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Geodashing: Feb06   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

"This DP is located in the township of Boyanup.  Where's Boyanup I hear
you all scream, well we didn't really know either so when we visited we
made sure to find out. Boyanup has a population of somewhere between 3
and 12 guessing from the number of homes we saw.  The town museum was
closed although from the blurb on the front door it sounds incredible
(no sarcasm ... really) 'You may be aware that the Boyanup museum houses
a selection of railway items, carriages, vintage cars, farming machinery
and many other items, but the thing you may not know is that they have a
display of over 600 types of barbed wire. Yes, 600 types of barbed
wire!!!' Hmmm OK each to their own, back to the dashpoint."

-- That's Geodashing in Western Australia with TEAM LANDCRUISER

"I found a dirt road heading in the right direction. The tracks in front
of me started getting deeper. I thought to myself 'Someone was driving
on this road when it was muddy.' Soon I realized that my tracks were
just as deep, and not because of mud but because of sand. Considering my
situation (sun low in the west, no cell phone signal, no one knew where
I was), I opted for safety and turned back."

-- That's Geodashing - safely - in Utah with David Mower


Game 56 of Geodashing was won by "GeoTerriers". Second place went to
"Team GPS", reversing the order of finish from last game. Third went to
"Home for the Itinerant" again.

Individual honors went to free agent Jack Frickey. Honorable mentions go
to McMeanderer and martpol.

Game 56 saw 158 dashpoint hunts in 9 countries (Australia, New Zealand,
Estonia, Poland, Germany, France, the UK, Canada and the US).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

on a dirt road on the way to a Utah neighbor's horse barn, scored just
after midnight by David Mower for the first score of Game 56

in an Oregon landscape of fields stretching towards the horizon in all
directions over rolling terrain, with views of four of the Cascade
volcanoes: Jefferson, Hood, Saint Helens and Adams

in a Colorado field with a view of snow-covered 14,345' Blanca Peak
rising majestically above the San Luis Valley

on the grounds of the UK's Stathe Court, a big country house, and very
close to the Sedgemoor Drains, huge channels that were cut around 1790
to help drain the Somerset Levels

in a field near a huge pile of hay, in the village of Racot, Poland,
famous for its horse stud

down a narrow and rough dirt road in Wombat State Forest northwest of
Melbourne, home to at least two grey kangaroos, four black rock
wallabies and a lone echidna seen on the journey

in rural Minnesota, where the snow makes it difficult to tell where the
roads end and the driveways begin and four deer feel at home in the yard
where the dashpoint lies

on the grounds of Minya Vineyard, in Victoria, Australia, near a
billabong on which eighteen black swans cruised alongside a single white

in bogland in Estonia, best visited in winter when the fields are
frozen, also visited by wolves who left fresh pawprints in the snow

near an old apple tree near a snow covered road in New Brunswick

in a field in New York, or more precisely, "muckland", off Celery
Avenue where onions are grown (go figure)

on the grounds of the High Desert Hunt Club in California's Antelope
Valley, the western-most chunk of the Mojave Desert, an area where
dashing is often just a matter of parking the car and walking around the
mesquite and yuccas.

in a newly planted tomato field on the island of Oahu, Hawaii

in low-lying swampy farmland near the Taieri River in New Zealand

in a field of scrub brush in Saskatchewan

a half mile into a frozen field in the flat, flat plains of North Dakota

on the side of the road in Estonia, on the way to Kihnu Island via
winter road on sea ice

next to a Denny's restaurant, on an offramp for Route 19 in Dunedin, one
of the most congested roads in the west of Florida

in a pasture in South Dakota, with lots of cast off automobiles and
refrigerator hulks haunting the gullies

in an alfalfa field in South Dakota, on the homestead of Oscar Micheaux,
a pioneer among independent filmmakers and an early giant in
African-American cinema

in the trees beside the snowy fairways of Castle Eden golf course in
Peterlee, UK

on the roof of Roxanna (Illinois) High School, site of this year's
winter musical, Oklahoma!

next to the presbytery of St Fidelis Church in Melbourne's inner suburb
of Coburg

just off a basketball court in Virginia's Sugarland Run Stream Valley

and next to a very old cemetery in a picturesque part of Tennessee


This month's bit of Geodashing advice is courtesy of chaosmanor:

"I don't recommend that anyone else try for this one; you'll blow my
cover story, you'll raise a lot of eyebrows, and you might get
'mistaken' for a bobwhite or pheasant ;-)"

This month's lesson in how one thing leads to another is courtesy of
David Mower:

"I was lucky to see two things. One was the Sevier River, an important
river to me and to the history of south-central Utah. It is a basin
river with no ocean outlet. It begins about 100 miles south of where I
live, flows north and then southwest and ends near this dashpoint. When
I got out of the car to investigate the other interesting thing I was
next to a very small and slow-moving river near the end of its life. The
other interesting thing was a monument in memory of the Gunnison
Massacre which occured on October 26, 1853. I'd never heard of that
event, so I'll need to do some investigation."


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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