May 06, 2005

google-driving

While preparing for my 10-day road trip up to Washington State with Erik (only two weeks away!), Iíve stumbled upon a new hobby: Google-driving Ė utilizing Google Maps to take a mini (or massive) road trip without leaving your chair. Iíd like to think that I coined the phrase, ďGoogle-drivingĒ, but a quick search dashed my dreams of internet super-stardom, as itís been mentioned before here. *Sigh*. Such is my life.

Anyhow, in searching for routes to various locations, Iíve been having a lot of fun switching between the Map and the Satellite views while following any particular road Ė the 5, the 101, the 1, the 395, etc. Iíve seen the scars of the lumber industry in Washington. Iíve seen Crater Lake in Oregon in all its deep-blue (as itís known as the bluest lake on earth) glory. Iíve followed a road through the snow-capped mountains in North Cascades National Park. Iíve crossed the Golden Gate Bridge over the pale, reflective brownish-green waters of the Pacific, as speedboats sped by on the sea below, leaving their white wakes.

Itís a fantastic way to familiarize yourself with the geography of places you havenít seen before. And itís an even greater way to spend your idle time at work, waiting for the rush orders you know are going to come in, as itís a Friday afternoon Ė and thatís what clients do to mess it all up.


posted by julie at May 6, 2005 12:27 PM

things people have said

Be prepared crater lake is a heck of a hike back up after you hike down hill all the way to view it. Although if you guys do hike to it can you keep your eyes peeled for the lung I lost on my way back up when I went years ago.

so said: Karin at May 10, 2005 02:01 PM



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