Contest #581 – High Roller Ferris Wheel, Las Vegas, USA

I was in Las Vegas recently, and we stayed at a resort WAY off the strip, nearly 20 KM away. From our 4th story window, we could see the taller buildings on the strip, but the thing that I remember the most was this HUGE Ferris wheel. When I got back and started having to look for future contests, I knew one I had to do.

The High Roller Ferris Wheel at The LINQ is, as of the date of this writing, the tallest open Ferris wheel in the world at 167M or 550 feet tall.

Complements of the Daily Mail

Those who took a ride in Sin City included:

  • Garfield
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Walter_V_R
  • Eloy Cano
  • Yakubi Dergahi
  • Phil Ower
  • Glenmorren
  • hhgygy
  • Hilde Lambeir
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • headbanger
  • bibiweb
  • Steve Hoge
  • Chris Nason
  • Lighthouse
  • gscrp
  • Ashwini Agrawal

And after the hint:

  • Cami

Contest #580 – Northernmost point in South America, Colombia

As alluded to in the hint, there has been a theme to the contests since #572. All of these locations were in South America.

It seemed fitting to end our tour of the southwestern tetartosphere to include the northern end of the continent, a group of islands belonging to Colombia.

Those who found it before the hint were:

  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano

and after the hint:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock

This ends contests series #571-580. Congratulations to our winners Phil Ower and Lighthouse, both with perfect 20 scores.

The new KML file is now available by clicking here. Save the file to your hard drive then open with Google Earth.

Contest #579: Wreck of the Lord Lonsdale, Punta Arenas, Chile

Lord lonsdale shipwreck, Punta Arenas

Built in the late 1890s, The Lord Lonsdale sailed from Hamburg in 1909 on the way to the west coast of Mexico. As customary for the time, before the dangerous trip through the Straights of Magellan, the ship stopped off at Stanley Harbor in the Falkland Islands. While there, it caught fire. The ship was scuttled to put out the fire.

But, you might notice, this is NOT in Stanley Harbor, but Punta Arenas. So, how did the shipwreck get there?

A salvage company bought the steel hull of the ship. They tried to carry it somewhere — no one is quite sure where they were going, but they only got as far a Punta Arenas before they gave up.

In 2007, the US reality show “The Amazing Race” (season 11, episode 4) featured the wreck as a milestone.

Those playing THIS game who located the wreck (all before the hint) were:

  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • Walter_V_R
  • Rob de Wolff