Joined: June 2001
||Posted: Dec. 30 2001,10:27 pm
Game 7 of Geodashing begins January 1. It will run until January 31, 2002. Dashpoints have been posted to http://Geodashing.org .
Game 6 began on December 1, the first official day of summer in Australia. Game 6 saw hunts in six countries, including the game's first visits to Denmark, the US states of Florida, West Virginia, and Mississippi, and the Australian state of Tasmania.
Players reported visiting an old junked car farm (!), a wind farm, a yacht club, a dense redwood forest, a "Pig Zone", a hog farm (with appropriately pungent odors), endless walnut orchards, an equestrian corral, an abandoned railroad line, a diner named "Dash-In Express", a Baptist church, a field of freshly-felled pine trees, a hill that's host to a motorcycle hill climb challenge, a bird sanctuary, a quarry, a windmill, a duckpond, a pub, a grandmother's house, Niagara Falls, the Muskee capital of Illinois, a golf course, a driving range, multiple military bases (and Fort Apache as well), an Indian casino, a sanitary landfill, an asphalt plant and asphalt itself (a highway).
Obstacles included an immigration official with a long memory (disorderly conduct, 1973), a black market small arms dealer (!), a demolition/live fire range on a Marine Corps base, the sound of gun fire, waist-high snow, other players pretending to be a sneaky park ranger, car trouble (a split heater hose), and the usual assortment of muddy ploughed fields, prickly gorse hedges, electric fences, kudzu, and wicked huge burrs.
Players reported seeing 50 deer, a wildcat, an echidna, a double rainbow, ocotillos and cholla cactus, artichokes, brussels sprouts, strawberries, lettuce, opiate poppies, red-cockaded woodpeckers (habitat only, not the bird, unfortunately), conversational cows (Jim: "Mooo", Cow: "snort, snort"), and my personal favorite, llamas (in Canada!),
Although Geodashing encourages players to "Leave No Trace", some property owners are more accomodating about marking dashpoints. Game 6 gave us this bit of advice from one old farmer encountered along the way. "Heck, if you would have brought some toilet paper you could have marked it the old fashioned way, I never walk in that field anyways!"
All in all, a very eventful month, bringing to a close Geodashing's first year. I want to thank everyone who participated for all their fascinating reports of their adventures. A whole new set of dashpoints awaits in Game 7.
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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