Friday, April 18, 2014

Pathtags are Fun!

What's a Pathtag?  Pathtags are fun little personal items that geocachers have been trading or leaving in caches as their signature items.  My geocaching name is Bugleann and I'm a huge Snoopy fan, so my friend Brian designed this Pathtag for me.  Isn't is cute? This is my personal Pathtag....

Brian also designed his "Caching for Christ" tag for himself and also designed our friends "Tomeagle55" tag....

Pathtags are single sided, metal tags and are about the size of a quarter.  Many geocachers have them made and leave them in caches for other geocachers to find.  If you find a Pathtag, you can keep it.  That's how they differ from Travel Bugs, which you can't keep and have to move from cache to cache.   The Pathtags are magnetic, so it's easy to mount them to a magnetic board to display them.  They also have a hole punched into them, so you can slide them onto a keychain or wear them as a necklace.

When you first order them you design what you want and upload the design to the Pathtag site.  They make a blueprint, you approve it, they do a design set up and dye mix and then they make your tags.  The first time cost with the design and set up is about $ 110.00 for 50 tags.  After that you can re-order more and you won't have the set up costs anymore.

Pathtags have a huge variety of designs on them, from cartoon characters, to pets, to themes like hunting, fishing, hiking, swimming, camping.  Some people have tags made for some of the yearly geocaching events.  Other tags support our military, the scouts or different illnesses.  The design possibilities are endless!

You can leave them in caches, trade them with other cachers at events or trade them with other cachers around the globe through the Pathtags website.  You can scroll or search through literally thousands of different pathtags and when you find one you like, you just email the owner and ask them if they'd like to trade tags.  They have an opportunity to see which tags you are offering and then they can accept or decline.  I've traded tags with other cachers from as far away as Australia and the Netherlands.

I currently have about 40 tags that I've collected, but my favorites are any that have to do with Snoopy or any of the Peanuts characters....

Pathtags are just fun to trade, kind of like baseball cards when I was a kid.  So keep your eyes peeled next time you're looking through a cache container.  You never know what you might find!

Post by Bugleann (Snug Harbor Bay)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Why Not Wednesday ~ Hey Bloodhounded, what's for dinner?

Did you know that in addition to my "real job" as a program director for a USDA school lunch subsidy grant, on the weekends I am a saute cook at a popular restaurant? I've done it for years and I really enjoy working with a great team of guys and gals who teach and learn with enthusiasm. I like to add some dishes from my favorites to the specials and always boast how people are ordering my meals. Then I secretly urge the waitstaff to come back and tell how much the customers enjoyed it and gave their compliments to the chef. This gets the cooks all fired up and they try to out do me. It makes for a great working environment and the customers must love it!

At home I am also the primary cook. I do all the kids and Mrs. Bloodhounded's lunches for school, supervise a healthy breakfast and make dinner four of the seven days of the week. Again, I love to cook so it's all good with me. It's relaxing. Hey, some guys grab a beer after work, I grab a knife, you got a problem with that? LOL.....

By looking at these pictures of ingredients, do you know what Bloodhounded's making for dinner? If not, just click on the picture for the entree and my recipe.
Bon Appetit!




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Bed Time Story from Ol' Bloodhounded

Just in time to tuck you guys in with a little 
story from one of my Geocache pages.
click on the story to get a better view

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Morning Adventures with ~ The Grizzlies

While Conni and her family were salmon fishing in Valdez, Alaska USA, they found out right away that they weren't the only fishing family! Check out this post from, I get goose bumps just thinking about it! Thanks for sharing Conni!

As I mentioned, we weren't the only ones out there fishing for salmon in Valdez. We were joined by many in the animal kingdom, and this one paid a visit that very first night. A mama grizzly bear with....count those cubs!

Your eyes are not deceiving you. This is the mother of 4!

She would mosey on down to the water, effortlessly snag a fish, and munch away with her baby bears right along with her.

I have seen black bears in the wild before, but this was my first grizzly. I couldn't take my eyes off them. It was simply amazing to witness.

