Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Hiking Trails in Google Earth

So, I'm sitting around installing software which seems to take five times longer than in the "old days," but anyway, and I killed a little time by checking out Google Earth. Actually, I was going to look for a good place to eat (using Yelp Reviews) but I noticed something quite cool that I wanted to let on about. Under Layers -> Featured Content, I found Trimble Outdoor Trips. With that checked, you zoom into a place where you think you'd like to take a hike and see what shows up. Shown below is a suggested hike near where I live (and work). The icon shows the hiking trail path, photographs, information about where to park, and some of the hikes provide audio and video…sounds like virtual hiking. And of course you can use Google Earth to give you directions to the trailhead. Never a dull moment with Google Earth.

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