Back in the early days of its development the Internet was a wilderness navigated by trails through the nascent World Wide Web. You had to know where you were going with a Universal Resource Locator. You also had to carry a 50-pound CPU on your back so that your computer could be trekked to one place or another on the Web. Well just kidding about that last one but you can see that even back then you could use a touch screen to learn where you were but it was the size of a refrigerator. They had no idea about smartphones, although they existed on Star Trek. Your manly hiker knew where he was going, though, as the "Cloud" gathers above him.
This slightly cartoony piece was done as one of a set of illustrations for "The Internet Guide for New Users," published in 1993.
"Internet Hiker" is originally black ink on illustration board, 8" x 10", May 1993.