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    Posted: Aug. 04 2008,8:14 pm QUOTE

Results: Geodashing Game 85

"We tried for this one since it looked promising but after 7 km of
fairly good old gravel the forestry road turned into a de-activated
trail. I tried to walk in but the old road was mostly underwater, the
mosquitos and blackflies were having a heyday feasting on soft Alberta
flesh and the bear tracks on the trail started to really intimidate
me.  Just 30 minutes before the hike we had come across a mom bear and
two little cubs playing next to the highway so there was a reasonable
chance of running into more bears... It was a nice side trip but it is
really sad to see how many square miles of dead forest there is in
this part of British Columbia...all caused by the epidemic pine beetle
infestation. Only the Spruce and poplar trees are left."

That's Geodashing in British Columbia with Rural Rambler

"Our first approach to this point was from the south.  At about 650
meters, a sign said 'Closed in wet conditions'.  It didn’t seem wet,
so we continued, immediately encountering thick mud that coated our
tires.  We stopped at about 450 meters.  I got out and tried walking
but it was down hill and the mud looked awful.  So, I got back in the
car, and drove around to try it from the north.  At 1.5 km, the 'road'
was an overgrown path thru some fields with big puddles in it.  I
looked as far down as I could but it didn’t look promising.  So, we
turned around and headed back to the first spot.  Rather than drive
thru the thick mud again, I parked at 650 meters and walked.  It was
obvious that flood water had been running over the road, the mud had
ripples in it and several grooves where the last remnants of water had
flowed away.  I finally made to 90 meters and decided that was close
enough."

That's Geodashing in Illinois with Rogbarn

"The only route to the DP was through the quarry.  The area looked
rather sinister and would not have been out of place on the surface of
the moon! Everything was covered in white dust from the quarrying
operations."

That's Geodashing in Qatar with cincol

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Game 85 of Geodashing was won by team "En Dash!" by a wide margin
over "GeoTerriers" and "Llama League."

Jack Frickey took individual honors by a wide margin over Rural
Rambler and PLMerry. Jack Frickey achieved a Geodashing milestone,
with his 1,000th dashpoint hunt and report for a career total of 2,747
points.

The game saw 138 dashpoint hunts in ten countries (the US, Slovenia,
Brazil, Spain, Australia, Germany, Canada, Qatar, New Zealand, and
Finland.)

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

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in a corn field in Minnesota ("The corn looked good, but was not knee
high. The wet spring delayed planting and the northern part of
Minnesota.")

in dry brush and lots of oak trees just south of California's Almaden
Quicksilver Park, once the site of a mercury mine

in Conway Flat, New Zealand, near a wee beach where Bookcrossing books
were released

in Utah, near the baseball back-stop in the large, grassy play area behind a
junior high school

in Omaha, Nebraska, behind a concrete wall and high cyclone fence on
the City of Hope athletic field

in Riviera Beach, Maryland, in Sunset Park, next to the football
field, "Home of the Buccaneers"

in La Mesa, California, on the synthetic turf of Jim Arnaiz Field,
"Home of the Highlanders" of Helix High School

in a cul-de-sac in Virginia, behind some quite new, VERY nice, VERY
large homes on VERY large lots (considered by some to be "Suburban
hell, nothing distinguishing here")

next to a traffic mirror across from a company's gate in the Street
called Kajakaska, scored on a very hot summer day in Ljubljana,
Slovenia

in Brazil, on a plot with three houses - a mustardy yellow, old wooden
house on low brick foundations, a blue brick house and a light yellow
wooden house - all protected by a yellow iron fence with a large
sliding gate

in Germany, near the "Hennesee," the artificial lake which is used for
the drinking water supply of the city of Meschede

in Oregon, just east of Indian Ford campground in a thinned pine
forest

in Minnesota, on a ridge covered with oaks near an isolated wind
turbine

in Finland, in high growing grass and bush on the base of the rock in
an area of high hills

in Virginia, on Mt. Eccentric Farm, across from Difficulty Farm,
scored from a narrow gravel road lined with ripe raspberry bushes

in Spain, behind an oat field on the bank of the Rio Jarama near
several water catchments for the water supply of Madrid

in Spain, over a dam, through a light forest, and in an olive tree
planting near the drinking water reservoir for Toledo

in Australia, in a lush and green valley populated with thousands of
alpacas, horses, sheep and cattle, on the side of a hill where a grey
kangaroo was grazing happily on lush green grass

in North Carolina, in an open grassy area just off the trail in the
Falls Lake State Recreation Area

in a heavily wooded area in a ravine on the campus of the University
of North Carolina at Charlotte

in open sagebrush ground, just west of the cemetery in Circleville,
Utah, once home to the famous outlaw Butch Cassidy

on the grounds of Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, California, the San
Francisco area's own necropolis, with 18 cemeteries -- 17 for humans
and one for pets

on rolling, grassy plains with an abundance of blackberry bushes,
daisies and other assorted wildflowers that twine through and around
the chain link surrounding the aforementioned cemetery (yep, same
dashpoint, different player's impression)

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

Markwell makes note of a milestone:

"June 29 2001 - I read up on Geodashing, and decided to try my first
cache. It was a failure only because I didn't read the rules closely
enough to know I needed to be within 100 meters. Having only gotten
0.15 miles (240 meters) close, I missed a chance at SCORING the first
dashpoint ever. Has it really been seven years?"

Jack Frickey makes note of another milestone:

"I guess I should have a drum roll or fanfare or something for this
one.  This is my 1000th dashpoint visit.  Cheryl offered to go take my
picture by the cornfield, but it really was a pretty mundane
dashpoint, nothing at all like my 100th visit (GD15-AJOK) which is
still my most memorable (or the first for that matter, GDA-385)."

geodasher makes note of high gas prices:

"The curtain is closing on the golden age of mobility. Activities that
involve much travel are a thing of the past except for an increasingly
privileged few. Most GPS innovations will involve *reducing*
unnecessary travel. It will be interesting to see where we go for
recreation in 7 years."

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

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 .


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