Saturday, October 28, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
We recently enjoyed a short vacation in Texas and Oklahoma. Our main goals were to visit and hike the LBJ Grasslands and Wichita Mountains. We enjoyed both. We were also able to add another virtual extreme to our cache finds when we visited the world's littlest skyscraper in Wichita Falls. Whoa, that's four floors shooting upward toward the clouds!
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Yes, it exists. We were hiking in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (beautiful area) and got off at an exit marked cache. After the day's hiking was over we passed by the highway and made our way into cache to see the town. It's a lot bigger than I expected, but lacks any grocery store. For decades it was home to a popular amusement park. The park closed in 1985 when insurance became too much to remain profitable. We didn't actually find any caches in Cache since we don't load micros when on vacation. The town is populated with micros. Does anyone remember when a nice community park would have a small or a regular Tupperware-like container? We enjoyed our brief visit to Cache, Oklahoma.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
We've been caching long enough to remember when many cachers had recognizable signature items they left behind in caches. Many were designed and hand made by the cachers. They were quite creative and for a time very collectible. We see few of these among the caches we find now. I was surprised to see a new sig item placed by a local caching couple, CLE Caching Couple in a newer cache. The sig item is a wire formed into the shape of a puzzle piece. It is fitting as a sig item since they are avid solvers and finders of puzzle caches.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Despite the game's popularity, the geocaching community is a small one. So when we see a vehicle it seems natural to think we must know them. We were on our way to an afternoon caching between Elk and Clearfield counties when we spotted this rv trailer in front of us at an intersection on Route 62. With its four-color geocaching sticker, we immediately noticed the trailer. The ASPGB sticker also meant we had probably both been to the ASP Geobash together at some time or another. The ANF sticker meant these cachers had possible found one of our ANF hides. Alas, the vehicle turned toward the Kinzua dam and away from our path east. We could only guess the occupants were making their way back from GeoWoodstock in North Carolina. Geocaching can make the world smaller.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
We recently had the opportunity to find another library cache. I always enjoy these hides and will go out of my way to find them. This one had a twist which included solving a five panel sudoku retrieve the coordinates for the first stage which led to the final. It was fun and will certainly earn a favorite once we finally log our find.
The containers for library caches are almost always large enough for dropping travel bugs. We left a Dream Big promotional trackable and an unactivated Volunteer trackable for the next finder.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Maybe so if Knightscope has its way. The Silicon valley company has developed a mobile security robot for both indoor and outdoor patrols.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
We've been seeing a number of plastic ammo cans in the woods as cache containers. In December, Harbor Freight began offering one variety for $4.99 at their stores. I bought two and decided to see if the inside would stay dry during a NE Ohio winter.
Monday, March 06, 2017
I'm not sure what I'm going to do.
Friday, March 03, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
It has been about ten years since my first allergic reaction to deet. It was swift and brutal leaving me with a crushing headache. I've been exposed enough times since then to know my body has no tolerance of the chemical. Each encounter has been very bad. On a recent visit to Florida, we found an alternative to Deet-based mosquito repellents in a product called No Natz. It worked well, lasted for a long time before re-application was required and gave me no headaches. :)
Sunday, February 19, 2017
We were caching along the Tamiami Trail near sunset when we suddenly being stalked by a drone. It was clearly following us at very close range and there was no one else around. At Ali's request I held back from my desired reaction of taking the drone down with a hefty thrown rock, but still feel the behavior was intrusive. It was on a public trail so there was no question of our trespassing. I hope this isn't some new strange form of stalking. The next time, I will take the privacy invading machine out of existence.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Friday, December 30, 2016
We started our 12th year of geocaching at Hatch Run in Pennsylvania. Phineas the Geobeagle started the new year by slipping his leash at Hatch Run and sending us on a multi-mile chase through the woods and across icy cold streams. shores of Lake Erie. Mound City. It had been years since we last visited. This time there are geocaches there. :) Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. It was a super way to top the trip. South Mountain as the Super Moon rose for the evening.