2009-11-06 35 -108
Along NM 53 a couple of miles east of the town of Ramah.
- Redaragorn and 3 yr old son
After deciding that today was gonna be a drive and geohash kind of day, I planned this as the third in a triple virgin graticule run around the central western portion of New Mexico. I saw that this hash was right along the highway, and it appeared from the satellite photo that it was not *on* the roadway, but was within the public right-of-way (i.e. I didn't have to hop any fences to get to it). I figured this would be a pretty easy mark, so I left it for last.
After completing the much longer than expected Magdalena hash, it was already 3 pm. When I plugged the planned Quemado hash into the GPS, I realized that it was a 2.5 mile hike from the nearest road as well. I really should have double checked that before leaving home. Hmm...1.5 hour drive + 2.5 mile hike = just getting pitch dark as I *reach* the Quemado hash, leaving me to hike back to the car and drive five hours home in darkness. With a cranky toddler. Not so much. I almost turned around and went straight home, but I instead opted to skip Quemado and head directly around to this Gallup hash. It really was about as easy as I'd imagined it would be. Pulled off the side of the highway, left the boy in the car as I walked over to the other side of the road and took a few pictures, then got back in and drove the few hours home (stopping in Grants for some dinner). Whew...long day.
|Redaragorn earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement|
|Redaragorn earned the Multihash Achievement|