CacheCrazy.Com: June 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Geowoodstock Prep Work

By Big Al

GEOWOODSTOCK IX is coming, and it's coming fast.






WELCOME TO THIRSTY THURSDAY!!!
Grab a cup of coffee, or tea, sit back and enjoy the day.

Well I have been getting ready for Geowoodstock IX and I found something that I want to tell you about. It's a new bug spray, or should I say it's a new bug spray for me. Maybe some of you have already been using it. It is called Ultrathon "Insect Repellent" for clothing and gear. It is made by 3M. This spray is to be put on clothing and gear and is supposed to kill or keep off: ticks, mosquitoes, and other critters for up to 6 weeks. That is one treatment can last up to 6 weeks. Sounds pretty good to me. So I sprayed my clothes for this weekend and let them dry. Now I am anxious to see how it works. I will be reporting back to you on how this stuff works. The ingredient that is supposed to be deadly to the bugs is called "permethrin". Here is a description of it.


Personal insect control

Permethrin is toxic to cats. Many cats die after being given flea treatments intended for dogs, or by contact with dogs having recently been treated with permethrin.[5]
Permethrin is also used in healthcare, to eradicate parasites such as head lice and mites responsible for scabies, and in industrial and domestic settings to control pests such as ants and termites. However, the British National Formulary states that permethrin has low efficacy in eradicating head lice.
Permethrin kills ticks on contact with treated clothing. A method of reducing deer tick populations in terms of rodent vectors involves utilizing biodegradable cardboard tubes stuffed with permethrin-treated cotton. Mice collect the cotton for lining their nests. Permethrin on the cotton instantly kills any immature ticks that are feeding on the mice. It is important to put the tubes where mice will find them, such as in dense, dark brush, or at the base of a log; mice are unlikely to gather cotton from an open lawn. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, permethrin "has low mammalian toxicity, is poorly absorbed through the skin and is rapidly inactivated by the body. Skin reactions have been uncommon."[6] Permethrin is also used on humans for lice or scabies; the common prescription is Permethrin with 5% concentration for scabies, and OTC (over-the-counter) treatment for head lice/crabs is usually permethrin with 1% concentration.
Permethrin is used in tropical areas to prevent mosquito-borne disease such as dengue fever and malariaMosquito nets used to cover beds may be treated with a solution of permethrin. This increases the effectiveness of the bed net by killing parasitic insects before they are able to find gaps or holes in the net. Military personnel training in malaria-endemic areas may be instructed to treat their uniforms with permethrin, as well. An application should last several washes.
This sounds like it might just be what I have been looking for for a long time.  Anything that kills mosquitoes or ticks is sure to become a friend of mine. BTW, I purchsed this bottle at Gander Mountain. The one thing to remember is that it is NOT TO BE APPLIED TO THE BARE SKIN. Use it on your clothes and gear only. They say to spray the normal "bug spray" on your skin, whichever kind you prefer to use. As I stated I will be reporting back to you on the effectiveness of the Ultrathon. What you need to understand is that I am a tick and mosquito magnet, so I'll know right away if it is working. 


So the tent is dried out, repacked, and ready to go. I fired up the good old Coleman stove and it is ready for some great meals. I also picked up a Dietz Lantern while curb side shopping one day on my way home from work. This little lantern is a real beauty, and it has never been used. I got it all primed up and then tested it out. It really throws off a lot of light for an old lantern. The cooler has been washed out and is ready to be filled. The next thing on the agenda is to go shopping for all of my food. 


I'm Going to GeoWoodstock!!!!!





Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Favorites Continued


A couple weeks ago I started listing DLC’s top 25 favorite geocaches.  (Since I started the list, I have another favorite to add, but we’ll save that story for another time.) 

Here’s the remainder of the list…





A full family outing back in the fall – easily the best view you’ll find of the Lehigh River.  I’d go as far to say it’s one of the best views in the Commonwealth.  Plus, it’s a well-planned multi.  You can read a good story about this cache here.


Three visits for me to the rock and three adventures each time.  Read about the latest here.


I just don’t understand the lack of interest in this one.  It’s a fun multi to just an amazing and unique old structure.  Easily one of my favorite caches.


This cache is cool because it takes you to a seldom-seen section of the Lehigh River and it’s a tough little hide. 


Our own Bloodhounded surprised a lot of folks with this one, me included.  I had no idea this little chapel and cemetery were so close to home.  Amazing history here. 


Really, this cache is kind of a pain, but it’s a great hide and still a lot of fun.


Talk about caches being a pain, the name says it all.  You’ll enjoy a very clever Stage 1 and then an extended but manageable bushwhack to the Final.  We took our two young kids on this one, which maybe wasn't the best idea!


This is one of the craftiest caches I’ve seen.  No spoilers here – you have to see it for yourself!


You’ll visit an out-of-the-way landmark in the town of St. Marys, PA and then take on a not-so-run-of-the-mill exercise to get to the Final.


What more can I say – it’s an instant classic.  Damguy and I had fun competing the whole way to the Final.  In the spirit of Scooby Doo – that meddling Damguy!


Speaking of Damguy, this is a well-placed multi that takes you around the grounds of the Francis E. Walter Dam.  The Final is the highlight.

A traditional cache with a twist.

