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Geodashing: Sep06   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

"My husband gave a gasp as his left foot suddenly broke through the cap
crust of this old geothermal. A moment later my right foot went through.
We anxiously looked arond and realized we were in the center of an old
thermal hot spring approximately thirty feet in diameter. Each year
people and animals are killed in Yellowstone by stepping on the fragile
cap covers of old expired thermals. The crust breaks and you sink into a
boiling underground pool of magma heated water. No one ever survives. As
we quickly exited the thermal area and moved toward the dashpoint, we
realized we would have to scale down a nearly perpendicular wall to a
valley floor. Once we found our way to the bottom, we saw evidence of
having stumbled into a bear's lair. There were large imprints in the
grass where the bear had rested. There was fresh scat everywhere."

-- That's Geodashing in Yellowstone National Park with Blanche1

"It was fortunate we had rented a 4WD and really got to use it. The road would
have been impassable to the 2WD we usually use, but even in 4WD I was slinging
mud furiously as I charged through the puddles. We got a quick read of about 25m
going south to where we could see a graveled road for a turnaround, then we
headed back north and got another read of 16m, but didn't dare stop at the DP
for fear of not getting moving again."

-- That's Geodashing in Montana with Douq Millar

"Walked along the edge of the shooting field, stepping on used high caliber
rounds and broken flying targets. Another 750 metres to go. Got up on the hill,
where we found what resembled the grave of Odin, accompanied by a wire used to
pull moving targets. 120 metres to go. Some red signs telling us which target
field we were on. We pushed on, over the hill, running circles round the trees.
There it was! GD63-OBIJ on a small clearing next to a tree."

-- That's Geodashing in Norway with Gardistan

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Game 63 of Geodashing was won by "Llama League".  Honorable mentions go
to "GeoTerriers" and "Team GPS".

Individual honors go to Douq Millar and deodasher, thanks to their 4000
mile mad dash across Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.
Honorable mentions go to Jack Frickey and geodasher.

Game 63 saw 154 dashpoint hunts in 10 countries (the United States,
Australia, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Finland, Estonia, Mexico,
Poland and Norway).

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

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in Cockatoo in Austalia's Dandenong Mountains east of Melbourne, where
it was the second day of Spring and the Wattle trees were in full bloom

southwest of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the middle of a one lane dirt
road passing through a large meadow with wildflowers all around --
white, pink, yellow, lavender, and more

unreachable on an old road next to a small lake in Oregon's Baskett
Slough National Wildlife Refuge, closed to humans

in rough sagebrush, about a meter away from a very deep wash or arroyo
in Utah ("no people, no cars, no buildings, no improvements of any
kind")

smack dab in the middle of Michigan's Flat River State Game Area, good
for pheasant hunting when hunting season rolls around

within the confines of Estonia's Matsalu National Park, the home of a
multitude of birds and other wildlife, including storks landing on the
field between the house and the bay

in an Australian paddock where a large herd of Merinos was being guarded
by six alpacas

in Oregon's Deschutes National Forest, where there are signs for a
logging sale and trees are flagged with blue ribbon or painted with an
orange stripe

four miles from Idaho's Snake River, in the middle of a hop field ("a
good zip lock full of hops makes for a real nice 5 gallons of IPA")

in trees, off a rough, unmetalled road with forestry running alongside,
about a mile inland from the English Channel near Southampton

in Estonia, in beautiful forest with some private houses hidden in
woods, spoiled by a cellulose factory in neighbouring village ("could be
a heaven [except for the] acrid smell and noise of ventilators")

near Minnesota's Twin Cities Ordnance Plant ("Triple row of barbed wire.
Not on a dare!")

and on the sandy beach along Australia's Great Ocean Road, where people
were enjoying the sunshine and waves were crashing on the rocks all
along the spectacular coastline

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Jack Frickey tells us why Geodashing after a tropical storm is iffy:

"I certainly see the effects of Ernesto...muddy roads, flooded
waterways, roads closed, bridges out, ... the ferry was not running
because of the high water. That meant an additional 40 or 50 miles out
of my way to get to the next DP."

Loch Cache tells us why maps shouldn't always be trusted:

"Figured since it was on a road it would be an easy ride. It was not.
This little area just south of Boston had the worst road I have ever
seen in the area.  I think it was paved in the 1800s and then forgotten.
Potholes big enough to swallow the car."


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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 ( 16:25 Saturday, 04 November 2006 UTC )


 
 

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