Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Why Not Wednesday

"That does it Bloodhounded! This time you went too far
with your crazy cache containers!"

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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 . . .

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.
Thank you! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

GUEST BLOG - Jenny from Jenny Goes Geocaching - Geocaching: More Than A Hobby

You're Monday morning just got much better!

Meet Jenny who owns and operates Jenny Goes Geocaching  a great geocaching blog that contains excellent works. She's a 4th grade teacher in Maine and that keeps her busy but when the time allows, she's off on another adventure geocaching and having fun! She also brings a unique view and I have enjoyed her work and writing style. So enough about that, let's get to some Monday morning geocaching and what it means to Jenny. 
Thanks Jenny!

Geocaching: More Than A Hobby
Many geocachers list the hobby as just that, a hobby.  Admittedly, that’s how it started out for me.  I’ve been caching for almost a year and my attitude about it has changed dramatically since my first find in August of 2010.

Geocaching satisfied two things I was looking for at the time.  One was a hobby.  I’d previously tried knitting, scrapbooking, and other arts and craft type things but I didn’t have the creative chops to keep going after I got started.  The second thing I needed was exercise.  I spent most of my day standing or sitting at the front of a classroom and needed to get my body moving.  I considered it a miracle that I could satisfy both of my needs by picking up geocaching.

jjtuttle and peaceout
I had been at it for about a month when I realized another benefit of geocaching: a social life.  On a hot summer day in August, I was approached by a lady I had been teaching with for a year.  She asked me how geocaching was going.  I was shocked!  Apparently she found my profile on  We soon made a date to go geocaching together.  Since then, we’ve chatted about First to Finds in the hall, sent and received emails about newly published caches, and even gave small gifts related to our shared interest. 

My sister, Lacey
The next year, my husband and I moved to Bangor, about an hour from Lincoln.  I have to thank geocaching for taking me on a tour of my new home base and for helping me meet new friends in the area.  We’ve had two geocaching meet ups at the Bangor City Forest and several smaller get togethers.  Geocaching has helped me fit into a place that I was initially scared of.
My sister, Holly
Not only was I able to build new friendships, but I discovered that I was also strengthening my old relationships.  At Christmas, my entire family went trudging through knee-deep snow to try out my favorite new pastime.  Now, every time we get together, my sister Holly asks if there are any new geocaches that we can find.  Most of my family has been on an adventure or two with me.  

My friends Christy, Jordan, and Derek have been on numerous occasions, often with them initiating the hunt!  Two of the ladies I used to teach with have started their own accounts and one plans to write a murder mystery with a geocaching theme!  My husband Brad has been across Maine and New England in the pursuit of a Bison tube or ammo can.  He and Derek even took me to Pennsylvania on my birthday so I could attend my first ever GeoWoodstock even.

Speaking of GeoWoodstock, there’s another benefit-the travel.  I never realized how many beautiful sights there were to see within 25, 50, or 100 miles of where I live.  Often times after traipsing through the woods, I’ll go to move a branch from my path and stumble across a beautiful lake or the sun sharing its last rays of light on the calm water of the river.  Once I even saw an overturned, rusted out car on the shore of a lake.  I’ve seen grave stones older than the towns they’re mounted in.  You’ve probably heard the saying “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey”?  Well that couldn’t be more true than with geocaching.

So if someone were to laugh and say that geocaching is an obsession for me, not a hobby, I’d probably have to agree with them.  

Sounds to me Jenny, that you may have a case of CacheCrazy!

Thanks again Jenny, we really appreciate your contribution I have a feeling that we will be seeing more of Jenny's work in the near future.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The "Real Truth" about the Easter Bunny

The "Real Truth" about the Easter Bunny

 Long before geocaching was ever possible, before GPS and even before the construction of the ammo can, the Easter Bunny has been hiding eggs and baskets for seekers to find. I have done extensive research on the subject and find the lack of the “truth” about the Easter Bunny upsetting. There are many stories about Pagan Tradition, Egg Dumping and Christian Symbolisms but let me set the record straight right here and now; The Easter Bunny is the first known Geocache hider. So move over Dave Ulmer, the bunny's' coming through.

There are many who agree with me but still some skeptics exist. For your information, there is a little known lawsuit involving the Easter Bunny and Groundspeak. It appears that the Easter Bunny was seriously discriminated against by Groundspeak when selecting a mascot. It’s still tied up in court but, I think there is a settlement on the horizon. Signal had a very impressive resume and does look pretty cool but the Easter Bunny has it all over him in experience with over two million hides. His age came into question but the Easter Bunny can still kick some butt.  The truth be known, in a toe to toe tussle, my money is on the bunny.  And, in all actuality, Energizer had a much more attractive offer anyway.

Where did the Easter Eggs come from anyway?
Rare photo of Peep and Peter aka The Easter Bunny

The story, as I know it, has steamy romantic details of the Easter Bunny and a chicken named Peep who had a very unconventional relationship.They were in love! For years they skirted the public, hiding their relationship from those who cast shame and negativity. Together they created the most beautiful eggs and to cover their tracks, the Easter Bunny hid them from the eye of the public. Do you see where I’m going here?

