Parallel parking

 Parallel parking

Parallel parking

This picture was snapped quickly with my cell phone, which is why the quality isn't great. The house is on the way when walking between work and home. If you look closely you can make out that it's a car pulling into a garage. What's different about that? The garage is only about 15 feet deep, so the car needs to parallel parking into it. When the door is closed it looks like a normal two-car garage.

We saw the construction to add the front 15 or 20 feet onto the house when it was done several years ago. At the time we were wondering what that room was which was being added; it seemed like a garage with the opening, but it also seemed quite small. But we saw the door being installed and figured it was going to be used just for storage.

Imagine our surprise when one day we saw the door open and the car in there. The gate in front swings towards the garage with the hinge on the right, so the sequence is that the gate opens, the car pulls over to the left, the gate closes, then the car parallel parks into the garage.

We had our own (somewhat) odd parking situation for a while. Our driveway is wide enough for one car, but since we have a two-car garage at the back of the property, the driveway flares out to be double-wide. When we first moved in we decided to park in front of the garage, so that meant quite a distance of backing in (it was easier to back in and pull out than the other way around). When we started having chips and compost delivered, we switched to parking one car closer to the street and the other car on a gravel parkway just off the street. Now it's easier to get in and out and our cars don't get as covered in needles from the surrounding trees (but they still get some).