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Geodashing: May08   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 83

"I climbed through the wire fence, which was strung so tightly I could
barely spread the strands. As soon as I did this, the farm buggy
immediately drove straight towards me, and I met Mr Ray Spizzo.  Ray
was a very congenial man, and he listened intently as I made a mess of
explaining Geodashing.  I showed him the Google Earth Page I had
printed showing where the dashpoint lay on his property, and he was
quite interested.  The property was in very good condition with
healthy looking eucalypti openly spaced in rich sandy soil. Ray
explained to me that he was building his own private 9 hole golf
course. The circular driving I had observed was Ray pulling a steel
rake around leveling the greens.  There were also sandy bunkers to be
seen. He drove me in the cart to the vicinity of the dashpoint."

That's Geodashing in Australia with geoffj3191

"The day was a freezing cold one, the coldest we've felt for a while.
We discovered a walking track right opposite our parking spot. This
track climbed up a steepish grassy hill in a Reserve so we followed it
and found ourselves almost spot on our first Dashpoint. There's a big
tree marking the spot. There are awesome views up here, right out over
the coast."

That's Geodashing in New Zealand with Punga and Paua

"The ground is like what the common perception of the desert
is: sandy, but not like a beach; it's mixed with slightly larger
grains, but with none of the larger rocks that pick up "desert
varnish".  We spent a few minutes reveling in the stark grandeur
around us, then almost reluctantly started back to the car.  On the
hike out, I noted not a single bird, lizard or insect, but we did see
one bird, one dragonfly and one ant (one! I looked for more, but saw
none) on the way back.  The silence of the whole hike was broken only
by our voices, and our feet on the sand; even the breeze was very
mild, and only occasionally rustled the shrubbery."

That's Geodashing with chaosmanor in California


Game 83 of Geodashing was won by team "Dashed Hopes." Honorable
mentions go to teams "En Dash!" and "GeoTerriers."

Jack Frickey took individual honors by a wide margin. Honorable
mentions go to Webfoot and chaosmanor.

The game saw 109 dashpoint hunts in 10 countries (US, Hungary,
Australia, Germany, South Africa, New Zealand, UK, Switzerland, Brazil
and Canada).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

down in a ravine, along a drainage channel that winds from high up in
California's Trancas Canyon down to the Pacific Ocean

along a badly eroded gravel road on the north side of the Magaliesberg
Mountain Range in South Africa

in California's Mojave Desert, with desert mallow and mesquite in
bloom ("The desert in the springtime is an awesome sight")

on the lawn behind a fish farm in Germany

a drive-by at the edge of a large shopping centre in the south eastern
Melbourne suburb of Chadstone

on the roof of an Xsport Fitness in St. Charles, Illinois

just inside the "Set the Captives Free Outreach Center," part of the
Mays-Woodson Christian Academy in Maryland

in Australia, past an elaborate wrought iron gate and on the grounds
of an enormous bluestone mansion with its own chapel

at a concrete-mixing construction site in Switzerland

in an enchanted forest in Germany, close to the Chiemsee ("Very
difficult to walk through this forest, very swampy ground, again with
black turf soil")

in a field of evergreens, across the road from a dairy barn in

in the middle of a bean field in the UK

in a Nebraska farm field ("most recently soybean field, earlier
cornfield (they often rotate)") with firm enough soil to easily walk
and no signs of planting

in a fallow field in New York, full of the stubble of old corn stalks

out of reach beyond a gate in California, in a field packed with
sunflower plants

just off Western Australia's coastal Grey Road, which is actually just a
sandy track ("On route to GZ we startled a flock of Emus")

in Brazil, out of reach way away across a field with cattle and an
occasional horse grazing amongst hundreds of termite hills, all on the
other side of a wide ditch and 5-strand barbed wire fence

21 meters into the water of Germany's "Unterbacher See"

just within reach from the shoreline of New Zealand's Lake Karapiro

and at a small creek in a meadow in Germany ("Nice area, nice meadow,
nice mountains")


David Mower explains why only by going there can you be sure what
you'll find:

"I call this my miracle dashpoint because, according to the GPS, I was
walking on water. Here's the story. Many years ago levees were built
in the southeast corner of Utah Lake. The levees kept the lake water
away and provided additional dry land whereon this dashpoint is found.
Apparently the levee construction data was not available to the makers
of the base map for my Garmin GPS which showed the dashpoint as being
in the waters of the lake. It seemed funny to be walking on dry land
and to look at the GPS screen and see nothing but blue."

Has No Horse explains why a checklist is useful:

"At 300m to go, I found a skid trail that went uphill toward the top of
the ridge.  The blooming Manzanita was thick enough that I would not
have tried this without these trails.  I finally worked my way to
within 97m where I stood on a old gray Cedar log with a wall of
Manzanita  between me and the DP. From this log, I had a great view
of the Three Sisters and Broken Top, snow covered mountains to the SW.
It was then I realized I'd run off without my camera."


Thanks to all the Geodashing players, whose many great reports are
quoted here, not always with proper attribution. Complete, original
reports are available on the Web site.


About Geodashing: Geodashing is a game in which players use GPS
receivers on a playing field that covers the entire planet. The
waypoints, or dashpoints, to be reached are randomly selected. The win
goes to who can get to the most dashpoints; that is, if you can get to
them at all! Each game has a new set of dashpoints making each game
different and unpredictable. For more information and to play, visit .

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