I came to Juneau for the first time in June of 2012. From May – September I didn’t live in Juneau proper, I lived 12 miles in on the Mendenhall Glacier at Dog Camp. We were a glacier dog sledding tour with 300 dogs and 18 people living on the ice. It was one of the most beautiful and desolate places I’ve ever lived. Many liken the experience to living on the moon, and even though we were only 12 miles away from downtown Juneau, it felt another world away. I came down off the glacier once a week for 24 hours and would explore Juneau in my free time. While I got to know parts of Juneau intimately, I am still a stranger to others. I view Juneau through the lens of a constant tourist.
In reflection on using My Maps, I believe this was a good way to show places to fellow users geographically, but I feel like this is still a shallow method of storytelling. I feel limited by only using texts and videos in the public domain. If I were a teacher I think I would use this as an introductory brainstorming technique, but I would want my students to go even further by creating their own video of place. Of course that is easier said than done!