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View Ridge Park, along the right field line of a softball field.
ColinMacLeod and son
Thomcat and dog
Weather permitting, I'd like to go in the early afternoon between 1pm and 2pm. -- ColinMacLeod
I'll try to make it as well (even if it's not a Saturday meet). As long as it's afternoon and not morning, I can get there. Although it occurs to me that, being right on the sidelines of a soccer field on a Sunday, right next to a school, there might be a game scheduled for the park... It could be worth calling Parks & Recreation and seeing if anyone's reserved the field? That might influence our scheduling, push it earlier or later. http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?id=444 If I had a phone, I would. Also, possible squishies at the Wedgewood Chevron, NE 73rd St and 35th Ave SE. -- Traveller
Man, this is like two miles from where I live! This is going to be really easy. I could make it right at 1pm but would have to leave about 1:15 to get somewhere else. Earlier is fine too, but I'm busy 2-6. Should we say 1? 12:45? I will bring something to eat and get the picnic achievement... I encourage you all to do the same! OtherJack 18:13, 30 March 2012 (EDT)
Also, I was able to get in touch with the parks and rec guy, and he said the field is booked, but that the rain is probably going to be sufficient to rain it out. So I think that's good overall. Thanks for the link Traveller! OtherJack 18:24, 30 March 2012 (EDT)
We should have an alternate location in case we can't hit the primary right away. Name a spot and I'll aim for it, if there turns out to be a game. Also, my phone's completely nonfunctional now (no GPS, no camera, no phone-stuff). Should still be recognizable though... --Traveller 05:23, 1 April 2012 (EDT)
How about just south of there? I mean, the point is at the very southern edge of the field. I think it'll be pretty clear. OtherJack 13:05, 1 April 2012 (EDT)
- Confirmed - The spot is just inside the foul line of View Ridge Baseball field #1, which is not scheduled for a game today. View Ridge #2 (diagonally across from #1) is scheduled for games at Noon and 2:00, though the fields might not be playable after yesterday's rains. I'll be under the big tree at 12:45 with a friendly dog. Cheers! --Thomcat 14:22, 1 April 2012 (EDT)
OtherJack showed up around 12:55 on foot to find that Thomcat and his dog Lucy had already found the hashpoint. It was a dozen or two feet into fair territory and there was a game in progress (which Thomcat could conceivably have umpired and thus won the cubicle ribbon but did not). Jack took Thom's advice and ran onto the field between innings, getting his gps to read 0 feet for just a second before returning to foul ground, as it began to shower. Traveller appeared shortly thereafter and everyone talked geohashing strategy and had a grand old time. Traveller's zeal for the squishy-consuming aspect of the sport is impressive. Eventually (1:10 or so) ColinMacLeod strolled over from the east with his drag-along baby son and achieved his first hash. In a gesture of approval, the rain stopped. OtherJack had to leave five minutes later, so someone else should take over from here / modify the above...
Heading south down I-5 from Bellingham to Portland, me and Niece #4 got off the freeway and drove through pleasant residential neighborhoods to the park. We reached the hashpoint at about 1:30 p.m., which must have been within minutes of the local geohashers' convention! We left a note to mark the site in case anyone showed up behind us. Then we left in search of warm food.
| ColinMacLeod and son, Traveller, OtherJack, and Thomcat earned the Meet-up achievement
| ColinMacLeod and OtherJack earned the Walk geohash Achievement
| ColinMacLeod and son earned the Land geohash achievement
|ColinMacLeod and son earned the Tron achievement|
| OtherJack, ColinMacLeod (and others??) earned the Hashdog Ribbon
| ColinMacLeod earned the GeoTrash Geohash Achievement
| Michael5000 earned the Drag-along achievement
 Fun facts
- ColinMacLeod's name is not, in fact, Colin MacLeod.
- Thomcat is the Paul Erdős of geohashing, apparently.
- Michael5000 has now dragged 75% of his nieces to hashpoints.
- It was also his northernmost Expedition. Six days later, though, he would get a full graticule further north, and drag along the last of the nieces.