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In the cold deep waters of the Rotterdam harbor.
- Mr. Pi
Our first geohashing adventure!
We didn't really plan on geohashing in advance, but after we woke up well into the day, we decided we wanted to go outside somewhere. The torrential rains and storm winds were just a tad too much to go for long walks however. After a bit of brainstorming without getting anywhere, we decided to look if maybe this geohashing thing was something to do.
The hash for today was located right in the waters of the mouth of the port of Rotterdam, so it was obvious that failure was imminent. We decided to try to get as close as possible anyway, because it was quite an interesting location for several reasons:
- The mouth of the river is divided in two. The lower part is the harbor are, with a huge amount of petrochemical industry, while the upper part is the river leading towards Rotterdam. Our 'nearest location' was on the separating strip of land between the two, which should make for great views.
- The hash was located very close to the south door of the Maeslantkering storm surge barrier. This consists of two Eiffel tower shaped and sized metal doors which can be floated into the river when a storm threatens the land. Incidentally, we visited the storm surge (the visitor center is located at the northern door) when our relation was just a few weeks old. So it made for some sweet memories.
We went to the location by car. To keep in the spirit adventure, we didn't use the satnav, but to be honest, reading a map on your smartphone isn't exactly rocket science. The journey took us along the petrochemical industry, ocean ships, wind turbines and nature. Just after the south door of the Maeslantkering, we parked our car ... and then we waited. Normally, a bit of rain doesn't scare us, but this was a completely different category. (The weather service reported wind gusts of 80 to 100 km/h along the coast.)
After some time, the torrents seemed to turn into mere rain and we decided to get out of the car. With our umbrellas in horizontal position pointed at the wind, we even managed to stay sort of dry. By walking onto a gangway, we managed to get at 200 meters from the hash at the closest.
After our visit, we followed the road to the end of the land strip, where the storm made for some pretty nice show of the sea. After a while, the rain started to subside more and more and we even got some sun breaking through the clouds, so we got treated to some spectacular views.
All in all, a failed mission but a very nice way to spend our Sunday afternoon.
Complete picture set can be found on Flickr.