Sorry to be pedantic but should that be cartographer not geographer? I do have a certain love affair with maps that combines nicely with a love of archaeology and running. At work we have a 1:25,000 map on the wall, an old one with the old railway lines on. Well, lets say it keeps me amused at quiet times!
Fair point - but it brings the geographer out in me (maps/topography/social geography/meteorology/statistics) (!!)
When I was young I used to send away for 'freepost' holiday brochures. I also collected ordinary UK road maps and followed the roads from home to exotic places like Portsmouth and Brighton. Then I got hold of a European road map and could find my way to Spain and Italy. Then I bought street maps of European cities and could 'walk' to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre or wander the streets of Moscow. I knew about O.S. maps but there was not the same appeal. I was fascinated by astronomy also.
Sorry, there is no exciting outcome, a good academic education knocked sense into my head - no time for dreamers'.
You've captured some of the essence of maps - wanderlust and wonderment!! Wonderful!!