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Geodashing: Jan06   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

"Standing on the rocky beach, right at the water's edge, we were able to
get within 295 feet of the dashpoint. Frigid waves crashing over rocks
precluded an attempt to zero this one out though. Had we gotten here at
high tide though it's obvious we would have had to do a little wading to
get within scoring distance."

-- That's Geodashing in northern California with Buxley and Julie

"Our main objective was to reach this dashpoint in the rolling surf at
the beautiful coastal resort of Lorne. The closest we could reach was
145 metres standing on rocks with seven fisherman who were wondering
what I was doing leaning out over the waves crashing onto the rocks with
a GPS in my hand.  Perhaps later in the month we will persuade the Lorne
Surf Life Saving Club to give us a ride in their Inflatable Rubber
Rescue Boat."

-- That's Geodashing in Australia with Dashing Dog Mac

"We parked in the beach parking area, and started walking down the beach
toward the dashpoint. As we walked, and the GPS counted down, I hoped
that we wouldn't run out of beach before the GPS ran out of digits to
count down. We were in luck. Eventually we zeroed out, right at the edge
of the water (although we had to wait for the waves to flow back out in
order to run to the zero and then run back before the next one came in).
We stuck a piece of driftwood into the sand to mark the dashpoint, and
then headed back to the Dashmobile."

-- That's Geodashing in Virginia with BOB and Kevin

"We walked directly to the sea. It was still 150 m to DP. Fortunately it
is winter now and the sea gulf was totally frozen so we could walk up to
the exact location of DP. There was a fishermen's pier too but the top
of it was 116 m from DP so without ice only a boat could take us to DP."

-- That's Geodashing in Estonia with martpol

"The DP is in a swamp on the north side of Horseshoe Lake. I parked on
the west side of the lake and walked about 600 meters across the ice to
get within scoring range. BUDH was my first DP scored by walking across
a frozen lake, but now that I’m back in Minnesota there are bound to be

-- That's Geodashing in Minnesota with Tom Arneson


Game 55 of Geodashing was won by "Team GPS". Second place went to
"GeoTerriers" and third to "Home for the Itinerant".

Individual honors went to BOB of "Team GPS". Honorable mentions go to
Tom Arneson and RogBarn.

Game 55 saw 176 dashpoint hunts in 12 countries (Australia, New Zealand,
Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Netherlands, Germany,
Portugal, the UK and the US).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in the driveway of a house with a "lawn" of quartz pebbles in suburban
Melbourne, scored on the morning of January 1, 2006, then celebrated at
an afternoon barbeque

in a harvested corn field in Minneapolis, surrounded by a fresh snow
fall that coated trees creating a winter wonderland

in a frozen marsh in Estonia, making for a nice nighttime walk,
difficult but still easier than in summer

on a shallow frozen pond in North Dakota -- you could through the ice to
the ground below

in a dry lake bed in Oklahoma, suffering from drought and grass fires

in a swamp bordering Lake Marion in South Carolina

down a two-track dirt road in Utah, near the East Fork of the Sevier
River, scored as the moon was high in the sky and the stars were
starting to appear

down a snowmobile trail in Minnesota, past many deer tracks, near a
wooden gate with a no trespassing sign

down a corrugated road near Australia's Wilson's Promontory, near a sign
reading "No Wind Turbines on the Gippsland Coast"

in the middle of a field in the UK, near a stone commemorating the year
2000, claiming to be 70 meters from the 0 degree Greenwich meridian line

in a heavily wooded valley in central Tennessee reachable by
bushwhacking on a wonderful winter day with plenty of sun

near Mille Lacs, one of Minnesota's bigger lakes, home to hundreds of
ice fishing houses at this time of year

near a snow-covered field in Finland descriptively-named Peräniitty
(Rear End Meadow), reached by a trail shared with an elderly lady riding
a kick-sledge

in a Texas horse paddock, home to Ginger, Spongebob and Zee, introduced
by a very personable lady named Kelly, along with her son and dogs

in the middle of a vast wheat field in the high plains of eastern
Washington, where a female chocolate lab was glad to have visitors

on a very steep hillside in Utah's Woodbury Desert Tortoise Study Area

on Interstate Highway 84 in Oregon, where landslides are a real threat
and a highway maintainence crew was helping large rocks fall off the
nearby hillside in a safe manner

in a vacant lot along a canal in Florida -- the challenge in finding
much of anything in Florida is figuring out how to get over the

near a corn maze in Minnesota, the corn maze being long gone but
preserved for posterity by the aerial photos in Google Earth

in the middle of a eucalyptus field in Portugal

in a pine plantation in New South Wales, logged not too many years ago

on the laneway into a small boutique winery in Western Australia

in a cornfield! in New South Wales, the dashpoint appropriately named

in a shallow vale of grassland in Brazil, reached by way of a road that
was blocked the previous day by demonstrators protesting the laws
governing toll roads

in a small stucco house in El Paso, Texas, less than a mile from Juarez,

near the playset of a 7000 sq. ft. house in one of the most expensive
sections of the metropolitan Washington, DC, area

in a private house in Ontario, with a Christmasy lamp post on the front
lawn and a deck decorated with red bows and green garland

on moorland near an old deserted WW2 airfield, Davidstow Moor, UK

just outside the UK's village of North Waltham, down a tiny unmetalled
road by the side of the Wheatsheaf pub.


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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