Here’s an insanely fun game that I came up with. You can view what’s DIRECTLY east, west, north or south of your home.
Go to Google Maps. Pull up a satellite map of your home. Zoom in to the second closest notch. (You can see the zoom slider in the upper left of the photo above.) Now move the map so that your home is at the very top of the map. Make sure it is touching the edge of the map. Next, use the navigation tool (in the upper left corner) to move the map directly east or west and see what interesting things you find. Don’t use the hand tool. It’s best to just click on the arrow buttons so that you move directly east or west. You can travel north or south by putting your home on the far left or far right edge of the map.
I took screen shots of all the interesting places directly east of my house. Before I ran into Lake Michigan I encountered four swimming pools DIRECTLY east.
I discovered that I live about 15-20 miles DIRECTLY east of Navy Pier. And my very front door is directly east of the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. If I walk four houses south, then I’d be in Lake Michigan. In the photo above, my house is the top red box. The boxes below the top box are the houses south of my house.
Now here’s the real funny thing that I found. If I walk three houses south, then I would be looking directly east at the Tribune Tower where my brother works. That just blows my mind.
I know this probably isn’t geographically correct, but I sure like to think it is.