September 14th, 2006


Waymarking: Gluten Free Restaurants

I know there is at least one person who reads my journal who may be interested in this, but instead of simply emailing, I figured I'd post it in case other people were interested, too.

Lately, I've been enjoying waymarking, a GPS-based game where you find interesting things and note their geographic location. The definition of "interesting" varies -- what I find interesting (North Carolina Historical Markers, e.g.), you might not. Anyway, from time to time, I look over what new categories are being added to the site. Today, I was checking out the new categories and noticed Gluten Free Restaurants, a category devoted to restaurants that offer gluten free fare.

I know that it's hard for celiacs to find places to eat out, and this waymark category is a great way to help people find restaurants that can accomodate their dining needs. Right now, there are only seven restaurants listed, but that number will probably increase as more waymarkers find out about this category and add to the directory.

This is a great example of one of the reasons I think waymarking is pretty cool. Once this category is flushed out with a lot of entries, it will be easier for anyone looking for gluten free restaurant to be able to find one. This would especially be useful while traveling. While this category is not particularly interesting to me, it would be very interesting to others, and there are many other categories that are interesting to me. I think one of the neat things to do when travelling is to look at what waymarks have been created near where you travel -- sometimes you'll find interesting places to visit while on vacation that you may not have known about before.

Anyway, I'm really digging waymarking.