Yesterday’s Thoughts

May 9, 2005

Donner, Party of 90, Your Tour Guide is Ready

I was planning an event at Crissy Field, specifically the West Bluff Picnic area, near the Warming Hut when I came across this page provided by the National Park Service. It helpfully provides these directions to Crissy Field.

From Freeway 101 Traveling South or 19th Avenue/Highway One Traveling North: Follow signs for 101 South/Lombard Street. Follow Lombard Street to Van Ness Avenue and turn left. Follow Van Ness north until you reach Bay Street and turn left. See “Directions Continued” listed below.

From Freeway 80 Traveling West: Follow signs for Freeway 101 North/Golden Gate Bridge. You will exit onto Van Ness Avenue. Follow Van Ness Avenue several miles north until you reach Bay Street and turn left. See “Directions Continued” listed below.

Directions Continued: Follow Bay Street to Laguna. Turn right on Laguna and follow the road as it curves past the Marina Safeway shopping center and turns into Marina Drive. Follow Marina Drive, approximately two miles to the Marina Gate entrance into the Presidio. Crissy Field will be on the right hand side of the road.

These are the worst directions since the Donner Party.

The directions from 80 aren’t so bad, but the Northbound/Southbound directions are terrible. When you start to “follow signs for 101 South/Lombard Street,” you are within 500 yards and 2 turns of the destination. Instead these directions take you about 6 miles out and back for no obvious purpose.

I can’t really fathom how they got it so wrong. Computer generated directions? Cooked up in Washington, D. C.? Compiled by a summer intern?

To make matters worse, there is no contact information on the page for feed back and corrections.

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