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Geodashing: Dec09   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 102

"I heard an occasional bird call but other than that, it was quiet.  I
looked up and a gibbous half moon was overhead.  Near the moon, where
I could still see them well, two geese flying together high in the
sky.  Once I realized they were there, I could hear an occasional honk
from them.  Perhaps it was a magical moment, or even a spiritual
moment on this Christmas night, but as I looked around me in the
fading daylight, I was struck by how beautiful this random point was.
One of the maxims of Geodashing is that the journey is more important
than the destination.  This must be the exception that proves the
rule, because after a long, boring drive, this was a most wonderful
destination."

That's Geodashing in Arkansas with Rogbarn

 

"Soon we were in farm country. This point is in the floodplain of the
Elkhorn.  We noticed an unusual gate where the local farmer had taken
bits of tin building parts to fashion 'rockets' and stand them on
posts on either side of the gate. The gate had various old metal
spoked wheels from antique farm machinery. The house itself was just
visible to the east but the snow haze limited visibility. The point
itself was just off to the west of the gravel road in harvested
cornfield. The cold wind blowing the dry snow discouraged any more
exploring."

That's Geodashing in Nebraska with Douq Millar

"Weather forecast for today was light rain turning to snow late in the
day.  The plan was to get this dashpoint really close to home (about 6
miles) that I haven't had time to do yet, take care of a few Christmas
shopping errands, and be home before the weather got bad.  Reality was
that it was snowing hard for our first stop (ACCUMU) at 9:45 AM and
there was over 4 inches of snow on the ground when we got home from
the outing at 12:30 PM.  Whew!"

That's Geodashing in Virginia with Jack Frickey

"On the return trip, we did encounter some white-out conditions, and a
jack-knifed semi-truck halted traffic to a complete stand-still on
Interstate 80, just east of where Interstate 355 intersects. Traffic
was at a complete stop for about 25 minutes and no possibility of
exit. Home and snow-blowed the driveway for rounding out a great day
after Christmas."

That's Geodashing in Illinois with Markwell and his Webelos Scout
navigator

==================================

Game 102 of Geodashing was won by team "GeoTerriers" for the second
month in a row.  Honorable mentions go to teams "En Dash!" and "Llama
League."

Individual honors go to Rogbarn by a wide margin, thanks to his mad
Christmas/New Year's dash across Arkansas and Texas.  Honorable
mentions go to chaosmanor, Dashing Dog Mac and Madam Dash.

The game saw 61 dashpoint hunts in five countries (Australia, the US,
Hungary, Switzerland and Germany).

==================================

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

on uncultivated and barren grassland near the Sevier Bridge Reservoir
dam in central Utah

near the base of a large mulberry tree that is near the dividing line
between two houses in La Verne, California ("one house had a lot of
Christmas lights: multi-colored strands along the eave of the roof,
and lots of white icicle-style strings hanging from the roof")

in a white weatherboard house in Dandenong, Victoria, with a few
garden gnomes crowding up the front yard

in Missouri, next to a barbed wire fence surrounding a farm field
that has been worked on, as it appears suburbia is taking over and
some new buildings are going to be placed here but for now,
agriculture is still king

in California, just inside a three-strand barbed-wire fence that
surrounds a vacant lot ("not much of interest inside the fence: just
some dead grasses. We heard a goat bleating from the house to the
north")

in Victoria, Australia, next door Warrawee Therapies which offers
Osteopathy, Reflexology, Beauty Therapy and various forms of Massage

in Ohio, a mere twenty feet south of the right-hand lane of I-480
Eastbound (but, due to rush hour traffic and inclement weather,
difficult to "score")

unreachable in a big, plowed field in Hungary ("At the point where I
would have liked to see a path, a white stony holy cross!  Nice area,
bad weather, no luck this time.")

in Oregon, at the head of a drainage covered in oak trees, along a
narrow road that dropped into a shaded gully where there was a thin
layer of snow the sun had not reached

among scattered farmhouses among National Forest land in Missouri,
with snow sometimes mostly covering the ground, sometimes just enough
to see among the blades of grass

and in Austria, in a beautiful winter landscape, along a small
snow-covered county road that gets even smaller the further up it
leads


==================================

Unofficial motto of the US Post Office:

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these
couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

Doug Millar applies the motto to Geodashing:

"Heading south in the steadily increasing snow and rapidly approaching
darkness we crossed I-80. In the gloom and snow haze it was hard to
find the turn onto section line road, but after several tries at
go-nowhere left turn lanes we found it. A mile east, then south on
another gravel road, now completely covered in snow led to the
nondescript cornfield containing the point. There was a tractor path
with gap in the fence right at the point location we again the poor
weather discouraged trying to get any closer. On the way back to town
on I-80 the big trucks kicked up a blinding cloud of snow that
completely blocked visibility for about 30 seconds, not a good day for
driving."

==================================

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
http://GPSgames.org .

Last Updated ( 17:09 Tuesday, 05 January 2010 UTC )


 
 

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