FREC 480 Project 4 -- Casey Siwinski

GPS Exercises

South College GPS scavenger hunt


For this scavengar hunt, our mission was so take our GPS down to South Campus, and solve the riddles
that corresponded with each of the following coordinates:


1. 39.66904 N, 75.75085 W -- a 7-foot tall chocolate cake
2. 39.66939 N, 75.75014 W -- monster teeth, don't get caught!
3. 39.66424 N, 75.75108 W -- the king of the underworld
4. 39.66770 N, 75.75198 W -- any denizen of the swamp
5. 39.66541 N, 75.74888 W -- check the deck (bonus: how many species of Lepidoptera are there?)
6. 39.66666 N, 75.75238 W -- the king of the ocean
7. 39.66527 N, 75.75140 W -- ...his incense burner?
8. 39.66571 N, 75.75216 W -- the mummified female cadaver
9. 39.66503 N, 75.75096 W -- an udderly enjoyable finish


The perilous journey started in the FREC480 classroom, Pearson 203. Professor Mackenzie challanged the class to
a GPS scavenger hunt. Who would be brave enough to do it, we all wondered. Alas some determined GIS students stepped up to the
plate, including me, being one of the adventurers with a vehicle. We then teamed up and drove down to South Campus, nervous about the
journey that lied ahead. Would we be able to work the GPS tracker with only a ten-minute introduction by Professor Mackenzie?

We started off with the first data point. A seven-foot tall chocolate cake here on South Campus? It sounded too good to be
true. The GPS lead us through a large feild and up the driveway to a house. The house was rumored to be occupied by the landkeepers
of South Campus, and possibly haunted? We couldn't tell. We finally found the 7 foot tall chocolate cake, which wasn't a cake at
all but a large brown water tank that EWB had built. One point down. The next point was monster teeth, this did not sound promising!
Thankfully it was closeby so the suspense was limited, yet still the monster teeth on the tractor we found were terrifying! A member
of our team almost got caught and almost got left behind, but we wrestled her away just in time.

Off to the third point, which was to find the king of the underworld. The group shuddered in terror as we thought, how could Professor
Mackenzie send us to find the king of the underworld? And what was he doing on the South Campus of the University of Delaware? When
we got there, to our relief, it was simply a plaque commemorating the king of the underworld, or the used-to-be-planet Pluto. After this
hike across South Campus from the tractor to Pluto, we realized we had to go all of the way back to the northern region of South Campus
to find the denizen of the swamp, which did not sound promising. This scavenger hunt was proving to be quite the cardio workout for the students
of FREC480. When we arrived to the coordinates pleasently in front of us we found a manmade wetland, constructed by the University of Delaware!
However, as we stood at the end of the wetland, we realized the GPS precise point was located in the MIDDLE of the wetland! Who would
be brave enough to truck through the ecologically diverse wetland that we had just found! Luckily, our navigator Anna Wagner stepped up to the
plate to ensure we got the correct waypoint.

Next clue, check the deck! What could that mean? We wandered to a corner of South Campus we had not been to yet on this journey, and found
to our delight, a butterfly lookout deck! So that's what the Lepidoptera part of the clue meant! We wandered around in search for a clue on how many
species there were and ALAS! We found that there are in fact 13,000 species of Lepidoptera! Who knew how educational wandering around
on South Campus could actually be! Growing keen to the style of Professor Mackenzie's clues, one of our team members pointed out that the next clue
was similar to one we had before! The king of the ocean! We were on the lookout for another plaque that could be similar to the Pluto plaque.
After walking back to the center of South Campus, we kept our eyes open for a plaque somewhere on the ground in the bushes and trees, and finally,
spotted! The plaque in fact said Neptune on it! Confirmed by our team member who was savvy in Greek mythology, Neptune is in fact the king of the ocean.

Already on the 7th GPS point! This clue however, was unlike the rest. It seemed to build off of the last clue! Were we in fact out to find
King Neptune's incense burner, and again, why was it on the South Campus of the University of Delaware? At this point in thr journey we noticed
that the points were getting closer and closer, a relief to the group of weary adventurers. We then came upon a strange stone structure that we
were sure resembled a large insence burner, and yes, the GPS points were correct! Only two points left, and the next one was the eeriest of them all.
What kind of mummified female cadaver were we about to encounter? As we approached the coordinates spot we started noticing a section of South
Campus that had been filled with interpretive art. Could it be one of these sculptures, we wondered? As we got closer and closer you could feel the
tension in the air. We looked around and around until finally someone looked down and then saw her. A sculpture of a woman in a distressed laying
down position. One of our more compassionate group members attempted to comfort the distressed comfort. We then journeyed out to
our last point! An udderly enjoyable finish. There was no doubt in our minds Professor Mackenzie was subliminally trying to get us to buy ice cream from the
UDairy Creamery! But there was no time for that! We asked an employee to take a picture of our group and then rushed back to Pearson 203 to show
Professor Mackenzie our work and to publish and complete the tale of our journey to be shared with all through our project website!

Below is a map of our journey with the waypoints and corresponding pictures of the places we went.




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