Joined: June 2001
||Posted: April 06 2007,7:15 am
Results: Geodashing Game 69
"During my vacation on island Mauritius, after three days of lying
under sunshine and swimming, we took a taxi to visit a capital city
Port Louis. I did explain to the driver about what I am after for. He
answered me 'I understand' and 'I know' but obviously he did not
understand a thing about this game and GPS at all. Finally he just
obeyed my commands '1900 m straight ahead' - '300 m to the left' -
'200 m to the left' - etc. When we reached the DP he was still
wondering, what company we were searching for. The DP appeared to be
according to my GPS inside one local "Super market" what means small
shop for everything."
That's Geodashing on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius with martpol.
"We stopped the car at 195 metres, slipped through the barbed wire
fence and walked across an extremely dry paddock to the adjoining
paddock where zero was reached. There was no longer any grass in the
paddock, just many sheep droppings and scattered white, parched bones.
The sheep were huddled around a water tank at the very far end of the
paddock. It was a dry desolate scene, with the impact of the long-term
drought clear to see."
That's Geodashing in Australia with Dashing Dog Mac and Madam Dash.
"The road toward this one was paved! No signs! I got to the turn onto
a short dirt road for an easy dash. I could see the dashpoint from
there. And a large pen of pitbulls(?)! OK, they're penned. Then I
realized they had an out...about a dozen mean dogs came at the car.
They, no doubt, would follow me to the dash. And with a whining dog
inside with me...I had to turn back. I didn't want to run one over and
Lilly the dog was going crazy."
That's GeoFutility in California with YLO_RLR.
Game 69 of Geodashing was won by team "Llama League", their second win
in a row. Honorable mentions go to the "GeoTerriers" and "Home for
PLMerry earned top individual honors, thanks to a mad dash across the
northeastern US late in the month. Honorable mentions goes to
McMeanderer and RogBarn.
The game saw 156 dashpoint hunts in 12 countries (the US, Australia,
Germany, Netherlands, Canada, Latvia, South Africa, Poland, the UK,
Mauritius, Denmark, and Finland), including the game's first ever
visit to the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:
in the Melbourne central business district, scored by three players
just after midnight on the first of the month after an evening of
dinner and a movie
in knee-deep snow across a swampy area in Minnesota with swamp grass
and cattails ("I've been planning on getting snow shoes...")
on a dirt road up a hill along a creek filled with rushing water in
the foothills overlooking the Willamette valley in Oregon
across a wheat field in Kansas that was really starting to turn green
in the warming last days of winter
just out of reach in Washington's Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge,
seasonally closed to avoid disturbing the breeding ducks, geese and
great blue herons
in the hills above Stafford Lake in California ("The views were
beautiful and I saw geese, turkeys, turkey hawks, deer and even a
in desert scrub in Utah, at the remains of the turkey sheds of a
in Michigan, in a pasture grazing sheep and donkeys, on a Michigan
Centennial Farm (farmed by same family for over 100 years)
in a hill/gully type area in Massachusetts, with a four foot wide
stream and a very large amount of deer beds, trails and scat
at a prickly pear cactus in Feliz Paseos Park in Arizona, with a
fantastic view of the Tucson valley and the mountains beyond
in undeveloped sagebrush land at the head of Caston Canyon, which in
turn is near Red Canyon, which in turn is near Bryce Canyon National
Park in Utah
about twenty miles south of Phoenix, Arizona, four miles south on a
washboard dirt road, then a quarter mile west on a one lane dirt road
with "big time tumbleweeds"
in a field next to a muddy road in the village of Hammersdorf,
Germany, visited by bicycle without lights on a night lit by a full
moon; visited again two days later by another player who adds,
"Although it was raining I found the bicycle tracks carved into the
mud. I wonder how his bicycle looks like now ;-)"
in the UK, along several footpaths and across streams on various
little wooden bridges, near a couple of Oast houses, which are used to
dry hops, which are used in making beer
89 meters out into Germany's Lake Biggesbee
on Peacock Ct in Cupertino, California, a rare accurately named
street, as there was a live peacock on a driveway gate post
in a cul-de-sac in a very new subdivision in North Carolina with many
houses under construction and some lots still vacant
inside a United States Postal Service terminal that pretty much looks
like a giant parking garage in Philadelphia
behind a fence in the loading area of a business in St. Hyacinthe,
and behind a high wall of a house in a semi-industrial part of
Johannesburg, South Africa
Buxley passes on some sage Geodashing advice:
"The first rule of Geodashing is: if ya snooze, ya lose. Well, it
should be the first rule anyway. I should know better than to let a
dashpoint that practically falls into my backyard lay idle past the
first of the month, let alone past the first weekend. Not only did
mmpc get to this point on the first, but Douq Millar and YLO_RLR
poached it out from under me in an epic dash run yesterday. =) Pardon
me while I kick myself for a bit...."
Cheyco offers some telltale signs that you might be the first to visit
"There's a butt-load of snow here!!! I found an access point but
there was simply too much snow to continue without the proper
equipment. I did see a couple moose, though they were headed in the
wrong direction, so I'm pretty sure I can still be the first one
Bob explains why some people's first Geodashing hunt is their last:
"One of my nephews wanted to zero out, so I handed him the GPS and
went back to the Dashmobile. It took him a while, and when my niece
asked him 'What took you so long?' he just glared at her, and then
proceeded to dethorn his jacket and pants. He also told us that he had
stepped into a water-filled hole."
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
Scout ( http://GPSgames.org )