Monthly Archives: May 2015

Google Maps camera car spotted!

soap bubbles

Something you really don’t expect to see from a car — soap bubbles! Image courtesy of Pfefferle, Morguefile.

To be sure, I have seen some odd vehicular sights in my time.

One of my Valley friends has a vehicle with a painted hood. A former co-worker of mine did it for him — it’s a forest and lake scene with someone paddling a canoe through the water. It’s the only piece of “drive-able” art I know in the entire Shenandoah Valley.

Another day, I was driving home one afternoon along a two-lane road. This particular road crosses a stream that has a narrow bridge for vehicles; we have to stop and take turns, letting the vehicle on the other side use the bridge before we attempt to cross it.

Suddenly, the other drivers and I were much diverted to see a bunch of soap bubbles dancing through the air. (I kid you not.) There weren’t any kids or adults on foot blowing soap bubbles, so I wondered what created them. I put down my window, stuck my head out and looked around; it turned out that the soap bubbles were coming out of a spout in a car going past me. How the heck they rigged that vehicle for soap bubbles, I don’t know.

So then last Sunday afternoon, I’m coming back from a local mall (Memorial Day sales….ohhhh, yeahhhhh!) and I spot a vehicle traveling in the other direction. This other vehicle has a giant contraption on its roof; basically, it was some big object with some legs to support it. I’m thinking, “WHAT the HECK is THAT thing?”

Bear in mind that both of us are traveling at a speed of about 55 miles per hour. I watched it come toward me; it was a white vehicle with a green door.

I had just enough time to see the driver’s side of the vehicle, which said “Google Maps”, and I realized it was one of the camera cars that records images for Google Maps. (If you want to get a better idea of what I saw, type “Google Maps camera car” into Google Images.)

How amazing is that??!! It was pure chance that I saw it, since I had no idea it was in the area.

I’m thinking of putting it on my list of Amazing Things I Never Imagined I’d Ever See. Viewing the inside of Buckingham Palace and getting the chance to see Train and Pentatonix sing are also on the list. I’m still amazed.



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