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Geodashing: Apr07   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 70

"As I dived into the woods I found a path 40 meters wide through the
woods where all the trees had been knocked down.  The amateur
meteorologist in me quickly came out.  I noticed first that the trees
all fell in different directions mostly away from the center of the
path.  Upon further investigation I noticed that many of the tree
tops, of those not knocked over, were twisted or sheered off, along
with many of the larger branches.  Since straight line winds would
make the trees all fall in the same direction and ice storms rarely
damage such a condensed area, I deduced that I was standing in the
path of a previous tornado."

That's Geodashing in Pennsylvania with PLMerry

"We followed Sardine Creek Road through rugged spur/gully country, and
a highlight was the sighting of a male lyrebird dashing across the
road in front of our vehicle, with its long tail (in the shape of a
lyre) flowing behind it.  We could also hear the clear sounds of
bellbirds in the bush all around us - or were they lyrebirds mimicking
the sounds of the bellbird? (Note that lyrebirds are notable mimics,
and replicate the sounds of owls, currawongs, kookaburras, magpies and
even chainsaws and farm machinery in their eagerness to find a mate. I
am not sure what type of mate a chainsaw sound would attract, but I
guess when you are desperate ...)"

That's Geodashing in Australia with Dashing Dog Mac

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

Game 70 of Geodashing was won by team "En Dash!", their first win in
many months. Honorable mention goes to "Llama League" who finished
only two points behind. Third place went to "GeoTerriers".

Morseman, Geodashing again after an absence of many months, earned top
individual honors. A huge welcome back!  Honorable mention goes to
Jack Frickey.

The game saw 104 dashpoint hunts in 6 countries (the US, the UK,
Estonia, Australia, Germany and Poland).

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

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in the shade of a moss-encrusted oak tree on California's Skyline
drive, a road that runs along the San Francisco peninsula ridgeline,
favored by motorcyclists, bicyclists, and Sunday drivers, all out in
force on the sunny first day of April

in a field with Ewes and lambs, just down a track used by hikers
leading to a farm in the UK's Peak District National Park.

in Michigan, amongst once active apple orchards that will soon be
developed into "urban-sprawl-hell"

on a hilltop in California's Camp Pendleton, on a dirt road that "sees
more tank tracks than tire tracks"

next to a huge birch tree (about 60 cm thick) in a field in Estonia

in an outdoor amphitheatre in Australia, on the very edge of a
man-made lake ("the early morning mist rising and the waterbirds
floating across the mirror-like surface")

in a park behind a racecourse in Wales, with a ruined house and "ancient
forts" that are often little more than mounds of earth

in a cold, harvested soybean field in Nebraska, near an old, probably
abandoned two-story white house

in Oregon, along a muddy farm road beyond a field of flowering
strawberries

in ranchland east of Dallas, near a sign advertising Black Angus Bulls
for sale

in South Carolina's Sumter National forest, about 30 meters from a
bearing tree near the trailhead to the Palmetto Trail

in Oregon's high desert country of flat, sandy ground covered in low
sage ("my hiking pole stuck in the ground was by far the highest
object for hundreds of meters in all directions")

in the Bavarian alpine upland near a village called Funk ("which again
wasn't a village, but only a farm house")

in downtown Sacramento amidst the cute old Victorian houses, down the
street from the California state capitol

in the parking lot of Tyson's Galleria, an upscale shopping mall in
Virginia; more specifically, in a Cheesecake Factory Valet Parking
space

just out of reach, down a steep bank and in a swamp behind the houses
on Morgans Way in Milford, Massachusetts

on the shore of Poland's Kuznickie Lake near the holiday resort of
Boruja

in Oregon's Wickiup Reservoir, where the GPSr readout "tickled 99
meters" just one step into the muddy lake

and a kayak trip up California's Sycamore Slough

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

This month's lesson in high-tech Geodashing comes from McMeanderer:

"My Garmin has died, only to come back to life after the batteries ran
out.  Unfortunately, the only charger I have is that in the car and
we've not done much driving while in Buffalo, so it's only charged
enough for me to know it's live again. Trying to get to my waypoint
it's acting funky and won't load the maps. Perhaps it's fried yet, but
at least it booted up this time. And thus the inaccurate distance, but
I'm guessing I was in the range of ten meters."

PLMerry offers his own lesson:

"I had broken my old Garmin GPS earlier in the day and spent two hours
trying to get my Magellan GPS to work with my laptop and Delorme Steet
Atlas 2007.  Magellan would not support Delorme products and Delorme
could not help because they have no tech support after 5:00pm. I ended
up using my Dell Axim and my navigation GPS in order to grab this
point."


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

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 ( 10:45 Wednesday, 04 July 2007 UTC )


 
 

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