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Final results: Geodashing Game 13


"A few miles later the dirt road got skinnier. Then it started to go down
into a steep canyon, and the road surface turned into wet, viscous, slickery
icky slimy goo, down which we slithered, clinging white-knuckled to steering
wheel (Liz) and seat belt (Amanda)."

What is Geodashing? It's remembering that getting there is all the fun.
On the other hand, Gordon Livingston might have other ideas, as he coined
a word, "geoslogging", for an expedition that taught him what he believes
must be an old Geodashing truism: 400 meters through a swamp is a long way.


Game 13 was won decisively by team En Dash!. Second place went to a new
team, Sundashers, and third place went to Geoseekers. Individual honors
went to Gordon Livingston, of Sundashers, who went all out in his first
Geodashing game, not only scoring the most points, but filing some of the
most entertaining reports ever. Honorable mention goes to geomanda's grandmother,
"gamma", who at 88 may be the oldest person to go on a Geodashing hunt

Game 13 saw hunts in eight countries (UK, Australia, Canada, US, Spain,
Belgium, Zambia and Western Sahara), including the game's first ever dashpoint
hunts in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. A sampling of the places that dashpoint
hunts took players in Game 13 include:

a meadow, down the hill from Windmill farm in the UK

a cotton field bordering a pecan orchard on the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation


Nevada's Cottontail Ranch (actually, the dashpoint was not there at all,
but ...)

a 10,660 foot ridge in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, the highest
dashpoint visited yet

the open shaft of an abandoned mine in Nevada

the pit section of the California Speedway

265 meters from a geocache in the San Luis National Wildlife Refge

Veterans Memorial Park in Sylmar, CA (an appropriate location for a July
4th dash)

the end of a road to the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the dashpoint
marked by an arch of Christmas lights like a finish line

a dense redwood forest with expensive homes, one of which had an asking
price of $2,350,000 (contact Buxley if interested)

the fast lane of an eight-lane California freeway

a warren of gophers in Point Reyes National Seashore

a cattle grazing field on an island reclaimed from the San Francisco Bay

Western Saharan hamada (aka rocks and sand), scored by helicopter fly-by

a cornfield near a Pennsylvania farmhouse with a yard full of horse-drawn
buggies, tables of food, and socializing Amish farmers and their families

the top of Connecticut Hill in the Connecticut Hill Game Management Area,
an 11,000 acre hunting preserve with lots of dirt roads and hidden ponds
and woods, woods and woods

a spot near the "So. Burlington Common House", formerly a Methodist Church,
built many years ago by Markwell's own grandfather

and a trail in Australia's Kinglake National Park, with waterfalls, fern-filled
gullies and superb native Lyrebirds on display.

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Sooner or later, whether it's in California, or somewhere else, you will
have the conversation AquaDyne had with a Border Patrol agent.

US Border Patrol agent: "Where are you from? Where are you going? Why are
you here?"

AquaDyne: "I'm driving to a random geographic point a few miles up the road
there."

You can imagine how well that was received. AquaDyne doesn't say if any
of his phrases converted from English to Spanish by Alta Vista's "Babel
Fish" translator worked any better.

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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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Scout