2009-08-01 49 -113

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Sat 1 Aug 2009 in 49,-113:
49.8330528, -113.1372207

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On the pivot line of a wheat farm outside Monarch, Alberta.



The four of adventurers piled into Elbie's parents' Saturn hybrid around 20:30 for a quick drive over to Monarch, a little crap-town outside their home of Lethbridge, a somewhat larger little crap-town.

Fields of wheat were seen. And some canola. Often there were cows, both seen and smelt.

Twenty minutes later, they found themselves on Range Road 24-1. Stopping to open a window of the Faraday Cage that is the car, a GPS lock was acquired. They'd gone too far south -- and so turned around, eventually getting to the right latitude, getting as close to the hashpoint as they could from the road. This was exactly 196 metres west of the hash, according to the GPS.

Mosquitos were swarming the car. And not just the little excuses for mosquitoes that Elbie was used to seeing in British Columbia, but rather, the giant monsters that fill the skies of the prairies.

Elbie's Mom advised calling it "good enough." However, Elbie, wearing a full-length summer skirt, a spaghetti strap tank top, and impractical but cute sandals, wasn't up for calling it quits yet: "I could run it."

And so, undaunted, Elbie, her Dad, and her friend quickly scrambled out of the car, only to be immediately swarmed by the mosquitoes. The three brave stupid adventurers then went fleeing into the waist-high wheat, running as fast as they could. Elbie called out the distances as they ran -- "60 metres left -- 35 -- 15 -- 18 -- okay, turn around!"

Stopping for about a minute to take blurry photos while jumping about and trying to shake as many of the unforgiving mosquitoes off her body as she could, Elbie eventually got one of her GPS. She passed the camera onto her father, and now having mosquitoes getting into her skirt, made a run for it.

The three sprinted the 200 metres back to the car, and without stopping, back into the car. After closing the doors, a fury of mosquito killing occurred, and then the four were on their way back home by 20:50, in what was thus Elbie's speediest geohash ever. (Three minutes of running? How was this a geohash? Where was the waiting for a BC Ferry for two hours?)



  • Virgin graticule for all
  • Land for all
  • drag-along for Elbie
  • Running in sandals and skirt through waist-high wheat while being eaten alive by mosqutios gratuitous ribbon for Elbie
Elbie et al earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement
by being the first to reach any hashpoint in the (49, -113) graticule, here, on 2009-08-01.
2009-08-01 49 -113 atHash.jpg