The Return: Round 5

First Impressions:

Another place I don’t know right off the bat, but which reminds me of Europe. I’m basing this on the elongated van, the building style, and the few people I can see. I can’t read any of the signs yet and I haven’t looked around. I can kinda see a flag on the building but I can’t really tell what it looks like.

If I had to guess, I’d say Austria?



Looking around I see some obelisks and some towers. Still no clue where I am. Maybe somewhere in the Czech Republic. Wow. A Famous Place I do not immediately know on sight. Sweet. Still probably gonna be easier though because urban places usually are. And famous places seem to come with placards and maps.



Well, in a turn-up for the books, I’m in one of those spots that has NO handles. No where to scoot around to. This is frustrating because I can see the bits of world just beyond and now I’m feeling humbled because I DON’T recognise this famous spot.

A sign that says MUZE something?


Some rugs? And the towers …look familiar? Maybe the towers of the Hagia Sofia?


Checking the map and there’s a lot of Muzesis in Istanbul.


Now maybe I should look until I find the obelisks?

I found this configuration. and I think that the dikilita might be the obelisks?


Okay, not bad.

Although I STILL think that this might have glitched because when I zoomed in on the GeoGuessr map, I didnt’ see the obelisks. Since I’m on my final round and have made my guess, I’m now gonna look up and see if the game did, in fact, glitch.


The game DID glitch. BOO YEAH.


One final note: These are not the towers of the Hagia Sofia but rather a nearby palace.




The Return: Round 4

First Impressions:

I see burros, I see canyonland features, I see a sign saying Bright Angel Trail…I’m 90% certain we’re by the Grand Canyon. Could also be Canyonlands? I know there’s burros at the Grand Canyon though.

Check the buttes in the distance.


Looking Around:

Oh yeah, the red rock country of the American southwest. I love this land. And I’m right. It’s the Grand Canyon. Signboard says so.



At this point, I’m just ogling the rocks because I can.


I’ve still gotta figure out WHERE I am inside this park though.


Right now trying to scoot around and find a parking lot. Or a visitor’s center. Maybe the burros WERE the parking lot. HAHAHA.

Oh, yeah, that seems to be the case. After retracing my steps to the burros, I see a sign pointing towards the south rim by 4.5 miles. So I can avoid the Jacob Lake and North Rim areas.


So…the Blurry-ton Ranch is 5 miles thattaway and Plateau Point is blurry miles the other way.

If I go into the map, I can find the Bright Angel trailhead. So…poking around there.


If I follow Bright Angel trail up, I find where the trail splits to go off onto Plateau Point and Tonto Trails. And I see a visitor information station and a mini campground.

Making my guess.


Boo yeah.


The Return: Round Three

First Impressions: FORESTY!

Okay, a round where I don’t know in the first thirty seconds where I am. But I haven’t looked around yet, so who knows. I see a forest and some rails and paths. The trees are tall and piney. There’s the hint of a building to the right. I can’t see enough architecture to say what kind of building. It has a sort of California feel to me.


Looking Around

The boulders definitely look like giant California style boulders. Could also be anywhere in the western US, I think. Colorado too. But I’m still feeling the California vibe.




And a sculptor’s studio. Makes me think of how Yosemite has those artists residencies. A lot of national parks do though, I think.

Well…I guess I should have thought more about the national park most likely to have a sculptor.


That’s right, we’re at Mt. Rushmore. Which is in South Dakota if I recall correctly.

So now I have to go scooting around the trail to figure out where at the visitors center I am. I back track until I find the amphitheatre. Which surprisingly features an older shot with the amphitheatre empty and covered in snow and obscuring the mountain. Cool.


I then retrace my way back along the trail and try to match the squiggles and turns…and I think I’ll go with this.


Close enough. A bit bummed to not continue the perfect score, especially considering the EASE of locating where I am. But still.


The Return: Round 02

The problem with playing a Famous Places round is that…I mean, these are famous places. If you don’t know where they are….I guess, maybe you should learn more about the world?

I’m not even going to bother with First Impressions. We’re at the Kremlin and I think that’s St. Basil’s. In Russia.


Now I just have to figure out where in relationship to the Kremlin I am. Besides in their car park.

Mostly it looks like I’m lining up where I am based on the protrusions of St. Basils.


Looks like the mapped road marks the extants of the car park. So I’m not EXACTLY on the spot. But still close enough to earn a perfect 5000.


This feels oddly anti-climatic for my big return to GeoGuessr. Hrm.


Round 1: Return

First of all, Geoguessr has really changed a LOT since I last played. Now they have an ad-supported version and an ad-free version. I’ll probably pop for the pro version because I’ve derived so much joy from this game.

One of the new features is the ability to create maps that other folks can play, and one of the featured map sets is a Famous Places set of maps. I figure I haven’t played in a while, might be a bit rusty, and could use a quicker, more relaxing game. Oh, yeah, did I mention I’d had a kid since last playing? Time is at a premium.

But back to the start…

First Impressions:


We’re somewhere in the US. NPS – National Park Service. And that row of little American flags in the background. I’m amused by the kid wearing the Captain America shirt in the background there.

And since I see a tall pointy thing and a buncha buses, I’m wondering, could that be the Washington Monument, which is a very famous thing. Let’s angle around and see.



God. This is too damn easy. This is the first time I’ve pretty much had a map tell me WHERE I AM. Look at this You Are Here Marker on this map of the National Mall.


This is ridiculously easy.


Like…is this even a game at this point?


I’d like to state for the record that I’ve gotten Spot On before this new fancy version of GeoGuessr and I’ve done it in places like Alaska and Russia and Australia. Without a map.

Okay. Well. Onto the next Famous Place, I guess.

