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In a field west of Adair Village, Oregon.
- Michael5000 -- First Expedition - Expedition #156
- Frogman Second expedition
- Greg - Second Expedition
I had already decided to take the day off when I saw the likely looking hashpoint not far out of Corvallis. This offered me a chance to do two things that would satisfy my collector's impulse: (1) geohashing in Benton County and (2) run in Benton County. Yes, I have odd collections.
Knowing that Frogman would likely be interested, I had the choice between being civil and being mischievous. I went with the latter, driving down relatively early to be the first party there. I left evidence -- my calling card at the entrance to the land and a banner near the hashpoint -- and headed home without so much as a by-your-leave (after a lovely run on the trails of the Oregon State University forest).
When I told Frogman's sister what I had done, she said it was "cruel." No, I told her, it was "mischievous." "Cruel" would be getting there first and setting up a pit trap.
I was going to ride my bike to the hashpoint after class, but Greg offered to drive us there. This was great, because it was cold! We drove up Highway 99, only getting a bit lost once, and pulled into a gravel road to continue the rest of the way on foot. But why were there small rectangular pieces of paper in the gate? Michael5000 had been here already, it seems! We made remarks on how dedicated he must be, both to this sport and to showing us up, to have taken the drive down to Corvallis. And he didn't even visit!
The hashpoint itself was a short trek up the hill from there. The area was logged so we were met with fantastic views of the sunset.
| Michael5000 earned the Regional geohashing achievement
- Michael5000's first return to the Eugene graticule since Expedition #1, 2009-10-31 44 -123.
- Michael5000's first expedition to Benton County.