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Geodashing: Aug11   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  
Results: Geodashing Game 122 (GDAW)

"Without handheld GPS or laptop with Delorme we were reduced to trying
to find it with iPod Touch (+ MiFi so we were online and could get
Google Maps, but hard to do from Geodashing page, btw, since small
screen and touch and embedded maps don't play well together). The car
has dashboard GPS but we quickly learned something was wrong with
using lat/long instead of addresses. Twice I entered the data, got two
different locations, both wrong. But fortunately the DP is very close
to the road and we used a bunch of commercial POI on Google Maps to
locate the DP."

That's Geodashing in Nebraska with Douq Millar

 

"This was my first dash point with my iPad 2. I had all of my usual
dashing gear but looking back, could have done the entire dash using
only this iPad.  I pulled it out of my backpack to check out the
Google imagery on a bench at Kew Green and was surprised to see my GPS
("sat-nav" in the UK) position continuously updated and all of the
imagery and maps that I had previously looked at had been cached - WAY
COOL! or in the local phraseology -BRILLIANT! The entire dashing
process from locating, to planning, to visiting, to reporting can be
accomplished using this device!  I also discovered half way through my
trip that free Skype video conferencing with my wife and daughters was
possible over wi-fi with near HD quality!!  What a cool device! An
excellent adventure and break from some intensive training."

That's Geodashing in the UK with Wisk

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Game 122 (GDAW) of Geodashing was won by team "GeoTerriers," their
third win in a row. Honorable mentions go to teams "Llama League" and
"FinEst Dashers."

Individual honors go to occasional player Hiatus, thanks to a mad dash
across Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Honorable mentions
go to Dashing Dog Mac, Madam Dash and Tom Arneson.

The game saw 65 dashpoint hunts in seven countries (Australia, US, UK,
Estonia, Finland, Germany and South Africa).

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

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in Finland, in a field of wheat (or rye?) ready for harvesting

in Idaho, in a recently harvested wheat field, along a narrow,
one-lane canal road

in the forest in Estonia, along with orange, 2cm-long spiders,
dewberries (Rubus caesisu), wild raspberries and an ant nest

at the entrance to the Firestone Winery in California's Santa Ynez
Valley

near a large, ornate Buddhist temple in Melbourne, but actually beyond
the locked gates of an aged care centre which were opened by the
helpful and friendly manager

just south of the parking lot of the Poor Clare Monastery near Chicago

in second growth woods in Wisconsin, an area with low hills, swamps,
rivers, and not much farm land

in the driveway of a house in Santa Clara, California, across the
street from the skinny, block-long Lick Mill Park

near the Thames River beyond Kew Green, near The National Archives of
the United Kingdom

on a slight sloped lawn next to the village of Wörth, Germany ("The
lawn is quite popular in winter for the kids to go sledge riding.")

at the end of a road in California's Mojave desert, past a
"drink-em-up, shoot-em-up" playground, then up a big rocky scramble

in a yard in Prior Lake, Minnesota, where a pony statue was set out as
if to be discarded

in Victoria, along a long pebbled driveway leading up to a luxurious
homestead of a stud farm for thoroughbred horses

on a tree-covered lot in Oregon, with a large, rusty sawmill blade
with cutouts of an elk and the name of the homeowner

in a clump of eucalyptus trees at the far end of a marshy wet field in
Victoria, land that had been badly burned in Australia's 2009
bushfires

in a recently mowed grass field near Denver's airport

in a beautiful anticline valley in Wyoming, a half mile along a BLM
road a BLM road

on the edge of a corn crop on top of a bramble covered embankment in
Wisconsin ("corn crop is looking good this year - up to eight feet
tall")

and 5.5km down a dirt track across BLM sage brush land in Idaho, then
a 700m hike through the cheat grass, basalt rock, and sage brush in
100+ degree heat ("But I got it!")

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

The US has experienced heat, drought, earthquakes and hurricanes this
summer. deodasher reports from Iowa:

"What surprised us was the massive damage we saw to cornfields, acres
and acres completely crushed to the ground (blow over? hailed down?
just collapsed with heavy rains?). In 9 years of dashing and lots of
cornfields we've never seen this before. While the very western
portion of Iowa had no damage (plus much greener corn) the damage was
widespread just after we crossed the Nishnabotna River heading east.
In some places even the soybeans were matted down. We already gotten a
bit of sense of the Missouri River flooding when we crossed on a newly
opened bridge, water still high enough to flood all the forest at
river's edge. So a tough year for weather here."

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

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 ( 12:02 Sunday, 04 September 2011 UTC )


 
 

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