To get where you want to go using a GPS, you need to know where you’re going. I knew I wanted to go to a beach in La Jolla, California, but I didn’t have a specific address, so I just entered the city.
When I left the Interstate I found myself on a college campus and wound my way in the direction I thought was the ocean. When I dead-ended in a massive parking lot, I turned to my GPS again and entered “beach.” It calculated and I started following the directions.
Sometimes not knowing exactly where you want to go has its advantages. I ended up at Torrey Pines Gliderport where paragliders soared above the cliffs. I watched for a long time and walked to the edge of a cliff to take in a broader view.
I returned to my hotel after that, satisfied that although I didn’t walk on a sandy beach this day, I have a great beach experience.
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