Since I live about 2 1/2 hours from downtown Seattle, and we have a number of relatives living in the vicinity, it has been a common weekend destination for my family and I. Whether we are in town for an event, like a Seahawks or a Mariners game, or if we are visiting our favorite haunts, such as Pike Place Market, the Boeing Aerospace Museum, or Seattle Center, there is always great fun to be had.
I’ve been there enough times that I can always find my way around, even though Seattle is laid out in one of the most convoluted jumbles of streets and highways that I’ve ever seen. I’ve always said that when I’m in Seattle, I can find anything – I just won’t find the shortest route to get there.
Seattle has a myriad of one way streets so when you want to turn left, it’s a one way road to the right. Even when you aren’t facing a one-way the other direction, they will have a sign up that says you aren’t allowed to turn left at that intersection, anyway.
For me, the worst part might be trying to figure out how to get back on the freeway going in the right direction when I’m ready to leave town. I usually end up zig-zagging back and forth, under and over, across I-5 trying to find an on-ramp that will get me on the freeway headed toward I-90.
I’m fortunate enough to have an Android phone with Google Maps and navigation. I didn’t purchase the device only for maneuvering around the streets of Seattle, but it sure has come in handy. Now, when I’m ready to get back on the freeway and head home, I just punch my home address into my phone’s GPS and I’m on the road again. Life is good.
If I didn’t have GPS available on my phone, I would definitely be looking to purchase a GPS unit. You know, once you become accustomed to doing things a certain way, it’s hard to go without. I’ve become quite spoiled.