Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Interstate Exits: Idaho KML File

The sixth, and nowhere near the end, of our posting about maps for the interstate exits of the western U.S. states – this one for Idaho.

These, of course, are Google Earth maps, of the .kml file type, which can be loaded in the background whenever you are trying to find locations in the state. This because GE really doesn't handle the area navigational labels at all well. The National Geographic and other advertising placemarks it inflicts on us all too well, but the road labels leave a lot to be desired.

For one thing, have you noticed that a main road you were following completely disappears as you zoom in toward a location? Then, the small county and forest service roads don't appear at all until your view is so close to the ground that you have actually no idea where you are.

Additionally, GE doesn't even have labels for the interstate exit numbers at all. So, if your trail map book says "get off at exit 136" you're out of luck unless you can sleuth out some other known waypoint close to your destination and backtrack.

Idaho Interstates

Idaho actually has more (in number) transit interstates than Nevada, although perhaps not in miles (except it's hard to tell from GE).

Good old I-15 swoops down from the north out of Montana and transits into Utah. I-90 jumps out of Montana, in Idaho's northern panhandle, to head east-west to Washington.

I-84 cuts diagonally across the southwest corner of the state between Oregon and Utah and I-86 links it and I-15 in the southeast.

Free Google Earth File

The free Google Earth file for Idaho interstate exits is available at: Google Earth Trail FileOffroading Home on the specialty map resource page. Click to arrive at the page and select the Idaho map. It is a .kml file that is utilized by Google Earth. You can either save the map on your computer or click "open" to have it open directly inside Google Earth.

Learn A Little More

This video today pretty much rounds out all my stash of George Burns videos. George was truly one of the most favored comedians of all time. I say that because you never, ever hear a comedian today speak so universally highly of any of their peers like what was said about George.

And even back then he was the one singled out by his peers as their favored friend. He had at least three careers in his hundred years. One in vaudeville with his wife Gracie, another in movies triggered by his smash hit "Oh God" and yet a third in music with his friend John Denver.

What a guy. Those of us of the age to know him, miss him – and actually feel a bit sorry for those of you so young that you missed knowing him.

George Burns and Ann Margaret


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