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Geodashing: May15   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 167 (GDCP)

"Before we left home on our trip, I knew that this dashpoint was in
the park, but none of my research at home could tell me if there was
any way to get to it. I saw roads plotted on the maps, but I knew
better than to believe that they were really there. I could tell that
a trail of some sort was in the general area, but that was all I could
tell. The only way to know was to go, and find out directly. When we
started on our trek, at the parking area, we were 1.48 km from this
DP.  As we walked along, that distance stayed fairly constant for the
first mile and more. At our farthest, we were 1.59 km from the
dashpoint. After a while, the trail began to bend to the south, and
then a bit easterly, and the distance began to drop: 1.13 km, 930 m,
665 m... At the bridge over Big Trees Creek, we were at 567 meters,
and I began to entertain some faint hope that we might actually score
this, although I was fearful that it might involve some off-trail
bush-whacking. We continued on, enjoying everything which this forest
primeval offered us. We stopped often to investigate this or that, to
take photos or to try to ID a bird. As we walked, the distance to
this DP slowly decreased; when we hit 200 meters, the trail had turned
backed toward the creek, and I told Sharon that I was now fairly sure
that we would score this. We slowly continued toward the second
bridge.  162 m... 123 m... 97 m... And we were still on the trail :-D
Even Sharon, who has little interest in this game, was excited to have
scored this so easily.  At our closest, the trees are mostly incense
cedar, but a few sequoias can be seen in the distance.  The wind in
the trees was soughing gently, a red-breasted nuthatch was pipping
incessantly, and the water in Big Trees Creek could be heard, gently
babbling over some rocks. We could imagine ourselves as latter-day
John Muirs."

That's Geodashing in California with chaosmanor

"Our first look for an approach from the west showed a road that
appeared to be slightly up an overgrown area and adjacent to a running
irrigation canal. An approach from the north using the power line road
was impossible due to the even larger canal. An approach from the east
looked promising but we continued on around. A southern approach would
have been along a road adjacent to a house with a lot of activity. We
decided to try the approach from the west. We were in our 4wd Tahoe
and once we made it up a slight rise on the north side of the
irrigation canal, there was clearly a road that we could follow to the
point and then continue eastward back to pavement. We found the
dashpoint  on a dirt road with deep viscous mud puddles from recent
rains. My wife took pictures as we passed over the point and we
discussed that while we had left only tire tracks on the dirt road and
had taken only pictures, we ended up inadvertently taking a lot of mud
from some of the puddles. We ended up redistributing it once we got
back on pavement for quite some time as it loudly came off of our
tires.  Unfortunately, the mud underneath and on the sides of the
vehicle will have to be power washed off."

That's Geodashing in Arizona with Wisk

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

Game 167 (GDCP) of Geodashing was won by team GeoTerriers, their tenth
win in a row, by a wide margin over En Dash! and Llama League.

Individual honors go to SoccerFanatics. Honorable mentions go to Tom
Arneson and chaosmanor.

The game saw 46 dashpoint hunts in just four countries (US, Australia,
Germany and Estonia).

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

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

outside Houston, home of the Johnson Space Center, along Gus Grissom
Rd on the way to the Challenger Seven Memorial Park

in Henderson, Nevada, along the Pittman Wash trail, the wash having
just a bare trickle of water in it

on Maryland's Eastern Shore, along a wooded stream that flows through
mostly large open farm fields

in a pond across the road from northern California's Ironstone Winery
and its acres of wine grapes

outside Melbourne, among the many factories, warehouses and truck
operating facilities in the bayside suburb of Altona

in Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest along a gravel road that winds
along a ridge with mixed pine and birch trees on both sides of the
road

on the outskirts of Glenwood, Iowa, in a dense thicket near a dirt
road with an underpass where Warren Buffett's train (BNSF) was passing
over

in the Wallamba Nature Reserve of New South Wales, along a logging
track in typical forest that has been logged

in Pennsylvania, in some woods with a farm field next to it, with
everything pretty wet from recent rain ("Saw some chipmunks but that's
about it.")

in German woods ("There wasn't much to see, wood, trees, and us
himself. But we did a little picnic and the kids has found sticks
bigger as they are! We take some pictures and leave nothing but
footprints.")

in Virginia, in a grassy field used for parking on race days at
Langley Speedway, a NASCAR race track

in Virginia's Naval Supply Center Cheatham Annex, on a little
peninsula with a creek on one side and a lake on the other

outside Utah's Dugway Proving Ground, on a dirt track just past three
stream crossings among scattered, scrubby bushes and grasses, fairly
green from all the recent rain

in the village of Haeska, Estonia, in the middle of a field, freshly
sowed, with soil rolled hard and sparsely covered with white granules
of fertilizer

in a very green paddock with a herd of cows at the very far end, 160
km west of Melbourne along the Hamilton Highway

in Limeburners Creek Nature Preserve in New South Wales, along a
flooded track, then tightly packed coastal scrub ("a good obstacle
course for any country's Special Forces!")

and outside Chicago, in corn stubble on the edge of the Risen Lord
Cemetery (scored on the fifteenth anniversary of the removal of
Selective Availability, the act that made civilian GPS accurate enough
for Geodashing).

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

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 ( 11:38 Thursday, 04 June 2015 UTC )


 
 

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