2011-12-29 42 -87
An industrial park South of the airport.
My family and I went to the Wisconsin Dells for vacation this year. There was a geohash (2011-12-27 42 -87) which was fairly close (3.5 miles) to our route on Interstate 94. We tried to reach it on the way up, but it was over a mile away from any road. The hash point sat in what we assumed to be marshy swampland surrounding a stream. We decided not to seek it out further, because it was in a very large field of corn. After our stay, I decided to see if the geohash in the Madison graticule at my last opportunity for Wi-Fi, but it was not near the Dells. In fact, it was in the northwestern corner, and I live in the northwestern corner of the Kenoha graticule. Figuring it was a good idea to check the day's geohash for my home graticule, I found it really was worth it, as the geohash was less than one mile away from the Interstate, in a small industrial park. Unfortunately, my Garmin etrex, the only GPS I have that provides my current coordinates, is not working and has no batteries. My goal was to make it to the geohash and prove it (however possible).
Tonight is my wife's office holiday party and she has graciously excused me from having to go. Instead, I'll be on doggy duty, so I plan to swing home and grab the "kids" and drive on down.
We took I-894/I-43 to I-94, and got off at Exit 320. From Rawson Avenue, we turned on Sixth. At first, we drove too far south, and we had to turn around and travel up the road a bit. I got out and my dad took a picture of me very close to the spot. Since I had no GPS, I settled on a picture of the street sign at the nearest intersection (Sixth and Marquette). Hopefully, this should be enough to prove that I was, in fact, there...
After work I punched everything into my GPS and off I went. Pretty straightforward. I got to the spot and took a few pictures, including one with an app that embeds the GPS data right on the picture. Sadly, I can't make it work for the front-facing camera nor could I get a decent pic reaching my finger around to the front. It was cold! Granted it was warmer that it should be this time of year, but still colder than I like.
My GPS app still doesn't update frequently enough, so I have to wander all around to get it to show that I was at the spot exactly. In this weather, I finally was inspired enough to write them and ask them to make that better. I already received a reply that it would be looked at, so that's cool!
On my way home, I stopped to check for nearby geocaches and found one close to where I stopped. A Scout Is... Brave is at a wonderful monument to our armed forces and those that have died. I was glad I checked.
| Reschultzed earned the Land geohash achievement
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| RocketMac earned the Land geohash achievement
|RocketMac earned the Hash collision honorable mention|