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Geodashing: Jan07   Print  E-mail 
Written by Scout  

"We attended a party. I did my best to remain in a state fit to drive.
This was not easy, as our very congenial host basks in his Scottish
descent on occasions such as this, and at one stage recited Robbie
Burns’ "Ode to the Haggis" with a large knife in one hand and a haggis
in the other! We eventually left the party at 12:30am, full of haggis
and black pudding, and I set out for the real visit. There was not too
much traffic about, but the early hours of New Year’s Day is probably
not an ideal time to be out on the roads."

That's Geodashing in Victoria with geoffj3191

"The ZP was 480 crow meters to the west through Juniper and Sage. It
seems that Juniper and Sage are the 'cornfields' of my area. :) We
could hear in the distance the sounds of airplanes, cars, motorbikes
and rifle practice. And yet, this place is so peaceful as the light
wind whispered to the ancient gnarled trees. On the way out, I was
telling Jackie how there is almost always something unique about each
of these trips. At that moment, we found ourselves racing Pronghorn
down the road."

That's Geodashing in Oregon with Has no Horse

"The road looked good enough, so we started down.  As soon as I
started, I could feel the car slip and slide a bit and we started
throwing up big clods of mud. The further I went, the worse it got,
until I could see these clods, out of the corner of my eye, flying up
next to the car higher than me. Yikes!  We stopped just after our
closest approach of 53 meters and backed out, mud clods flying up and
over the car now and occasionally sliding too close to the edge of the
road for my comfort."

That's Geodashing in Iowa with RogBarn


Game 67 of Geodashing was won by "GeoTerriers". Honorable mentions go
to "Home for the Itinerant" and "Llama League".

Jack Frickey took individual honors.  Honorable mentions go to
newcomer PLMerry and a two-way tie for third between martpol and Tom

The game saw 110 dashpoint hunts in 8 countries (Australia, the US,
Germany, the UK, Poland, Canada, Estonia and Brazil).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

at the beginning of the exit ramp to I-74 in Davenport, Iowa ("the
easiest DP I've ever scored")

in Denver, in the bed of a rather forlorn looking antique
International pickup truck, buried up to its fenders in snow, its
windshield smashed

in a farm field in Missouri, where what sounded like tires coming down
the gravel road turned out to be a large flock of crows taking to the
air from a line of trees probably a half mile away across the wide
open field

behind the library of the Florida Gulf Coast University, where the
pond sports signs warning "Beware of alligators"

along the railroad tracks that run alongside the Mississippi River in
the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapidso

in a vacant block of land with a dried up dam on it, smack dab in the
area earmarked for the proposed second Sydney Airport at Badgery's

just inside the rear of the Zaffari supermarket of Tristeza, Porto
Alegre, Brazil ("They store something inflamable in there with our DP
as there are three signs saying 'Danger, Don't Smoke' (Perigo - Nao

in Tasmania, on a steep hillside plantation covered in young eucalypts

in a sopping wet cornfield in Salem, Indiana

in an open cotton field out behind an old gin in Mississippi ("typical
Delta setting")

in a plowed cornfield in Minnesota, scored on a cold January day with
the temperature of -15 degrees C

in Maryland, in a fallow soy bean field, soft and a bit muddy with
rain from the previous night

in a field next to an abandoned collective farm's barn in Estonia

near the German city of "Muelheim an der Ruhr", about 100 meters along
a footpath into the forest

unreachable, smack-dab in the middle of California's Guadalupe and
Oceano Dunes, one of the larger series of dunes in the Western

in the Lewis and Clark Memorial Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a
very nice lookout over the Missouri River

in Oregon's Hat Rock State Park, named for a volcanic plug that was
the first distinctive landmark passed by the Lewis and Clark
Expedition on their journey down the Columbia in 1805, and is one of
the few sites not underwater because of dams

in thick bush in Mallacoota, the most easterly town in Victoria,
Australia, where "bushfires were still raging just north of the
highway. Around 1 million hectares of Victorian forest has been burnt
out in the last month, and still the fires continue."

on a hill above a lake, among summer cottages, in Poland

in Redwood City, California, outside a house with a cute little
mailbox in the shape of a house with a bay window in front

near an Illinois house with a wooden fish mailbox, scored on a weekend
outing with the Boy Scouts to a sleepover on a submarine

on the sidewalk in front of a three story tall white
stucco home in San Francisco, just one block south of the Presidio

and inside a business called "Teasers" in Statesville, North Carolina
("I walked around to the front. I look up at the unlit neon sign.
OOPS!  Not a hair salon. I took my 2-year old to a men's club.")


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 .

Last Updated ( 11:07 Wednesday, 04 July 2007 UTC )


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