Geography Instructor David B. Miller advised National Geographic recently on two travel books. National Geographic recruited Miller to review more than 50 maps and to make text comments where geographic information needed to be updated.
The first book, “Coastal Alaska: Ports of Call & Beyond,” is a perfect destination if you are suffering from the Washington, D.C., area’s heat. August temperatures are in the low 60s for most of the south coast of Alaska, including Anchorage. You can get even cooler by going into the mountains on the White Pass & Yukon scenic railroad, which climbs almost 2,900 feet during a 20-mile trip and is one of the book’s featured destinations. Map edits included adding highways and tourist sites on or near the scenic railroad (red line on map). Miller used Adobe Acrobat Pro software to call for changes to illustrations.
For those planning winter vacations, perhaps National Geographic’s Traveler guidebook, “The Caribbean: Ports of Call & Beyond,” is for you. This book includes travel information for tropical islands ranging from the Caymans to Trinidad and Tobago. A map edit example involved Antigua’s highest point, where Boggy Peak was renamed to honor President Barack Obama. Mount Obama is becoming a major attraction for Antigua.
The guide on coastal Alaska was released earlier this year, and the Caribbean guide is scheduled for October 2016.