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Monday, June 29, 2015

Careful Caching

An oddly popular place for geocachers to hide their treasures is in cemeteries.  Generally, hiding caches in a cemetery is allowed if you have permission to do so.  These geocaches are typically hidden on the edges of the cemetery or on the fence around the perimeter.  These locations make for some very interesting finds.  It is generally NOT good geocaching etiquette to put geocaches in a place that would add foot traffic on the graves or if the geocache is on the headstone.  That being said, here are some of the cemeteries that I have visited.

Most recently, my friend Nick and I took advantage of one of the dry days in our stretch of rainy ones and went in search of "At the Feet of the Dead."  We parked and walked carefully through the paths leading down toward a small stream that cuts the cemetery in half.  We had little trouble crossing and followed the path until we reached a low rock wall.  The rock wall runs perpendicular to the Kenduskeag Stream which we could hear and see rushing between the banks. The cache was in a large ammo box and was in excellent condition.  Nick picked up his first Travel Bug here and left one of his own. 


One of my favorite geocaches is in a tucked away cemetery in Lincoln.  The cache is part of the Sherwood Forest series and is dedicated to Guy of Gisborne.  In the story, Guy suffers a particularly gruesome death.  How fitting that this would be located in a cemetery.  What makes this cache particularly interesting isn't the location but the container.  I've also been able to locate Gwyn in a nice clearing near Bucksport.  I'm looking forward to discovering other characters such as Little John and Friar Tuck.  Searchers, beware!

Sherwood Forest: Guy of Gisborne

Recently I got a notification showing a newly posted geocache.  It's always thrilling wondering if you might be the first to find.  I searched the fence and small trees surrounding that separated the cemetery from the road with no luck.  The description of the geocache gave very little information and no hints.  The container turned out to be a small pill bottle hidden by personal belongings on top of a headstone.  This would be an example of where NOT to place a geocahe.  Later that same day, the geocache was disabled and not available for future visits.  It's a shame, too, because it was a beautiful area and there were several other places where the cache could have been hidden. 


Remember to tread lightly and always be respectful of your surroundings, especially when geocaching in cemeteries. 

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This post was written by Jenny from her personal blog, Jenny Goes Geocaching. Stop by and check out some of her adventures for yourself. Jenny is a regular contributor here at CacheCrazy.Com.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

An Update On A Recent Caching Trip

A week ago REI had their great used-gear sale. I met a friend there and afterwards we went to get a nearby cache owned by a friend of mine. HMMMmmmmm! What I thought would be an easy grab resulted in a DNF after a lengthy search.

Without really planning our next caches, we just went to the nearest one according to the GPSr. It was an easy find. The next nearest cache was located in a canyon. I'm finally learning about these and how difficult it is to gain access. Most of the canyons in the San Diego area are surrounded by residential neighborhoods with cheek by jowl private property lines. I've driven around and around these areas with the GPSr saying the cache is only 258 feet away without finding any way to access the cache location.

So, after some of this driving around, we finally found a recreation area that offered a trail into one section of Tecolote canyon. We found "Druid Hollow" cache. In fact, I didn't even have to look for it. It was sitting in its spot completely exposed. After signing the log, I replaced it and hid it with some bark and leaves.

The next cache in the canyon was the "TecoloteMagnetExchange." This fabulous tree is located just downhill from the cache location.




It was somewhat ironic that I didn't have a magnet to exchange because when I started out Geocaching that is what most of my trades were. I got a whole bunch of refrigerator magnets at a Thrift Store and those were my early swag items.

We attempted to walk to another cache, but it turned out to be too difficult from the canyon, so we walked back to the car, getting a bit "lost" and losing the trail back to the parking area at one place. 

I've found that sometimes I look at the Navigation arrow so much on the initial cache hunt that I forget to make note of the trail and general surroundings as I would without the GPSr in my hand.

Maybe setting a waypoint for the car, even in such an urban setting, is a good idea . . .


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This post was written by Miragee from her personal blog Musing About Geocaching. You'll find a lot of great articles and awesome adventures there. Karen is a regular contributor to CacheCrazy.Com.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Caching, Lake Michigan and Hot Dogs

Look at the title of my post and what's not to love?  It's a gorgeous day here in Chicago - deep blue skies, a stiff breeze and temperatures hovering around 60.  We had to meet a client who lived near the lake this morning, so I grabbed my caching bag as we breezed out the door, hoping   insisting, that we hit the lake front for some caching afterwards.

I love unusual or big art, and the first place we stopped provided plenty of interesting things to look at.  This was at the park entrance.

I don't understand the big pencil, but it sure was different.

I don't know if these were cement benches or a breakwater wall, but I loved how they were painted.


We had to walk out to the end of this pier....

And find the cache on this search light..... 
The views of downtown Chicago were wonderful....

