Driving back home after getting my car serviced my trip was detoured for road construction. Orange signs directed me to a new route, which of course I knew already having lived in the town for 25 years. During this adventure it occurred to me that I haven’t been asked for directions in years. The reason is obvious of course; everyone carries directions with them in their pocket. GPS apps like Waze get you where you need to go, and tell you how much time you have left to your destination. Where once we asked a person for directions, now this information is readily available.
I stopped at a rest area a few weeks ago in Vermont. The rest area attendant and I got to talking a bit about local historical landmarks. I mentioned I was driving to a meeting near Lake George, had stopped at the Hubbardton Battlefield Memorial and was going to check out the fort when I got to Lake George. He mentioned the tablet marking the location of the Battler of Fort Anne at Battle Hill, and gave me specific directions on what to look for as I was speeding along at highway speed. I didn’t ask for directions, but they sure came in handy in spotting the tablet. There are some things better left to humans to explain.