"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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Saturday, June 02, 2018

Bomb Squad Call-Out in SW Ohio

"PIERCE TOWNSHIP FIRE RESPOND TO A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE On May 30th our fire department responded to a call in Ohio Township at SR 132 and SR 749, near Marathon for a suspicious device. Since that location is in Ohio Township the Clermont County Sheriff's Office responded to handle the incident along with assistance from Pierce Police and the Cincinnati Bomb Squad. After investigation it was determined that the device the device was not an explosive, but a geocaching container."

The above post is from the Pierce Township Police Department Facebook page. It's never a good idea to place a geocache that looks like a bomb.

Besides looking like a bomb, pvc tubes make lousy cache containers as they always leak.

This is really good advice from the Geocaching Help Center. Please think about how your cache container will be perceived and how people passing will perceive the actions of cachers looking for your hide.

I wonder if the cache owner will be receiving bills for law enforcement and fire call-outs...

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Maybe There Should Be a Souvenir for Images Posted...

Finding caches used to be "about the journey." Now the numbers seem to be king. Has anyone noticed uploading images at cache finds no longer seems to be an activity. As we found the caches in bd's fun state series in PA State Gamelands 69, we noticed there were few images uploaded on any of the cache pages unless they were ours.

Yesterday we enjoyed the Saturday of our holiday weekend by hiking in Elk State Forest. The Fred Woods Trail is home to the cache Dobby's Home. The August 2001 cache is one of the older caches in the state and has a 40 percent favorite rating (43/233). The hike includes great rock formations and a at least one vista (two if you do the loop). The 233 finders have posted 208 images. It sounds impressive, but the last image was posted by us on a return visit in June 2013. Almost five years have passed with no images posted, not even a selfie.

In a time when nearly all cachers have cell phones and nearly all phones have reasonable image ablities, adding an image to a log is easy. Have the next few finds become so important and the presence of so many mediocre caches become so large that the memories of a wonderful journey are just blurred and not worth a picture? In the 2018 specialty world of one person driving, one person navigating, one person jumping from the vehicle for caches on the right side of the road, and one person jumping from the vehicle for caches on the left side of the road, it would seem someone would have time for an image or two.

This is my post from our July 2009 visit to the area. This is from June 2013.

For yesterday's visit, we did enjoy the rocks again.

We stopped by the second overlook...

and Ali spotted an orchid.

We also were third to find on a new cache on the trail and will post images to our log.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Caches To Do: GC12FPA

I sometimes spot caches that go on my to-do list. There is no real explanation of why or how they make it, but they do.

Big Ball of Paint has now joined that list. The ball of paint is quirky enough to grab my attention and they sound like really nice people. I will have business reasons to travel I-69 between Fort Wayne and Indy so this seems like a great place to stop for a break. ;)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dumb Cache Idea of the Week

Here's a not so great idea, shove a pipe in the ground (not permitted within the geocaching listing guidelines) then create a cache from a fake natural gas regulator.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Missed FTF's

I was in Monterrey for business and spent Sunday afternoon hiking with my engineer. He wanted to show me the waterfalls at the end of a trail near the far end of Estanzuela Park. It sounded like the perfect way to spend the afternoon. I had loaded my gps on the hope that I might be near a cache or two while in the area. The hike back was an interesting venture. Besides a high climb, the park has placed brick walkways on the inclines. We saw a number of other visitors fall and even a few injuries. We also saw coati, but my memory card decided to eat ~40 images from the journey. :(

We stopped on the way to see the sights.

The Falls were really scenic.

Even more interesting was the gps. It showed this unfound cache was about 700 feet from the falls. This unfound cache was about 1000 feet from upstream from the falls. Could it be two unfound caches waiting almost four years were within our grasp? I must admit, this was really exciting.

We crossed the stream and made our way towards the nearest of the unfound hides. We were back in the stream and within 300 feet of the hide when the trail whistle blew. Oh no, we were being called of the trail because of the time of day. Because of the injury risks and the presence of black bears, the area we were in closed a few hours before the rest of the park. We hung our head and made our way back.

