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    Posted: June 05 2009,5:16 pm QUOTE

Results: Geodashing Game 95

"Decided to go hunt some mushrooms, namely morels (Gyromitra
esculenta) that should emerge about this time of the year. One of my
favorite mushrooms, delicious, and deadly poisonous fresh out of the
ground.  Well, before making a meal you just have to boil them for ten
minutes, change the water and boil another ten minutes (some do this
even more times) to get rid of the poison.  NAUP really was situated
on the perfect sandy ridge where a forestry machine had visited a year
or two ago.  No morels was found, though NAUP was found, and it was
raining again. Maybe it will bring up the morels..."

That's Geodashing (or morsel hunting) in Finland with hidehairy

"The dashpoint was a mere diversion from the birding. We camped near
a pair of fledging great horned owls--we called them the Bubo Brothers--and the
area was swarming with swallows and noisy yellow-headed blackbirds. There were
also many avocets, phalaropes, black-necked stilts, terns, marsh wrens, and
song sparrows. We're not very good birders and still identified around 50
different species. The highlight was watching a bald eagle take a snow goose
and swim with it across the water to a rock--I never expected to see an eagle
do the breaststroke!"

That's Geodashing (or birding) in Oregon with geodasher

"Coming from a world of square grid roads everywhere, searching for a dashpoint
in rural Maryland is an exercise in lots of navigation and curvy road
driving.  Without the auto-rerouting (to handle my missed turns) I
would have never found this point.  But despite some anxiety about
getting hopelessly lost it was a great tour through rural areas, some
natural reserve areas, including a Rachael Carson memorial area, even
cows and open fields, the biggest fire station I've ever seen (south
on 32) so certainly I saw parts of Maryland I would have never seen
without a geodashing hunt."

That's Geodashing in Maryland with Douq Millar

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Game 95 of Geodashing was won by team "GeoTerriers," with teams "Home
for the Itinerant" and "Team GPS" getting honorable mentions.

Jack Frickey took individual honors, thanks to a late month mad dash
of almost 1500 miles, 14 dashpoints, and 4 different international
border crossings.  Honorable mentions go to RogBarn and Tom Arneson.

The game saw 107 dashpoint hunts in six countries (the US, Australia,
Finland, Canada, Switzerland, and Germany).

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

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

near a very nice and new wooden bell tower in the small village Dolni
Lhota in the Czech Republic

in the water of Provo Bay in the south end of Utah Lake out of scoring
reach at the end of road where it drops into the lake

twenty five meters offshore a nice little fishing lake in Germany

in the blackened tree stumps of Victoria, Australia, devastated by
bushfires, but showing signs of returning life, including a mob of
about eight Eastern Grey kangaroos bounding through the stumps

in West Virginia, near a house with a large deck on the bluff
overlooking the Shenandoah River

in the driveway between two houses on Bluff Street in Alton, Illinois,
an old river town built on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi
River

in remote woods near Ripley, New York, up a steep slope with lots of
ferns and raspberries and other signs of early recovery from logging

near an old green car abandoned in the woods of rural northern
Maryland

in Cheektowaga, New York, in a massive parking lot for the Norfolk
Southern railroad

in a small pond in Utah, in an industrial area near a freeway off-ramp

on top of a new gas pipeline along highway I-10 in Arizona, across
from a Wal-Mart

about 0.4 miles from the road in Nevada, with nothing but desert in
any direction for at least that distance

on northbound lanes of I-95 on the approach to the George Washington
Bridge leading into Manhattan

on unimproved land in Utah near an intermittent stream called Three
Mile Creek, surrounded by sparse sagebrush and grass

on top of a very large and perfectly formed Bristlecone Pine just west
of Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park

in a grassy field with a center-pivot irrigation line in Oregon

in Sunbury, Victoria, Australia, in a new estate of large brick houses
on half acre blocks, near the historic Rupertswood, site of the first
"Ashes" cricket test match between Australia and England

in a well-tended backyard of a house with a floral-painted mailbox on
Weed Street in Weedsport, New York

in British Columbia, just across the Washington border, near a public
riding stable

in Pennsylvania, under a rotting log in the woods behind a house with
roosters and chickens and an owner wearing a leather apron and shoeing
horses

in a rolling meadow in Minnesota that must have been a pasture a few
years back, just north of Pelican Lake where dozens of pelicans can be
seen

in a nature protection area with nesting birds behind a scout cottage
in a pine tree forest in Finland

in a five year pine plantation in North Carolina, with briers and
dense brush throughout, requiring slogging up the muddy road and into
the thick of it ("shouldn't have worn shorts today...")

in an Ohio field guarded by hard-to-see barbed wire ("ended up on my
face in the dirt") and Stinging Nettles ("getting up my right hand
found this wonderful plant")

in a fallow field Illinois, protected not by barbed wire but by
chiggers ("a nasty problem; they itch like crazy")

in an inner residential suburb of Helsinki named Veräjämäki between a
church and a senior citizens home

and next to a General Baptist Church in Indiana with a cemetery that
had obviously been there a long time

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

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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