2013-07-13 43 -116
In or near an irrigation ditch between 2 schools and a neighborhood in Caldwell, ID.
Before setting out, I called Borneo to see if he was available to be dragged along, but he was unfortunately busy. So by myself, I made the drive to Caldwell. The drive took a little longer than I had expected due to having to detour around construction in several places, but it was otherwise uneventful. I arrived near the area and parked in the lot of the nearby middle school. I gathered my camera, smartphone, and geohash marker, and set out walking across the track in the schoolyard, towards the hash point. I found a gate in the fence fairly near the hash point, but a bit of investigation revealed that the actual point was on the oposite side of the irrigation ditch. So I walked about a hundred feet down the ditch to where there was a small footbridge and crossed. Although the ditch itself was not private property, I did have to cross private property in order to reach it. Fortunately, there was a man out spraying weeds in said property. I asked him if it would be ok to cross his yard and walk down along the ditch, and he told me it would be ok, but that there was a fence a couple houses down that couldn't be passed (he was assuming I wanted to go through to somewhere, I imagine). I thanked him and walked down to the ditch. I quickly ascertained that the coordinates were straight back from the corner of his house, right at the edge of the water. The man who had given me permission to cross his yard gave me a questioning look as I walked back and forth to find the exact spot, then stopped and took several pictures of my phone, myself, and the ground. As I was leaving he asked about why I was taking the pictures, and I explained to him that I was playing a game where I get points by reaching specific, randomly chosen locations. This (aproximately truthful) explanation seemed to satisfy him. I offered to give him the expedition poster I had prepared prior to setting out, but he declined. I thanked him again for allowing me to cross his yard, and wished him a good afternoon. On the way back to my car, I hung the poster in a tree beside the footbridge, about 150ft along the ditch from the hashpoint.
I'm counting this as making 4pm Saturday meetup, since I was within sight and shouting distance of the geohash for at least 10 minutes either side of 4pm, though it was a few minutes after 4 by the time I reached the exact spot. However, as expected, nobody else showed up.
- Success! With ambassador achievement even. Pics and writeup to follow. -- Eldin (talk) @43.6468,-116.6852 16:16, 13 July 2013 (MDT)