Monday, March 15, 2010

Minnetonka Arts on 7 is hiding from us


My son plays the string bass with a community orchestra. Last night they had a concert out at a school in Minnetonka and I really wanted to go see it.

Now, I live on the opposite side of the Twin Cities--I don't do Minnetonka. I went on Mapquest to find out how to get there. Unfortunately, Mapquest didn't quite know how to get me there either.

After about an hour of finagling around, I had some really weird directions. I tried a variety of methods to get them clarified and finally figured I was OK.

So I took off an hour early and drove and drove until I got on Hwy 7. Then I drove and drove west until I got to the intersection where I was supposed to do a U-turn. I zoomed east again per instructions, but couldn't find an entrance to the school from the highway. I turned south at the next intersection, then west and north and finally got on a frontage heading west again. At last, I arrived a a huge high school and arts complex with multiple entrances and parking lots. I tried several before locating the correct one. I arrived with barely five minutes to spare.

No wonder Mapquest couldn't give good directions! Who designs crazy entrances to public buildings like that? Well, anyway, it was a wonderful concert.

Thanks to Kittie Howard for the "Over the Top" Blogger Award. Check out her wonderful stories

12 comments:

CherylK said...

I LOVE your picture of the directional sign!!! That's hilarious...unfortunately, it's also kind of true. So glad you made it in time!

√ Abraham said...

I suppose Mapquest was confused. I hate places like that and I always leave early (mom told me to always get there early) but sometimes it takes all of the early for me to show up at the right place.

Lia said...

That sign is so funny.
I pleased that you got there on time and enjoyed it.
much love
Lia
xx

Teresa Evangeline said...

I go stuck in a maze once over in Eden Prairie looking for my son's apartment. I could see it from the hill I was on, but couldn't seem to get there from "here." I looked at the car in front of me and the bumper sticker said, "Divine Love is
Everywhere." I think I was supposed to see that message right then, so getting "lost" has it's bennies....sometimes. :) How nice that your son is a musician.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

First they build crazy buildings, and then, sometimes, Mapquest gets mixed up. A couple of times now it has sent me miles down the road from where I was supposed to be. Once, it gave our college president driving directions from Washington DC to Alexandria, VA, via Texas. Fortunately, something that obvious will be caught beforehand!

Kathy said...

That is a great photo! We have a couple of strange strip malls where you can't figure out how to get to the stores because the zig and zag so much! Glad you made it safely and enjoyed the concert!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Wait a minute...is this the Minnetonka where the moccasins are made? I love those things!

I think, that mapquest is notorious for leading folks astray!

Buttercup said...

I've taken some pretty wacky routes with MapQuest, but still don't know how I found things without it.

Kittie Howard said...

OMG, is this sign for real? Really funny! Saved it! Mapquest or not, you've got a great sense of direction. And congrats to your grandson!

Sparrow chic said...

I totally agree with you about MapQuest. Maybe a GPS is in your future? They work great at giving directions.

Barbara Blundell said...

Just catching up. What a lovely family photo ! You have something to be proud of !

gayle said...

I hate when that happens. Glad you made it!!