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Next to Cattaraugus Creek near the central area of the Seneca Indian Reservation
Looking at this when the hashes first came out, I didn't think this was accessible, but taking a second look, I saw there is a cemetery just north of the hash which can give me access. The hash, being right next to Cattaraugus creek however, may prove difficult and depending on how high the waters are, I may not be able to get there, but I'll try. I have a doc appointment this afternoon so I'll drive down after that. If successful, I'll also issue a Tale of Two Challenge for Seneca Nation. The rest of the weekend hashes also look good so I'm hoping this will be the first in a good consecutive hash string. Tomorrow's hash expedition can be found here.
After the doc visit, I drove south on Rt 20 passing at least one hash I've done in the past. On the drive down, I was a little concerned because the clouds in that direction were dark and the news spoke of snowfall at 1-2 inches per hour. For those in warmer climates, that is really heavy snow and if it's windy, can lead to white-out conditions. Fortunately, I turned to go east before getting to the current lake effect snow bands at the time. I found the cemetery and ended up parking on one of the cemetery roads rather than stick out into the main road trying to park on the shoulder.
I made my way down the cemetery road toward the creek and found an ATV trail leading off into the woods which is what I saw on the satellite pictures. Getting closer to the creek, the trail split and going more toward the hash, that trail was covered in thin ice and large areas of water so I chose to head first to the creek and then try to make my way to the hash. In this area, the creek had split around some land that was slightly higher and kind of made an island, but the creek on this side was very shallow and went through more swampy land than actual creek. I was able to stay on large sticks and tufts of grass and kept my feet dry as I made my way to higher ground.
The brush was thick, but I was able to push through relatively easily and before zeroing in on the hash, I was treated to a very nice view of the very large creek. As I admired the view, I saw a Bald Eagle flying by on the other side of the creek. Trying to quickly get out my phone to take a picture, I fumbled with my gloves and by the time I was able to get a shot, the bird had flown far enough that the camera just picked up a tiny little blob. Oh, well. I then proceeded to the hash, and danced around enough to get a decent reading and some pictures.
On the way back, I was again able to stay out of the water and found my way back to the cemetery without too much trouble. I took a picture of the Seneca Nations Convention Center signage but unfortunately, it said the temp was 32 degrees. My phone's weather report had the area at a high of 30 degrees as well as another bank sign down the road. With the disparity in readings, without an actual thermometer, I won't take the Frozen geohash for this expedition even though I think it was.
Note on this expedition: Technically, the Seneca Nation of Indians is sovereign territory and while there is no Border patrol, it should count as a Border Crossing.
| This user earned the Land geohash achievement
| Pedalpusher issued a challenge for the Tale of Two Hashes achievement
| Pedalpusher earned the Border geohash achievement