2017-12-09 47 -122

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Sat 9 Dec 2017 in Seattle:
47.5794776, -122.2838008

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Location[edit]

On the paved path next to Lake Washington Blvd, just south of Mount Baker Park.

Participants[edit]

Plans[edit]

An hour's travel each way by either bus or bike. Tentatively aiming for a 4pm meetup, but given that sunset is at its earliest of 4:17pm I would also be happy to go earlier. Coyotebush (talk) 02:19, 9 December 2017 (UTC)

Will probably be after 5 for me; gotta clear customs first. Always happy to join a Saturday meetup! --Thomcat (talk) 04:54, 9 December 2017 (UTC)

Expedition[edit]

coyotebush[edit]

This morning I decided that trying to coordinate schedules with Thomcat would be a little too hard, and that I would much rather visit in the daylight anyway. Sorry, Thomcat, hope to meet another time! With that decided, I was aiming for early afternoon, but by the time I had finished a lazy morning and talked myself into the bike ride it was nearly 3. I put some air in the tires and set off at a comfortable pace in the 41 degree weather. The sun was settling into a newly developed haze over the city.

I last visited Lake Washington Blvd in July while participating in a "bike bingo" scavenger hunt. Today I tried a new southbound route via the University Bridge and Boyer Ave, but found it not especially appealing. After a few short pauses along the lake shore, I arrived at the point minutes before 4. I took pictures of the area but didn't linger long. The numerous runners passing by must have been puzzled.

Rather than attempt the full return trip immediately, I made a stop at the Leschi Starbucks to warm up with a drink and a snack.

Evening faded to night as I continued north. This time, I chose the Montlake Bridge to catch the Burke-Gilman trail farther east. With one more stop for groceries, I was home again by the time Thomcat arrived at the point. Good job finding my tiny lake rocks in the dark.

Thomcat[edit]

My initial thought was an excellent Saturday expedition, and a chance to visit Genesee Park in daylight. Then I consulted my flight schedule and factored in customs... nighttime again. Something about these northern latitudes.

I drove from the airport, completing an as-the-crow-flies distance of 8191 km from where I woke up this morning. This looks to be the second longest distance traveled to a Saturday meetup.

After driving by the park in the dark (without a man named Clark) I found a place to park. With my flashlight, I found what should be the proper tree, but did not spot the cairn. Well, I looked online while waiting to deboard and saw a pile of rocks - how hard should that be to spot? After wandering back and forth and checking the neighboring trees, I finally did spot the cairn... of pebbles.

I took a few photos and skedaddled home for a long sleep. This was my 256th expedition, and 22nd Saturday meetup.

Tracklog[edit]

coyotebush: 19.4 miles on Strava

Photos[edit]

Achievements[edit]

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coyotebush earned the Bicycle geohash achievement
by cycling 19.4mi to and from the (47, -122) geohash on 2017-12-09.
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coyotebush earned the xkcd Nullaturion achievement
by attending 2 Saturday meetups.
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Thomcat earned the xkcd Viginturion achievement
by attending 22 Saturday meetups.
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Thomcat earned the Two to the N achievement
by attempting to reach 28 hashpoints on 2017-12-09 47 -122 and is promoted to Level 8 (Expeditions).
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Thomcat earned the XKCD-100 Achievement
by voyaging 8191 km to reach the (47, -122) geohash on 2017-12-09.
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Thomcat earned the Border geohash achievement
by crossing the Deutschland-USA border on 2017-12-09 to reach the (47, -122) geohash.