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Geodashing: Nov04   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

"On either side of the road were old refrigerators, televisions,
mattresses, and piles and piles of unrecognizable and rusted junk.  All
of this is a result of illegal dumping in the desert. In my picture of a
beautiful towering Joshua Tree, you can see what appears to be an old
couch or mattress and a very dead horse tied with a rope in the middle
of the road.  My first dashpoint this month and I have conversation
topics for my daughter the rest of the way into town."

-- That's Geodashing in California with Wisk

"I stood just north of mound 42, either 260 feet by 400 feet or 240 X
280 depending on the estimate and 25 to 30 feet tall.  As I stood
directly on GD41-BYIH, I imagined this spot a thousand years ago.  Life
was bustling and the Mississippian Indian culture was just coming to
their zenith.  Over the next two hundred years, as many as 10,000 to
20,000 people would live in this immediate vicinity, known now as
Cahokia Mounds. It was the largest city in North America until
Philadelphia reached 30,000 in the 1800 census."

-- That's Geodashing in Illinois with Rogbarn

"I did a full 360 spin very slowly. The air was clear, and the sky was
flawless and rich in blue. Offsetting the glorious sky were the
alternating light and dark browns of corn fields that had been
harvested: the light browns of the remaining stubble of stalks, and the
deep rich dark brown of some of the world's richest topsoil. And I had
the joy of being in an area where this view was the same in all
directions. I remember reading once that if you were on a perfectly flat
plain with no topographical changes or obstructions, your view to the
horizon is about 12 miles. I easily saw 12 miles in all directions

-- That's Geodashing in Illinois with Markwell


Game 41 of Geodashing was won in a squeaker by Llama League, two points
ahead of GeoTerriers., our new team from Estonia, finished
third.  Dashing Dog Mac and Madam Dash were tied for individual honors,
followed closely by Markwell in third place and Rogbarn in fourth. 

Game 41 saw 193 dashpoint hunts in eight countries (Australia, Brazil,
Canada, Estonia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and
the game's first-ever dashpoint hunt in Latvia).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in the undergrowth of Florida's Kennedy Space Center, guarded by snakes
and vultures

on a farm in Western Australia, where "I've never seen so many flies in
one area in my life. Spent the next ten minutes driving back to the
highway and trying to get all the flies out of the car."

in a modest 1374 sq ft house at 23633 Lantana Ct., Valencia, California,
for sale for "only" $474,999

on Golden Rain drive in the planned community of Celebration, Florida,
near Walt Disney World

in a desert dream that went bust, several square miles of California's
Mojave Desert that was laid out in a grid of graded tracks with names
like Rutgers Road and Brown Road, all ready for homes that were never

on Orlean Island near Quebec city, about 1km from Uglydogqc's ancestor's
family farm, established 1654

in pinion pine, juniper trees and sagebrush, 70 meters from Utah's
Highway 153, waiting to be snowed in for the winter

in the forest, on mostly frozen, lightly snow-covered ground in Oregon's
Klamath Basin, the largest wetland complex in the western United States
and winter home to the largest concentration of migratory waterfowl in
North America

down a shallow gully protected by thick undergrowth in Victoria,
Australia's Wombat State Forest, dotted with Australia's spring

in a New Zealand paddock next to the club room for the Belmont Pony Club

on the grounds of a Budweiser Beer plant in New Hampshire, where a short
drive down a wide walkway (!) led to a well-manicured courtyard of a
European stable with lead-paned windows with old wavy glass offering
views inside of the bobbing heads of the Budweiser Clydesdale horses,
the whole place smelling wonderfully of horse & hay.

out of reach on Brazil's Isla da Pintada, where every turn ends in marsh
land with cattle grazing up to their knees in water.

below a crisp clear sky near a quarry in southern Wisconsin, scored from
the air at 45 meters and 110 mph

on a little bog "island" in Estonia, reached after an hour's slog in the
silence and darkness of an early winter night

in Western Australia's "Valley of the Giants", a Karri Tree forest of
ancient tall trees

at the edge of a meadow at over 10,000 feet in the San Isabel National
Forest in Colorado's Wet Mountains

in a beautiful neighborhood in New York City's Flushing-Queens near
Neptune Park, reached via a 7 train to Flushing, then the Q16 bus, then
a 1/2 mile walk

about 45 meters from a geocache on Oregon's Pine Mountain, an isolated
desert range about 6000 feet above sea level.


Pithy wisdom from flask:

  "It's a perfectly ordinary cornfield. I had a lovely time."

  "Everything made sense to him except why."

  "The map lies."


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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