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Near the House of Awakened Culture, on Suquamish land, in Kitsap County
Meet at the geohash point at roughly 5:30 and celebrate Geohashing Day and Towel Day. Hitchhikers welcome!
- Zomg I totally didn't realize it was geohashing day! Or Towel day for that matter... now I must make it. Hopefully see you at 5:30... -- OtherJack (talk) 15:12, 24 May 2013 (EDT)
Fitting the geohash in with other activities this day was going to be difficult, but with planning (see Talk page) it could be done!
After reading a bit on the website, I decided to include a pilgrimage to the two bronze Sealth statues in Seattle, along with the grave site. Quite appropriate for Memorial Day weekend.
The first two were easily visited. Pictures were snapped with geohash droid giving the coordinates. The first is a statue and fountain, just north of downtown on Denny way at a five-way intersection. A local classic eatery the 5-spot is here, but no time for food on this trip.
The second statue is a bust, just south of downtown in Pioneer Square. Beside it are two panels with text in Suquamish. Not so many people around this early on a Saturday, but later on this "square" would be teeming with tourists and weekend visitors.
Following this I umpired a pair of baseball games at Rainier Beach high school. These were part of a tournament, and both games used nearly the time limit - slow baseball! Wishing my fellow umpires well, I caught up with OtherJack and headed for the ferry, driving past Pioneer Square one more time. Managed to just make it to the docks and on the ferry with moments to spare - my geohashing car was parked at the very back.
Met up with Jack on the passenger deck and we compared notes, achievement plans, tidal ranges and other idle talk. The ferry arrived at Bainbridge Island and we disembarked together, nearly last. Following other ferry goers up the hill and out of town was also quite slow, delaying the actual arrival at the point.
Once the highway was achieved, the way was easy. We turned off into Suquamish and down the hill to the point, the whole area appearing much smaller than estimated from aerial and satellite photos. A very light rain was falling, but not enough for drowned rat.
Photos were taken (see below), towels and picnics were unveiled, and the sight was generally explored. Very peaceful, nice and quiet, with a lovely view of Ballard across the water. I only wish I had a strong pair of binoculars (or an extreme zoom lens) to pick out features that I recognize. Before the pub, we took a quick trip to the cemetery which was even more quiet and peaceful. Here I completed the Chief Sealth monument trifecta - missing out on a hiking trail, a local high school, and doubtless many other sites.
Returning from the grave site, we visited the pub and compared ferry schedules. With two equidistant boats to choose from (and the end destination also close to equidistant between the ferry docks) it was mostly a matter of time as to which to choose. A pint and pizza were had, completing the pub geohash and wrapping the day in the winter camp of the Suquamish.
At Tilikum Place @47.6183,-122.3478
At Pioneer Square @47.6020,-122.3338
On the boat - 5:30 sailing. @47.6027,-122.3396
Bye bye Seattle @47.6030,-122.3432
OtherJack on the spot. @47.7290,-122.5523
OtherJack enjoying a picnic with his towel. @47.7290,-122.5523
At the gravesite @47.7306,-122.5552
To the pub! @47.7290,-122.5523
At the pub; geohash in sight. @47.7300,-122.5512
Waiting for the ferry to leave for home. @47.6222,-122.5082
| Thomcat & OtherJack earned the 2013 Mouse Over Day achievement
| OtherJack earned the Picnic achievement
| Thomcat and OtherJack earned the Pub Geohash Achievement
| Thomcat and OtherJack earned the Towel Day achievement