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Geodashing: Mar06   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

"I wasn’t keen to go for a walk on an icy trail in the biting wind, but
I needed the exercise, so I set off for the dashpoint. Although the
trail through the forest was obscured by snow and ice, it was easy to
follow the blue diamond markers attached to the trees. As I approached
the dashpoint, I was watching my GPS count down towards zero and didn’t
notice the patch of clear ice in my path. Next moment, my feet were out
from under me, and I whacked into the ice. As I heard my backpack hit
the ground behind me, I watched my GPS arc through the air, hit the
ground, and skid to a stop in the gravel."

-- That's Geodashing in Colorado with Ash Doge

"We stopped car by the road and so softly ... car slipped into the snow.
Tried to move back the car more to the road, but car slipped and slipped
and slipped ... No back no forth. Guys started to shovel, road trench
was deep, but with so much snow you can't see it. Tens of minutes
passed. One car passed and seeing our problem, stopped and helped.  With
other car's power we were pulled out. We choosed then other place to
leave the car. Started to walk on a field, snow was up to our knees,
felt like a powder. Zero-point was reachable easily. Between farmer's
fields and near to one forsaken farm.  There are lots of them nowadays.
That's pity."

-- That's Geodashing in Estonia with Nodsutours

"What a weather! After snowing the last couple of days it was raining
today! You can't imagine the mud all over! Had to walk the last 90
meters (!!) and was wet to the bones afterwards. Could be, that the
village Taufkirchen is a picturesque one, but believe me, not today!
But still a lot of fun getting there!"

-- That's Geodashing with HarleyDavidsonAndy in Germany

"Winter still in Poland (about 0 C degree). Trip started at 16:14.
Target riched at 17:00. I shut few photos and first time in this year
saw two storks, what a beautiful view. It means that spring is close. We
wait for her and for sun and for warm."

-- That's Geodashing in Poland with frytka_pf

==================================

Game 57 of Geodashing was won by "Team GPS" by a wide margin over "Home
for the Itinerant" and "Llama League".

Individual honors again went to free agent Jack Frickey. Honorable
mentions go to pllasstic and Markwell.

Game 57 saw 169 dashpoint hunts in 10 countries (Australia, the US,
Estonia, Germany, Poland, Canada, the UK, Hungary, Brazil, and the
game's first visit to Thailand).

==================================

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in a trendy neighborhood on Chapel Street in Melbourne, next to the Back
of Chapel Backpackers Hostel and across from the Back Bar and Tusk
restaurant, scored just after midnight on March 1

in Estonia, near the Läänemaa Suursoo bog protection area, where elk,
deer, hawks and foxes were seen

in California's Mojave Desert, along a ridge in Red Rock Canyon State
Park, scored by doing a gymnastic "Icky Shuffle" just a li-i-i-ttle bit
down the slope

off a snowmobile trail in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, in deep snow that
prevented zeroing out without snowshoes

in a vast forest of juniper and pinion pine on the Arizona Strip where
there are no improvements of any kind within view from the dashpoint

in a field of newly sown grass in Washington, in wide open spaces with
rolling hills with coulees as far as the eye can see

500 meters along a forest track in Poland's snowy Zwola forest

in a hay colored field in New York between an bluebird house and a lake

in a very muddy horse paddock in rural Pennsylvania, guarded by a good
looking brown horse

in a bowl-shaped valley in Nevada, home to a roadrunner (meep-meep), a
chipmunk and a couple of rabbits, creosote bushes, sagebrush, barrel,
cholla, and prickly pear cactuses, and a few dead Joshua trees

out of reach behind a manned road barrier in a restricted Naval Area in
Thailand

in a grass field right opposite Rousham Park House, a big stately home
to the west of Bicester, north of Oxford

in the tiny hamlet of Holbeach St Matthew (about two houses - even the
phone box marked on the OS map was gone!), between a pond and a boarded
up, overgrown church (which seemed very sad)

on the property of an abandoned steel mill in Utah, near some slag heaps
from years gone by, which triggered memories of childhood and watching
at night as red-hot glowing material was dumped from rail cars

in an old urban neighborhood of brick row houses in eastern
Philadelphia, where three boys were having a snowball fight

and past woods and fields in Virginia, to just outside an old family
cemetery, where one new metal plaque recognizing service in the
Confederate Army stood out from the old stones

==================================

Jack Frickey tells us things you learn while Geodashing that you might
prefer not knowing:

"When I returned to the car, I was greeted by Randy. He was quite
pleasant and we chatted for 10 or 15 minutes during which I learned that
he was in the landscaping business, that someone had been stealing his
equipment, and all about the dead body he had found back in the woods I
had just been running around in."

This month's imponderable mystery is courtesy of chaosmanor:

"I was thrilled to see a nice bunch of collectible llama droppings for
March. Why we get so jazzed over unfossilized virtual coprolites, I'll
never know, but we do ;-)"

Wisk thinks he has the mystery sorted out:

"Geodashers are a unique set of people.  It’s amazing how similar we
probably all are: Type A personalities with a competitive drive to
zero-out or get as close as we can to these random, unseen vertices we
call dashpoints just to see what is there!"

==================================

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
http://GPSgames.org .

Last Updated ( 06:46 Tuesday, 04 April 2006 UTC )


 
 

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