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Geodashing: Aug06   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 62

"Parked at lock 18 of the New York State barge canal.  Walked across the
top of the lock.  Walked across the spillway between the canal and the
Mohawk River to get to Plantation Island Wildlife Management Area.
Walked along the canal looking to see if I could get closer to the
dashpoint. But between me and the dashpoint point was a small cliff
going down about 50 ft followed by a swamp and the path along canal
turned into tall weeds at about my height."

-- That's Geodashing in New York with pllasstic

"The road immediately turned to dirt but it looked suitable for the old
96 Ford Taurus. I was slowly moving along to try to not be too hard on
the car and then hit a sandy patch and could feel the tires digging in
and the car going slower and slower and I started feeding gas to the old
steed to try to keep from getting completely bogged down and as I picked
up speed I started bouncing thru the ruts with wild abandon."

-- That's Geodashing in California with D


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Game 62 of Geodashing was won by "GeoTerriers".  Honorable mentions go
to "Team GPS" and "Llama League".

Individual honors go to martpol, followed by Jack Frickey and, tied for
third, Dashing Dog Mac and Madam Dash.

Game 62 saw 109 dashpoint hunts in 8 countries (the United States,
Germany, Estonia, Australia, Canada, Finland, the United Kingdom and
Poland).

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A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in the driveway of a small white house in North Dakota, scored at
midnight on August 1 for the first score of Game 62

in the backyard of a California-bungalow style house near the set used
in filming outdoor scenes from the original King Kong movie

in a circular drive of Washington, D.C.'s Walter Reed Medical Center,
near the monument to Walter Reed himself

in front of a mental health center in California

on a sandy plain in Oregon covered with low sagebrush at the edge of
Tepee Draw, a dry wash named for Indian tepee remains found there

in a harvested field in Germany, with only a lonesome dog around

just off the nicely named Deer Path Trail in Virginia, surrounded by soy
bean fields

near a farmhouse in New South Wales, off Thunderbolts Way, a road named
after a bushranger who operated in the area in the 1800s

in a forest in Estonia, beyond a hay field, off a long-unused forest
road

near a birdhouse on a pole in a farm field in Indiana, about 940 meters
from the Ohio state line

in a farm field in an area of Wisconsin full of farms, burgs, churches
and taverns

near a soccer field in Victoria, a green oasis in suburbia, close to the
"4th Doncaster East Scout Hall"

on a trail at the head of Bear Valley in Oregon, in the middle of a burn
that swept through 100,000 acres of forest three years ago

on a hill near an old coal mine in Wyoming that had blown up and started
a fire that lasted for years

in the middle of an open field in Nova Scotia, down a road lined with
sunflowers

in dense forest at 3,064 meters elevation in Brian Head, Utah, a resort
town of skiing in winter and mountain biking in summer

in the flat farmlands of Illinois, with corn to the west and beans to
the east

in a Nebraska cornfield, severely distressed by the near-drought conditions

in the sandy soil of an economic forest in Finland, surrounded by moose
hunting towers

in thick woods behind a lone large birch in Maine, scored on a trip for
a dinner of Maine lobster

unreachable behind a fence in Oregon blocking access to what maps
identify as an air strip but is now clearly a drag strip

in a garbage deposit site in Germany

in Estonia, in a nature reserve area at the sea shore and a juniper
"jungle" where it was a pasture 60 years ago

150 feet beyond an abrupt 200 foot drop off in dense forest on Washington's
Olympic peninsula

past a waterhole in Victoria, Australia, across flat terrain,
through sparse eucalypts, past a black wallaby bounding by and in
earshot of the cries of birds hidden in the canopies of the gum trees

and at the confluence of the Burnt Fork, Henry's Fork and Birch Creek,
site of the first rendezvous in 1825, the social and business event of
the year for the American mountain men, fur trappers and traders

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cachman102, in Kansas, asks (and, in a way, answers) a fundamental
question:

"This dashpoint is out in the middle of a plowed field in the flat lands
of Western Kansas.  From this area you can see as far as the eye can see
on a clear day.  Grain elevators as far away as 14 miles can easily be
seen.  I am not sure what the point of this game is as there is no real
incentive to drive down a rough section line trail to view a piece of
flat plowed ground!  We live here, we work this ground to provide food
for the world."

A British hitchhiker with gardistan in Finland has his own take on the
same question:

"On my way home from Muonio, I picked up a British hitchhiker on his way
to Norway. 'Oh, I have plenty of time,' he said, so he had no problems
joining me for my hunt.  To get there, I needed to climb a reindeer
fence (keeps reindeer off the road) and walk through a swamp.  Back by
the car, I said, 'The things some people do.' 'Oh, just some of us,' he
said and shook his head."

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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.

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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 ( 17:00 Saturday, 02 September 2006 UTC )


 
 

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