Sunday, December 13, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
I enjoy hunting library caches so on a recent trip to Indiana, I couldn't resist stopping for a library multi. The first stage was a container outside sending the finder indoors to look for a book on the card reader. Uh oh, it's missing...
Monday, October 05, 2015
While walking back to our hotel after dinner, we spotted sculptures on four corners of an intersection. Williamsport is the home of the Little League World Series. The sculptures were assembled to resemble a baseball diamond with home, first, second, and third bases. Each base represented some historical point in the history of Little League Baseball and the whole infield held the answers to a fun puzzle cache. Home Plate
Excuse me, but that ammo can appears to be a moving cache...
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
We recently made our second visit to Cowenesque Lake in northern Pennsylvania near the New York border. Cowenesque is a 500 acre lake/reservoir formed in 1980 by the Army Corps. The Army Corps has been wonderful in permitting caches at the reservoir. If you like old time caching with lots of regular-sized containers and twenty-two caches including a letterbox, three multis, and ten puzzles (two night caches) this is a great destination place. Nelson Falls.
Monday, September 21, 2015
SGL #208: Cache at Night! was published in September 2012. It was found thirteen times up to August 23rd of 2013. Then it went cold. Today we hiked Darling Run and Turkey Path in Pine Creek Gorge. We were hoping for a few cache finds after leaving the gorge so we headed for nearby State Game Lands #208. We found our first cache after a quick trail walk. We made the wrong approach to the second cache and saved it for later. Next came the lonely night cache. We couldn't spot the first tack at the start but working off the cache page information we walked off 200 feet increments hoping to spot a fire tack. We soon located one. It was the reddish brown type with very little reflection.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
We've added three new states recently with benchmarks found. In Florida, we stopped in Arcadia and made a nice find at a traditional disk set in the grass on the Desoto Courthouse lawn.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
One third of all the finders of this cache gave it a favorite nod. It's very creative and very novel, but it doesn't meet the guidelines. If even a few of the finders take this buried cache idea back home and copy it in their area, that's a few more potential unhappy land managers. With logs like this it is bound to happen. "Wow fricking awesome container had my hand on it several times before I decided to just check. You make the membership worth having for premium caches tftc." "Omg nice hide." "I'm in town from Boston for the holidays and finally had some time to go for a walk down the towpath this morning. What an awesome container."
Geocaching.com Cache Listing Guidelines
It takes a profoundly creative person to make a super creative container that also meets the guidelines. Most of us aren't that creative. It is the reason why the best hiders are so special.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015
We're not very concerned about souvenirs on Geocaching.com. They are mildly more interesting than badges, but other than the state, country, and Mega souvenirs which represent caching memories for us, the rest just seem to be a promotional tools for the site. We've been participating so far this summer because we cache a lot and the requirements work for us. Favorites have always been a lukewarm tool for selecting geocaches for us. Some caches with many favorite points are great caches and deserve all the votes they get. Others not so much. There seem to be too many caches with lots of favorites because they were near a Mega or are some sort of gadget cache which often doesn't meet the guidelines. Also total favorites doesn't really matter. The true measure of how much your cache is liked is the percent favorites. I happened to be in Spokane and had an opportunity to earn our souvenir by finding a gadget cache made by one of the best. I had already found his first Little Free Library Cache by his home. This time he had enlisted a non-caching homeowner to allow a second placement of a Little Free Library cache. This one was just as well done as the first and well deserving of the 75 favorite votes and 77% favorite rating. I also got to visit with the kind and friendly landowner who permitted us to have fun on his property. Kudos to him and his family too. No spoilers here
Monday, May 18, 2015
I hope these weren't damaged by geocachers...
Saturday, May 02, 2015
I was a little surprised to spot a red Jeep travel bug in a cache recently. I thought all the Jeep travel bugs were in private collections by now. Stoney Man Mountain travel bug. The red Jeeps were by far the least favorite of the series. While the first three were the highly popular and traditional Jeeps, the red one was a model of a Jeep that wasn't overly successful in its real form. The series ran its course and came to what appears to be a permanent end with the sale of Chrysler to Fiat after bankruptcy in the downturn. Too bad, the new Renegade would make an interesting model for a return of the series. The Jeep trackables were a different time for geocaching. Now it seems many traval bugs and coins are gone within the first caches they visit while most promotional trackables never see the inside of a container (not that they would fit in a micro).