Week Nine, Round 4: The Forest At The Top of the World

First Impressions: Russia or Scandinavia. There are blue road signs in the distance. The multitude of trees reminds me of Scandinavia but the road reminds me of Russia.


Looking around: Behind us was either clear cut or suffered in a forest fire, which I feel are North American ailments. (Not unheard of elsewhere, but this is how my brain associates things.) And the road markings seem to indicate right-lane drivers. Until I get a gander at those road signs, not a lot will be conclusive.


Heading north: I don’t actually like heading North. Particularly if I think I’m Russia, Scandinavia, or Canada. It feels counter-intuitive to head AWAY from signs of settlements. But I started in this direction because it seems downhill too. And it was the direction of the first visible signs. Which turned out to read P. This is not enough to indicate anything yet again. (I’d like to say it indicated English, but the Russians have a Cyrillic letter which matches the P-shape.) Also the dotted line on the edge is different than MOST North American edges which are solid.


Definitely ruling out North America. The shape of this van and the elongated license plate scream European to me.


And the first structure we see turns out to be a red house with white trim. Very very Scandinavian.


We are outside Vormtrask.


The road appears to be their 365.


Sometimes, very occasionally, I’ve seen Swedish folks hang flags outside their houses, but mostly Scandinavian folks don’t seem to. IF this were the States, somebody would have stuck a flag SOMEWHERE on that lawn indicated their USianosity.


I hope those are reindeer. Alas, the Google car doesn’t seem to have a better close up.



Loving how this beam of light splits through the trees.


Holy COW! Are we near Norsjo? Because a few months back my husband and I made a bet that we’d plan a trip next year to somewhere I picked on GeoGuessr and the first place it sent me was Norjso. I’m going to crack up if it’s the same Norjso.


I think it has to be the same Norsjo because I remember Lycksele! Wow, this is kinda awesome, although unfair for folks following along who don’t know about the Norjso thing. 🙂

So now I need to find the 365 nestled somewhere between Norjso and Lycksele and nearby Vormstrask. Okie dokie. I have most of the info, but I do need to nail down a few more things to properly triangulate where we are. Are we closer to Lycksele or closer to Norjso?


When tracking down Nordsjo I ended up in Skelleftea before sorting out where I was. 🙂

Looks like Lidtrask is 7 KM away. *notes that*


And Forshom, Amberg, and Granliden all lie down this track. Okay, that should help me nail it down further. Checking map.


No sign of those three spots, but while trailing back, I found Vormtrask! And then I traced my way from Vormtrask back to what I think is the approximate starting position and just to double-check I went looking for the 363 junction with Umea and Rucksele.


Been up and down this track twice and found two spots it could be. Gonna pick one.

And 16.9 M! Whew!



As it turns out our plans to hit Norjso were formulated just before this blog started, I think. It’s the birthplace of Swedish writer Torgny Lindgren. Norsjoalso plays a part in the Stieg Larsson novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This information, as usual, via Wikipedia.

I’m kinda pleased at the synchronicity of it. 🙂

Week Nine, Round 5: Bushlands

First Impression: We are in a scrubby plane that isn’t quite desert, is lush in a very particular way, but seems to invite comparisons with the old West. What kind of ecosystem is that? Maybe it is still desert, just not sand-dunesy desert. I feel like we are in Australia, South Africa, or maybe the central part of South America.


Looking around: More of the same. I’m trying to decide if I want to go south, and crest the inviting low rise in the road or head north. If we are in Australia, heading north seems like a bad idea most of the time.The light and road seem crisper than backcountry Australia usually gets so I’m tending more towards South Africa or South America.


This sign reads GREAT SOUTHERN and something something Plunkett Plantation. Doesn’t sound Afrikaans, doesn’t look like the USian South. Does Plunkett Plantation sound Australian?


Next up Bluff Creek RD. I’m DEFINITELY inclined towards Australia. Reads like their street signs I’ve seen in previous rounds.


And suddenly, we veer into OLD GOOGLE CAMERA TERRITORY. BOO! At least I can read the A55 sign that shows which road we are on.

I’m going to head just a little further south to see if the camera ever clears up, but if it doesn’t, then I’m heading back northish.


Actually the camera keeps jiggling back and forth between old and new. Guess we’ll stick it out for now. Cars driving on the left, btw.

I think this is a sign for Watchnicup Downs?


Cheynes Beach Tree Farm and Integrated Tree Cropping.


And Jerramungup, a name which pretty much guarantees Australia, is about 130 kilometers behind us, while Albany and Wellstead neatly bracket us by 50 kilometers. Along with the road name, I wonder if I have enough to open the map.



Turns out that THAT is indeed ENOUGH to find our approximate location on the map. Albany, as it turns out, is big enough that when I skirted the bottom side of Australia off the coast, it popped up, and from there, it was easy to find Wellstead, Cheynes, and the distinctive Jerramungup.


I scooched back along the highway and found Bluff Creek Road. Now I just need to figure out how close Bluff Creek is to my start.


I head northish and find Drawbin road. It’s a fair way past the same distance that it took me to get to Bluff Cliff, so I decide I must be about 1/3 of the way to Bluff Cliff and 2/3rds of the way to Drawbin.


And here we go!


109 meters, which isn’t bad, considering I’m estimating on a straight stretch of Australia highway. And it’s enough to give me 5000 points, which means I think I have my first perfect score since starting this blog! YAY!



Cheyne’s Beach, it turns out, has been the site of a shark attack that killed a 17 year old boy who was spear fishing. It does look really pretty though, so if you visit, just be cautious. There’s dolphins and whales to be see there too.

And the place that I thought was Watchinicup was actually Waychincup National Park.

Well, that’s it for this week! Whee!