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This hashpoint appears to be about a mile from the intersection of Oregon Highway 219 and Tongue Road.
It appears to be in the back of a large farm, behind some buildings, set pretty far back on the property.
On Friday, I went by the hashpoint on my way home to see what the area looked like. I found that there was a nursery between the road and the hashpoint, so I wasn't hopeful I would find anyone to give us access on Sunday. But I figured I would give it a try.
I'm going to be 17 minutes away from there on Saturday (at SakeOne doing their Saketini Saturdays thing. 5$ gets you 4 sakes, 3 saketinis and a tour of the brewery ). I'd be up for doing a Saturday Meetup there as a Futurohash (is doing hash in the future still a retrohash?) --Jhon 19:57, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
(Jhon may have tried to do a future-hash when he was in the area on Saturday, but I don't know.)
On Sunday, I set out for the hashpoint, enjoying the very pretty Oregon scenery. At least it is pretty in the late spring/early summer, after the mud and before the yellow jackets show up. The fields are mostly green, in part because the first cutting of hay has been pulled out. The grains aren't close to ready yet, so they haven't turned brown. We're past red clover blooming time when there are huge red fields to be seen. I inspected each entrance to the property, trying to figure out where a landowner might live.
Finally, near a curve in the road, there was a driveway that was not blocked with a raised chain. The chain was in the dirt however, so it was a tad iffy. However, there was clearly a house at the end of the driveway, so I figured I would go down and ask. I went up the end, put on my Ambassador hat, and explained that I was looking for access to a random point of property, which turned out to be his. He looked at me as if I was a tad daft and asked "So you just want to walk over to it?" When I agreed with this, he said I should go ahead.
The path was pretty clear. As I got closer to the hashpoint, a herd of raptors attempted to swing my GPS' arrow in their direction, but it got a better signal from the sky, and I was saved. The hashpoint proved to be in the back of the more open section of the property, right near a couple of old structures that looked like outhouses. There was an old barn near by, and a few old, dead, school buses.
I headed home, but did a slight detour to get some more photos for the report. In the process, I found myself passing by a golf course. All of a sudden there was loud thunk and my windshield had a 3 foot crack in it, and part of the framing was shattered. The golf course manager seemed to feel that I should have been safe from golf balls driving in the public street, but said it did happen a couple of times a year. I guess I'm one of them. I get to talk to my insurance guy tomorrow.
| Jim earned the Land geohash achievement
| Jim earned the Ambassador achievement