The next cache was hidden on this sailboat...


I would love to own this house overlooking the lake.  What a view!




Hey, is there a cache hidden in here???

Lou finally spotted this nicely hidden cache.  You can't see it in this picture, but I promise you it's there...
This was a great beach because we found some sea glass and a really pretty rock.

As we were headed for home, we spotted a street vendor selling hot dogs.  There is just something really yummy about a Chicago style hot dog with a steamed bun, so of course we had to stop.



If you are ever in Chicago, you HAVE to get a Chicago style hot dog.  They are the best!  I know I cheat and put ketchup on my dog, but then, I put ketchup on a lot of stuff.  You can read all about the history of Chicago style hot dogs here  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago-style_hot_dog
Be sure to get them with a dash of celery salt - it just adds a little something extra.  

One of my favorite hot dogs are at Gene & Judes in River Grove, IL.  I actually like the fries better than the hot dog.  They are nice and greasy and they dump them right on top of the hot dog.  Read about them here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_%26_Jude's

Another favorite of mine is Superdawg in Chicago.  I have been going there since I was a kid.  The top of their building sports 2 giant hot dogs and people from all over the world have taken a picture of them.
http://www.superdawg.com/    They have 1950's style car hop service there and it's just a fun place to visit.

Who has a taste for hot dogs tonight?



See this post on Kim's blog - Snug Harbor Bay

Monday, June 22, 2015

So Thomas Edison, A Pilgrim And A Geocacher Walk Into A Bar...


After finding my 700th cache the other week, I've been determined to challenge myself a little more.  I'm looking to up the ante a little bit.  I'm willing to fore go the larger quantity of par and sub-par caches, in order to concentrate on those which require some mental and/or physical fortitude to log a find.  There are also several challenge caches out there which I'd like to log.  (That's challenge caches, not geocaching challenges.  I STILL refuse to kiss a frog.)  To do that, I need to spread my wings a little bit.

One cache I'm looking to work on is the "Can You Spell GO NEPAG?" cache.  In order to fulfill the requirements, I still need several cache types.  Although  I know some will be more difficult that others, upon scouring the geocaching.com map, I realized I could pick up one or two I didn't have.  Then I figured, challenge cache or not, wouldn't it be cool to see how many I could pick up in the same day?

The nearest cache which fit the criteria for the NEPAG challenge was GC9090-Port Jervis-Two Step.  Being only a slight detour from my daily trip from Wilkes-Barre, PA to Sussex County, NJ, my mind was made up.  Off to Port Jervis, NY!


My first cache find of the day was GC1KK3Y-Tracks of the Past, an Unknown cache by fellow NEPAG'er CaptainMath.  This was a pretty cool cache, in that it takes you to a railroad station, a locomotive, and display which gives you an overview of the history of railroads in Port Jervis.  Being a fan of trains, it was easy for me to like this cache!

Next on the agenda was GC2A174-TST4 The Pine Box.  This cache is of the Letterbox Hybrid variety, and is located in a cemetery.  For some reason, I enjoy doing offset caches, as I have an odd curiosity for projecting waypoints.  I chatted with a caretaker, when was curious as to what I was doing.  I explained geocaching, and went into a little bit of detail about letterboxing.  Did you know letterboxing can trace its roots back to 1850's England?


It was now time for the Port Jervis Two-Step.  Technically this was a Virtual Cache, but this had shades of a multi-cache, as well.  The cache took me to several locations of historical note in Port Jervis, one of which was the Tri-State Monument.  Yes, there is a point where you can stand in, simultaneously, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  The final location took me to a famous historical building in town, and required I email the cache owner a bit of information off of a historical marker.


Oh yeah, somewhere on this journey I had to go to work.  But thankfully for me, I'd been saving up an Earthcache to find one day.  Today was that day.  GC15QP1-The Edison Mines celebrates Thomas Edison and his involvement in the iron mining industry in Northwestern New Jersey.  I wish I had a magnet that day, as the ground is said to be polarized.


A little bit down the road I quickly found GCQRNF-Entrance To Cacheland.  The Sparta/Andover area in Northwestern New Jersey is abundant in prime cache locations.  On this day, I think I just reached the tip of the iceberg when I found this park.  The Sparta Mountain Wildlife Preserve has dozens of caches, and one day I'll set out to find the rest of them.  But for now, back to work it was.

I had one more cache to find.  Why find five cache types when you can find six?  After work, I set out to find GC18VZN-The White Pilgrim.  This two-stage multi-cache tells the story of a Christian Church minister, specifically, his death, burial and re-burial.  I enjoy cemetery caches, and this multi-cache was a fitting end to a fun day of caching.

Six cache types in one day- now that's CacheCrazy!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Looking back at ~ The Best Guest Blogs Ever ~ The Best Father's Day Present EVER!

