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On a steep hillside in Willamette National Forest.
- Wow! I'm impressed. I don't think I'd try with the apparent slope around there! Jiml (talk) 01:31, 26 October 2013 (EDT)
Dmitriy agreed to drive us to the hashpoint under the condition that we pay for gas and take good pictures of him for his Facebook profile. So, after some quick phone calls and hurried preparation, we embarked on our epic journey to the next graticule over.
The day started out gray and dreary but quickly brightened after we passed Sweet Home. We cruised down US Numbered Highway 20, singing along to well-known songs such as Sail by AWOLNATION and Float On by Modest Mouse. At this point, I brought up Google Maps navigation in order to figure out the best route to the hashpoint.
Pro tip: Google Maps doesn't know a whole ton about National Forest roads. We turned onto the main road in that area, NF-15, which was paved for a good way and then not paved for a while after that. Google Map's error was when it told us to turn off of NF-15 and onto a smaller, less-well-traveled road. This would have been a shorted route if the road did indeed go all the way through to the other side. After squeezing the car through bushes and getting out to move fallen trees from the road, we hit a dead end on two separate occasions. Other than the time lost and the stress on Dmitriy as the driver on those difficult roads, these detours were quite nice, as the dead ends all gave us rather impressive views of the Willamette National Forest wilderness, with high hills, deep valleys, and lots and lots of trees.
Luckily, Higgs had a standalone GPS that had a very good idea where the roads were. We put the coordinates into the GPS and discovered that staying on NF-15 would have taken us to the hashpoint, albeit less directly. We drove around the hill that the previous roads were on, passing a quarry, a logging site, and a meadow before reaching a trail that was rather close to the hashpoint. From there it was an easy trek to the hashpoint, which was on the side of a rather steep hill near a rotten stump. We had lunch, admired the trees, and left.
Before returning to Corvallis, we stopped at the meadow, which turned out to be not a meadow at all but a beautiful marshy area, and the quarry, which we scaled and admired the view from. From there we left, returning to civilization.
Higgs on a different stump!
Higgs checking his GPS.
Higgs in a marsh.
Callie and Higgs in a marsh.
Higgs agreed to stay down to take pictures.
| Frogman, Higgs, Callie, Dmitriy earned the Picnic achievement
| Frogman, Higgs, Callie, Dmitriy earned the GeoTrash Geohash Achievement