is arguably the most enthusiastic skier of us all. And being the quirky bunch that we are, of course, there’s a couple from the dark side AKA snowboarding among us. Oh c’mon, hike up your snow pants up and have a chuckle.
Plus, with so many destinations within the DM universe situated in or near mountain towns and resorts, Discovery Map and skiing (OK, riding, too) go together like hot chocolate and marshmallows on a cold winter’s day. For most of our DM destinations located in the mountains, we indicate part or all of the ski resorts featured within that locale, but for actual ski maps, it’s best to go to the ski resort’s site or pick up a paper version once you’ve arrived. (Remember, too, that you can also find out some good tidbits on certain ski resorts and ski towns at the destination write ups on the DM website.)
Sep 25, 2019 at 4:00 AM in Just for Fun
Map Geek loves to read. I love to read maps and books. A while back the buzz within the publishing world was that real books–the ones made out of paper–would soon be obsolete. That seemed plausible about five years ago as Ebook sales rose significantly month after month and regular book sales declined. The word within in the industry was that only picture books, coffee table-type publications and fancy cookbooks with mouthwatering photographs of food would continue to be printed. And then suddenly, the big trend stopped. No growth in Ebook sales followed a steady rise in traditional books and an eventual decline in Ebooks. The shine of the Kindles and E-readers had worn off for many. People realized that after spending a day staring at their computer screens, they didn’t want to relax at night with another device. No, they wanted to curl up in bed with a real book, one that they could hold in their hands and not tire their eyes or worry that one quick and inadvertent touch of the screen might send the Ebook reeling while the reader desperately tried to relocate his or her place in the tome.
Jul 12, 2019 at 8:00 AM in Just for Fun
Whoa, it’s hard coming up for air to write this story. I have been immersed the past couple of hours in the Library of Congress website. It’s the Fourth of July and I found that to be an appropriate way to honor our nation’s birthday. So much is happening in Washington DC today–actually these days–that I thought I’d take a quick trip there to soak up more of our nation’s history.
May 17, 2019 at 12:30 PM in Explore
Located on every Discovery Map within a little red frame is the following: "This map is catalogued in the Library of Congress, Harvard Map Collection & American Geographical Society Library for Historical Reference." Have you ever noticed that? If so, have you ever thought about what that means?