Sunday, August 05, 2018
Time is growing short for the Virtual Rewards to be submitted and published. As reviewers, we were granted one to place. I could say we love to procrastinate, but that would only be partially true. We were actually torn between where to place the virtual. One side of us said Northeast Ohio is our home, and it should be there. We also thought of placing one near our home in Pennsylvania. It has been a place of rest and refuge for us. We also thought of places we both consider special with great memories. In the end, we thought about... Northeast Ohio For Northeast Ohio, we considered resurrecting an old virtual which was archived when the subject moved. The Lawless Politician was a good subject for a virtual in the past. In the end, we decided to let a the former virtual remain a former virtual ans create a different experience for cachers. Franklin Mineral Museum was the first choice for both of us. It required a trip back to New Jersey. It has been a long time since we enjoyed a couple amazing vacations in the state. It was a great time to go back. It wasn't going to happen with my schedule this year. :( Sheldon Marsh! We're hoping visitors enjoy this virtual as much as we have through the years.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Whether we are geocaching or not, our dogs spend a lot of time outdoors with us on the trail. Lizzie the GeoAussie is always looking for water. Her thick coat and warmish body temp makes her search for water understandable. Kurgo Zippy Bowl seemed perfect, at least for us. The design zipped into a nice compact triangle which was perfect for hanging on a backpack. Kurgo Mash and Stash bowl. Go Stuff It Dog Treat Bag for the trail, she will be truly happy.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
I was in Spokane early for business and wanted an afternoon of trail caching. We had visited Pend Oreille County Park on a vacation trip in June 2014. We both enjoyed the trails. I was happy there were multiple new caches in the park and eager for an adventure. The trails were fun with some very good views. MsLichen and MsMorrigan left these great sig items.
Saturday, June 02, 2018
"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. 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.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
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.
Friday, May 25, 2018
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
Friday, May 18, 2018
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. 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.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
We had finished collecting the 500, but it seemed really strange for us to be stuck on Pluto.
Friday, April 13, 2018
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
Saturday, March 31, 2018
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
Thursday, March 29, 2018
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.