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Yesterday I walked to the Harvard Exit to see The Artist. When I first thought of walking, I was thinking I'd go by way of the University District. I wasn't sure what would be the best way to go up the hill, so I checked Google Maps. To my surprise, Google suggested that I walk down Westlake instead and cut over at South Lake Union. This route had never even occurred to me, but it did indeed look shorter on the map.

So I walked down to the Center for Wooden Boats in South Lake Union. I hadn't really understood the route up the hill that Google Maps had shown, so I looked it up again on my phone. It sent me up through the cancer care campus and then onto a road I'm not sure I've ever been on before. Well, I call it road, but it's really more of an overpass that goes over the freeway. It's called Lakeview, and that's because it throws you way up in the air where you get an outstanding view of Lake Union. Unfortunately it also triggered my fear of heights, and I started feeling strong pangs of vertigo. But by golly it got me where I needed to go. After a stiff climb up Belmont, there was the theater.

So that was a voyage of discovery, even if it made me a little weak in the knees. I kept thinking, "Please, giant earthquake, don't hit now!"

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daveon
Jan. 17th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
You must let me know when you're next in the "hood"... that's a wee stretch of the legs downhill from here.
randy_byers
Jan. 17th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Very true, and I had dinner at the Deluxe afterward. They had some good beer on tap. Next time!
wrdnrd
Jan. 17th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
I always think of that overpass as "the Cornish shortcut", because the summer we were shifting campus from the hill to downtown i found myself in cars going down that road frequently. Always took me by surprise, because that part of Capitol Hill just doesn't quite seem like the place you'd suddenly find a road going over I-5, but there it is.
randy_byers
Jan. 17th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Exactly. When I saw the instruction "Sharp left on Lakeview," I thought, "What? Where?!"
kalimac
Jan. 18th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
I took to the maps to figure out what you were talking about. Interesting.
randy_byers
Jan. 18th, 2012 05:02 am (UTC)
A bridge from one neighborhood to another, over a river of cars.
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