Forum: GeoDashing
Topic: Game 119 (GDAT)
started by: Scout

Posted by Scout on June 04 2011,2:59 pm
Results: Geodashing Game 119 (GDAT)

"It turned out that I could have gotten within about 50 ft in my car
if I had wanted to drive down a quad trail. However, I probably
wouldn't have had the excitement of walking up on a rattlesnake coiled
up in the middle of the track. This was about 7:30 in the morning and
he must have just been waking up and seemed as surprised as I was to
see the other out there, but he started rattling and I started
running, so I think in the overall scheme of things he won."

That's Geodashing in California with D

"Farmers and tractors were busy all throughout my hunt; pulling
harrows, disks, planters, and fertilizer applicators. This dashpoint
was 600 m out in the field, out of my reach with all the activity
going on. At the farmstead the grandparents were planting the garden
and what was likely the son and grandson were on tractors in the field
across the road."

That's Geodashing in Minnesota with Tom Arneson

"After 32 km of driving and 600 m of walking in the forest I made it
zero. It was a beautiful sunny day. Lots of rabbits were seen on the
road. In the forest Green Hairstrek butterflies (Callophrys rubi) were
flying, it means that soon will be summer in Northern Finland!"

That's Geodashing in Finland with isopekka

"Yesterday we ventured out in the +40'C temperatures for a picnic and
a swim at the Inland Sea - 5 vehicles in total. This was virtually en
route for us. After lowering tyre pressures we headed out into the
dunes. Ground Zero was not too far off the direct route and we stopped
right on top of it. Lovely dunes and a easy drive in a 4x4."

That's Geodashing in Qatar with cincol

"One of my current geodashing objectives is to visit dashpoints
(confluences as well) in as many states as possible.  The only east
coast state I have not visited is Maine.  I had both Friday and Monday
off for the Memorial Day weekend so four days gave me enough time to
drive to Maine and back with stops for dashpoints along the way.  On
this trip I drove 1550 miles through 12 states visiting 17 dashpoints
in 9 different states along with one confluence."

That's Geodashing in the United States with Jack Frickey

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Game 119 (GDAT) of Geodashing was won by team "Llama League" for the
third month in a row. Honorable mention goes to team "GeoTerriers."

Individual honors go to Jack Frickey, thanks to his mad dash from
Maryland to Maine. His score was more than the next seven players
combined.

The game saw 62 dashpoint hunts in nine countries (US, Australia,
Estonia, Canada, Finland, South Africa, Qatar, Brazil and Uruguay).

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A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

on a Qatar sand dune ("an easy drive in a 4x4 after lowering tyre
pressures")

in a valley next to a small town outside Calgary, on the far side of a
river that could be forded ... if your car has two feet of clearance

in a meadow in Estonia, reached by foot after a pleasant bicycle ride

in Phoenix's South Mountain Park, with scenic views, fast moving
bicycles on the mountain switchbacks and a large lizard sunning
himself within the scoring circle

in blackberry brambles at the foot of a staircase leading to
Washington's Bellevue College

outside of a several-blocks-long brick structure with no obvious
markings, a garage for Washington DC Metro buses

northwest of Melbourne, in very green forest with moss covering all
the rocks, in the Castlemaine Historic Diggings ("The ground was
littered with a lot of quartz. No Gold this time!")

behind a fence in a sand and gravel pit in Nebraska

in Oregon, up a steep hillside with no paths, not even any animal
trails, and covered with dense, head-high vegetation, and poison oak
shoots everywhere ("No thank you!")

in a suburb of Phoenix, in a neighborhood of single family houses with
tile roofs and adobe painted in desert pastel colors

in a farm field in rural Missouri in an area where suburbia is
encroaching

in a very rural residential community in the Appalachian foothills, on
a property flying a large black flag with skull and crossbones

on a golf driving range in a Los Angeles suburb, with small greens
with flags and a few bunkers

in front of a 3 car attached garage in a residential area near the
westerly reaches of Minnesota's Lake Minnetonka

at a house in Macedonia, Ohio, right about where a boat on a trailer
was parked

in Finland, on the shore of a artificial lake, which formerly was a
pond for a fish hatchery

along a small track on the edge of the Kororoit Creek gorge a park in
the western suburbs of Melbourne

and somewhere in Uruguay along a concrete road but scored on a night
too dark to see anything ("the smell of pine wood was fantastic")

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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 > .

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