And while I couldn't take my eyes off of her...she was keeping her eye on the 2-legged critters as well. After all, she is a mama grizzly, and no one will mess with her!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Outfit your Kayak for FISHING!

How to Outfit Your Angler Kayak

Kayak angling is a fun and proven way to catch fish. Outfitting a kayak for fishing is much like outfitting any other fishing watercraft. The kayaks limited storage capacity does present some challenges, but we have created a guide to help you start customizing your kayak for fishing.


The first and foremost thing you should consider when you start to properly outfit your kayak is the seat. This is probably the first thing you thought of, since no one wants to get a sore behind while trying to enjoy their kayak fishing trip. The most simple and obvious solution to improving your seating situation is to add padding to the original seat. You can use a self-adhesive foam pad, most of which include traction for improved control.

Another solution to help you refine your kayak seating is to reposition the seat. The most frequent adjustments made to the seat are to move it up or down. This can increase stability and leg room.

If adjusting the seat position and adding padding just aren’t cutting it for you, you can always replace the existing seat with an aftermarket seat.

Rod Holders

Rod holders are an invaluable aspect when outfitting a kayak because you can’t paddle and hold the fishing rod at the same time (unless you have a pedal powered kayak!). It’s helpful if you bring multiple holders so that you can bring several different rods on your kayak fishing adventure. To optimize space on the kayak it’s good to use a holder that offers multi-positioning for rods, quick release capability, or enables you to store a variety of rods in the same holder.

Flotation Vest

It is paramount that you use a flotation device when you are using any watercraft. However, when kayaking it’s best to purchase a kayak-specific designed vest, as it allows for better upper body movement and does not constrict you while you are paddling and casting.

Fishing Tools

This will vary from person to person, but it’s a good idea to have a multi-tool and various other items including the following: knife, scissors, forceps, clippers, a hook file, and pliers. Be sure to store these items in a place where they are easily accessible, because you will frequently be using them.

Anchor System

It’s important to get an anchor and a kayak anchor trolley kit for those windy days. The anchor allows you to stay put while fishing, and the trolley kit enables you to manipulate the position of the line for optimal positioning.

Safety and First Aid Kit

Be sure to check your state or provinces on-the-water requirements to determine what you are mandated to carry. The bare minimum of what you should bring includes a signal mirror, a whistle, a bilge pump, a bail or sponge, a throw rope and a working flashlight.


New electronics are being utilized in the world of fishing, such as a Fish Finder/transducer. You can hang it over the side of the boat or (as most do) glue it inside of the boat. The transducer signal shoots through the plastic of the boat. Just get some really good glue, and glue the transducer to the bottom of the kayak, attach the transducer to a battery and you are ready to go fishing!

Crate System

Something that you can add to the back of your kayak is a “crate system”. You can either buy one that is already made, or you can fashion a milk crate into a carrier for your tackle. The milk crate has been around for a long time. It gives you storage compartments for your gear and enables you to fasten your tackle holder to your boat, ensuring that it will stay securely in place. This is a great option for functionality and for the betterment of the environment because you are recycling.

Tackle Boxes and Trays

Some kayaks come with tackle tray designated spots. If yours doesn’t then you can always carry small trays in your vest or pants pocket. It’s wise to use airtight containers so that you don’t end up with rusty fishing hooks. A crate system is a great way of keeping all your tackle containers organized.

Kayak fishing is an exciting, inexpensive, simple and healthy sport that can be enjoyed solo or as a bonding experience for two. It is still considered a frontier sport since it is still in the early stages of development. It can be challenging to find viable information about it, and that is why we have created this guide to help you outfit your kayak to its fullest potential. We hope this helps and that you have many fun angling adventures!

Remember that stands ready to outfit your next adventure as your Kayak Fishing Headquarters. Click on over and see what we have to offer!

About the Author:

Joseph is an avid kayaker based out of the central Texas area. He has paddled many of central Texas’ waterways and has attended and/or participated in many kayak fishing tournaments, races and paddling festivals. He’s currently employed at Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK) and loves that he gets to spend time working with his favorite toys.


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