A note from Bloodhounded: Guest Blogger this weekend featuresBrian "Big B" Sullin from Team Blueball. This post is special because Big B is none other than ol'Bloodhoundeds son! So in the spirit of Father's Day, being able to post my son's guest blog is the best Father's Day Present EVER! Big B was the guy who turned me onto Geocacheing and for that I am forever grateful! Enjoy as he takes you to one of the best geocaches in NEPA!



Before I get into all of that, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Brian "Big-B" Sullin and I am a founding member of Team Blueball inNEPA. Yes, you read the name correctly, Kevin of Bloodhounded is my pops and I am proud to say a few short years ago I had the pleasure of introducing him to this great sport we have all come to love (or be insanely obsessed with). Blueball has been on the caching trail for quite some time now and the members seem to be a revolving door, but like anything else in life, change is inevitable. At the present time Blueball consists primarily of myself, my girlfriend Mara, our 2 Boxers Laila and Bishop, A great friend and also founding member Mark and another buddy Dave. Its great to meet you all and be able to share our experiences on the trail and I look forward to meeting some of you in the future.




N 40 56.745 W 75 41.508.........And what an adventure it was. 

NOW.......onto the Cache. It was a Sunday morning early June, and if you recall we had a heat spell of temps in the 90's for a few days. What a break today was, mid 70's low humidity, not a cloud in sight. You could see for days it seemed like. The other members of Blueball were slowly piecing their lives together after a night of slight over-indulgence but not this guy......no way no how. This Sunday has been on my radar since the 7 day forecast came out a week ago, and if us cachers know one thing....its the weather forecast is always accurate. HAHAHAHAHA. It played into my favor today. 


We decided we wanted to venture out towards Hickory Run then make the swing intoJim Thorpe, so we our coords in order and saddled up. Cache number one on the list was a little bad boy by the name of "Where The River Bends" a short 3 mile rounder multi. No big deal right. Right?!?!?!


We find ourselves approaching some state game land parking and see a nice open gravel path, way better than the high grass I like to call Tick Land. Punch in the coords for stage 1 and set off. "Alright Alright" I think to myself, a nice easy hike on some gravel relatively flat, man my hungover friends must love me for this one....Well, here we are, ground zero for stage one and a little search ensues. No more than 2 minutes and we hear the signature "GEOOOOOOOOO" Nice!!!! Here my friends is when the story starts.


Punch in coords for part 2 and see just about a half mile to go. With a clue reminding us to stay on the trail, okay sounds fair. Well, not using our geosenses we completely miss the correct trail and stay on the main one. Yes we noticed the distance was going up but for some reason we thought it would loop around and take us dead on like a freight train. How wrong were we you ask? Very. What should have been an easy in/easy out turned into some of the deepest forest I've been in. EVER. The trail we took winded us through woodlands both thick and open for what seemed like years. We had multiple encounters with snakes, some of which were 4+ feet in length. Now to me that's not a snake, that's a dragon. One Copperhead, wonderful. Best yet, a ton and I mean ton of Fresh bear crap. It almost seemed as if we were on a hunting trail that coyote and bear use frequently. Okay let me re-phrase that. We WERE on a hunting trail that coyote and bear use frequently. What are we doing we say out loud and laugh just to make each other feel better about the situation. Mara is terrified, Dave is willing to trudge forward but albeit reluctant and me, well I'm disappointed in myself because like a Mack truck it all just hit me. We just walked a total of 5.5 miles in when all we had to do was make a right down the correct trail. The ultimate DOHHHHHHHHHHHH moment. They saw the light bulb come on, hell, Stevie Wonder prob could have seen that light bulb come on. 


We navigated back, got on track, finally saw the gps get down to 500,400,200,100 feet to destination. Then there it was, a break in the trees. Wow. It was like all of the hiking, sweating, snakes, bears never even existed. I've been to a lot of great overlooks and lookouts in NEPA and The Virginia's, but this, this was the Creme de la Creme. I don’t know if it was because the risk for reward level was through the roof at this point or just because I feel as if I was halfway to the gates of Heaven. Cache secured, log signed a few laughs and a good breather later we were in the cache mobile. Needless to say, the list of 5 caches magically shrunk itself into a list of one. Where The River Bends.......


"One man’s wilderness is another man’s theme park......Cache on friends"

Your fellow Cacher and friend, 


Brian "Big B" Sullin

Well, there you have it. Another geocaching adventure that takes you toCacheCrazy.Com Cache of The Month for October, 2010 ~ Where The River Bends!Check it out, I was able to interview the CO's and these folks are great! Big B and his team seemed to take the loooooooong way buy hey, that's what geocaching is all about. If it were an exact science, it wouldn't be as much fun!

Thanks Big B for the awesome guest post and Happy Father's Day weekend to all Dad's everywhere in the world!
Bloodhounded

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