2010-06-27 46 -121
In the hills east of Mt. Adams in Yakama country in a virgin graticule.
It's about four miles uphill from what I think is a paved road, in nearly uninhabited wooded hilly country in the west part of the Yakama reservation. DeLorme's Gazetteer and the (forty-year-old) USGS topo map like it at least.
Something like two of those miles are on some kind of road... probably gravel? Hopefully drivable in the Hyundai sedan. Then two more on what looks to be an ATV trail, though DeLorme's claims that it is in fact a road, and not even an "unimproved" road. Not counting on it being drivable, but it might. Walking shouldn't be that bad though.
Then a few dozen yards through the trees. Bringing heavy clothes in my pack this time to avoid the fate of my last expedition.
Graticule deflowered, if all goes well.
I forced myself awake in Seattle at 6 am... pulled out of the garage at 7... drove up over Snoqualmie Pass and down I-82 into Yakama country... gassed up and rested in Wapato... drove down back roads through a gorgeous farming valley... passed the last town, White Swan... got really excited to be finally nearing the virgin geohash, on a brand-new paved road... rose up onto a bench south of the valley... rounded a bend toward the hills... and encountered...
Suddenly faced with nothing to do in Eastern Washington at 10:30 am, I salvaged the day by walking around Fort Simcoe, heading to Toppenish where I ate at the Yakama Heritage Inn Restaurant and toured the American Hop Museum (where I learned what all those weird-looking gardens of poles with mesh canopies out in the valley were), driving through the Yakima Canyon, and finally buying a big bag of fresh Eastern Washington cherries on the way back up to the pass.
All in all, not a bad day.
| OtherJack earned the No trespassing consolation prize