2013-09-05 45 -123

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Thu 5 Sep 2013 in 45,-123:
45.7402717, -123.9119981

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In the forest north of Nehalem.



When we set out, we were thinking (based on Google maps/satelite imagery) that we would be able to drive nearly to the hash. But about 1.4 miles from the hash we encountered a locked gate. However, the sign beside the locked gate indicated that certain recreational uses of the land beyond were permitted, including hiking (during daylight hours only). So we parked the car and set out walking. It was a beautiful area for hiking through the forest, and we were able to find roads and/or trails which led is roughly the right direction. We saw signs of deer and bear, but the only wildlife we actually encountered were a frog and a lizard. It ended up taking 1.5 hours and roughly 2 miles of hiking with a fair bit of vertical travel (both up and down) to reach the hash. The hash itself was near a very large tree stump, at the top of a hill, near the edge of a recently logged area of forest. The view of Nehalem Bay from the hash was quite spectacular. When we were almost to the hash, it started raining. It stopped again after only 10 minutes or so, but it began again shortly after we left the hash point, and continued for nearly the entire hike back to the car.



Eldin & his dad earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (45, -123) geohash on 2013-09-05.
Eldin earned the Drag-along achievement
by dragging his dad to the (45, -123) geohash on 2013-09-05.
Eldin & his dad earned the Drowned Rat Geohash Achievement
by reaching the (45, -123) geohash on 2013-09-05 despite being thoroughly wet from walking ~2 miles through rainy forest.

I debated whether to take the honorable mention version of this one. But yesterday my mom made a comment about seeing us after the expedition. She said 'They looked like a couple of drowned rats'. That convinced me that the full version was in fact appropriate.