The tabletops at the Harbor Cafe in Stonington make for intriguing lunchtime reads. They’re laminated navigational maps of the peninsulas, islands, and inlets in the surrounding area.
Looking at the tabletop map, upside down, I get a dim sense of what it must feel like to be unable to read — knowing that the lines and dots and swirls and numbers must mean something important, but not having the slightest idea exactly what is being communicated. I get that the numbers must indicate depths of the water — am I right on that? — but do all of the little dots indicate outcroppings of some kind? Does the use of shading have some significance? And what about the squiggles and lines that appear at seemingly random points?
One of these days, Kish and I hope to take a class that will allow us to rent and then pilot a small boat in the waters off Stonington. When that happens, I’m going to have to pay special attention during the map reading segment.