Sunday, December 31, 2017
This winter was a mild one. There were bits of snowy days, but never a lot of snow depth. Our January caching times included a hike through Cleveland Metroparks' Bedford Reservation along Tinker's Creek.
Took Nothing. Left a Gator.
Erie National Wildlife Refuge by participating in a CITO. ENWR had kindly opened their trails to a series of physical caches several months prior. It was a fun time working with the friendly staff while seeing the refuge in spring awakening. For our effort, we happily logged an attended CITO.
next year's event.
Treemageddon. We returned to Brush Hollow for an expected second visit to the cache series in the area. We eventually ended up on a trail with untold damage from a storm. In our efforts to get out of the area and bring ourselves and our dogs to safety, Ali suffered a serious knee injury. It's great to see the Forest Service finally decided in October that a May storm had made the area unsafe. ;(
second oldest cache in Texas.
this well done multi awesome.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
I've reached and passed my ten year anniversary of reviewing. It seems so long ago when I published my first cache. That cache had 199 finds before it was archived four years later. My first published cache which is still active has 737 finds as of this post. Our player account never found the first cache I published, but we found the oldest still active publication about a month after publication. Geocaching.com rightly requires Volunteer Reviewers to not share statistics so I won't do that. I will say I have published many more than our player account has found. I have published caches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York (oops), and Denmark. I've most enjoyed the wonderful people whose caches I have been able to review. I've been happy for the opportunities to participate in reviewer panels at Megas. I've least enjoyed a stalker who has made it clear through my player account that he knows who I am and where to find me. I don't participate in social media and have tried to stay away from one sided posts detailing all the perceived wrongs I've done to hiders. Groundspeak had wonderful thank you gifts for the anniversary including a very limited edition of the coin shown below and a trackable jacket.
Saturday, December 09, 2017
Saturday, December 02, 2017
I recently spotted my first Rotolog in a geocache in North Carolina. I think this is the best logbook design I have seen. Unfortunately, it is a German product and does not appear to be readily available in the US. Gone Cachin' used to sell the product, but they do not appear to be taking orders any longer. It does appear to be available through Amazon.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
We have found many fake log geocaches. Ironically, one of the first we found, Just Another Log To Sign, placed by Pirate & Crafty in the Allegheny National Forest in 2005 was one of the best. We recently were fortunate to find another of these hides which really stands out for the design of the container.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
We recently enjoyed a short vacation in Texas and Oklahoma. Our main goals were to visit and hike the LBJ Grasslands and Wichita Mountains. We enjoyed both. We were also able to add another virtual extreme to our cache finds when we visited the world's littlest skyscraper in Wichita Falls. Whoa, that's four floors shooting upward toward the clouds!
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Yes, it exists. We were hiking in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (beautiful area) and got off at an exit marked cache. After the day's hiking was over we passed by the highway and made our way into cache to see the town. It's a lot bigger than I expected, but lacks any grocery store. For decades it was home to a popular amusement park. The park closed in 1985 when insurance became too much to remain profitable. We didn't actually find any caches in Cache since we don't load micros when on vacation. The town is populated with micros. Does anyone remember when a nice community park would have a small or a regular Tupperware-like container? We enjoyed our brief visit to Cache, Oklahoma.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
We've been caching long enough to remember when many cachers had recognizable signature items they left behind in caches. Many were designed and hand made by the cachers. They were quite creative and for a time very collectible. We see few of these among the caches we find now. I was surprised to see a new sig item placed by a local caching couple, CLE Caching Couple in a newer cache. The sig item is a wire formed into the shape of a puzzle piece. It is fitting as a sig item since they are avid solvers and finders of puzzle caches.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Despite the game's popularity, the geocaching community is a small one. So when we see a vehicle it seems natural to think we must know them. We were on our way to an afternoon caching between Elk and Clearfield counties when we spotted this rv trailer in front of us at an intersection on Route 62. With its four-color geocaching sticker, we immediately noticed the trailer. The ASPGB sticker also meant we had probably both been to the ASP Geobash together at some time or another. The ANF sticker meant these cachers had possible found one of our ANF hides. Alas, the vehicle turned toward the Kinzua dam and away from our path east. We could only guess the occupants were making their way back from GeoWoodstock in North Carolina. Geocaching can make the world smaller.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
We recently had the opportunity to find another library cache. I always enjoy these hides and will go out of my way to find them. This one had a twist which included solving a five panel sudoku retrieve the coordinates for the first stage which led to the final. It was fun and will certainly earn a favorite once we finally log our find.
The containers for library caches are almost always large enough for dropping travel bugs. We left a Dream Big promotional trackable and an unactivated Volunteer trackable for the next finder.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Maybe so if Knightscope has its way. The Silicon valley company has developed a mobile security robot for both indoor and outdoor patrols.