Last night I took a trip back to the place where I grew up. I saw my old street, the houses where my friends lived. Like it was 30 years ago, I left home and walked to school. I didn't need to consult a map. The memory of the streets and the directions were still there in my flesh and bones.
And it wasn't a dream. You can do the same with Google Maps.
After you have Google opened in your web browser, type in your former address, hit return, then at top-left click Maps. You should then see a satellite photo of the surrounding area, with a pop-up box that includes a photo. Click on Street View and the pop-up reconfigures to a scrollable, 360 degree, photographic representation of that street. Click on the direction arrows to move north, south, east or west. You can also click-hold on the photo and by moving the mouse rotate your view.
Our house on NW 201st Street
Our family church, what used to be Bethany Lutheran, now Grace United
I haven't been back to Miami since 1980. None of my family lives there anymore and I've lost track of friends. I sometimes wondered what the place looks like. Now I know.
Click the video below for appropriately nostalgic background music for your own search.