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Geodashing: Sep05   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

"I grabbed my GPSr and flashlight, and headed for that dirt road.  I had
little trouble working past a couple of parked farm vehicles and despite
having to keep the flashlight shielded some (there are times when
discretion is the *only* part of valor!), I followed the road easily.  I
had to wait for a minute for local midnight to arrive, so I crept
forward, slowly, silently telling the second counter on my Maggie 315 to
get a move on!  While there are no signs proclaiming that this is
private property, no "Keep Out!" notices, I was loathe to intrude more
than needed to score, nor to linger longer than necessary, so I turned
around as soon as the time read 12:00:00."

-- That's Day One Midnight Geodashing in California with chaosmanor

"When I looked at this dashpoint, I expected that it might not be
reachable, or that if it were, I'd have to walk through the woods to get
there.  As we approached it, my wife commented on the area being what
she calls 'Suburban Hell' - clearcut lots, with houses that all look the
same, etc.  I was thinking the same thing, but in a much more positive
light - I was thinking 'Woohoo!  Development!  Maybe there's a road that
goes to the dashpoint that just doesn't show up on the map yet!'" 

-- That's Geodashing in Virginia with BOB

"The dashpoint was near a giant ponderosa pine. The view across the
canyon was pretty good but not spectacular. Watch out for the poor deer
insides on the trail. Some bear is eating good tonight."

-- That's Geodashing in Idaho with mawman


Game 51 of Geodashing was won by "Team GPS". In second place were the
"Geoterriers" and "Llama League" finished third.

Individual honors went to martpol, who gave us all a wide tour of
Estonia and Latvia.  BOB and pllasstic from "Team GPS" finished second
and third, respectively.

Game 51 saw 204 dashpoint hunts in 15 countries (Australia, Brazil,
Canada, USA, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Switzerland, Finland, France,
Germany, Netherlands, UK, and the game's first ever visits to Sweden and


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

the northernmost extreme of any dashpoint in 51 games, in Lappland,
whose fjells, marshes and forests are filled with autumn's beautiful
colors, near pine trees covered in lichen that the reindeer herds
haven't found yet

in a field in South Gippsland, near the entrance to Wilson's Promontory,
the Australia mainland's southernmost point

in the waves before the seaside town of Debki, Poland, famous for its
nude beach

101 meters into the surf of Jurmala Beach west from Riga, Latvia, scored
by removing shoes and stepping out into the cold water

on a small path along a lake in Sweden (Ringsjön) at a lovely small
meadow with a very small sandy beach for those who want to take a bath
in the lake

about 8 meters into the Yakima River, whose shoreline has a more diverse
plantlife than the normal sagebrush and tumbleweed of eastern Washington

over a fence and up a cliff in Colorado, not zeroed out in favor of
climbing St Mary's Glacier a few miles past the dashpoint

near the Flagline Trail on the north flank of Tumalo Mountain in Oregon,
a great hiking dashpoint

17 meters from an obscure lava tube, one of many hidden caves in
Oregon's Deschutes National Forest

on the edge of a huge quarry in Sweden, made by blasting an enormous
crater in the middle of a mountain

in British Columbia, on the edge of an industrial salvage yard, dust and
noise and big machines, but at the dashpoint, a fine view of Mt. Prevost

in an old shack with a corrugated roof in Aiglemont, France, a town
whose signpost is beautifully decorated with flowers

in an idyllic valley surrounded by green hills west of Melbourne ("The
scene was reminiscent of the standard wallpaper provided with
Microsoft's Windows XP software. I did not let that spoil the enjoyment
of the moment.")

off the Lake Irene Trail in Colorado, up a steep tree-covered slope near
the continental divide

very near the summit of Virginia's Flattop Mountain just outside the
boundary of the Shenandoah National Park and less than a mile from the
Appalachian Trail

near a cliff in Washington's Columbia National Wildlife Refuge offering
a spectacular view of the valley below

in Ireland, on virgin bogland near a large forestry plantation

down a concrete road, then gravel road and at the end just a path in the
grass ending in a peat quarry in Estonia

just off a little road in a forest near the German/French border, with
lots of green plants, trees, and bushes

in Estonia's Ralva marsh ("very beautiful but very wet"), where hunters
can collect dashpoints and cranberries

in a corn field in Switzerland

in Illinois, in the middle of the road with a sod farm to the south, and
a corn field to the north

just out of reach beyond a fence around the irrigated rice research
fields of Brazil's Institute RioGrandense de Arroz

in the trees of an undeveloped section of Connecticut's Keney Park,
being enjoyed this day by numerous people having tailgate parties

a half mile down a bad dirt road off Bogus Basin Road above Boise, Idaho

in a field of cows in Northamptonshire, scored by tractor, fitted with
its own expensive GPS system

just off Poultry Road alongside of USDA property in Maryland, in a
fenced lot that held, what else, ... cows

in a fallow field on Oregon's Umatilla Indian Reservation, near 40 to 60
pheasants feeding alongside the road

deep in the woods and swamp in Finland, marked by a good sized ant hill
busy being prepared for winter

at 9500 feet in Colorado, in front of an abandoned and collapsing house
and barn, near a shimmering curtain of aspen, with a backdrop of a
crenellated cliff

in a dry wash in Nebraska pastureland, near Genoa, down the road from
Prague, on the way to Kracow

just behind the famous Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit Hockenheimring in

in a gully formed by Tea Run, a feeder stream for the larger Killbuck
Creek outside Fredericksburg, Ohio, a small town with a two-bay car wash
catering to the Amish community ("Car and Buggy Wash")

in a new housing project for The Hague, near a spot very popular for

down the long driveway of a Melbourne factory, makers of incinerators,
drums, firewells and BBQ's

and in a backyard in Santa Clarita, California, full of "chock-a-block,
pile-on-pile, two-storey-with-no-real-yard, cram-it-in-anyway-you-can,
contemporary American Modern Crap housing."


On "International Talk Like a Pirate Day", we had these reports:

"AHIF docks on a ridge below Green Mountain, a wee bump north o' proud
Lava Butte. A large lava flow from th' butte surrounds AHIF on three
sides wi' about a kilometer buffer. If a point erefalls in that lava
flow 't could be t' rope's end." -- geodasher, Oregon

"Setting sail west again we headed past Westbury and towards Frome.  No
quarter was given to this dashpoint as it was easily found just off the
A36 trading route. It was 90m from the A36 and young cabin boy Jim
declared that as good enough. 'Belay that talk, you young
whippersnapper' I shouted. 'This chart shows it's easily reachable as
it's on this minor road.'  We backtracked, found the road running
parallel to the A36 and zero'd from the prow of the ship.  With our ship
stacked with the Booty of 6 points we set sail for home port, happy
pirates" -- Dave Hinns, UK


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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