Overall, this was an extremely strenuous journey. The area closed for entries very early so we were pushing hard all the way to the restricted area. The 700 feet from the trail to the cache appears to be mostly in the fast moving stream. Having been so close, I eagerly await the return challenge first-to-find or not.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Interesting Post About Useful Apps for Geocaching

There are fewer and fewer geocachers who still blog. The Geocaching Junkie is one of the best remaining ones. A recent post covers useful apps for geocachers. The site is worth repeated visits and reads.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

To Pluto (and Back)

We had finished collecting the 500, but it seemed really strange for us to be stuck on Pluto.

It's even colder there than NE Ohio and there are no caches on Pluto.

We decided to try doubling our score to 1000 points so we could get back to earth.

We enjoyed exploring a land holding of Collins Pine while crossing a few streams and thinking it was spring.

We enjoyed Crawford County while hunting bd's fun 50-state series.

We enjoyed a number of ducks while finding caches in the annual Hudson series.

Saw an Eagle in Eastlake

Then came the last day. Thirty-five points were needed. Seven trads would do it. It was raining... a lot.

In the end, we got 1,000 points.

I haven't caught pneumonia (yet), and we got back to earth!

Friday, April 13, 2018

It's Five Weeks to ASP Geobash

If you have never been to the ASP Geobash at Allegany State Park in New York, You should plan to visit. If you've been there before, it's always a great place to say hello to friends. It's our favorite event. The park is wonderful, and there are caches for everyone. We hope to see you there.

Bridal Falls

Spring Wildflowers

Challenging Journeys

And Easy Finds

Beautiful Streams

A scenic lake

Signal will be there.

You should too!

You just might find a friend.

Or make a new one.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Painted Rocks

No one logged finds on our caches near this painted rock we spotted in the ANF so the person who dropped the rock was most likely not a cacher, but the chosen colors made it appropriate at the start of a trail filled with our hides. The orange and yellows are flipped, but it still shows appropriate feelings for geocaching. I miss the colorful, old logo.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Rain

Caching can bring a smile to your face even on a cold and rainy day.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thoughts on Planetary Pursuit

It seems like Geocaching's limited-time souvenir hunt is working. I've seen new logs from cachers I had assumed left the game. Hopefully they will remember how much fun geocaching is and keep hunting caches. Kudos to the Geocaching HQ team for what appears to be a winner.

Is it me or does anyone else think the points for the last two souvenirs are a little strange? I was surprised to realize the last two souvenirs require 500 points instead of 400 for Pluto and 500 for the Official Space Explorer.

We have 310 points with ten days left. With super weather for a holiday weekend, we would make 500 points without a thought. With rain and colder temperatures, finishing the challenge will take more effort.

We were lucky this past weekend and were able to enjoy a cold but sunny day on the Western Reserve Greenway Trail. Ashtabula usually gets blasted with rough weather and conditions that can make cache maintenance a challenge, but the dedicated hiders that placed and maintain the many caches along the WRGT keep the caches in good condition and ready for visitors.

Blue skies

Good bird sightings

Happy dogs (Phin is with me on leash)

And good hides

Our day on the trail was worth 108 Planetary Pursuit points. The time together was priceless.

190 more points to go with ten days left... It will be a journey, but all of our geocaching outings are a part of our journey.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Nice Florida Hide

Can you spot the container?

Once seen, it is obvious, but this nice fake stump does nothing to reveal its true purpose. the container portion is nestled in the leaves and rests without breaking the ground below. We enjoyed this find in Florida.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Magentic Key Holders

They don't all need to be on the back of guardrails.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Happy 10th Birthday AGT

The Allegheny Geo Trail is now ten years old. WOW! It was the first big geotrail I published as a reviewer. The trail came to life with the dedication of cachers kcepenn. The trail spans ten counties in northwestern Pennsylvania (Warren, Crawford, Venango, Forest, McKean, Clarion, Potter, Elk, Jefferson, and Cameron).

At the start, there were a few geotrails, but none of them offered the opportunity for cachers to earn eleven trackable coins for creating memories. For us the trail offered so many hours together while we enjoyed the counties.

The ten counties offered beautiful outdoor locations, historical sites, and fun stops in the many small communities within the region

It was a place where people cached together while they explored.

Many of the AGT caches live on ten years later. The beauty of the area is timeless.