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Geodashing: Jan05   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  
"I got about 3/4 of the way across before falling in and landing in the
muddy water up to my arm pits. As I clambered up the muddy bank I tried
to make myself believe the fun was in the getting there. At that point I
was not convinced!"

-- That's Geodashing with geoffj3191 in New South Wales

"I got out of the car and began to tough through heavy growth and brush.
Remind me next time to bring my machete!!  I got sliced and diced by
those wicked thorns that were blocking my way!!  After a while, the
thorns gave way to razor grass. The grass was chest high and super
thick. It was so thick that I couldn't see the ground I was stepping on.
I could barely move forward at all."

-- That's Geodashing with Sunnygina in Mississippi


Game 43 of Geodashing was won by GeoTerriers in a strong finish over En
Dash!, who led most of the month. Two Estonian teams, and
Baltic Dashers, finished third and fourth.

Individual honors went to newcomer road dog fred, who took us along on a
tour of Indiana cornfields. Second and third place went to Estonian
dashers Nodsutours and leiva.

Game 43 saw 206 dashpoint hunts in eight countries (Argentina, Austria,
Australia, Brazil, Estonia, Poland the United Kingdom and the United


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast, near a house leveled by
Hurricane Ivan, scored by venturing out on the remnants of a dock

perched on the heights above Honolulu, Hawaii, presenting a beautiful
view of the city

in a damp California desert with lots of Joshua trees and brilliant
white snow on the Tehachapi Mountains to the north

in an Estonian bog, on the far side of a flooded stream crossed via an
improvised bridge made of fallen trees

on a foggy Pennsylvanian mountain, reached after a 1.6 km hike down a
muddy, icy road, to a spot marked by two fallen trees

on New York's Rt 36, scored on a "dark and stormy night" ("several cars
had slid off the road, stopped to help one, a group of girls who didn't
realize how lucky they were")

in a muddy Virginia forest, down an unpaved road posted "No
Trespassing", permission to pass obtained from a boy with a gun who
explained he was varmint hunting

in an ungrazed grass pasture in Nebraska, near a small pond that was
quickly being taken up by ice

in a Western Australian cow cocky's paddock nearby his hay stash for the
next season

in a ploughed field in Northamptonshire, by the Elms Bed and Breakfast,
a farm that has had to diversify to keep their business going

on the plain terrain of an Argentine farm, scored in 39C heat and on the
run to avoid being bitten by mosquitos

in a beautiful but muddy, palm-frond forest of North Florida, a
surprisingly good place for a first date

in Poland, in a lone clump of trees in the middle of a large open space
cleared by a wood-cutting works

on a lot in Texas selling mountain cedar firewood ("a wood thought of in
the worst way in Texas; either you tear it up, burn it or die from the
annual allegies that it causes")

in a field in Estonia, mixed with snow and water and wild animal tracks
and rumors of wolves at 5:20 AM ...

in a small valley across from California's Piedras Blancos light house,
where one could hear coyotes yipping and elephant seals' mating calls

in the watery marshes known as the Wingecarribee Swamp in the
Southern Highlands of New South Wales

in the swamp marsh from the cranberry bogs near New Jersey's Piney
Hollow Nature Preservation

just beyond the outfield of the stadium of the Jackson Senators, a minor
league baseball team in Jackson, Mississippi

on the grounds of Kingston Hall, south of Kingston on Soar in

in an security village in the northern parts of Rooihuiskraal, between
Johannesburg and Pretoria

on the grounds of the Tyson Chicken Feed Mill in Pottsville, Arkansas.

up a dust road in Brazil, on a farm across the road from a brick works

on Virginia's Skyline Drive, across the highway from a rock wall 100
feet high

on Interstate Highway I-295 in Maine ("all one could see was snow, snow
and snow")

in the parking lot for the Fox Hills Plaza, a nightmare of a strip mall
in southern California

on the bank of the Santa Margarita River on the grounds of California's
Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base

in an abandoned storage area in Nebraska used in World War II and the
Cold War to make and store bombs

in a real bush junkyard in the middle of beautiful, unspoilt bushland in
Victoria, Australia ("the greatest collection of rusted farm machinery
that we had ever seen")

in a Mississippi peanut field

in a California walnut orchard

in an Austrian cucumber field

in an Indiana cornfield ("One would think Indiana is all fields, chances
are it is.")

inside Luunja's greenhouses, where Estonia's tomatoes, cucumbers and
roses were growing on a cold, rainy day

and at the very eastern end of West Covina, which is actually
more south of Covina than west of it ("but let's not go into that")


In case you haven't noticed, there is some serious Geodashing happening
in Estonia:

"The snowstorm was so wild, we didnít see anything, only white snow here
and there -- no road -- We do not give up yet. As long as we are
breathing we will dash."

-- That's Geodashing with leiva in Estonia

"We hoped to be first, but someone was quicker. So geocachers never
sleeps. Time was 3:05 am, date 2 Jan 2005 - a candle was waiting us in

-- That's Geodashing with Nodsutours in Estonia

In the category of "You meet the nicest people Geodashing", we have
these reports:

"Out in the middle of a freshly snow-covered field, under a full moon,
with my best friend and my dog. Would you believe that on the way back
to the car a guy offered us beer and we turned it down, what were we

-- That's Geodashing with road dog fred in Indiana

"A farmer and his wife were there feeding and watering their cattle --
perfect, permission!!! Well, not quite that easy. Gordon, the farmer,
was very leery of me and what the hell I wanted to hike across his field
in two feet of snow for. I just kept talking. He finally relented, on
the condition that I would not hold him responsible if I went out there
and froze to death. I shook the manís hand, told him that I really
appreciated it and that I would be back in about 20 minutes.  When I
returned, Gordon was waiting at the bottom of the hill, and he was a
totally different person. He wanted to take me to a couple of his other
fields and show me some good things to take pictures of, and gave me
some old wisdom that his father gave him (snow storms out of the
Northeast are killers). I might have learned a little something about my
new hobby -- the points are optional and nice, but the new acquaintances
are more random and much more valuable."

-- That's Geodashing with claytman in Nebraska

In the category of "bringing up the next generation", there's this
report from wisk's daughters: "Going to the GPS point we saw lots of
muck. G-O dashing is our thing!"

This month's Geodashing advice comes from road dog fred: "Frozen corn
stubble is murder on leather boots."


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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