"When you go to hide a cache, think of the reason you are bringing people to that spot.
If the only reason is for the cache, then find a better spot."
.... Briansnat

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Monday, July 15, 2019

We Haven't a Clue


I enjoyed souvenirs when they were given for visiting a new state or country, for special occasions, and for attending Mega events.  The summer orgy of electrons seems to get more involved every year.  I've stopped looking at the page during these promotions mostly because they have become so obscure and seemingly unrelated to geocaching.  We enjoyed the Planetary Series.


We also enjoyed the Hidden Creatures Series.


We received a souvenir for caching on the last day of 2018, but then again, it's holiday time so we usually go out with the dogs for a park walk and often that journey includes a cache.  We don't generally get CITO souvenirs for attending CITO events, but we always bag trash on our geocaching adventures.  I think practicing CITO regularly is more important than showing up at an event filled with added on geocaches like pill bottle pork-chops.



For us, I guess this promotion will go the way of the Mary Hyde or You Might Be A... Series.  We'll probably get a few random souvenirs by accident.  I guess we might be overloaded with promotions.  In the meantime, I will be clueless at locations like this.


Thursday, July 04, 2019

Jelly Baby?

I was heading home from Indiana and stopped to cache in Napolean.  While we were on the phone Ali noticed a special cache in Wauseon and routed me there.  It was at a little free library designed as a Tardis.  I always enjoyed watching the earlier Doctor Who episodes when they were shown on the local PBS station.  This was great.  Happily, I didn't need a sonic screwdriver to open the cache. :)






Sunday, June 16, 2019

Saddest Log for an Event?

This may be the saddest Mega attended log ever written.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

OCB

If you were to an earlier mega, you may have seen the spectacle of the first OCB, Original Can of Beans.

The bombastic, maybe original, rusted can of beans reportedly found near the hiding site of the Original Stash has been a great way for the owner of this maybe icon to travel the geocaching world.  The images of the rusted can being held with white gloves are priceless.

Geocaching needs legends so in the spirit of the original OCB comes the Original Can of Beer.


This tongue-in-cheek trackable often follows its owner to events in Pennsylvania and New York.  If you find the owner, you just might be able to discover it.  Enjoy!


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Super Hide

Sometimes a subtle hide with a little misdirection is so satisfying.

It's visible....


Very well done


Real one nearby offers a perfect misdirection.


Gets a favorite from us!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Geocaching Salamander?

We were caching in the Allegheny National Forest and came upon a salamander.  We took a brief break from caching to take a few images.


While looking at the images, I noticed this salamander had a unique mark near a hind leg.


Thanks for the cache.  😃

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Spring Awakening

Caches on the Finger Lakes Trail near Cortland, New York don't get visited often.  Two of the caches I found were 2007 hides so they have been in place for a long time.  The four caches have averaged  6.5 finds per year.  Besides being mostly in state forests with terrible roads, extreme snow, low temperatures, and short days in the winter make caching in for four to six months really challenging unless caching with snowshoes and a shovel.

This week I was in James Kennedy State Forest after work and stopped for four finds along the Finger Lakes Trail.  It was a spring awakening for the caches since half hadn't been found since July 2018 while the others had been last found in October.  The roads were as awful as ever since the state does near zero maintenance.  One was nearly impassable as someone was in the process of doing a lousy timber cut (good forest management practices actually promote forest health - this cut did not).  Still, it was an evening out hiking a section of the North Country Trail, known as the Finger Lakes Trail in New York.  It was mentally rewarding.





There was no smiley for the last log to sign. I always stop to sign trail registers.



So leave those parking lots behind and head out for a look in the woods.  Awaken an ammo can.  The pill bottles and key holders will wait.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Cache Mobile (?) For Sale

This was up for vote by readers of an on-line car forum.  I was checking the day's offering and immediately noted this rocks a pair of cache containers in the boot area.




The extra ground clearance might help with some higher terrain caches, but most plastic ammo cans leak.  In the early days of caching this might have been a moving cache.  😄  The owner has either sold it or decided they didn't want the car posted to the forum as the listing has been deleted.  If you are really interested in this as a cache mobile, the ad is still here.  It was for sale in Seattle.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Bank Geocache Container

I was caching and hiking in Dishman Hills in Spokane.


I stopped for a field puzzle cache and found this container.


It's a bank with a rolling ball in the five-sided maze.  Opening the bank requires moving the ball through the maze to a point where the latch release on the bank will open.  It took me about ten minutes to free the log book.



The bank cavity is quite spacious with room for the log and trade items.  The opening was big enough for me to trade the flat disk trackables which are given to reviewers and lackeys.  It was a fun cache at one of my favorite parks and earned a favorite from me when logging.  The containers are readily available on line.  I would protect the maze from the elements in an extra container like an ammo can, but so far this one was holding up well.


Peace Love Trails


What a great name for a place to be caching.  In the real world this is the bike trail at Morsches Park in Columbia City, but the name can't help but bring a smile to your face.  The trails are peaceful and the caching is good.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

5/7 of The Ghost Orchid

The Ghost Orchid is a 5/5 cache in Fakahatchee Swamp.  We now have three trips into the swamp with no smiley, but we are getting closer.

We jumped into the wet and wild journey in February 2018.  We spotted an ibis.


and a warbler


We enjoyed the flowers



We could not find stage 1 in the rain.  😞


Undaunted, we came back this year for another try on the 6th of February.  It was still wet.



This outing we found three stages!


We were also treated to ibis sightings,


AND a green heron



Flush with confidence we made our way back on Thursday.  We were confident.  We were sure.  This would be the day.  😏

Much of each of these journeys looked a lot like this.


For the little stretches that were not spent working through dense growth, the journey was peaceful and the views were awesome.



Even though they were not in bloom, there were orchids everywhere.



Despite our third effort in the swamp it was not to be.  We left with two unfound stages remaining.  It will be another year before our adventure can continue.


Saturday, February 23, 2019

A Tip for Cachly

Maybe everyone knows this tip, but it is new for me.  I use Cachly sparingly on the iPhone, but when your gps gets dropped and damaged in Fakahatchee Swamp there aren't many choices.

If you drop your gps here, bad things will happen.


I was left to finish the week's caching with the iPhone and Cachly.  One thing that is great about a gps is the ability to mark a cache as found so it disappears from view.  I rarely log as I cache and many places we cache don't have signal to live log anyway.  On Saturday we were visiting Picayune Strand to search for a series of caches on a hike.  After asking Ali a few times which cache was next, I played with Cachly while we were on the trail.  I noticed a feature for highlighting a cache.

It changed the cache page from this...


To this...


It may not really matter on the cache page, but then I returned to the map...


Suddenly I could see the found caches!  I was happy.  Maybe everyone knows this trick already.  If not, I hope it helps your caching adventures.

And if you are in SW Florida, you may want to stop and visit Picayune Strand.  There are caches everywhere and fun trails to enjoy.



Saturday, February 16, 2019

60 Degrees of Caching Separation

January 27 caching in Northeast Ohio

February 1 caching in Florida at Charlotte Harbor Preserve

Ahhhhhhhhh.......