"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


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


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.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Updating the (Not So Scientific) Plastic Ammo Can Experiment

It has been a while since I posted my test to see if plastic ammo cans from Harbor Freight were water tight. They weren't. I read an on-line review suggesting the cans could be made water tight with a bead of silicone. I beaded the cans, but didn't have time to test them in the weather.

Over the holidays, I had some time away from the office and a chance to plant the two altered ammo cans outdoors. Unfortunately, the snowier weather created a nice snow pile to bury these.

The cans saw a wide range of exposure from nearly 60 degrees to 5 below zero. Besides the snow, they sat in multiple days of rain. It was time to open them and see how well they performed.

They were both completely dry!

My silicone work does not look good, but it was effective. We will look for places to hide these soon.