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Geodashing: Aug04   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

"We parked the car and jumped into a small wooden speed boat. What a
bumpy and tortured minutes we had to sit in very, very tight traditional
wooden boat, not enough room even to straighten the legs or change
position. We only sit with legs folded close to chest, nothing else we
can do. The boat itself powered by 40hp engine and run like devil
crossing Kandis River and go to the main river, the Batanghari River,
the widest river in Indonesia.  Well, this trip really hurts my back. At
the end, I think, I won't jump into this kind boat anymore. Next time,
maybe find wider and comfy boat :-)

-- That's Geodashing with Hantulaut in Indonesia


"The rain came down so hard it hurt and the clouds looked like a pint of
Guinness just after it's poured."

-- That's Geodashing with Dave Hinns in the UK

"The plants were full of cotton and the balls shined brilliantly in the
setting sun. It had been so long since I had seen cotton still on the
plant that I had to park, run out into a field, and take a closer look
(and feel!) of the plants. Cool stuff."

-- That's Geodashing with Peeve in Texas

======

Game 38 of Geodashing was won by Llama League, by a wide margin over
runner-up the yUCKsters. Third place went to GeoTerriers.  Individual
honors went to HappygolUCKy, with teammate quackin_the_dUCK close
behind.

Game 38 saw 177 dashpoint hunts in nine countries (US, UK, Netherlands,
Indonesia, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and Austria),
including the game's first ever visits to Switzerland and Austria.

======

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in Salt Lake City, Utah, just off State Street, evoking memories of "THE
place to be" for teenagers on Friday night

in a grove of Aspens, up a single lane dirt road in the mountains west
of Denver

on the side of the road in a small neighborhood of little ordinary homes
on a mountainside in Pennsylvania Dutch country

in a swimming pool at a residence in Rockville, Maryland, whose owner
has a Hummer, a Range Rover, and a BMW parked in the driveway

in a house in the Adams Blvd Historical Section of Los Angeles

in a set of hairpin curves near Hochkopf, Germany

in a hay meadow very close to the border of Germany and Switzerland
(could be scored from either country)

in a forest across a marsh in a maze of truck-scraping, diminished and
narrow fire roads near Washington's Lake Cushman

in dry grass and brush in Oregon's Blue Mountains on the Umatilla Indian
Reservation

behind a high chain-link fence on Illinois' abandoned Joliet Army
Ammunition Plant

in a harvested hay field of Oregon's "B Bar C Ranch, Home of the Oregon
Equine Reproduction Center."

a short drive up a half mile long driveway on California's Potato Canyon
Road

east of California's North Palm Springs, on a dirt road that has a lot
of dumped cars, furniture and other trash.

near a pickup truck with four flat tires in the yard of a boarded-up
house in Cairo, Illinois, near the confluence of the Mississippi and
Ohio Rivers.

in thick undergrowth behind Alabama's Antioch United Methodist Church
cemetery

in the old Oakland Cemetery in Iowa, established 1878.

in the desert very close to California's Fort Irwin military base ("we
got to see a fly over of one of the jets -- very cool!")

among patches of grass and wildflowers and stands of four foot tall
Aspens, in Colorado's Hayman Fire Restoration Area ("Warning: Entering
burn area. Potential hazards include falling trees, flash flooding and
debris flows. Portions of trails are destroyed, damaged, or blocked with
debris.")

off a narrow trail that followed a wash up the side of Thomas Mountain
in California's San Bernardino National Forest

a short walk across unimproved sagebrush and cactus land in the Arizona
Strip, a long, wide and fairly flat valley bounded on the south by the
Kaibab Plateau and the Grand Canyon and on the north by the Grand
Staircase Escalante National Monument

just a few meters from the off-ramp for I-495 just west of I-95 for the
exit to Massachusetts' Route 110

near a larger-than-average pig farm in Iowa, with a rather pungent aroma
that discourages you from lingering, trying to zero the point

on the expansive grounds of Phoenix, Arizona's Community Church of Joy,
where it was still 99 degrees F. at midnight

in a grass field in the UK, just outside the very small Cotswold village
of Calcott, just off from Fossebridge, on the Fosseway - the old Roman
road

down a farmer's lane in New York, lined with Queen Anne's Lace and ripe
raspberries

on the wooded slopes of the river Rhine

in the hills above Washougal, Washington, with a spectacular view of
Mount Hood and the Columbia River.

at a lake in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes

on the far side of the grass airstrip used by The Vale of the White
Horse Gliding Centre, on the UK's Highwoth to Shrivenham road

in a maple forest, after a 12 km hike through the German countryside,
including a steep descent through a vineyard (probably the German 2004
wine will be very dry -- you heard it here first!)

next to California's Kelso sand dunes ("just a whole lotta sand piled
high...about 10 stories high I would guess")

on a 4.5 mile hike in Austin, Texas' Onion Creek Greenbelt,
with lush vegetation and scores of large butterflies flitting around

and outside Colorado's Flat Tops Wilderness, in an autumn meadow covered
with dying wildflowers, yellowing grass and fallen, decomposing skunk
cabbage

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"Every month, a dashpoint beckons to me from an unexplored corner of
Colorado, providing another opportunity to take photos, and learn more
about Coloradoís flora and fauna, geography, and history; guess Iíll be
on the road again next month!"

-- That's Geodashing with Ash Doge

=========

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 ( 08:27 Thursday, 04 August 2005 UTC )


 
 

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