2nd Degree Criminal Trespass

If you ever visit Goldendale, WA make sure you don't turn right on Centerville Rd. I was driving around looking for places to photograph windmills, and from a lower vantage point at the southern end of Maryhill Loops Rd, just off Hwy 14, I had seen cars driving east-west along the ridge to my north. I looked at my GPS, and figred that Centerville Rd was what I was seeing. I followed my GPS up there, and after turning right on Centerville it turned into a dirt road shortly after leaving Hwy 97. I didn't see any signs, gates, fences, or anything to indicate it was private propery. I followed the road for about two miles, stopped, and set up this shot. About 45 minutes later the police came and lit me up. I politely explained what I was doing, and after learning that I was on private property, I said that I would be happy to leave. It was clear to me from the beginning that this was one of those cops to which every answer you give is the wrong answer by default. A good 15 minutes went by, and the deputy came back with my ID, and a notice to appear in court next week for 2nd Degree Criminal Trespass, a misdemeanor. Great. Maybe I should show the judge the photo?


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Taken on March 7, 2010