We really enjoy finding caches which have been sitting unfound for six months or more. In the current urban micro and power trail game geocaching has become, caches in the woods can sit for months without finders. Lonely cache challenges encouraging cachers to leave the norm and find lightly found caches are one of the challenge cache types that died with the new, stringent challenge rules were released.
Tupperware lonely for 23 months in southwest Ohio.
So head off into the woods; walk a trail; and let one of these lonely caches know it is still valued. You never know what other experiences you might find while you are there.
We left for vacation with finds in 86 of the Ohio 88 Counties.
Our first find in Lawrence County was a fun cache at the library in Ironton. The staff at the library were very friendly and helpful. Ali took the opportunity of being in their geneology area to look for information. She found quite a bit of usefeul information.
We're also looking toward qualifying the Great 880 Challenge which requires ten finds in each county. We enjoyed a variety of caches in Lawrence including a number of cemeteries and and an unexpected find at a rock face. I know it's only a rock but I like it, Yes I do will certainly get a favorite vote from us.
We finished our 88 county quest and added another completed county to our Great 880 Quest with a visit to Gallia County. Like Lawrence County, we relied on many cemetery caches including a very nice multi in Mound Hill Cemetery overlooking Galipolis.
With Ohio counties now all green, we now have five states (New Jersey, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Ohio) with caches found in each county. We've looked out to see other states where we could enjoy a chase for all the counties. New Hampshire and Connecticut are waiting for return visits. Vermont, New York, Maine, and Washington are four states which would be much more difficult to complete, but are calling out as wonderful journeys. For now, we will enjoy completing this challenge.
We find a lot of caches and have completed a far share of geotrails. We usually find the geotrail caches much later after the series has been out for some time. The one exception a few years back was the Backroads and Beaches GeoTrail in Lorain County which we found the same day as the kick-off event. Today was the second exception.
My work travel schedule made staying in Ohio for the weekend a good idea. I wanted a weekend where we could cache and be together without the dogs. The Medina County GeoTrail made the perfect opportunity with perfect timing. The day started with a kick-off event and the Wolf Creek Environmental Center. The building is nestled in the woods and was large enough to hold a big gathering of geocachers.
After visiting with friends, meeting some new people, giving away trackables, and publishing the caches, we were on our way. We really enjoyed the Strolling Stark GeoTrail because it mixed county history with visits to Stark Parks. This geotrail was like that only more. We were able to get our fill of nature enjoying multiple Medina County Parks and a stop at Cleveland Metroparks' Hinckley Reservation while enjoying a number of historical and interesting places in the county. In our first day on the trail, we missed only the bakery and the rail museum which were both closed by the time we arrived. We did manage a stop at a roadside Amish stand. They were out of fresh bread, but I was happy for a jar of elderberry jam.
It is a cicada year in Northeast Ohio. They made their presence known very loudly at a number of parks.
Our trip to scenic Allardale Park included spotting two blue birds. I was happy for the opportunity to capture an image of this bluebird on the nesting box. I was happy Ali spotted an indigo bunting during our walk, but disappointed I missed a rare opportunity to capture an image of a beautiful bird.
We tend to cache a little slower than most cachers. If there's something to see, we'll gladly give up a few finds for the day to see the sights. We could have pushed and qualified for the coin in one day, but we had a great time and decided to return the next day to finish the trail.
The return for a second day brought a happy surprise. When we arrived at Mapleside Farms for a cache, there was a car show in progress! I'm foolishly happy looking at other people's wonderful old cars. It was a good show.
We were able to visit with the happy owner of this 34 Chrysler. His all original car was impressive.
All things, including this fun geotrail journey, must end. We found twenty-four of twenty-five caches with one left behind for a future return to the county. Before our journey home, we made our way to the hotel redeeming coins for those completing the trail.
The image doesn't show how nice the coin is. It captures the county perfectly. It was given to finders of eighteen caches while the bonus pathtag was awarded to those finding twenty-two caches in the series. It is a very nice keepsake for us and a reminder of a very fun weekend.
Should you decide to visit the trail, there are plenty of other well done caches in the area to fill out a few days of fun. Hinckley Reservation has a number of caches. The Brunswick 200 series celebrates the city's bicentennial. There are eight caches in the Friends of Wadsworth annual series. Whatever your caching taste, the Find it... in Medina County GeoTrail is worth a visit and offers a coin worth adding to your geocoin collection.
The Strolling Stark GeoTour is a ten cache trail in a county south of our Ohio home. We decided to make this tour one of our winter geocaching goals. In 2013 we completed the Marion County GeoTrail in the winter months. It was a perfect way to shorten the winter and get some exercise. Marion's tour was a lot of fun and is still a positive memory for us. The Stark GeoTour promised even more since the trail was released with the support of the county park system. Stark Parks is a scenic park system so the chance of winter walks in the park was enticing.
We started in mid-January with a trip to Stark Parks' Walborn Reservoir. Ohio can be quite grey in January, but walking the trails here helped move the winter along. With only ten caches in the series, we could have raced through the county and finished in one day. There are enough interesting things to see and caches to find that we chose to spread the tour over multiple visits.
Icy Walborn Reservoir from near the boat house. There is a cache on one of the islands and the park rents boats (non-motorized) if you care to add a T5 to your journey. Local cachers, thekamphs, made our planning easy. They have placed many well maintained caches in Stark Parks which give trail cachers a reason to stay at places like Walborn and enjoy the sights.
Our Deercreek Reservoir visit was the greyest, snowiest geocaching day of the winter.
The following weekedn, we returned for more of the trail and were treated to blue skies and sunshine.
We finished the GeoTour on a bright blue day in early February.
We made four visits to the county to finish the GeoTour. We enjoyed the parks, the history, and the caches. The coordinates were good. The locations were interesting. This is a first rate geotrail. Meeting the trail requirements also means a trackable coin.
I'm lucky to be able to cache in Spokane when there on business. Besides outstanding natural beauty, the area is filled with a dedicated group of cachers who have provided me hours of fun on trails with high-quality geocaches. Spokane also boasts having one of the only two brick-and-mortar geocaching stores in the US. My first visit to the Cache Cave was for the Back to the Future geocaching event. I've been back a few times for supplies. Everyone is friendly. They are all geocachers. The store is well stocked. It's a must visit if you are in the Spokane area. I try to leave a little space in my luggage for purchases on the chance I can stop for a visit when I am in town.
Make certain you bring a favorite point for giving the well-done Tardis cache outside the store.
The Hotel Matthews in Akron, Ohio was torn down in 1982. In its day, the hotel served the African American community in the neighborhood and provided lodging for a number of artists including Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington as they performed in the area.
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In memory of this now departed landmark, an artist created Hotel Matthews.
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Local cacher AHOLLYS is hosting a flashmob at the work requesting cachers bring a bag and form a line for check-in.
Her flash mob theme is completely appropriate and a perfect example of the spontaneous nature these events should capture. Hopefully, there will be a long line waiting for check-in.