Tuesday, August 28, 2012

On the Road Again

Alaska Highway - scale of the immensity & extremes the builders of this road had to face
Recently the newspaper the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner did a story on the celebration of the 70th birthday of the Alaska Highway. Our last post was about road tripping and had my gears greased about how many direction you could go with a road theme. Here's a few more to add to the list...
How was the road system started where you live? 
Did it follow old dog mushing trails, old native hunting trails? 
How was it built? 
Who built it? 
Was there controversy over putting some roads in your community in?  
Comparing road systems is also interesting - do the roads follow the contour of the land or are they in a rigid grid formation? 
The history of trails and roads is actually quite fascinating and will prove to teach a lot of concepts from history, physics to economics, and in an integrated way!
In preparation for our next trip I came across this great little find. We'll be exploring the art of navigation further with our 3 year old as we make our way around Florida doing the great-grandparent tour with the new baby. He's already has a great functioning knowledge... it helps that his dad has a degree in geography and cartography!

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