Joined: June 2001
||Posted: Dec. 08 2002,4:53 pm
"The roses are in bloom, as are the ladies in their spectacular hats and the men in their suits and top hats - all very traditional yet colourfully spectacular." Just another day of Geodashing? It is if you go Geodashing in the Spring with geoffj3191 on Melbourne Cup Day.
For others, November Geodashing is accompanied by a blanket of orange and red autumn foliage in Illinois, a Guy Fawkes Day bonfire in South Leicestershire, a cup of hot chocolate and a soak in natural hot springs in Nevada while watching the Leonid meteor shower, or a seat in the stands at a Pakistan/Zimbabwe cricket match in Harare.
Game 17 of Geodashing was won by the new team GeoTerriers, followed by Team GPS and En Dash in distant second and third. Individual honors went to GeoTerriers Dashing Dog Mac and Dashing Dog's Mum, followed by Jack Frickey.
Game 17 saw 177 dashpoint hunts, the most since Game 9. There were hunts in ten countries (US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Zambia and Zimbabwe), including the game's first ever visits to Mexico (successful) and Zimbabwe (failed).
A sampling of spots where Geodashing players found dashpoints:
along a bridleway in the UK, outside Mareham Le Fen, down Horncastle Road, past a a sign for Toft Grange farm (the names alone make for interesting reading in many parts of the world)
on a muddy walk in foul weather down a track named Jurassic Way in the UK's Fineshade Wood ("it looked easy enough from the maps...")
in the middle of the house at #11 Dunmore Rd, South Wimbledon, on a street of typical terrace architecture with mirror-houses (door-room/room-door/door-room/...), fenced, well-clipped front gardens, creative glassworks and very inviting lightings
in the Dandenong Ranges of Australia, home of Melbourne's much loved little steam train, Puffing Bill
in California's central valley, where crops of corn, tomatoes, and sweet peppers had recently been harvested and the fields are being prepared for next year's crops
in a corral near some barns beyond a footbridge across a gully outside northern California's McNee Ranch State Park
at 7,000 feet in the western foothills of Panguitch Valley in Southern Utah, from which no structures, no roads, no improvements of any kind are visible
past a Nevada brothel announcing "Girls, Girls, Girls", down a desert dirt road, and at the end of a two-thirds mile walk across the white crusty surface of the alkali flat
near Berlin, Nevada, a true Nevada ghost town and location of "North America's most abundant concentration and largest known Ichthyosaur fossils"
in the middle of very thick woods in North Carolina ("I have never been in such thick woods!")
on a cattle ranch about midway between Tijuana and Tecate in Baja California, Mexico (the first dashpoint visit in Mexico)
in a small needle tree forest in the middle of a meadows, just next to a small creek, in the Belgian Ardennes
along a wet and muddy trail of deer and boar tracks, near a hunting highstand in a forest in western Germany
in thick bush near an Australian lagoon, green and lush at ground level, but with all the eucalyptus trees in the vicinity burnt black by a bushfire
in the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge in Montezuma, New York
and several unsuccessful dashpoints in the "middle of nowhere" Zambia and Zimbabwe, all requiring hikes of 9 km or more through lush green bush, and some promising the possibility of encountering unfriendly 18-year old "veterans" of wars fought before they were born.
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://Geodashing.org .
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