2010-03-20 -37 145

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Sat 20 Mar 2010 in -37,145:
-37.5666126, 145.3418089

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[edit] Location

20m or so off the Old Kinglake Road in the Kinglake National Park

[edit] Participants

Kozz
Kozz's partner
Kozz's dog

[edit] Plans

Heading out around 3pm - will arrive round 4pm hopefully.

[edit] Expedition

We spent most of this morning and early afternoon doing chores, and were totally over it by mid-afternoon. I took a quick look through Ekorren's Anthill hash calculator and saw there was a relatively nearby hashpoint, which in turn was reasonably close to an early hash in the Yarra Valley.

We plotted the course, again taking us up through the Black Saturday-affected fires, and jumped in the car with the dog. The drive was awesome again, through beautifully contoured countryside in Warrandyte, where rich people with great big estates live.

Close to the hash in the Kinglake park, it became really really apparent that the fires had gone through the area with a vengeance. Even with the regrowth and undergrowth all around, the trees still look like someone dropped bombs on the area.

We pulled up to the entrance to the Old Kinglake Road, which is actually a track with no vehicular access. The Garmin told us we'd need to walk roughly 1.3km to the hashpoint, so we set off down the track, admiring the beautiful scenery around, including the regrowth, grass trees, ferns, and undergrowth. It made an incredible contrast against the charred trunks of the dead trees.

The hashpoint was under 10m from the road, which kinda counted, but there was easy access to the actual point proper without affecting plant life, so I walked to the point (within 38cm) and took photos. There was some fused glass nearby - presumably from the fires - plus lots of burnt sticks lying around. I left a hashmarker, took photos, then we wandered back up the hill and went home.

[edit] Photos

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Kozz earned the Velociraptor Geohash Achievement
by reaching the (-37, 145) geohash for 2010-03-20 with highly visible raptor claw marks.
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