Last night during my regular 4 a.m. bout of insomnia I decided to look up where the Skagit River Bridge was. Turns out it spans the Skagit River — or used to span, anyway, from 1955 until about nine hours prior — between Mount Vernon and the tiny town of Burlington, WA.
When I searched for “Burlington, WA,” Apple Maps gave me a random address fifteen miles away from me on NW Burlington Drive, Portland, OR. Not even the right state. I had to pan and zoom manually to find the crossing, which was tricky because in Apple Maps the entire Skagit River is unlabeled.
Google Maps just rolled its eyes, reached out with white-gloved hands to catch its top hat and cane, and found the spot instantly, already showing the missing section of I-5.
I don’t expect Apple to finish first in the maps race, but goddamn it, I wish they’d at least jog.