2013-06-01 39 -76

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Sat 1 Jun 2013 in 39,-76:
39.6477531, -76.1495333

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Along some railroad tracks in Port Deposit, MD



We saw it was next to a line through the vegetation and assumed it was along side the swath of mowed area where large power transmission lines go, like several [1] other expeditions we've been on.

We ate some Pho at Pho 95, the best Pho restaurant in the Washington DC area, and headed off, well hydrated.


(Allison helped out with this narrative)

Our geohashing adventure started with a stop at our local pho joint, Pho 95, and then we headed up to Port Deposit. Our journey there was about an hour and 45 minutes long and took us through Baltimore. I'd seen the signs for "Port Deposit" off of I-95 and I thought it was a quaint name. Well it turns out it is a super quaint town. The entire town is in the National Registry of Historic Places. The port is on the Susquehanna River and the town has a mix of very old buildings built between 1780 and 1900 as well as seemingly brand new townhouses. The town still hosts its own marina filled with a legion of luxury watercraft. A set of train tracks makes its way through the town and that’s where we found our geohash.

From an aerial map view we expected our hash to be on a powerline area. We parked on the side of a residential road. The vegetation was extremely dense and I decided to sit this one out and walk around where it was easy. Jonathan found the spot that was literally closest to the hash and started charging into the underbrush, getting poked by thorns and sinking his boots into some odd mud. I found a wide (car width) path a few dozen feet away and, taking pity, called out to him. He came out, and when he saw the path, he looked so relieved, bless his heart. So we took a small romp through the woods. For the majority of our about 500 feet journey we were able to stay on paths we found that got narrower, less obvious as we went. The last 100 feet were a steep drop through some uncrowded woods down to the a train track. We walked along the tracks for a minute and came upon our hashpoint on the edge of the woods. The cell phone reception was really bad. Jonathan took and uploaded some pictures and we headed back to our car. It was about 90 degrees the whole time, and the ground was very rich and moist and the air humid. By the time we got back to the car we were covered in a sheen of sweat.

We drove closer to the center of town at Port Deposit to do some sightseeing. Jonathan and I walked along the River for a little while and then ended up going to a pizza joint. Our pizza was great and people were very nice. The town is beautiful. The historical buildings are stunning and there were many flowers abloom this time of year.