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Geodashing: Feb10   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 104 (GDAE)

"We stopped the car at what I had identified as the closest with a
small track towards the dashpoint.  I marked the spot where I parked
the car, and we decided to step into this something beneath the wet
deep snow that was supposed to be the track.  You have to know that
Hungary had a lot of snow this winter, and even though the temperature
is above 0 at present, it has not all melted yet. So the snow, at a
depth of maybe 20cm, is of thick ice crystals intermixed with the
water of the melting and rain.  It is one of these snows which are the
least nice to walk in. Of course, we walked on.  Wet snow beneath our
feet, fog and mist around us, grey snow below, grey snow above, light
rain, dawn. A very intense dose of: Nothing.  Well, almost nothing:
Plenty of rabbit traces and other animals in the snow.  We kept
walking. I measured it out: All togehter 3.3km both ways within 53
minutes in wet deep snow. We zeroed the spot out. Grey wet snow
beneath us. Grey wet fog and rain around us. Dawn, the sun must have
set already, but it was invisible. Even the direction where it must
have settled was invisible. Slight rain dripping on us. No noises.
Just nothing around us. On a plowed field. So, after agreeing that
even a trip to nowhere can be exciting we turned around, using our
foot steps in the snow to navigate back."

That's Geodashing in Hungary with freichmann

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Game 104 of Geodashing was won by team "Llama League." Honorable
mentions go to teams "En Dash!" and "Home for the Itinerant."

Individual honors go to Jack Frickey, thanks to a mad dash from
Virginia to Florida for a Caribbean cruise.  McMeanderer.  Honorable
mentions go to RogBarn and RogBarn, McMeanderer and Wisk.

The game saw 63 dashpoint hunts in seven countries (the US, Australia,
the UK, Germany, Canada, New Zealand and Hungary).

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

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

right in the middle of the motocross track near Black Eagle, Montana,
visited on a cold and snowy February 1

in flat grassland in British Columbia far from the mountainous and
forested terrain that's home to the Winter Olympics

in a grey two-storey house with white trim in southern California,
with a brick pillar mailbox at the curb and a St. Valentine's Day
banner flapping over the walkway to the front door -- "Be Mine"

right at the front door of number 1 Lemon Grove in Mount Waverley,
Victoria, Australia, a neat white weatherboard or hardiplank (fibro
cement siding) house

in Florida, behind the mega MEGA million dollar mansions on the narrow
strip of land between Lake Worth and the Atlantic Ocean

right at the side wall of a Wal-Mart in Owensville, Missouri

just down the road from exit 235 of I-90 in Ohio, past the Adult
Videos porn shop

right in the middle of the I395 off-ramp at North Quaker Lane in
Alexandria, Virginia

inside a fenced Lockheed Martin campus in California, with California
Pepper trees lining the fence

near an old flat-bed farm wagon inside a snow-covered, fenced vacant
lot in the little town of Meadow, Utah

in a porta-potty with a broken roof in a scrap heap made up of
discarded rails in the Roper Terminal area of the Union Pacific
Railroad in the city of South Salt Lake City, Utah

just inside the old HMAS Narimba airfield in New South Wales ("After
the Navy closed the field it was in use as the Schofield's Aerodrome
and they used to hold a popular air show there, but alas even that is
no more")

in Wisconsin, behind a farmstead with a dilapidated, collapsing barn,
a machine shed and a two story farmhouse

in corn stubble off Illinois' Reservation Road, near Waa Kee Sha Park,
named after the Indian granted the land in the Treaty of 1829 signed
at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

in a snow-covered forest in Germany, near a hunters' stand

in snow covered woods, a very peaceful and serene spot, in Crawford
County, Missouri

next to a small stream with some trees in Illinois, with many animal
tracks, mostly rabbit, criss-crossing the area

in Laurel Park in St. Charles County, Missouri, across some open
ground that was muddy from melting snow on top of frozen ground

in the middle of nowhere in North Carolina, next to a large pine tree
just past the entrance to Mill Bay Fox Preserve

and in the middle of a large orange grove near Bowling Green, Florida
("the trees were loaded")


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

Wisk shows how to use new technology to report your location:

"After a quick hike though the desert, I located the zero point
underneath a prickly pear cactus.  I pushed one of the custom message
buttons on my SPOT satellite messenger which sent a message that I had
drafted online the night before at SPOTís homepage
(http://www.findmespot.com/en/) and also includes the unit location.
This was way cool -- on the way back to my car, my phone beeped having
received the same text message that was sent by email."

Morseman and freichmann show how to use old technology to reach
dashpoints:

"I took the Underground from Tottenham Court Road to Kennington on the
Northern Line and swapped over to the other platform to get to Balham
station. Then I used my Garmin Nuvi to get me to the dashpoint, which
is in a group of flats on Clapham Park Estate, off Plummer Road."

"This hunt I dedicate to the London subway. More precisely, to their
slogan: 'Mind the gap'. This is wonderful. It has something
philosophical. Mind the gap. Just think of all these gaps. On the
pavement, your knowledge during the exam, in the books of the banks
and the government, the gap between you and the dashpoint. And of
course the other very exciting gaps that might come into mind.  Yes, I
took the tube as well, like Morseman did. District/Circle to Victoria,
Northern to Stockwell, Victoria to Clapham South. From there I walked,
all together back and forth 2.47 km. The dashpoint is on a lawn,
between real estates."

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

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 ( 21:17 Friday, 05 March 2010 UTC )


 
 

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