Over at The Hydra's Grotto, Steamtunnel (dude who writes the blog) asked, "How Much Adventure In One 6 Mile Hex?" He remarks upon how large a 6-mile hex really is, and wondered about the utility of a 1-mile hex for purposes of sandboxery. I subsequently commented upon how mind-bogglingly bad bad bad bad BAD I am at judging distances.
After a few hours (I think) of GIMP, Inkscape, Google Maps and learning some basic math (!), I can show you this image:
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This is a 1-mile hex (from side to side) drawn around my house.
You don/t have to live in this area to see what all is there, but I'll clue you up: There's part of a marina, a load of condos, couple ponds, a goodly chunk of a 10,750 acre lake (biggest in the state, as it turns out), some tennis c- no, a lot of tennis courts, bunches a'trees and some undeveloped land.
Just outside of that hex are an elementary school, a house secluded amongst trees and more lake.
How much adventure can you fit inside of a one-mile hex? Well...assuming that your PCs are tennis aficionados, I'd say "plenty".