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Geodashing: Jun16   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  
Results: Geodashing Game 180 (GDDC)

"The point was actually quite close to a bus stop. Unfortunately, as I
checked, there's never any bus stopping in this bus stop!!! So I decided to
drive instead. It was possible to drive to 700m, where the road became
impassable. The point was on the edge of a swamp. There were huge swarms of
flies and horseflies flying around me the whole time while I was out there,
together with some mosquitoes. I took a longer walk in the swamp and forest
after visiting the point. Wild strawberries were here and there, and actually
they were amazingly nice and big, but it was little bit uncomfortable to pick
them, because I was almost eaten alive by horseflies as soon as I stopped.
Taking water from my backpack was a dream that I made to come true only few
times, because for that I had to stop even longer. It's not such a good idea
to go to woods in the middle of summer in the middle of Estonian mainland."

That's Geodashing in Estonia with Haraldpoiss

"For years I've hoped a dashpoint would fall near one of the two hiking trails
I frequently hike and, at last, that happened. BUT of the 17 miles of the
MoPac trail, the first mile closed a couple of years ago, and naturally that's
the segment that reaches the DP. So we first attempted to hike the trail from
the southwest corner and only went about 100' before seeing the cause of the
trail closure, a washed out bridge. So we drove to the eastern approach, with
Closed signs, but not no trespassing, and this is public land, so even though
it was further, 1200m, off we went. A couple years of having the trail closed
means it's overgrown but it's still early enough in the year it was passable,
even with some wildflowers. It was an unusually pleasant night (for this time
of year) so we had a very nice walk in the setting sun. The DP itself was not
visible as we were actually in the dense woods at the margin of the tracks,
but the DP is beyond the swampy areas. So this was a nice point to reach and
remarkably isolated and "natural" for this area."

That's Geodashing in Nebraska with Douq Millar

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Game 180 (GDDC) of Geodashing was won by team Llama League, their second win
in a row. Honorable mentions go to GeoTerriers.

Individual honors go to deodasher and Douq Millar.

The game saw 64 dashpoint hunts in five countries (Australia, US, Canada,
Finland, and Estonia).

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A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

near a lake in Finland, with a wooden walkway across very soft and fragile
ground to a small, decrepit dock that offered a stunning view across the lake

in dense woods off of a rails-to-trails hiking trail in Nebraska

in an open field of tall grass and weeds in Missouri, down eight miles of dirt
and gravel roads

at a brick house painted white next to a weatherboard house with a Vote Greens
placard in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick

southwest of Houston, about two kilometers from the KUHF-FM radio tower that's
524 meters tall

in a pasture near a pond in Missouri, in rural land with narrow and heavily
worn roads, quite hilly and wooded

in Minnesota, in a pasture fenced with white electric fencing, with four or
five horses were standing in a circular corral

in a cornfield in Iowa behind a house with a John Deere tractor for sale in
the yard

near a scummy pond in a pasture in Missouri, down a hill from a farm house
with a decorative old buggy frame in the yard

on the back porch of a fine Queen Anne home in Heritage Square in Oxnard,
California, an area of old homes of Victorian, Edwardian, American Craftsman
and other styles

in a huge double-storey house with two garages (3+1) on a steep block backing
onto Lysterfield National Park with front views across hills to the city of
Melbourne

in the oil fields of northeastern Utah ("We saw some pronghorn including a few
fawns with their moms")

in the parking lot of a medical clinic in Des Moines, Iowa

behind a building in Ottawa that houses a global company dealing in secondhand
goods

on the grounds of Laguna District School, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1906
in the rolling hills west of Petaluma, California

on the campus of the University of Missouri on a large field used for club
sports such as soccer, lacrosse, rugby

in Illinois, at a church surrounded by cornfields, just inside a small fence
that serves as the outfield fence of small ball field ("If you build it, he
will come.")

and in the forest in Estonia with huge swarms of horseflies and wild strawberries
on the roadside

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

Markwell asks a question every Google Maps user asks:

"On the way home, I'd exit I-55 between Springfield and Bloomington and trek a
short bit to Old Principal Road to the scoring zone. What I didn't anticipate
was a philosophical question with Google Maps. Old Principal Road is clearly
defined on the map, but as I approached from the east, it was apparent that
"Old Principal Road" stretches the definition. This path was a two-lane turn
in from the east with ruts that defined a path for about 50 feet. From there,
it turned into farmland, on which I wouldn't have felt comfortable without
land owner permission (which I doubted I would get). But Google clearly shows
this as a road. At some point, the county assessor showed this as a road
because one existed. But it appears that out of just plain dis-use - as
opposed to some governmental decision to block off the road - people stopped
using this road to get from point A to point B. Eventually, the path became
overgrown and not even a viable path. When does a road stop being a road?"

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

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 ( 12:16 Monday, 04 July 2016 UTC )


 
 

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