2013-10-21 44 -123

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Mon 21 Oct 2013 in 44,-123:
44.5792184, -123.3062221

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[edit] Location

In the middle of a forest in the Corvallis area near Witham Hill Natural Area.

[edit] Participants

Alison and Greg came along for the trip but did not reach the hashpoint.

[edit] Plans

After hitting the Peavy Arboretum hash the day before, I was hungry for more. Fortunately, this hash was well within walking distance! I invited a lot of friends and four agreed to come along.

[edit] Expedition

We left at about 6:15 from my house, which was probably too late to be wise (but hey, a geohasher's gotta geohash!). After a beautiful one-mile walk to the Witham Hill Natural Area we started down the trail, even though the sun was already setting.

The Witham Hill Natural Area contains a lot of trails, many of which don't lead the direction we thought they would. At one junction we chose a trail which we began doubting. Alec, however, was pretty convinced that the trail would lead us to where we needed to go. "Have faith in my blind navigational skills!" said Alec, refusing to look at a GPS. Had he looked at a GPS, he would have seen that we were consistently moving away from the hashpoint.

After we retraced our steps, the sun was well set and we had to bring out our phones as flashlights. Eventually we had to leave the trail and romped through the forest. We were attacked from all angles by tree branches and invisible velociraptors (possibly they were blackberry bushes). After a while we came across a thicket. At this point I would have been willing to turn back, but Callie urged us to push onwards. "I speak loudly and carry a big stick!" she said, swinging with the aforementioned stick at the vines. Alec and I continued with her.

A very long 100 meters followed, but finally we came across the hashpoint. There was a bush there! We all put our hands over the bush in order to reach the hashpoint.

Our journey back was probably the most interesting bit of the expedition. Instead of hiking back up Witham Hill through the woods, we decided to cross some fields to get to nearby Walnut Blvd. These fields, although obviously unoccupied, were fenced off. The fences got increasingly higher and more difficult to cross, culminating in the final fence that blocked off the fields from the road. After a while of walking along this fence, we decided to try to cross it. It took us perhaps five minutes to get everyone across, but we made it!

After our trek home some of us went out to Qdoba. The food was acceptable.


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[edit] Achievements

Walk.PNG
Frogman, Higgs, Callie, Greg, Alison earned the Walk geohash Achievement
by reaching the (44, -123) geohash on 2013-10-21 on foot, travelling a distance of 3.7 miles.
2013-10-21 44 -123 ontheway.jpg
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Frogman, Alison earned the Hashcat achievement
by finding a cat and stopping to pat it near the (44, -123) geohash on 2013-10-21.
2013-10-21 44 -123 cat.jpg
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Higgs, Frogman earned the Drag-along achievement
by dragging Higgs, Greg, Callie to the (44, -123) geohash on 2013-10-21.