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Waymarking: Gluten Free Restaurants

I know there is at least one person who reads my journal who may be interested in this, but instead of simply emailing, I figured I'd post it in case other people were interested, too.

Lately, I've been enjoying waymarking, a GPS-based game where you find interesting things and note their geographic location. The definition of "interesting" varies -- what I find interesting (North Carolina Historical Markers, e.g.), you might not. Anyway, from time to time, I look over what new categories are being added to the site. Today, I was checking out the new categories and noticed Gluten Free Restaurants, a category devoted to restaurants that offer gluten free fare.

I know that it's hard for celiacs to find places to eat out, and this waymark category is a great way to help people find restaurants that can accomodate their dining needs. Right now, there are only seven restaurants listed, but that number will probably increase as more waymarkers find out about this category and add to the directory.

This is a great example of one of the reasons I think waymarking is pretty cool. Once this category is flushed out with a lot of entries, it will be easier for anyone looking for gluten free restaurant to be able to find one. This would especially be useful while traveling. While this category is not particularly interesting to me, it would be very interesting to others, and there are many other categories that are interesting to me. I think one of the neat things to do when travelling is to look at what waymarks have been created near where you travel -- sometimes you'll find interesting places to visit while on vacation that you may not have known about before.

Anyway, I'm really digging waymarking.

Comments

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yesthatjill
Sep. 14th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL. I've been thinking about doing waymarking (it appeals to me more than geocaching did), and this is the perfect category to get me started.
yesthatjill
Sep. 14th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
Ha! one of the first ones on the list is the Corbett Fish House, a restaurant I need to return to more often. MMM, fish!
drmellow
Sep. 14th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
I saw that there was one listed in Oregon and wondered if that was one of the places you frequent. ;-)
yesthatjill
Sep. 14th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
We went once as a group, but I think I'm the only one that really liked it. I got addicted to midwestern fish frys in Indiana. Perch! Walleye!
drmellow
Sep. 14th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
I still enjoy geocaching, but I've really been getting into waymarking lately, too. It's different, and some of the categories are really interesting to me. I've been especially concentrating on historical-related categories, and that's prompted me to read more history-related books. It's educational, you see. Plus, as I notice things near my house getting listed in categories I haven't looked at before, I look into that, too. I've been developing an interest in the U.S. Register of Historic Places, e.g., something I never would have expected of myself even a few months ago.

And, yes, I thought that this category was custom-made for you. You already do a great job of documenting what you do and don't like about the places you go out to eat at -- for a lot of this, all it would take is you to get a GPS reading to submit waymarks for places that you already go. There's a little time involved in documenting the info on the waymarking website, but that's no big deal.

Mostly, I enjoy cataloging things. ;-)
yesthatjill
Sep. 14th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
And we've GOT a GPS. :)

Whoever wrote the category description has obviously been some of the same places I have - that quote about "a plain salad and an unseasoned slice of meat" is dead on the money with some of the gluten-free "menus" I've run across.
drmellow
Sep. 14th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
I look forward to hearing about waymarks you submit!

BTW, there's a category for "Factory Tours," too, if the Leatherman tour you take is available to the public.... ;-)

I'm just your friendly neighborhood crack waymark dealer.
yesthatjill
Sep. 14th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
The Leatherman tour is by arrangement only, which means you can't just walk up to the front door and get a tour. I don't see on their website how you get one, either. I do, however, have a whole HOST of other factory tours I can waymark. Tillamook Cheese Factory!
drmellow
Sep. 14th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
You could probably still waymark the Leatherman tour in the Factory Tours category, just noting in the description that the tour is by arrangement only. The instructions for placing a waymark in that category include the requirement to "provide any information about availability of tours" and "any restrictions or any special details that a visitor should know."
yesthatjill
Sep. 14th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
You are dealing the crack, aren't you?
drmellow
Sep. 14th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
That's just the way I roll. ;-)
drmellow
Sep. 14th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, neat -- open enrollment is still open for the group that manages the category. If you're planning on submitting a lot of entries to this category, you might consider joining the group and volunteering to be an officer in the group.
yesthatjill
Sep. 14th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
Check the bottom of the list! I'm already on there. ;)
drmellow
Sep. 14th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Cool! Since I'm not a member of the group, I can't see who the "Regular Members" are -- only the "Officers."
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