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Geodashing: Jul05   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

"I drove down to Oceanside with my girlfriend to visit relatives and go
to the beach.  About 3-4 miles from here at Oceanside beach my
girlfriend became my fiancee on Saturday night.  So...this puts a
different spin on my dashing...we'll have to find out how the dashing

-- That's Geodashing with "YLO_RLR". Best wishes to you both.

"It was a hot day, you could smell the corn all around and see the haze
coming off Nebraska's replenishable forest.  Corn is our state

-- That's Geodashing in Nebraska with "The Plant Doctor".

"We finally reached this dashpoint in Paris via Singapore, Dubai,
Istanbul and the Gallipoli Penisula in Turkey. We are on a type of
Aussie 'pilgrimage' visiting WW1 war graves and battlefields before
viewing the ultimate 'battle', the 1st Ashes Cricket Test Match at Lords
in London starting on 21st July."

-- That's Geodashing...practically everywhere...with Dashing Dog Mac.


Game 49 of Geodashing was won by "Llama League", their third win in a
row.  Second place went to "GeoTerriers" and third place to "Home for
the Itinerant", repeating last month's 1-2-3 finish.

Individual honors went to RogBarn by one point over Has No Horse. Douq
Millar finished third, two points back.

Game 49 saw 191 dashpoint hunts in 15 countries, the most ever for one
month (Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, UK, France,
Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Finland, Portugal, Japan, the UK and the
USA).  Game 49 saw Geodashing's first-ever visit to Portugal.


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

near a cluster of houses about a mile down Camarillo, California's
Pancho Road, past where it turns to dirt, scored at midnight on July 1
for this month's first score

in Japan, on a ridgeline above a hardwood forest up a mountainside that
required hands and knees scrambling to climb

on top of a Welsh hill overlooking the Elan valley, at the end of a
hour-long drive weaving through the tywi forest on a road one car wide
and at points so steep that you struggle to get the car up in first

in Wyoming's Medicine Bow National Forest, down a 4WD forest service
road, with tons of down timber, eroding granite outcrops, and even
marshes traversed on decaying logs covered with grass

in Colorado, on the Continental Divide, about a mile and a half from
11,670-foot high Rollins Pass

across the Platte River in Wyoming (where a one lane bridge had a faded
sign implying a toll) and across the railroad tracks (with a sign
indicating a $500 toll to cross a private railroad crossing, pay at the
county sheriff)

near the base of Oregon's Cultus Mountain in a dense pine forest,
littered with blow-down, undergrowth and old trees ripe for a fire

among the pine trees in mountainous terrain near Nice, France ("There we
stood pleased to have made it to the spot, enjoying the nice view of the
valley in the setting sun and killing ants climbing up our pants.")

in a forest in Finland, reached with the help (?) of a thousand

on a strip of earth between two sitios in Brazil, made muddy by a
downpour, protected by six or seven dogs going crazy around the car

just off the well-manicured Camillus (New York) Middle School Nature
Trail near two bluebird boxes

in a Nebraska alfalfa field filled with white butterflies

in Missouri's wine country on the Missouri River, an area of rolling
hills and historical markers for the Lewis & Clark exploration 200 years

in a California farm field covered in white plastic as it's being

in Estonia, surrounded by woods ("pinewood, smelling so good") and
berries ("strawberries and blueberries, tasting so good")

in Finland, on the edge of a hakkuuaukea, an opening inside a forest,
resulting from logging the trees

in North Dakota, west of seven aluminum grain storage bins across from a
white house surrounded by trees and a picturesque red barn with wheat
fields north and south of the road

in the rolling hills of northwest Iowa, near a pig farm's new green barn

on the shoreline of a lake near a sauna in Finland

on a hospital lawn in Texas, near a granite memorial marked with the
words "Forever in our Hearts" and a pair of baby footprints

in Nevada, within a stone's throw of a well serviced by a water
treatment company employee along for the ride

in a small woodland nearby Altrip, Rheinland-Pfalz, a city founded in
369 AD by Roman emperor Valentinian I

out of reach on an Air Force bombing range in Utah

on a street in Oregon marked "Dead End" leading to the St John the
Apostle cemetery

in the ocean just off San Diego's Shelter Island Fishing Pier, where
someone just caught a stingray

near a one-room schoolhouse in Ohio Amish country, with a cord of
firewood stacked nearby in preparation for a cold Ohio winter


In the category of "you meet the nicest people Geodashing", is
this report from Dave Hinns:

"Just outside Ross on Wye, on Broome Farm and easily reachable from
their courtyard. It turns out they had a farm shop selling Cider and
Perry which they make themselves from their own grown produce. After
explaining the reason for the visit, we accepted the invite to a
tasting, even though it was just after 6pm and the shop was shut.  I can
totally recommend his Gin and Brown Bess Perries, but I left with a
gallon container of his fine cider and three points from the dashpoint."

In the category of "getting there is all the fun", there's this report
from Markwell:

"We were far away from the city lights of Chicago, so the scouts and I
kicked back letting the fire die to embers and looked up at the heavens
in all their glory. My 9 year old son, for the first time in his life,
saw the Milky Way clear as if it were a ribbon across the sky.  And then
it happened. Slowly at first - out of the corner of an eye -- we caught
the glimpse of a flash of light in the sky. Then another. We were in the
middle of a meteor shower."

This month's lesson learned the hard way comes from Douq Millar:

"Don't start out on a overland hike to dashpoint in rugged, heavily
wooded country with no visible landmarks with a known flakey GPSr."

What do you take with you on Geodashing hunts? Wisk, who must think it's
better to be safe than sorry, asks this question:

"Who else among us has taken 8,000 lbs of their household goods and 3 of
their vehicles along to visit a dashpoint?"


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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