2009-10-15 64 21
The hashpoint is conveniently located halfway between both our workplaces (Silver at the hospital and Korny in Ursviken). And by "convenient", I mean walking distance from a small horse-trail leading into nowhere.
Checked todays hashpoints in the morning and discovered that even though the hashpoint in our usual graticule 64,20 were too far away for an after-work expedition, the one to the east turned up right between both our respective workplaces (with a slight detour into the wilderness). Plans were made.
After a strenous workday involving listening to a local stand-up comedian (yes, I actually do have a real grown-up job, I just rarely do any actual work these days) I took the bus to Ursviken where Korny met me with the Smurfmobile. After a quick bathroom break at a nearby gas station (he didn't let me use any bathroom at his workplace since apparently the keep top-secret stuff in there) we headed off in search of the geohash.
On the map it looked like the hash was located a small ways into the woods from a decent sized road - in reality this road was a soggy horse trail that was deemed unfit for the Smurfmobile to drive on. After loading up with cinnamon buns we proceeded on foot. About halfway down the trail it started to get darker, and Korny reminded me that there might be bears in these woods. Wonderful.
When we came to the place were we had to leave the horse trail, we realized the ground next to it was soggy and wet, so we had to backtrack a little bit before heading off into the trees. The ground was uneven and there were more wet patches hidden between the trees, but despite the fact that it was completely dark at this point we managed to keep our feet dry all the way to the hashpoint.
Finding the actual hashpoint was a little difficult, using only our phones and no "real" GPS-unit. The circle of uncertainty kept shifting, and we trampled around for a bit before deciding that yes, we were actually in the right spot. After snapping a couple of photos as proof (and eating a few more cinnamon buns) we returned more or less the same way, feet still kept dry by careful navigation in the light of a hand charged pig-shaped LED flashlight.
The Smurfmobile was were we left it, and we headed home, after a successful second hash.
I notice that so far, no other expeditions are registered for today. Too early to claim the Last man standing achievement but I'll check in again in a week or so.
Later, cable still left in another graticule.
| Silver and Korny earned the Land geohash achievement
| Silver and Korny achieved level 1 of the Minesweeper Geohash achievement
|Silver and Korny earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement|