Monday, December 17, 2018
I was caching in the Salisbury area while there for business. I visited a familiar park to find some of the newer cache hides. One of those included a bird box in the woods.
Friday, December 14, 2018
This year we have found two true letterbox hides by accident while geocaching. It isn't the first time, but it's still fun to come upon these hides by accident. One of the finds in New York happened while actually searching for a cache. That letterbox was within 50 feet of the newer geocache and had unfortunately become the geocache find for cachers who were too busy logging their latest non-find to note the sentence on the cache page stating there was a nearby letterbox which was not the cache. Signing a letterbox stamp book like it is a geocache log is beyond rude. The second letterbox find at Stan Hyett Gardens came on an afternoon when we were looking for caches, but not at the time of the find. We were walking one of the many paths through the gardens and nearing this small tunnel to pass through.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Most micro containers are not good. The leak. They rust. The logs are mush.
Monday, December 03, 2018
With an extremely busy work schedule and reviewing, I fell way behind on logging caches. For the last three to four years, I have been logging caches long after they were found. The list was as long as 350+ unlogged caches. When cut-and-paste logs became the norm, I decided the day I had to resort to those, I would walk away from geocaching. I've caught up with our logs so I guess it is time to cache on. It's a good feeling. Maybe I can use the extra time to blog a little more often. ;)
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Saturday, November 24, 2018
The first day of winter caching takes some getting used to even after all these years. There are always questions like: * Gloves, gloves and hand warmers, or crazy brave bare hands? * Will the dogs be okay or should they stay behind while we go play? * Do we need to carry a snow brush to find the containers hidden beneath the snow? In the end we happily go out and cache while hunting caches which are much harder to find when buried beneath a carpet of snow. The cold weather is accompanied by much shorter days and earlier sunsets on those days when the sun actually peaks through the greyness. We know more DNF's are the reality of winter caching. This will be our fifteenth winter of geocaching. The day after Thanksgiving was our first snowy weather of the year. Ali found a spot where a two and a half-mile hike would take us to nine caches. Our finds were plentiful with only one missed micro which was most likely hidden in one of two flat rocks covered in snow. A day on the caching trail in this weather gets me closer to spring. It helps me remember that the sun does shine in November in northwest Pennsylvania. It gives us time to be together outdoors. It's also a time to remember how beautiful this area can be. It's hard to beat an icy stream flowing in the Allegheny National Forest.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
No not that streaking or even a daily find streak. Ours has been a much more casual streak of months with at least one multi and one puzzle find.
Sunday, September 23, 2018
We're nearing the end of the annual CITO and souvenirs fall week where cachers go out and clean a park in exchange for a smiley and a souvenir. That's a good thing, but would you attend a CITO if there were no souvenir waiting? If it weren't advertised on social media? We attended one official CITO March 25 at the Erie National Wildlife Refuge. It was the second year we gave back to the wildlife refuge which has opened its lands to physical caches. We got a smiley for it. We met with geofriends (all two who joined us). We gathered a lot of trash.
Friday, September 07, 2018
Friday, August 24, 2018
Sunday, August 19, 2018
We earned our souvenir for International Geocaching Day. We hope you were able to enjoy a little caching too. Ohio State Park Geocache Challenge was published in 2011, it became part of our geocaching bucket list. We had a good start through the state parks' twenty cache series, but reaching 55 was a six-plus year journey. Today was wet and at times frustrating. It was sunny on the way here, but grey by the time we arrived. Ali spotted a rainbow while we were at the marina.
Sunday, August 05, 2018
Time is growing short for the Virtual Rewards to be submitted and published. As reviewers, we were granted one to place. I could say we love to procrastinate, but that would only be partially true. We were actually torn between where to place the virtual. One side of us said Northeast Ohio is our home, and it should be there. We also thought of placing one near our home in Pennsylvania. It has been a place of rest and refuge for us. We also thought of places we both consider special with great memories. In the end, we thought about... Northeast Ohio For Northeast Ohio, we considered resurrecting an old virtual which was archived when the subject moved. The Lawless Politician was a good subject for a virtual in the past. In the end, we decided to let a the former virtual remain a former virtual ans create a different experience for cachers. Franklin Mineral Museum was the first choice for both of us. It required a trip back to New Jersey. It has been a long time since we enjoyed a couple amazing vacations in the state. It was a great time to go back. It wasn't going to happen with my schedule this year. :( Sheldon Marsh! We're hoping visitors enjoy this virtual as much as we have through the years.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Whether we are geocaching or not, our dogs spend a lot of time outdoors with us on the trail. Lizzie the GeoAussie is always looking for water. Her thick coat and warmish body temp makes her search for water understandable. Kurgo Zippy Bowl seemed perfect, at least for us. The design zipped into a nice compact triangle which was perfect for hanging on a backpack. Kurgo Mash and Stash bowl. Go Stuff It Dog Treat Bag for the trail, she will be truly happy.