"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


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Have Fun

Ammo can in Montana

Sunday, July 06, 2014


Ali recently made a trip to our local Solid Waste Drop-off Center to drop-off a few electronic items for recycling including our 1995 Panasonic television. We bought it the first year the Cleveland Indians went to the World Series and it never brought home a winner so it was time to move on. While gathering items, I had put aside my old Palm Tungsten to send to the recyclers. We've been caching for ten years this month. The electronic toys used in the game have changed so much. At one time a Palm was one of the few ways to go "paperless". It made such a difference using the Palm with my first Garmin Etrex. The Etrex had a black and white screen with no maps, loaded 500 caches and needed a special cord to load. Together, the Etrex and the Palm cost about $300. The Palm was never made for life on the trail. Over the years, I damaged or lost three or four of these expensive units. Fast forward to 2011 when I switched to a Magellan GC. For $150, I was able to cache with a color screen, very good maps and load 10,000 geocaches with all the page information. :-)

Palm Tungsten

Yellow Etrex

Magellan GC

One thing hasn't changed, I still enjoy finding benchmarks. :-)

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Last GeoWoodstock IX Swag

It seems a long time since July 2011 and GeoWoodstock IX. After the Mega event closed, we purchased the last remaining swag to help close the books. We figured since we travel so much we could spread the items around in caches. The last pathtag went away recently somewhere in a cache in Washington, northeast of Spokane. We left the last trackable bear at Camels Prairie when we visited. It is most likely still there waiting at Idaho's oldest cache. You will need to do some physical work to get there, but the view is awesome (and it is a free unactivated trackable).

I think we left trackables and pathtags in twenty-two different states as we spread these around. Besides our three most visited states (OH-PA-NY), we also left items in a couple additional Great Lake states (MI and IN), New England (ME, NH, and VT), along my path to North Carolina (WV and VA), on our journey to GA (KY, TN, and SC), in the southwest (AZ and CA) and in the northwest (WA-MN-ID). We were lucky to have visited three Canadian Providences (Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia). We've also left NEOGEO pathtags at most of these locations.

We'll have to decide what we want to leave in caches next. I'm one of those cachers who still believe in trading and leaving stuff in caches. It makes the adventure more complete. Maybe it's time for our own pathtag to finally be made.

Although I think the design would look good in a trackable wooden coin too....