About the Trail Bandit
Gerald, Mary and the Trail Bandit on the Old
On January 18, we received the following e-mail
from Bob Garrison aka “The Trail Bandit.”
I am working on a hiking map of St. John to replace the one that
is passed out by the National Park Service as that map is incomplete
and not of much use. My goal is to produce a map that has all
the hiking trails on the island, is printed in enough different
colors that a newcomer can tell what is what, provide sufficient
trail descriptions, printed in a size large enough to show detail
and small enough to fold up and fit in your pocket and not be
cumbersome to get out on a windy day. The map is to be printed
on paper and with ink that are water resistant enough to last
through a few days use with a shower or two. Last but not least,
the map should be free, so people will actually use it.
I have walked the major trails on the island with a GPS and recorded
this information on the ST. John topographic map. I will return
to St. John at the end of February to complete the GPS mapping
work and include more of the minor trails. If possible, I would
like to meet with you and get your comments and suggestions.
At first, the idea seemed preposterous. Could he really do this?
And give it away free? Was this for real?
Well folks, the Trail Bandit is for real, and God willing, local
and visiting trail aficionados we’ll be taking advantage
of his incredible new map in the next few months.
Bob lives in New Hampshire USA where he has a small farm and
small airport. He’s famous locally for his pumpkins, which
he incidentally gives away for free. He flies a single engine
Italian fighter trainer, which Bob says, “does anything
you ask of it; fly upside down, loop de loops, pirouettes…”
And he’s serious about his St. John maps. He obtained the
original Oxholm map of 1800, which he has scanned in high resolution,
he bought the Geodesic Survey aerial photo series of St. John
from the 1950s and he’s been in the field taking his GPS