Unlike most everyone else at Sephone, I own a phone with an Android operating system and not an iPhone. Every time I get a new phone I manage to leave several “apps” that I have tried and no longer use on my phone. They get carried over from phone to phone, I seldom seem to uninstall anything unless I really don’t like it. One of these apps I had not used in a very long time was Google Earth.
I love Google Maps and I have lots of Google apps naturally, because of the Android operating system on the phone itself. But Google Earth seemed to get lost in the shuffle. (As I swipe and swipe across my screen 100 times a day.)
Recently, I was hiking and scouting an area of Maine that my GPS was less than helpful, the GS sheets I had and could find were several years (some more than 10) old. Given this area is shared by loggers, roads are changed all the time. This summer, the local ATV, snowmobile and bike clubs have been in the area blazing trails for their users – it seemed pretty hard to figure out where the trails were, where they went and most importantly how not to get lost!
I got back to camp and looked up where I was on Google Earth and it showed me such a better overall view of what I was actually for and where I was looking. It gave me a new appreciation for what I originally thought of as a “cute video game.” I couldn’t have been more mistaken.
One thing you must know if you want to use Google Earth. It’s like a compass, you need to check it before you need it. If you are out in the wild and there is no cell signal, Google Earth cannot help you. Check before you leave or if you have a cell signal then Google Earth can find you and lead you home.