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Geodashing: Jun08   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 84

"I parked at the side of the road, leaving two wheels on the bitumen
as it was very nasty off the road surface, and put on a raincoat and
grabbed an umbrella, my GPS and my camera, and headed off into the
unfenced grassy field at the side of the road. The grass was thin, and
the clayey soil was very wet and sticky, but I trudged on until I
broke the magic circle at 95m. That was definitely close enough and I
returned to the car. Removing my coat, and getting back into the
driverís seat without getting mud into the car was a mean feat. I had
to put my boots into a plastic bag, but I was pretty pleased as all
this would have been a nightmare but for the successful score.  bonus
was that it was a new western extreme for Queensland, which has been
pretty lightly dashed actually."

That's Geodashing in Queensland with geoffj3191

"For three days, we were immersed in a thick cloud of smoke from some
800 fires reported in the hills of northern California.  It is very
dry, will be a long hot summer for them."

That's Geoashing in California with Has no Horse


Game 84 of Geodashing was won by team "GeoTerriers" by a wide margin
over "Dashed Hopes" and "En Dash!".

Jack Frickey took individual honors by a wide margin over Tom Arneson.
Even farther back were chaosmanor and Has no Horse.

The game saw 101 dashpoint hunts in eight countries (Spain, the US,
Australia, Austria, South Africa, Germany, Qatar and Canada).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

on stony ground in a La Mancha vineyard in Spain

in a huge peat digging "farm" in Germany ("if you have a look on
Google Earth you'll find long brown stripes in the countryside")

in a boggy unfenced Queensland paddock getting a potentially
drought-breaking rain storm

in a very swampy forest in Austria, contaminated by mosquitoes and
overgrown by fern

in the middle of a particularly muddy slough with no trail leading to
it in Huron Bay marsh in San Lorenzo, California

in golden hills of dying grasses covering rolling hills: the
quintessential California landscape

in the middle of nowhere in the Qatar desert, with an abundance of
fossils to be found

in a Ponderosa Pine replant area in Oregon, where all of the trees
looked to be about 5 years old ("lumber for my grandkids") and the
soft pumice soil left nice semideep footprints

in a large group of majestic grass trees with very long spears in
Australia's Brisbane Rangers National Park, Victoria

in the woods, surrounded by the tall evergreens that are everywhere in
western Washington state

near the summit of a fair-sized hill on the Pausagaunt Plateau near
Bryce Canyon in Utah ("as usual, no people, no improvements, just

in typical rural scrub with creosote bushes, some cacti, background of
the rocky hills forming the north side of California's Joshua Tree
National Park

in a sunflower field in Spain

in a flat grain field ("wheat or oats") across a flooded ditch
alongside a gravel road in North Dakota

in a healthy corn field in Minnesota ("quite valuable considering all
the corn fields underwater in Iowa and Missouri")

in New York, up a service road for oil wells, near a bunch of blue
pipes coming from the ground and to large storage tanks on the surface

in a large strip mall in Virginia, behind a Blockbuster video store
and inside a chain link fence of a large store under construction

next to a living-institution for handicapped people in Germany

and in Newark, California, in a weedy area next to an old boarded up
building looking like something out of the Old West dropped into the
middle of suburbia


Tom Arneson summarizes his mad dash, a disappearing pastime as gas
prices rise:

"This was my tenth and last hunt of the day. I roamed through eight
counties in two states and traveled 549.4 km in 8.3 hours while
hunting. I enjoyed the varied landscape, from the flat Red River
Valley land, to rolling land with mixed woods and crop lands. There
were rivers, lakes and swamps. I saw deer, striped gophers, ducks,
geese, egrets, red-winged blackbirds, roadkill skunks and raccoons.
There were cattle, turkeys and horses on farms."

cincol offers this advice for Geodashing in Qatar:

"To access this area a 4x4 vehicle is a MUST. The roads are extremely
rocky in places and there is a lot of soft sand as well. Be careful of
sharp stones and deflate your tyres."


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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