Monday, September 15, 2014

Geocaching Adventures: Night Cache by Dave DeBaeremaeker and CleverNickname

This excellent post is from 11/2011 but deserves another run. Enjoy the crazy part of our game, night caching!!!
CleverNickname in the spooky darkness

Tonight I went on one of the more interesting geocaching experiences I have ever been on, for tonight I tackled my very first night cache.

Now when I say "night cache"  I don't mean just finding a normal cache after the sun goes down.  This is a cache that is specifically designed to be only found in the darkness, when scary creatures roam the earth in search of food, and good children are tucked safely in their beds.  This is a cache that screams adventure.

I picked up my caching buddy, clevernickname, at 8 PM, a half hour after sunset, and armed with flashlights, GPSs, and hiking sticks, we drove off into the night in search of adventure.

With a normal cache you arrive at the end of your journey at specified coordinates, and within 10-15ft (usually) there is a container with a log book to be signed.With a night cache when you arrive at the coordinates and you need to find the start of a trail. 

So we were at ground zero and we shined our flashlights around to look for trail markers.  Suddenly something in the corner of my eye catches my attention.... off in the distance there is a reflective dot on a tree, ... how odd. 

We walk over to the dot to check it out and as we get close we notice another dot further down the trail.... then another... and another...

Those dots are called fire tacks, basically thumb tacks with reflective material on them, which means they can really only be seen when a light is flashed on them, and this essentially only works at night when the contrast is high enough.

So we follow fire tack after fire tack and soon we are a half mile deeper into the woods.  Eventually we ended up at a place that has a lot of tacks clustered in one spot on a log on the ground.   We took a closer look and found the treasure that we were seeking for  A nice shiny cache container with a crisp log inside just waiting to be signed.

With log signed and container replaced to its hiding place, we then followed the long line of fire tacks back to where we started, got into the van and drove back to civilization.

That, my friends, is one awesome way to go on a geocaching hunt.

Visit the post on Dave's blog - Only Googlebot Reads This Blog. It's the best kept secret in geocaching and we are happy to have Dave as an Honorary Author at CacheCrazy.Com.
Thanks Dave!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Battleship: Bangor- The Final

If you missed yesterday's post, scroll down and ketch up, we'll wait.
Join us now to do what Jenny says, "put this multi to rest". Let's do it!

On Wednesday, my husband and I planned an early anniversary celebration since we both had to work on our actual anniversary.  We each chose a place to eat and a couple of activities to do.  I'm sure it won't surprise you to know that I chose geocaching as one of the day's events.  Really all I wanted to do was to finish the Battleship series I had started a couple weeks prior but we actually ended up doing six that day.

Armed with both the GPS and the c:geo app for my phone, we trekked into the woods looking for the cache that had previously alluded me.  Both devices led us to within six feet of each other and that's when we began the search.  We went in opposite directions, walking in somewhat of a circle.  We lifted logs and rocks, finding more bugs than anything else.  Thankfully there weren't any bugs to make the hunt any more frustrating than it already was.  

After about fifteen minutes with no luck, we widened our search.  Brad reminded me that because of the container we were looking for, it would have to be hidden in or under something fairly large.  It wasn't long after hearing his advice when, lo and behold, I found it!  Brad came running over to help me remove the container from its very clever hiding place.  

The contents of the cache were pretty decent and in good shape.  We ended up taking a Marvel Superheroes race car and left a Matchbox shaped ice pack.  Brad was impressed with the amount of time and effort that the owner of the cache put into this hide.  He's now trying to think of a series of his own to put out :) 


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.
Thank you!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Battleship: Bangor part 1

Hey, Jenny is back with another great post about Multi Geocaches! So, it seems only fitting that it be a two part series, right? Join her in Bangor, Maine as she tackles a tricky multi in this two part weekend special. Enjoy!
Occasionally, instead of doing a traditional geocache, I'll get a little bit of ambition and decide to do a multi-step geocache, or multi for short.  A multi requires the finder to go to several locations to collect clues that will lead you to the final cache, which will be in a traditional container.  Sometimes, each stage of the multi will have a container, other times you will be looking at a landmark or other object.  

Last week I started working on a multi that required you to answer true or false about questions on a 5x5 grid.  It was set up like a Battleship grid so I didn't necessarily have to find all 25 locations, just the places where you would get a "hit."  I ended up having to only visit 19 of the squares.  

What I enjoyed about this multi was that although you had to travel to several locations, they were all in a condensed area of Bangor.  I got to see areas that I wouldn't normally visit and learned some things about my city that I didn't already know.  

My first stop was one of Bangor's notable buildings-Thomas Hill Standpipe.  This historical fixture was built in 1897 in a mere six months' time.  People used to be able to go inside to visit but in 1940 a young boy fell between the stairwell and the tank and died of his injuries.  Now, the Standpipe is opened once a season.  Actually, tomorrow is the date of the summer sunset tour.  For more information, click here.   

