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.