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Geodashing: May06   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 59

"When I found out that I had to deploy to Iraq for a year, I decided to
bring my GPS. After all, what better way to spend one's time in a war
zone than by Dashing and Caching? GD59-QAFU is near an irrigation canal
in Iraqi farmland about 5 km south of LSA Anaconda (a.k.a.
Mortaritaville) near Balad, Iraq. The lead helo (flying a random flight
path, to avoid predictability) ended up flying reasonably close to the
dashpoint, and my pilot obliged by veering off course just enough to zip
over the point.  And I mean zip ... clearly he wasn't about to linger
for a photo op."

-- That's Geodashing in Iraq with AquaDyne

"The country of 'thousand lakes' as Finland is called, you can not know
what is the shape of lake and in which direction is the road going as it
is always winding between and round the lakes. I even intended to quit
without finding the DP but thanks to one local man who was wondering my
doings I found a small road to the opposite shore of that particular
lake. 170 m walk through forest from one summer cottage and I was there,
on high lake shore, looking at that point where I almost gave up!"

-- That's Geodashing in Finland with martpol

"This dashpoint was in Western Port Bay off Point Leo beach. It was cold
and wet and there were no campers and no one on the beach, apart from
seagulls and piles of seaweed. As we moved along the water's edge, the
GPS reading eventually went below 115 metres. The tide was still going
out, so tide was on our side. I removed my shoes and socks, rolled up
the trousers and waded into the surf. When I reached 95.5 metres I
stepped into a hole in the sand so that was close enough. After wringing
out my trousers and replacing my socks and shoes we headed off for
coffee at Balnarring to celebrate a successful dashpoint that could
easily have been a miss at high tide."

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

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Game 59 of Geodashing was won by "Home for the Itinerant", thanks to an
outstanding 101 point performance by McMeanderer.  GeoTerriers were
runners-up and in third place was "Llama League."

Individual honors went to McMeanderer, who traveled up and down the US
East Coast, hunting 45 dashpoints. Honorable mentions go to martpol and
Dave Hinns.

Game 59 saw 184 dashpoint hunts in 13 countries (USA, Australia,
Estonia, Finland, Brazil, Germany, Iraq, Canada, UK, Portugal, Latvia,
Poland, and France), including the game's first ever visits to Puerto
Rico.

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

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in a paddock in New South Wales, along a road past Gostwyck Church, a
picturesque little church currently surrounded by fallen autumn leaves

in a children's playground belonging to California's Monarch Christian
School, whose signs are in both English and Vietnamese

on the north bank of Colorado's Big Thompson River, in a lovely park
with little league baseball and a bike path along the river

in a thick copse of trees in Stansted Forest not far out of Chichester,
England, in a spot popular with dog walkers and picnickers

in a crop of lettuce in California's Salinas Valley, the "Salad Bowl" of
America

about 80 yards into Chesapeake Bay, scored by climbing through dense
vines with thorns, up a cliff that extended far enough into the surf to
score

up, up, up a rocky, rough road in a forested area in the foothills of
Utah's Mt Nebo, the hunt abandoned near sunset as a three-quarters moon
was rising over the mountain

along a heavily forested ridge in Oregon's Elliott State Forest, made up
of 140 year old Douglas-fir stands formed after the historic wildfire of
1868.

at the top of a small butte in Wyoming ("as I looked out I could see
McKinnon Wyoming, Manila Utah and Lonetree Wyoming, it seemed like I
could see forever.")

in Australia, in thick scrub at the top of a ridge with lovely views
across to the next valley as well as the sight of a small black wallaby
and fifteen full-sized grey kangaroos bounding past

on a sidehill next to Utah Highway 56, with lots of pinion pine and
juniper trees and sage brush, wild daisies, Indian paint brush and a
yellow blossom on a Joshua Tree cactus

a little into the woods and briars in typical south Jersey terrain:
swampy

in a pine tree plantation in Portugal

in apple orchards just outside the small village of Chalandrey, France

an easy walk into a flat field outside Helsinki, Finland

in South Carolina, along Williams Bottom, all pasture with a white wood
fence running the length of the road

in a freshly manured field in New Brunswick, where the black flies were
particularly bad

near some storage bins on an old-fashioned pig farm in Nebraska ("a
small, non-stinky pig farm")

in southern Brazil, behind a small well-worn white wooden house with
blue window frames and roofing, with a stone wall with a white iron
fence above it running around the miniscule garden.

on a golf course east of Stillwater, Minnesota, scored on a rainy day
when the golfers were away

on the driving range of Virginia's Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club

on a construction site in the Tibes area of Ponce, Puerto Rico

at the edge of runaway of Tallinn Aeroclub's airfield in Kuusiku,
Estonia

on the side of a motorway in Finland, requiring climbing a vertical rock
wall to reach the zero point

and on I495 in New York City, scored just as the Mets baseball game
traffic was leaving the stadium, making slow going for this drive-by

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

This month's Geodashing lesson comes from snappyred:

"The road ended next to the reservoir, so a hiking we will go. After
walking for some time I thought that I heard a strange noise. That's
when I looked around and saw nothing but trees, no lake, no car and no
husband. Great! I am going to get eaten by a bear!  I never thought that
I would get lost.  My husband was trying to get me to save points in my
GPS so that if this ever happen I could find my way back to the car. To
make a long story short I did find my dash point, it was in a boggy
meadow where the water run into Meeks Cabin Reservoir, I found my
husband and I found the car. Did I learn anything, I'd like to think
so."

McMeanderer muses at the end of a long journey:

"1044 miles, 20 hours 35 minutes, driving average of 50.7 mph, overall
average of 47.7 mph, for 20h 35m driving and 1h 18m stopped. In my youth I
would have never stopped that much...I must be getting old..."

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

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 ( 06:48 Monday, 05 June 2006 UTC )


 
 

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