2008-06-08 38 -78

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Sun 8 Jun 2008 in 38,-78:
38.0475817, -78.2309159

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[edit] Planning

Satellite view

Location is just off of a power cut that is reachable by Mountain Rd near Thelma, VA. East of Charlottesville.

Phyzome should be able to make it now that he has a handheld GPS receiver. Anyone want to carpool?


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[edit] Phyzome

Success by Phyzome! It was not in fact a power cut, but some sort of long, occasionally mown field. Could not determine its purpose. (Maybe there were buried utilities?)

I came to the end of the tractor ruts. The field dipped down into a marshy area where some deer were grazing obliviously. I noticed a large number of shotgun shell casings where I was standing. A trail led off to the left, into the woods. I followed it, since the geohash was roughly that direction.

About 30 meters into the woods there were a few hunting stands. I cut north towards the hash, and found a sign reading "jump-shoot mallards" incongruously placed in the middle of a patch of ferns. (I'm starting to think the place was some sort of hunting practice area.) I then reached marsh.

Cutting west by northwest, I entered a scrubby area that appeared to have been clear-cut several years ago. Clear view of the sky for GPS, but the sun was beating down on me (did I mention it was 35C/95F?) and the horseflies were closing in. Big 'uns. Also, it was quite difficult to push through the small oaks and numerous briars.

After 30-50 meters of that, I finally reached the hash! The GPS wandered a bit, but I was within a few meters. \o/

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Phyzome earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (38, -78) geohash on 2008-06-08.
2008-06-08 38 -78 gps evidence.JPG
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Phyzome earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement
by being the first to reach any hashpoint in the (38, -78) graticule, here, on 2008-06-08.
2008-06-08 38 -78 gps evidence.JPG
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Phyzome earned the Velociraptor Geohash Achievement
by reaching the (38, -78) geohash for 2008-06-08 with highly visible raptor claw marks.