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Geodashing: Feb05   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  
"The hills behind were shrouded in mist, and snow was gently
falling, adding to the clumps that were already bowing the branches
of the evergreens. The air was still, and silence enveloped me. As I
stood there, I decided that winter didn't have to be endured; it
could be enjoyed too."

-- That's Geodashing with Ash Doge in Colorado

"By midnight zero point was catched. This place was so together, but
looking up to sky, the endless and unfulfilled world amazed us.
Again million stars in this dark-dark sky, so only possible way to
enjoy all this, was to lie down into soft snow and be with this
fascination. One star rushed, just a glance and it was gone with a
secret wish. But you can't forget yourself, it was freezing, -17C
outside, no matter that so warm inside by all these feelings."

-- That's Geodashing with Dix in Estonia


Game 44 of Geodashing was won by Llama League.  GeoTerriers finished
second and Quo Vadis took third place.

Individual honors went to Wisk. Leiva and Nodsutours of Quo Vadis
were tied for second.

Game 44 saw 201 dashpoint hunts in nine countries (Argentina,
Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, the United
Kingdom and the United States).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

on California's Puerco Canyon Rd, halfway down the canyon slope to
the creek bed, providing a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean

on the shore of Utah Lake, with the peak of the snow-capped Mount
Timpanogos visible to the east.

offshore in Maryland's St George Creek, scored by canoe ("we
celebrated a bit too much, and ended up swimming/wading back to
shore. By the way, it's mighty cold when the wind is blowing, and
you're soaked to the drawers.")

among the storm-damaged fallen trees on the island of Hiiumaa,
Estonia, reached by a 1.5 hour ferry ride through icy waters. A
snowman was left to guard the dashpoint :-)

in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, near
Multnomah Falls, said to be the Oregon's most visited feature

in the land of hills topped by ponderosa pine and grassy valleys on
the Palmer Divide in Colorado

in the forest near the small village of Pedga, Estonia, with lots of
snow, lots of animals tracks and lots of stars above it all

in a Michigan field, shared with a herd of twenty deer

in a field in southeastern Estonia, bordered by a road lined with
armed men at 100-200 meter intervals, elk-hunting

in a Latvian forest, where the forest sheriffs are on duty and armed!

in a 10-gallon canned juniper in a California landscaping nursery
used for highway landscaping projects

among the greenhouses of Weatherford Farms, in Stafford, Texas

in an area of acreage lots, hobby farms and small orchards west of
Yakima, Washington

in an Oregon forest owned by the Weyerhaeuser timber company, with
the sounds of logging in the air

in a muddy California field lined with palm trees

in Arizona's soft desert soil amidst cactus and sagebrush

just outside Idaho's Bruneau Sand Dunes

down sandy tracks and behind a locked gate on a farm suffering from
drought, outside Port Alegro, Brazil

in a plowed paddock in southeastern Victoria, Australia, surrounded
by black and white dairy cows grazing contentedly

in the heart of residential Chicago, at a house still bedecked with
all the trimmings and trappings of an elaborate Christmas display

in Tulsa, Oklahoma's Comanche Park housing project

on the infield of Edwards AFB, not quite scored while taxiing for

on a dirt road past Australia's Inglewood Harness Racing Track,
surrounded by old gold diggings, pits and mounds of earth

in a southern California oil field, reached (barely) through good
timing and the kindness of a field employee

among the fishing factories along Argentina's coast, where you can
also see a vessel unloading bauxita for making aluminin.

in Arizona's "Museum of the Americas International Petrified Forest
Dinosaur Park"

next to Belgium's "De Twistkapelletjes" (the quarrel chapels). Two
parishes had a quarrel, resolved by one parish building a second
chapel next to the first.

and on top of a small dark gray granite headstone, carved "Sister
Annie", at the back of the Indian Creek Baptist Church just outside
Nobility, Texas


In the category of "That's the spirit", we have this report:

"A good portion of this sport is finding the right roads to get to
the dashpoint. While turning onto one road it looked like a pretty
good start.  About 1.5 miles in it turned into a 1.5 lane, gravel,
dirt, and pot-hole-ridden road going down, then down, and down some
more. I asked my wife 'Do you want to turn around?'  She said, 'This
is half the fun.'"

-- That's Geodashing with cinch in Ohio

And in the category of "What else can go wrong?", we have all this
from a single Geodashing report from Nodsutours in Estonia and

"The driver of the Jeep stood outside of his car, covered himself by
a car door and took aim at us with a single-barrelled gun. ...  100m
before the DP I wasn't able to continue, I took some more steps and
85m from zeropoint I crashed into the snow.  ...  Soon it happened
again!  The car slipped off the road...our car was broken. ...
Finally I wrapped myself in the quilt because I was shaking all
over. Time went on... and still nobody had helped us."


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.

Last Updated ( 08:26 Thursday, 04 August 2005 UTC )


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