Ottawa to Bar Harbor Part 1: My digital scrapbook

by DaniGirl on July 3, 2007 · 12 comments

in Away we go, Ottawa to Bar Harbor 2007

As we drove across the top of New York State, into Vermont, across the tip of New Hampshire and into Maine – and back again – I sat for the entire trip with the new Nikon, a small notebook and pen, and a clutch of maps in my lap. I snapped a lot (a LOT!) of pictures, and noted whatever caught my fancy as we drove along.

When preparing for this trip, I’d spent an inordinate amount of time peering at various combinations and permutations of route maps on Google Maps (and Mapquest, and the CAA site. I really do love maps.) One day, I noticed the “my maps” feature on Google Maps and thought it would be a fun way to document the trip in snippets and snapshots. As usual, the technology is cheesing me off just a bit, but I think after a couple of hours of tinkering I’ve got it more or less right.

I’ve taken the best of the notebook and the snapshots and mashed them into a a sort of digital scrapbook, courtesy of Google Maps. It didn’t work out quite like I had expected, and can be seen better from some computers than from others. Regardless, it captures an aperçu of the flavour of our trip in chronological order. The blue pips are days one and two, the green ones are day three, the purple day four and the yellow days five and six. You can click on the pips along the route, or just click on the titles in the left window, to open the dialogue box.

Each pip has some combination of text and/or picture (which you won’t be able to see if you can’t see Flickr photos through your firewall) in the dialogue box. If you can’t see the full text or pix, you can “grab” the terrain under the box and drag it around or use the arrow keys in the top right corner to move the map so you can read it better. (After spending the better part of a day wrangling it, I’ve got a list of suggestions as long as my arm to help the folks at Google Maps improve this little widget!)

Speaking of Flickr, I’ve narrowed the 500+ photos down to 75 or so favourites and added them to a Flickr set. There will be thoughtful, meandering posts over the next few days, but this should give you the flavour of our great Ottawa to Bar Harbor (and back again!) road trip.

Let me know what you think – after a week away, I’m hungry for comments! And let me know if you’re having trouble with the Google Maps thingee, so maybe I can tweak it to make it more user-friendly.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rebecca July 3, 2007 at 1:28 pm

That was very cool! Works just fine on my ancient mac. What a neat record of your trip!

2 snackmommy July 3, 2007 at 1:36 pm

What an awesome photo log of your trip! How on earth did you find the time to do this? I particularly enjoyed the shots at the KOA. You have created some cherished memories for your boys.

3 Marla July 3, 2007 at 1:54 pm

A very enjoyable thing to read while I sip my coffee!

4 Kerry July 3, 2007 at 2:19 pm

An “apercu”? Look who’s getting ready to learn some french! ;o)
I’m glad you had a good time!

5 Fryman July 3, 2007 at 4:52 pm

D –
All I can say is too bad we didn’t have digital cameras and My Maps for our many road trips…or maybe its a good thing we didn’t have digital cameras…
Remember encountering a Brewers Retail truck soon after leaving on a trip to the North? “Forget original plan – follow that truck!”
Oh, and I agree with Kerry – its the Tuesday after a long weekend and you throw apercu at us!!!
Glad you had a stellar time!

6 nancy July 3, 2007 at 7:09 pm

only a few photos work for me on the google map thingy. But the flickr set is amazing.

7 Miche July 3, 2007 at 8:14 pm

Beautiful! What a wonderful way to remember the trip!
And I can’t believe how grown up your boys look now…. *sigh* where does the time go?

8 Kerry July 4, 2007 at 12:11 am

That camera is the BOMBdiggidy, Dani. Those photos ROCK!

9 Batman July 4, 2007 at 1:51 am

I love the Schooner in the Mist shot. Very picturesque!

10 Phantom Scribbler July 4, 2007 at 3:54 am

Hey there you multi-talented multimedia maven! The kids send greetings to Mr. Inky and Mr. Squirty!

11 twinmomplusone July 4, 2007 at 4:08 am

wow! what an awesome road trip synopsis! what fun for you all
thanks for sharing!

12 Brenda July 5, 2007 at 3:23 am

The pictures are fantastic! I just love the sunset shots and the close up of Simon drinking out of a straw! What fun to see the seals and run on an uncrowded beach!! I am thrilled that it turned out so well for you guys! Makes me want to visit and run witht he ocean waves myself!

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