2010-10-31 53 -113

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Sun 31 Oct 2010 in Edmonton:
53.4792340, -113.6218138

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Just because you have a GPS, doesn't mean you won't get lost...


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The hash is in a big park and so close (1.4km) to where I'm staying I could almost see it! I could definitely walk there... if only there wasn't a river in my way. Still, it's so close I'd be pretty lazy even by my standards to pass up such a good one.

I decide to brave my second try at driving in Edmonton (in my friend's car too, so fingers crossed) in order to get around the river and to the park.

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Well...normally I'm good with directions. But I manage to not only take a wrong turn (just a slight detour thankfully) but get a "what the frick are you doing!?!" sign from a fellow road user. Seems the rights of way are a bit different to back home - apparently it was my turn to go. In Perth, drive ahead and I would've been risking a rather large smash to my wing/dignity/ribcage. At least this way was just my dignity.

After some driving around the neighbourhood I find a good place to park and set off with the dog owners and cyclists into the park. The whole place is full of trails though thick bush - and geocaches! I'd never been here before, but already it's turning out to be one of my favourite places in Edmonton. I do start to wonder if I should've brought the dogs though because I'm quite alone in there. Would anyone hear my screams...? "WAIT DON'T HURT ME, I HAVEN'T GOT THE HASH YET!!" Unfortunately the trails aren't on my map so I just head in the one that looks to go in the right direction/less creepy.

An hour and a cache later, I emerge from the thick bush to a grassy area with a hundred or so metres to go. And just in time - hashing through the forest would've been significantly less easy and I'd already ripped a hole in my jeans from mindless GPS-lead bushbashing once this week! There even seems to be a little tiny path worn into the grass from the trail to the hashpoint. I wonder if any other hashers were here earlier....

After a cheesy grin photo and a moment to enjoy my self-satisfaction, I head back to the car via two more caches. Unfortunately the GPS is not as much help on my subsequent drive to Walmart or back home and I manage to get lost a few more times that day. It's the roads, OK.

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Phi-loci-raptor earned the Halloween geohash
by celebrating halloween by hashing to (53, -113) geohash on 2010-10-31.