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The first time I took my youngest to his friend's in the City of Pewaukee, we had to call for directions. My son's written directions omitted a crucial turn and we ended up in Brookfield. She talked us through each of 8 or so turns and we finally found her house, though it did make me a little late for my next ballooning adventure.
Because the route I was given to find my way out of the maze was so much simpler, we've been using it ever since. It will take a few more trips before we leave the cell home, but at least we don't have to pack a light snack and top off the tank before visiting any more.
As everyone is aware, some developers use themes in their street names. Trees, presidents, cities, flowers, states... you name it. And the always popular Third St., Fourth, etc. It obviously helps with directions when north-south streets are one related theme and east-west another.
There's an interesting neighborhood in Pewaukee I first encountered years ago. There's a Camelot Dr., King Arthur's Court, Merlin Way and Valiant Dr. Also Galahad Lane and Lancelot Drive. My son's friend's subdivision is across Springdale Road from that one; Sprindale Estates.
Every road name in Springdale Estates ends in wood. There's Aspenwood, Alderwood, Briarwood, Beechwood, Burnwood, Burningwood, Birchwood, Cherrywood, Cedarwood, Emberwood, Elmwood, Fernwood, Foxwood, Graywood, Glenwood, Hickorywood, Indianwood, Lindenwood, Maplewood, Meadowood, Oakwood, Pinewood, Peachwood, Redwood, Ridgewood, Rosewood, Shadywood, Stonewood, Springwood, Timberwood and, finally, Willowood.
After multiple times getting lost in the "woods," I recently learned Springdale Estates is the largest subdivision in Wisconsin. At one mile by 3/4 mile, it didn't surprise me at all and made me feel less bothered by all the times we had to call for directions.