So, Why an Easter Basket?

The Easter Bunny and Peep were so in love and made so many "Easter Egg"s that they had to use a basket to keep them all together. At times instead of just hiding the individual eggs, he would hide the entire basket to save time. Children took a special interest in the Easter Bunny because of the beautifully colored eggs. Because the Easter Bunny loves kids, he would occasionally add treats and chocolates to the baskets for the children who looked for them. It didn’t take long before parents copied the Easter Bunny’s basket hiding and the Easter Basket was born. Egg hiding was also done in conjunction with basket hiding to make children believe that the Easter Bunny was actually real. Which he is of course. Makes sense, right?

I have seen the Easter Bunny!

I did, I swear I did. I was young with a raging imagination of this huge white bunny that hides eggs and baskets for kids just like me. A stir in my bedroom confirmed my belief, when I felt that tickle on my cheek and opened my eyes, there he was! As alive and real as you and I. To this day I can still see the image. I quickly pulled the covers over my head so he didn't see that I was awake or had found him out. This “real sighting” has energized my lifelong pursuit of the truth.

So, forget all those other stories and spread the truth about the Easter Bunny. On this Easter morning, while you enjoy your chocolates, candy, Easter Eggs and all the joys that Easter brings. Remember the Easter Bunny who has forged a legacy by caching eggs and baskets for many generations. A pioneer if you will, of the hide and seek game that spans the globe much like Geocaching. 
The Easter Bunny is a Geocacher, I just know it!

Happy Easter
Christ has risen hallelujah, hallelujah! 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Geocaching with Miragee ~ Hot hike up and around Mt. Woodson

The week before, when it was getting up to 107° in the Ramona area, Auld Pro, "lostguy", and I were going to hike Mt. Woodson. Thank goodness someone, Auld Pro, decided going closer to the coast was a better idea for that day.

So now, a week late, I met up with "lostguy" and Auld Pro in Spring Valley for our Mt. Woodson adventure. Shortly after piling into "lostguy"'s truck, I realized my GPSr was missing. I'm glad we didn't go back to my car for it since it turned out the GPSr was sitting on the ground where it fell off my pack as I put it in my car back at home.

The parking "area" for the Mt. Woodson trails is right along the busy 67 Highway, and we saw piles of broken glass, just like those at the Iron Mountain trailhead, where cars have been broken into by slimeballs who take advantage of people out hiking the trails. We made sure nothing was visible in the truck before locking it up and starting out.

My companions were very generous to me today because each of them had found nearly all the caches along the trails, yet they stopped at each location for me to look for the cache. Fortunately, the caches were easy to find, or Auld Pro would make sure I found the container, so it didn't take a lot of time for me to sign the log, except for one fairly long side-trip we had to take to get to "Ramona Breezes" where I took this picture of my companions.

I took a lot of other pictures during our many-mile hike. This was of the pond where a new cache "No Waterskiing Here" had been placed since Princess Toadstool and I were here in 2005 to find the "original" Woody caches.

The views were hazy today, but the panoramas we saw along the trails were frequently spectacular.

I really love the huge, spheroidally-weathered boulders that are found all over Mt. Woodson and which make the hike a fun one.

In the area that burned in last October's "Witch Creek" fire, there were many wildflowers blooming, flowers that don't get a chance to emerge in the dense, fully-mature chapparal.

Two of the caches I found in the burn area showed evidence of the fire. The other container and its contents, although it smelled "toxic" was in better condtion than the container for "Collette's Last View."

We took a different trail back that took us through many shady areas with mature oak trees and "healthy" patches of poison oak. This area was dangerous, but photogenic.

We emerged from the trail near the golf course, hot and tired, and somewhat anxious to see if the glass in the truck was intact. We had almost half a mile to walk up the busy road to see that it was. Thanks to Auld Pro, who sent me the tracks he recorded on his new Legend HCx, I have the Profile of our hike:


On our way back to the meeting place in Spring Valley, we stopped in Lakeside to get the recently-placed caches along the walkway in the River Park. There were ten caches along that trail, only part of which was cool and shady.

I wanted to be able to whistle for the truck and have it meet us where the trail emerged onto the road, but alas, it wasn't fitted with that option, so we had to walk, and walk, and walk back to it and the relief offered by its air conditioning.

All together, I found more than 30 caches today and it took a long time to log all of them as I attempted to write something unique for each cache.

I am very grateful to "lostguy" for doing all the driving today, and grateful to both "lostguy" and Auld Pro for their kindness in making sure I found the caches they had already found, even though I didn't have my GPSr. Since the location of my Vista HCx was a bit of a mystery throughout the day, I was happy to see it on the ground next to where I park my car back home. I'm sure glad when it fell from my pack it bounced away from the car instead of under it where it might have been crushed between the tires as I drove out at 6:45 in the morning . . .

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