"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


Sunday, November 11, 2007

28 January 2007 #2500 Donkey Path

This cache capped a wild weekend of white knuckle trips through the snow with my little geomobile. The weekend started with an afternoon of caching with Jill in the Falls. I stayed to visit and left late only to find a lot of slippery roads between me and Pennsylvania. Saturday (the day I didn't need to drive the 3 ;-0) was this gorgeous, winter day. We spent the day at Chapman State Park and a really fun geomeet. Our friend Goat Haunt had traveled east to spend the weekend. We had a great time. Since we were really close to 2500, we decided to stop for a few caches on the way home to grab 2,500. By the time we got to Titusville and this cache it had started to snow. We found the cache, Rich snapped a picture, and I started a really scary drive home.

13 January 2007 #2400 Yakety Yak

This was a really amazing day. We started off by finding this cache for a milestone. Later on, we met our friend Leprechaun in Bradford to continue a fun, hectic day of caching in the freezing woods. The weather wasn't perfect but the company was.

30 December 2006 #2300 Just For Kicks in 2006 #6

I was using vacation days that as always seem to always wait for the last few days of the year. Ali and I hiked around the Jake's Rocks area for awhile before we headed for McKean County and a lot of unfound caches. Our friends kickin' and kachekat are really wonderful people and this was a fun cache to mark a milestone.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

26 October 2006 #2000 State Game Lands #109

We saved this cache for a special milestone and 2000 was it. I had snagged a few days off for our anniversary so we packed the geodogs and headed for PA. The cache is anti-climatic. The walk is easy. The hide is easy. The people with lots of guns nearby are a little unnerving, but it is THE oldest cache in PA. It is one of the granddaddies of this game that occupies our free time. After we made the grab and had significant time for celebrating, we made our way deeper into the woods for some bogleman caches. As always, Ian served up some fine woods time and a couple of memorable caches to add to a great outing.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

2 September 2006 #1800 Land O Lakes

It was a rainy day and we had been caching near Cambridge Springs. We were at a milestone cache and headed for this gameland. Sometimes wonderful things aren't planned. The gamelands were very scenic. I spotted gentian at the edge of the water on the way to the cache. On our last stretch of trail before the cache, we came upon a magnificent tree with a solitary bench. It was a memorable milestone.

21 August 2006 #1750 Portage Lake

This was our second trip here to find this cache. We had been by the previous Sunday and dnf'd the cache in the dark. This evening we grabbed it and the remaining non-ODNR caches. Ali was really happy since this marked her completion of the 2006 ODNR series. I missed the Jefferson Lake ones since she grabbed them while I worked, but I enjoyed every one I had the opportunity to find. After caching, we spent a quiet evening at the lake and enjoyed the sunset. The ODNR series took me to Portage Lake State Park for the first time. I was glad it did.

12 August 2006 #1700 Guilford Lake

Our target

Hedwig on the bow

The watchful eye of Hedwig

A milestone in hand

This was a day of firsts including my first day in a kayak and our first island cache. We borrowed GG's inflatable kayak to make the trip from mainland to the island. The camp host was really friendly and obviously loved the game. He warned us about muggles on the island and gave a few hints for the find.

Our trip was uneventful. We had Hedwig the travel bug on the bow so not much could happen. Besides if we needed to we could always send an owl for help. The trip was great fun. The find was easy. There were muggles everywhere. It is a small wonder this island doesn't sink with all its visitors ;-).

5 August 2006 #1650 Creepy Crawler Cache

Goat Haunt was in town for a weekend of caching. We had planned to head out on Saturday with kcepenn to hike and cache in McKean County. On Saturday morning Liz wasn't feeling so well so Wes joined us. It was a long day with a lot of time in the woods. It was really hot. I had a great time with the weather. Everyone else was none too pleased. We cached until dark and found this cache in the early evening. The horseplay in the photo wasn't planned. Goat Haunt was picking through the cache swag and found a toy ladybug ring. I grabbed the ring and dropped to one knee to ask Ladybug to be my caching partner. She accepted. :-) I think we stayed out a little too late this evening. Wes has not been allowed to play with us since. Unfortunately, I think some nice photos taken that day were victims of the hard drive crash.

23 July 2006 Puzzle #100 Kids Cryptic Cache

Fresh off a failed attempt the week prior to go to the prairie cemetaries, we vowed to go this day, but first there was a milestone puzzle cache to find. This was the first milestone cache where we were invited on the porch and offered beverages. Kkids are a great team of people you enjoy seeing. This was an outstanding way to start a day.

