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Rainbow Ranch

Hi mappers! Here we go.

Why am I making this map?

We bought a house dubbed 'Rainbow Ranch' by a former owner in a beautiful lesser travelled area of the Catskills in upstate NY. Our plan is to rent it out for several weeks during the year so in addition to making a cool user friendly website  I wanted to make a kick ass interactive map  highlighting all the awesome things to do and see in the area for the potential renters. As people might need some convincing to drive three hours north of Manhattan.

Why am I the expert to create this map?

 My love of traveling and doing off the beaten path travel research combined with my growing experiences in this bit part of the world is helping to create a foundation for these potential future travellers to more easily navigate these wilds and maybe even convince them that this area is truly unique in that to be seemingly in the middle of nowhere there are endless options to things to do and see.

Who is my target audience?

My target audience is myself. Someone who works in the city and wants to escape  to beautiful surrounds and have unique experiences but is to busy to research all the goings one in the area. This person wants to make the most of their time but not get stressed out about planning everything out.

y goal of making a comprehensive website based around maps that creates a 'choose your own adventure' kind of navigation.  When doing extensive research on non all inclusive hotel options for a trip I was planning to Jamaica I came across Jakes Hotel website http://www.jakeshotel.com/stay/rooms.html which has inspired the look and idea Im going for both in my website and my map making. Though looking through the project gallery has made me think twice about. Now I  will circle back to the basic questions asked of 

  1. What level of detail do I need to include? (Names, 
    addresses, contact info, street names, website, 
    hours, descriptions, color coding etc.).

  2. Do I want my final project to be printed or digital? 
    How is it going to be used/ held? What other 
    constraints do I need to keep in mind moving 
    forward? (Note: type can be smaller on printed maps 
    than when viewed on web).

  3. “Dear classmates, I need your help/expertise/ 
    guidance on how to.....”

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