2010-08-17 45 -122
On McGuire Island SE of Goverment Island in the Columbia River
I had long given up on even trying for this hash when in the middle of the day I found that I had to go into Portland for an errand. So, I printed out a Google Maps page, and headed out.
How did it turn out?
Let's see. A hashpoint on an island in the middle of the Columbia by someone without a boat. How do you think this was going to turn out?
So, the first thing I did was to call the Oregon Parks department to find out info. The islands didn't appear to be part of the nearby Government Island Recreation area, but I figured the department might know about them.
They thought it were called McGuire Island and accessing them was fine. (Assuming you have a way to get there.... :-) )
So, with my Google maps sheet in hand, I headed to Portland, taking a break to program the GPS. But first I needed to head to the "Hillsboro Tuesday Marketplace" for blueberries. As I walked to the market, I started to program the GPS. I got to the last digit of the coordinates when the screen faded.
Oops - dead batteries. I guess I'll program it when I get back to the car.
A half hour later, I dig the spare pair of batteries out of the camera box. The GPS turns on, but shows very low batteries. Great. That's two sets of dead batteries. Finally, I pull the batteries from the camera which seem to be fully charged and bring the GPS to life.
I switch batteries to the Camera for a picture or so when I'm on the way, then return them to the GPS.
I head into Portland, handle my errand, and continue on (in the gloom) to the Columbia. It's dark by the time I get there. I drive by the hashpoint at a distance of about 0.33 miles or so, take some pictures that mostly prove hopeless, and head homeward.
- MNB? Not really
- Kingdom for a boat? Wasn't unexpected...