2013-08-25 44 -123

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Sun 25 Aug 2013 in 44,-123:
44.0516226, -123.1574757
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The West Eugene Wetlands, in Eugene, Oregon.



I saw Friday that the hashes for Saturday and Sunday were relatively close to/in town, so decided to try for them; Saturday's expedition was called off when my phone/GPS battery died during journey preparations. "Sunday or bust!" I vowed. Well, no, not really.


There was torrential rain when I left my house, but I decided to press forward anyway. The satellite map for the hash (I use the android app) seemed pretty straightforward -- it was in a field of some sort out in West Eugene, along a straight trail leading from the road. So, I drove out to the trailhead, arriving about 6:45 PM. There was a gate right there, and a sign proclaiming the field to be the West Eugene Wetlands. The rain had slowed slightly.

I stepped through the open pedestrian passage and followed the trail for about 500 feet, checking the GPS reading on my phone only sporadically so it wouldn't get rained on too much. And there I was! Or at least the app said so, due to the margin of error of GPS reception. Huzzah!

I took some pictures, and walked back. It was then that I noticed the red barrier tape that had been torn down and was lying around the gate, and the second sign -- which declared that the West Eugene Wetlands was closed to public access through August 29. Um. Oops. Oh, well, no harm, no foul.


I don't have a proper track log. The original label on the "grin" photo said over 100 feet away, but that was in error. The EXIF data from the hash photos (middle two, below) are:

44 deg 3' 5.93" N 123 deg 9' 27.20" W - 7 meters away

44 deg 3' 5.79" N 123 deg 9' 27.22" W - also 7 meters away

And I wandered a bit to the east of the trail in-between, as well, so I'm sure I hit the hash in there.



Taper earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (44, -123) geohash on 2013-08-25.
Taper earned the Drowned Rat Geohash Honourable Mention
by reaching the (44, -123) geohash on 2013-08-25 despite being partially wet from walking for a few minutes in not quite a downpour.
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