Above image: Exploring the island with my partner.
My favorite camping spot near Seattle is Blake Island State park because I can literally walk from my apartment to the ferry which drops me off at the campground without any need for a car!
The Blake Island trails are not fully mapped on Open Street Map so I guess that’s my job now? Here we go!
Obligatory before and after shots:
The more data I have for JOSM (Java Open Street Map Editor) the more accurately I can trace the trails:
I ran the validator tool to identify any errors. Apparently the imported Washington State trail shape file has many broken junctions among other things. Time for some tedious manual node adjustments. I cleaned up around 50 broken junctions. I wonder if there is a script or function to do this automatically within a certain margin of error? It would’ve saved me about 30 minutes.
4 reference maps plus my memory from own visit to the island tell me 5 different stories about the trail locations and names. Which one is most accurate? I had to combine details from each map to create the most accurate representation.
Comment from MapMakinMeyers on 22 February 2021 at 02:57
I love this post! Thanks for sharing!!!
Comment from spacereno on 23 February 2021 at 05:16