Although school's not in session, I visited both Husson University and the University College of Bangor to see if I could get any hits on my Battleship board.  Stepping onto the Husson grounds brought back many memories.  I didn't go to college there but when I was a Junior in high school, I had an opportunity to attend Dirigo Girls State.  Girls State gave young women an opportunity to participate in and learn more about government.  To say this program wasn't for me is an understatement.  I dreaded every session and lecture that I attended.  I'm still glad I went though, because I did enjoy spending time with my friends and feeling cool for being on a college campus.  

Before breaking for lunch, I visited the Mt. Hope Cemetery which is the second oldest garden cemetery in America.  Famous mobster Al Brady was buried here after he was shot and killed by the FBI in 1937.  Brady was wanted for 200 robberies, several counts of assaults, and four counts of murder.  Giacomo's, a sandwich shop in Downtown Bangor, has a painting of the famous Public Enemy #1.  Maine's 25th governor and America's 15th Vice-President Hannibal Hamlin was also laid to rest here. 

I was very happy that my hunt for clues took me to Cascade Park.  The day was a hot one and I was able to walk past the fountain and let the mist cool my face.  Families were sitting in the shade sharing picnic lunches and others were strolling along the walking paths.  It's not uncommon to see a wedding taking place here in the summer.  The fountain, flora, and fauna make for a beautiful natural background for any occasion.  There actually used to be a regular geocache on one of the walking trails but it has been disabled for a few months now.  This was one of my favorite stops of the day. 

Now that I've sunk the battleships, I can take my clues and go find the final cache.  I know the location and have tried looking for it once with no luck.  This heat isn't exactly encouraging and sweat in the eyes makes it difficult to look for anything.  On some cool evening this week, I'll make my way back out into the woods so I can finally put this multi to rest.  

Come back tomorrow and finish this adventure 

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.
Thank you!

Thursday, September 11, 2014




Becoming a mad scientist is hard work... so, naturally, I steal away whenever I get the chance. The threat of an impending snowstorm, the end of coursework and teaching for the year, and a special visitor from Pennsylvania provided ample opportunity for a much needed trek. So, the pair of us, and Boltzmann, headed south to Colorado.

A local cacher turned me on to the area over the summer, when she double dog dared me to grab a back-country cache, and ran into some nasty cacti along the way. Given my love of multi cache challenges, first introduced to me by none other than the clever Bloodhounded, I returned to the area, tempted by part one of a nine part challenge cache. The challenge investigates Greyrock Mountain, a massive and very distinct chunk of rock. The ominously named X6945 offers amazing views of the local scenery, including the northeast profile of Greyrock. So, with the sun shining brightly and the temperature perfect, we set off on an epic adventure.

The trek started off on a weird note, as we spotted a helicopter skirting extremely close to the ground and mountains. We speculated on what it might be doing, and the possibility of stumbling on a lost hiker, and having an encounter with an escaped convict. The possibility that we could become lost hikers did not even cross our mind, though I admitted my first instinct of "take cover" at the sound of helicopters. That kind of screams, "escaped convict", don't you think?

This means you, cachers.
Following the trail soon led to trouble. A gate and sign I had come across during the summer had been very recently replaced and relocked. To turn around would add several miles and steep terrain to our hike. Besides, this is national forest land. It's not like it's home to some secret government experiments, closely guarded by a daily helicopter patrol... This sign is probably just old, from before the government bought up the land to make a national forest. So, in my (disturbingly) usual, "The rules don't apply to me" fashion, I may have made the judgment call to move forward, but to do so quickly. I wasn't too keen on that helicopter coming back.

The rest of the hike to X6945 was less eventful. We ran into some local wildlife, and pushed forward as the snow became deeper. Trekking across hilltops gave better vantage points to plan an approach, and less snow, but at the cost of dealing with constant terrain changes. The choice paid off, sort of: when the ridge ended, we had a perfect vantage point of the approach we needed to reach X6945. Including the steep climb down we'd need to take in order to reach the climb up. Oh well, at least we were still on a trail.

Clambering uphill proved a challenge, but the view from the top was well worth it. Greyrock indeed was ominous peering at us from a distance, but we also had a spectacular view of the nearby Poudre river valley. Socks were changed, caches and peak registers were signed, and I briefly entertained taking a Spottish shortcut, bypassing the "private property", and taking a shorter route through the more mountainous terrain. Remembering how shortcuts always end up working out for CacheCrazy scouting parties, I quickly opted to retrace our steps for the return route. Setting my GPS to record the route, I learned our one-way trek distance was a whopping 10.77 kilometers, a 21.54 km, or about 13 mile round trip! This half-marathon hike makes a personal best for me, but is doubly an accomplishment for my Pennsylvanian visitor, hiking at a mile high altitude change.

So, if you're in the rockies, be sure to check out this area. Cacher or not, beautiful views any time of year make this a must see.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Why Not Wednesday ~ Contributed, Motorcycle ride in Germany!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hop on a Ninja motorcycle and ride through Germany at 80+mph? Passing trucks, cars even other motorcycles and witness beautiful landscapes as you ride with the group? Well hop on and enjoy this motorcycle ride with four other bikes and GoPro's onboard in multiple locations, live it up! BH by: Stefan Max Awesome!


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