2010-05-25 53 -113
Close to the Queen Elizabeth II highway South of Edmonton.
Phi-loci-raptor who had introduced me to XKCD only last month is back from working in Fort Nelson. She just got her new GPSr, and what better way to test it than with a randomly generated adventure!
It was a perfectly sunny fourth day of summer. My coworker on loan from Perth Australia had her brand new Garmin Colorado and she couldn't wait to get her first Geohash. Though first we needed to get the North American, European and Australian detailed maps on it that I had found on TPB. We stopped by Walmart got batteries and an SD card and while shopping, I amused myself by playing Walmart BINGO. I found an amputee, an obese person on a scooter, unattended screaming children, children without shoes on, a white mother with 2 mixed race children (3 is a square) and a pregnant woman who I am sure would have had a tramp stamp tattoo, but her shirt was covering her back. Before I could get make a line, she had bought her hashing supplies and we were ready to do some hashing and caching.
Along the way to the hashpoint, we stopped and got a geocache GC12KFK in a forested ravine. I wanted to show my Australian mate some genuine Canadian wildlife, and we saw lots of evidence that beavers were around, but we couldn't see any in the water. After a bit of beaver hunting, we continued down Queen Elizabeth II highway from Edmonton to the Geohash. The coordinates were in the field, just off the highway, so I decided to pull around on to the a parallel gravel road. We couldn't bring ourselves to trample the new crop of canola to go the final 50m to the hash. We aren't sure if this counts as the coordinates being reached. Phi-loci-raptor had an early flight to Fort Nelson BC to go back to work, so we decided dropping her off at the airport hotel was more prudent than trying for a hash in an adjoining graticule.
| Phi-loci-raptor earned the Land geohash achievement