The first few days of serious scouting are concerned with finding locations for species. These are "dots". The second part of scouting is finding a route that makes it feasible for us to get to as many places as possible. These are the "connections".
The dot phase is winding down and now we are trying to connect the dots. Here in the south Mike Fritz in the master of time and distance. First comes up with a plan. Then he announces that we cannot possibly make that plan work. Then he announces that we are going to try it anyway. And then on the big day he manages to make the plan work. We never have the time to do a "dry run" of the route so we count on Mike's sense of time and distance.