2009-10-21 30 -97

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Wed 21 Oct 2009 in 30,-97:
30.4758602, -97.5423943

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[edit] Location

East of Toll-130, North of Kelly Ln on Hodde Ln. The area appears to be farm land on that side of the road but I know from experience that the maps of this area are outdated so it could be in the middle of a sub-division.


[edit] Participants

Lkearbey

[edit] Plans

I will head that way after work, I should be there around 5:30pm local time


[edit] Expedition

After a quick pit stop at the house to pick up my camera I headed out to the coordinates. I made a few wrong turns along the way but got there in about 10 mins. I knew from looking at the map the coordinates would be on my left side, unfortunately I saw that most of the left side of the road was goat pasture and had 10 ft fences. There were a few cars behind me so I went past the coordinates and turned around. When I got near where I thought the hash would be I pulled off into the grass (which, looking back, was not a wise move considering all the rain we got in the morning). I pulled up my GPS app and saw that I was fairly close but knew I wasn't going to try and hop a 10 ft fence so I didn't bother with trying to get as close as possible.

I was a little disapointed that my first geohashing expedition was a failure but I think it's more about the journey than the destination. I learned a few things:

  • I need to do a little research and find the best iPhone app for GPS, the ability to input coords and have it tell me proximity would be nice. I know the iPhone can't tell me direction unless I'm moving but proximity would be nice until I can afford a proper GPS unit (which I've been wanting for a while).
  • I found Lake Pflugerville, I took a different path home and drove by the park at Lake Pflugerville, I've lived in the area for 1.5 years and never knew quite where it was
  • I need to be mindful of ground conditions before I pull off the road, I don't have 4WD on my PT Cruiser and it would be relatively easy for me to get stuck. Alternatively I could take The Hubby's Jeep Wrangler for hashing expeditions!

[edit] Photos

There was a little shelter behind me where all the goats were eating, I wish I had gotten a picture of it!

[edit] Achievements

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Lkearbey earned the No trespassing consolation prize
by almost reaching the (30, -97) geohash on 2009-10-21.