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Geodashing: Dec05   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  
"As I write this the outside temperature is zero degrees F. If it were
New Year's Day when the local bicyclists ride a distance equal to the
temperature it would be a short ride! Zero is also what I feared my
score would be this month.  Looks like most other dashers are having a
hard time, too, as the month is half over and there have been only 43
hunts! If not for martpol's 11 hunts we would look like a bunch of couch
potatoes planted in front of the TV.  8-( )"

-- That's Geodashing (or not!) in Oregon with geodasher

"'Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the house
Not a present was wrapped, -- not my keyboard or mouse;
The stockings were hung by the lit fireplace,
And the decorations were plenty, our house decked in lace.
The children were absorbed in some absurd Gamecube Game
Involving a hedgehog - Sonic by name
My Queen looked around in dismay at the house
And said that if I were a really good spouse -
I should take our young offspring, one six and one ten
Out of the house - maybe dashing - again."

-- That's Christmas Geodashing in Illinois with Markwell


Game 54 of Geodashing was won by "Llama League". New team "BIG DORKS"
finished second and "Home for the Itinerant" finished third.

Individual honors went to solo player martpol. Honorable mentions go to
McMeanderer and team kweb cakes.

Game 54 saw 143 dashpoint hunts in 10 countries (Australia, New Zealand,
Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, the UK, Ireland and the US).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in a cul-de-sac in the Walker's Grove subdivision of Plainfield,
Illinois, only 580 meters from Markwell's own home, scored at midnight
on December 1, and again on each and every day in December!

on a hillside in Utah near a juniper tree, about a 600 meter hike from a
snowplow turnaround, scored by a family group of 10 on the day before
Christmas under a brilliant blue sky

in North Dakota, in a snow-covered field ("with every breath, my
nose-hairs froze!")

down narrow roads in bad condition in Estonia, where the
frozen surface was the only thing that made it possible to drive

in Mundaring state forest in Western Australia, near Coffin Rock of
Blair Witch fame

in a cluster of homes in a crook in the Shenandoah river called John
Browns Farm less than a half mile west of the river and two miles from
the Appalachian Trail which straddles the Virginia/West Virginia border

in a forest in Estonia, unreachable because of darkness and one too many
trenches, wide and filled with water, across the route

in Australia, down a long driveway across from a windmill, past a
pleasant little lake and a magnificent clump of grass trees

in Webbs Wood in the UK, scored on a one hour hike, allowing time for
the boys have stick sword fights, climb trees, etc.

in Brazil, behind a sports club of very scruffy appearance, past the
football pitch and in a pond beyond the trees that circle the club

in Florida, in a woods with the trees in rows and all the same height

11 meters from a dedication plaque in the Coolangatta forest plantation
in the middle of nowhere, Western Australia

in a sheep paddock in New Zealand, in a bit of a depression that made
the view 360 degrees of sheep paddock

in the kitchen of a cottage close to the village of Ballinacarrow,

In Minnesota, in a new development of single family homes, new enough
that aerial photos still show the dashpoint lying in a farm field

on the grounds of the Foxborough State Hospital in Massachusetts, an
abandoned psychiatric hospital in the process of demolition

on top of a hill of gravel in a open pit mine in Florida

in the middle of North Point Street in San Francisco, a half-block
from historic Fort Mason and a fifteen minute walk from Fisherman's

and near a historic cemetery in a scenic area of east central Tennessee


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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