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Geodashing: Nov08   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 89

"One of my friends had suggested we visit a local botanical gardens on
Monday which sounded interesting. Since she was the only one of us
with a car, I asked if we could take a detour of about three miles
away from the Las Vegas strip to help Julie and me try for the
dashpoint. She was agreeable and we proceeded to find out where the
botanical garden was. You guessed it: the park, Springs Preserve, is
about three miles from the Las Vegas strip, just south of the 95
freeway. The dashpoint lies within the bounds of a tiny, 180 acre park
that we were planning on visiting anyway!  Gotta love that
serendipity!  "

That's Geodashing with Buxley in Las Vegas, Nevada

"I have only been in Hawn State Park a couple of times and never down
the longer hiking trails.  This point was a 2 or 3 miles in and
appeared to be close to one of the trails.  The first half hour or so
was spent twisting up a knob, across the top of a cliff overlooking
the camping area and descending back to the original level.  From
there, I followed a creek bed that coursed over sandstone ledges.
Each ledge dropped the stream from a foot or two to as much as 20 feet
but the space in between was flat with the stream running over bare
rock ledge.  In front of each ledge was a pool of still water where it
had been just cold enough for some tenuous ice to form.  As I climbed
elevation, the stream got smaller until I crossed it as just a gully
continuing up the hillside.  I hiked up, over and down another knob
before finally flattening out some and providing some easier hiking
through the mixed pine and hardwood forest.  Despite expecting to get
at least close to the DP while on the trail if not actually scoring,
the closest I could get was 245 meters (about 800 feet).  So, off I
went off-trail.  It was a fairly easy bushwhack, the forest floor is
quite open.  I stopped at an interesting blown down tree, 150 meters
from the DP.  It was a double trunked tree that split and fell in
opposite directions.  The larger half was quite tall and still leaning
at an angle along with a smaller tree that it had taken down with it.
Leaving the tree, I found ground zero for the DP, on a hillside where
I found an old fallen tree to sit on and enjoy a rest and some

That's Geodashing with RogBarn in Missouri

"After midnight, November 1: When the month's DPs came out, I saw this
as an easy way to keep going my string of months with at least one
acquisition.  I had checked this out a couple of days ago, and
verified that I could score this from the nearest street.  Zeroing it
out looked to be unlikely, as this facility is rather secretive, with
yellow, lockable swing gates at every entrance.  But as a midnight
run, this was pretty close to perfect. So, after the few
trick-or-treaters that came to our neighborhood vanished into the
night, I sat and typed up most of this, uploaded the photo I had taken
during my reconnaissance, then headed up The Grade on US 101, and 15
minutes later was outside the facility."

That's Geodashing with chaosmanor in California


Game 89 of Geodashing was won by team "GeoTerriers," their second win
in a row. Honorable mention goes to "Llama League" and "Home for the

Jack Frickey took individual honors, with Tom Arneson close behind and
Dashing Dog Mac, Madam Dash and McMeanderer tied for third.

The game saw 83 dashpoint hunts in six countries (the US, Germany,
Australia, Italy, South Africa, and Brazil).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in a field on Australia's Mornington Peninsula, scored on the first
Tuesday in November while Viewed was winning the Melbourne Cup

near the University of Western Sydney's Millennium Mound, which is
"God only knows what"

next to a greenhouse beside Interstate Highway 81 in Virginia

in Virginia, on the bridge where Leesburg Pike crosses over Columbia
Pike in the area known as Bailey's Crossroads, a retail area coming
back after some years of decline

in the fenced garden of a house in Sarmeola, Italy, scored in pouring

in a ramshackle homestead in Minnesota with an old 18 wheeler trailer
and an old school bus painted green and converted to a camper

in a wonderful diverse forest near "Bodelschwingh" in the very
northwest of Dortmund, where an oak, a beech and a maple stood nearby

behind a high metal fence in Germany, where many deer and a water rat
disappearing into a creek were on the side with the dashpoint

in a low area of mixed pine and birch, scored on the first day of
firearms deer season ("I passed a hunter dressed in blaze orange
coveralls walking away from his pickup.")

in New Jersey in the middle of Wharton State Forest near the Atsion
Recreation Area, near a small hunting stand

in Oregon, out of reach in Eagle Marsh wildlife refuge, closed in
winter to protect wintering birds ("The highlight was hearing many
hundreds of geese approaching flying overhead for several minutes.
Even the snowy egrets browsing the marsh looked up.")

in Minnesota, on the way to a National Water Fowl Production Area, in
a bad road that that turns from gravel to dirt that would have been
muddy if the temperature had been above freezing

in a parking lot for a boat launch ramp in San Diego, filled with
trucks attached to boat trailers

in a paddock in New South Wales, where the valley was very green and
lush and surrounded by low hills, but the summer sun is quickly drying
it out

in Arizona, under a mesquite tree and within the radius of the arms of
a large cholla cactus

in South Africa, near an old man's little piece of corn field in a
maze of small gravel roads that doesn't show on any GPS or map

in a field of tall grass in Missouri, reached by way of a long
driveway consisting of a two-track lane of crushed stone with grass in
the middle

and in Brazil, in a rice field, reached by driving through villages
and clouds of dust


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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