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Geodashing: Jun12   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 132 (GDBG)

"So I trudged up the hill to another ridge, then saw a descent and
another hill beyond. Oh joy, but at 373m I'm not going to give up. I
reached the 'summit' of that hill, with a pile of rocks, and that was
106m and it was steeply downhill to DP, so I walked just enough
downhill (yeah, wimp, could have zeroed) to get to 96m for score. Then
I found a comfortable rock and guzzled two hydration drinks plus a
granola bar, took some pictures, and enjoyed the incredible quiet (a
few birds, lots of butterflies, a few buzzing insects) and being able
to see for miles, with great views to the northeast (more 'hills',
since the truly big 'mountains' are still further west). About as good
as it gets for a dashpoint, so certainly worth the trouble. It was
sunny, breezy, and cool (car thermometer said 69F) and just beginning
to cloud up for the predicted afternoon thunderstorm."

That's Geodashing in Wyoming with Douq Millar


Game 132 (GDBG) of Geodashing was won by team Llama League by a wide
margin. Honorable mention goes to team GeoTerriers.

Individual honors go to Douq Millar, thanks to a solo mad dash across
the American West. Honorable mentions go to SoccerFanatics, Wisk, and
Tom Arneson.

The game saw 74 dashpoint hunts in only three countries (Australia,
US, and UK).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in the desolate flats of Bessemer Bend, Wyoming, where you just might
have to butt a cow with your car to get it out of the road

an easy drive in a quite suburban street, reached on a cold,
early-winter morning on June 1 outside Geelong, Victoria, Australia

in northern California's Santa Cruz mountains surrounded by deep
redwood forest, near a colorful banner with the Hindu God Ganesh
marking the location of "The Universal Church of Baba's Kitchen"

in an 8-foot diameter rock-rimmed fire pit behind a really REALLY cool
four-story old Victorian apartment building in Maryland

in Virginia, in a lightly wooded area just beyond the end of a common
drive for several McMansions, near the vineyard of an attractive
nearby winery

in a Maryland orchard, were many clusters of green apples already at
least two inches in diameter were ripening

on the south slope of Utah's Uinta Mountains, a beautiful area with
lots of aspens and pines along with sagebrush in the open areas

in sparse mesquite and other bushes on slightly rolling desert terrain
up close to the slopes of Nevada's Black Mountain

just outside southern California's Chatsworth Oaks Park, which is
mostly undeveloped inland scrub ("saw a male Bullock's Oriole while I
was walking through")

on a narrow gravel road in beautiful lush green bushland and hillsides
in the delightful small town of Tinonee, New South Wales

in a wheat field in Kansas ("I began to think that all of Kansas was
wheat fields, wind farms with hundreds of windmills -- and, of course,

in an unfenced cornfield in the dead flat, almost entirely treeless,
Missouri River floodplain of Iowa

beyond a strip of alfalfa in a cornfield in Wisconsin

along a two-track dirt road in Missouri, in a fallow field west of a
field full of new hay bales

in some brambles, over a fence and along a pathway east of London

on a golf course surrounded by a chain link fence in Sugar House,
Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City

on Juniper Terrace, a winding street in Sloatsburg, New York, with
impressive rock walled terraces along the side of the road

in the Pacific Ocean just off the beach in Santa Barbara, California
("This point could certainly be reachable by boat, kayak or other
water-going vessel, but we have none of those.")

in the grass-covered open area east of a newly constructed storm water
detention pond in Minnesota (as if Minnesota doesn't have enough
bodies of water already, they're constructing new ones).

and in Victoria, Australia, in a paddock with a little flock of woolly
sheep and lambs being well-guarded by a black llama


Douq Millar sums up his mad dash in the American West:

"Mobile report. It's really dark and I'm sitting next to a well-lit
sign. So ends my long day of a mad dash (8 dashpoints, not my most in
a day, but almost) as well as 11 on this solo vacation. I had plenty
of fun (and adversity) going to my chosen spots. I've had enough of
way backroads in Wyoming, but thanks for getting me out where no sane,
non-local, person would ever go."

Wisk sums up his own mad dash in the American West:

"Quick summary: 19 of 20 confluences reached. Some were relatively
easy, others were extreme 4wd excursions in southern Utah.  7 of 8
dashpoints reached. For the unsuccessful attempts in each case,
inadequate planning on my part prevented a successful visit.  Over 330
gallons of gas consumed and >5000 miles traveled. Two 32Gb SD cards
were filled from my GoPro camera on my dash recording the entire trip
by taking a picture every 10 seconds.  This should make a very cool
time lapse video of some of the incredible places we visited. I wonder
if any geodashers were tracking my progress through my SPOT GPS
messenger that sent a position every 10 minutes?"


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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