16 July 2006 #1600 Cobey B

We were heading south and west with the thought of going to the prarie cemetaries. We never got there. We ended up caching most of the day and ending up at Cobey Park for a nice milestone. For much of the day we were hunting in parks where there was water everywhere. Record rains that drenched northeast Ohio had also made a mess in this area. Still, it was a fun day with caches on a rail trail, a multi in a cemetary and a nice threesome at Cobey Park

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

4 July 2006 #1550 Nameless Cache, I Guess...

We were out caching in the area of the New York/Pennsylvania border when we found this nice milestone cache. The trail was fairly flat but there were some woods and this snapping turtle that had an attitude. We had a great time hiking a group of caches in the area.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

26 June 2006 #1500 The Mane Event

I was travelling to New York for business, and we were near this milestone. I suggested this cache, or another in this area, might make a good milestone. I was right. We had the opportunity to meet the cache owner and her outstanding giant schnauzers. It was a great walk and a fun cache with the owner. The schnauzers were amazing. They are big, gentle dogs with amazing athletic skills. This was a wonderful milestone.

25 June 2006 Multi #100 Beaver Creek 4

This was the first place we hiked together many years ago. We tried more than once to buy or build a home in Columbiana County. We have been visiting this park for twenty years so it was great news when the State of Ohio placed caches here. Finding 100 multis and 100 puzzles was a goal of ours. This afternoon we were able to achieve one of those goals. Our friend LABBOO joined us for a fun afternoon of adventure and hiking in a beautiful county.

17 June 2006 #1450 North Kane Rocks

This was an outstanding day all around. The day started with a breakfast event hosted by the Kane cachers. After a few quick cache finds with our friends kickin' and kachekat, we headed off to grab some caches with our friend Tprints. Despite having no chance to grab Sabertooth Kitty Litter off the flooded island, we had a great time. Later in the afternoon Ali and I headed off on our own to find this outstanding cache. We had been here once before with shorter days and decided not to go for it. Today we had plenty of daylight, got the cache, and got to see the most elaborate tree stand we have ever seen. North Kane (and Kane) does rock.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

3 June 2006 #1400 Presidential Potshots (Caching Medina)

We started the day at a really fun event hosted by Medina Parks. We ended the day in the dark at Presidential Potshots. It was too dark to take a picture, but the day was filled with good friends and good caching so they can be the memory. The Medina Event was really low-keyed and quite enjoyable. This was our first day of extensive caching in Medina. The killdeer was nesting and was quite displeased with us since she was next to a bridge we needed to cross at the event.

26 May 2006 #1350 Dead Fish

What a name this is for a milestone cache (or any other for that matter). I had been to Sunset Park in North Kingsville in early May on a trip to Niagara Falls. I found one of the three caches in this park and remembered it as a very nice visit with great Lake Erie views and good woods to walk. I suggested we come here for this milestone and get one of the caches I missed on my previous visit. The day was really grey. Lake Erie was barely visible, but we still had fun and got the cache. The panorama is from a much nicer day, but does more justice to the park than the milestone photos can. It's also a really well done cache with no relation to the title.

19 May 2006 First to Finds on the Ashtabula Bike Trail

A friend had told me she was going to place a 'few' caches on this bike trail. One was going to be a tribute to companion dogs that had passed including our Becky and Murray. I had a day off work, and we were heading to PA. I just happened to check for new listings before we left our home and there they were. It was rainy and cold so we had the bike trail to ourselves. Over 6 miles of walking later, we had six first to finds (SCOOTER, Bunnies' Panorama, Kermit's Cousins, Easy, Those Who Cache Unseen Beside Us, and Askew) from this great bike path. We passed bridges over flooded streams and farms drenched in rain. We also found wild columbine along the trail.

18 May 2006 #1300 Gorge Overlook Cache

Tinkers Creek Gorge in Cleveland Metroparks is about 200' deep. It offers amazing views. The woods around the gorge made for a nice place to find our 1300th cache.

Friday, June 08, 2007

29 April 2006 #1250 Old Farm Cache

This was our kind of day. It started with a breakfast event hosted by kcepenn and continued through the day with hiking, caching, and seeing wildlife in the woods. This nice milestone cache was located in a group at a state game lands. The caches were placed by kcepenn and released at the event.

As we were walking to this cache we met friends Goldsnoop and Rev Mike. Rev Mike had just realized he left his sunglasses at the cache and asked us to retrieve them. As we walked back to the cache we ran into four diffent birds, a verio and three warblers. We stopped to watch and try for some photos so we were late getting the sunglasses and leaving the woods. Rev Mike and Snoop had obviously been waiting for us to return. When we returned I explained to Snoop that we were watching warblers on the way to the cache. Snoop looked at me and asked "warblers?". I repeated that yes we were looking at warblers. By now Snoop said "WARBLERS?". To which I again said uh huh warblers. Snoop started laughing and asked if they had a log book. :-)