Joined: June 2001
||Posted: Feb. 05 2011,3:34 pm
Results: Geodashing Game 115 (GDAP)
"We have been spending a week in Paris to celebrate the 2011 New Year
and decided that a Parisien dashpoint on the first day of the new year
would be a good start to the year. We were up late watching the
fireworks (such as they were) on the Eiffel Tower, which we could just
see through the mist from our apartment, so we left on foot at about
1.00pm. We walked along Rue de Sevres and quickly reached the Metro
station called Sevres-Babylone. We travelled to Gare Saint-Lazare
where our Transilien suburban train awaited us. Our train reached Gare
Argenteuil at about 1.30pm and we walked through the streets of this
outer suburb following the GPSr pointer. The houses were distinctively
French in their architecture, with many small two-storey dwellings
having attic accommodation. It was also noticeable that here in this
suburb there were numerous fast-food establishments, with MacDonalds
and its French equivalent, 'Quick', side by side along with Kebab
shops, 'Indien Pakistani' food, Asian, Greek food and Italian Pizzas
as well as baguettes, croissants, etc."
That's Geodashing in France with Dashing Dog Mac
"This was the most extreme dashpoint I've ever visited. It was in a
real ass of the hell, or actually on a small peninsula called
"Vőilaid" or "Butter islet" in translation. It used to be a real islet
in the past, but because the land is continuously rising here, it now
has a narrow (and awfully bad and swampy) connection to island Muhu.
Walking there was really like in butter, only deep snow instead of it,
occasionally with some water and unfrozen mud under it. It took me 9
hours total to get there and back. First my car got stuck around there
4 times. Finally I reached to 2,7km from target and took a 5 hour walk
in 50cm deep snow. Next time when I go to such place in winter, I buy
myself snowshoes. Then I can walk on the snow, not step through it.
And I'll tie my pants to my ankles. Then snow can't push them up and
get in my boots. I poured half glass of water out of my left boot at
home. And I was wandering, why my toes were freezing. Still 5 hours in
snow like that..."
That's Geodashing in Estonia with Haraldpoiss
Game 115 (GDAP) of Geodashing was won by team "Home for the
Itinerant." Honorable mention goes to team "GeoTerriers."
Individual honors go to McMeanderer. Honorable mentions go to RogBarn
and Tom Arneson.
The game saw 38 dashpoint hunts in seven countries (Estonia, France,
Finland, the US, the UK, Uruguay and Australia).
A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:
just off a snowy road in Estonia, a few steps into a clearing in the
woods with some young spruces
in the middle of some apple trees in Finland, near an old wooden
bridge over the river Aura
on a snowy hillside in Minnesota
on a large, wooded, residential lot off a cul-de-sac in Wisconsin,
visited in thickening snow storm
in Georgia, inside a house with snow on the roof and in the yard
in a travellers park in the UK off the M1 at junction 21
in the busy interchange of I-55 and Rt. 141 south of St. Louis
on the playground at Arizona's New River Elementary School
an empty field of tall grass that was beaten down by the snow cover at
Missouri's Troy Buchanan Senior High School
in a harvested hay field in Ohio
in Minnesota, in a flat field with some corn stalks sticking out of
the snow at various angles
in Utah, behind a farm house with several old, non-functioning
cars and pickup trucks in the yard
and near the welcome sign to Idanha, Oregon, "just a wide spot on the
highway with no services or attractions"
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 )