I spend a lot of my free time on Apple Maps (in the olden days, before the upgrade to iOS6, it was Google Maps), traveling back to places I’ve been. More time than I should probably admit. It is different from looking at old photographs and revisiting the same moments in time. Instead, I fly over the buildings, taking various roads with my finger until I end up in places I never reached. On nights that Josh works late and I’ve finished my work early, I can virtually travels hundreds of miles — all with the swipe of my finger.
I spend a lot of time flying over the Magic Kingdom. The top of Cinderella’s castle is squashed strangely in the Apple Maps view, but other than that, you can clearly see each ride. I pass over the Dumbo ride and swing by the car track and peek at the Haunted Mansion which is half buried in a grove of trees. It almost feels as if I’m there.
I visit Smith Island almost daily. I dock in Ewell and turn the corner near the bike rental shop, and then travel down the roads past the old post office and abandoned houses and the Methodist church. I fly out over the marshland, a section of the island we never wade into when we’re there because we don’t have the necessary boots. I’ve found the path to Tylerton, one I didn’t know existed until I flew over the bridge on Apple Maps.
I spend time in Chincoteague. I travel from Wallops Island out to the nature reserve. I sometimes revisit London; I’ve walked between the Tube stop and our hotel. I’ve been back to Madison and Amherst. Some places, like Jaffa, Israel, I can only view from afar. As I get closer, trying to glimpse Andromeda’s Rock, the image becomes blurry. And other places, it almost feels as if I could touch down and walk the street.
I travel to places I will probably never get to go. Mingulay. I’ve floated over every square inch of Mingulay.
Sometimes it makes me feel so good; that I spent an hour feeling close to something I love. Sometimes it makes me feel horrible; empty and aching. I never know which way it will go when I start out armchair traveling.
Have you ever revisited a space via Apple Maps or Google Maps? Where would you fly over if you were on those apps right now?