I had a $100 TomTom before I had this van with the built in one, and that thing NEVER got me lost. It let me know when I was going over the speed limit ((Very helpful!)) and it told me when I was approaching a traffic light that had a camera on it. ((Also very helpful))
Though I was never one to run a red light anyway, it was just a nice notification so that I could smile big as I drove on through.
Then comes the big purchase of Shamu and the built in GPS system. I’ve had this van over a year and I am still not friends with it. Sometimes we get along okay as acquaintences, but we have definite TRUST ISSUES!!
For instance, the old Tomtom could get me to the 4 H camp at Smith Mountain Lake no problem – right to the front door. The built in one? “turn by turn direction will not be provided to complete your journey, there are unmarked roads along the way.” WHAT!?!??!
So yesterday, I was amused when the GPS took me OFF of I-95, but I thought maybe it knew what it was doing. ((What was I thinking?!))
I’m watching industrial areas turn into not-so-nice inner city areas, and I’m hitting every red light at 5pm…….
When I hit the first traffic circle and saw the cross roads were Lettered streets, the the other roads were numbered, it hit me….Oh my goodness! I’m in “THE DISTRICT!”
There was nothing I could do. I couldn’t turn around, I’d come so far --- I had to keep going and trust that eventually I would get to my destination. The afternoon still had enough light to it, and the sun was shining and I began to enjoy the colored row houses along the sides of the road, watch the leaves fall from the trees and flutter down the street along with the pedestrians as they made their way to wherever they were going --- while I sat at red light after red light after red light.
Grey, cheddar, red and yellow!
Row houses always enchanted me! I love the turret “hats” on these!
Fancy bay windows hint of a more prosperous by-gone era.
Fighting traffic around a couple more traffic circles, I found myself in a familiar place --- Georgetown!! I had been here around 2003 or 2004 when I came to visit DC with Randy and her daughter Rachel. That had been a “flying” trip – I flew up from South Carolina, and they from California and we spent the week exploring DC’s monuments and the Smithsonians – and of course --- Georgetown.
It’s getting dark! Street lamps are coming on!
Before I knew it – okay – longer than that, because we were crawling through evening traffic and every red light --- I was on the Frances Scott Key Bridge – and finally:
It was definitely the wrong way --- the long way --- it took TWO HOURS longer than it should have to get me here, but you know what? It was kind of neat too. I was just sorry all the pictures were taken from the drivers seat of my car :c)
My schedule has been hectic. Today is a bit of a break for me, I have the day time free – and a lecture tonight --- so I’m calling up my buddy Pat Sloan and hoping since we are both in the same place at the same time that we can catch each other for lunch. After that, who knows?
I’m meeting with the other guild ladies around 5pm for dinner, we’ll go to set up for the trunk show, and guild meeting starts around 7pm! And we do it again :c)
Have a great Thursday, everyone!