3.  Paddlers Delight # 3 - FEW Dam

Up the Lehigh side of the Francis E. Walter Dam…

2.  F.E.W. - and far between

…And up the Bear Creek side of the Francis E. Walter Dam.

1.  Francis E. Walter Cache

A nice view and well-hidden Final that requires some old fashioned orienteering skills.



As DctrSpott posted a while back, we’d like to know - What are YOUR favorite caches? 


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Why Not Wednesday.... On Tuesday!

The CacheCrazy.Com hats just came today and boy do they look nice. They will be issued to each of the CacheCrazy.Com author's and they are here right in time for Geowoodstock. Pretty cool, don't you agree?

Monday, June 27, 2011

Geowoodstock IX and a CacheCrazy.Com Mega Event (Blog Event)

I CAN'T GO TO GEOWOODSTOCK IX
AND THAT REALLY SUCKS! How about you? 
But, our very own BigAl437 will be going for the entire event! And, many other folks who share their experience through the internet will be there as well. Once again, I find myself living vicariously through others (I really need to free up my schedule a bit) and you can join me!

Here at CacheCrazy.Com world headquarters we are scheming up a blog mega event that will start on Friday July 1st and run until and including Tuesday July 5th. BigAl and I have been working out a few details and we have also reached out to other resources to bring you the best possible Geowoodstock IX coverage that we can. It will not be in our regular daily post format but more like several short updates, a few awesome pictures, some video and even live feeds coming at different times so set your blogger alerts for new posts. It's going to be the next best thing to being there!
I think BigAl loves this assignment. He's so into it and was fortunate to be able to reserve a ticket on the famed "Geotrain ride" (or so it's affectionately called these days in Warren, PA). He and many others from around the world will embark on a potential record breaking Geocaching Mega event that will set the bar in the history of our sport. Geowoodstock IX! there are already over 2,600 "I'm going" (you lucky son of a @#$%*) logged on the Mega Event Cache Page. Be there or be square, lol!

Over the next week I will be doing system maintenance to set the proper stage for such an event. If you know anyone who is going OR if you are one of the lucky ones, you can share your fun on our Geowoodstock Wall, share a video on the wall, post a picture or send most anything to us HERE through email or contact us, we'll be sure to get it posted.

It should be fun and a great way to spend the Independence Day weekend. So join us and we'll do our very best to bring you some of the fun that Geowoodstock IX has to offer even if we can't be there. And that still sucks, just saying.....



























Friday, June 24, 2011

A Whole New World

A Whole New World






DctrSpott

Many of my friends and family ask me about the surroundings in my new home, Laramie, WY. A picture is worth a thousand words, then a minute long video must be worth sixty thousand words (a veritable years worth of blog posts.) Enjoy these videos, I suggest muting them due to high wind speed and my inane rambling. These videos were taken in Pole Mountain unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest. Check the video descriptions for more details.

This video was the first mountain I had climbed in the area. The geocache nearby was archived (it was crushed by a falling boulder), but it was still a nice view.

My second climb (in the same day!), gave me a surprise treat: not only did I nab the nearby Where the eagles soar (GC1YAW1), I stumbled upon two benchmark FTFs!
Finally, a video just taken today, I was lucky to nab Terrace View at 8300' (GC1M03J), a spectacular climb. Note my neat shoes.

Check in next week for more tales from the wild west!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

GEOWOODSTOCK IX


By Big Al

WELCOME TO THIRSTY THURSDAY!!

Grab a cup of coffee, or tea, sit back and get ready for GEOWOODSTOCK NUMBER NIIIIIIINE!!!!!!!


Can you say “Excited”? Wooohoooo!                                                                                                      

July 2nd is coming so quickly and for those of you who did not know it that is the day of Geowoodstock 9. This is going to be a really big event. I am so excited. (Can you tell?) It’s going to be totally awesome. Not that I’m excited or anything.

GWS 9 is being held on the Warren County Fairgrounds in Pittsfield, PA this year. The event starts on July 2nd at 10:00 a.m. There will be vendors there selling everything Geocaching that you can think of. NEPAG’s own Hound, from Fox and the Hound will be there with his new store which is GxProxy.com. If you have not checked out his site then shame on you (Just kidding).  His site has so much stuff to offer and he is coming out with new stuff all the time. Do you need trackables? He’s got them. Need SWAG? He’s got that too. Proxy coins? He’s got those also. Check it out.  There will also be folks from GC.com, Delorme, Geo-Gear, Pathtags, and many more.

Now you might ask “why is Big Al so excited about GWS 9?” Well let me answer that for you. This is the first really BIG event that I am going to. There will be lots of other Geocachers there to meet and become friends with. There will also be lots of caches to hunt for. There will be caching stuff to purchase, games to play and prizes to win. Another reason I am so excited is that I will be covering this event for Cachecrazy.com. That’s right; you heard it from the the Big guy. I’ll be there covering all parts of this event. There are going to be pictures galore, and possibly even some videos. 

So let me start out with what will take place over that weekend.

Although the event starts on the 2nd, there will be meetings and get togethers starting on July 1st.  Whoo-Whoo; all aboard. Chuga-chuga-Whoo-Whoo.  On Friday there will be a train ride through Oil Creek Valley.  More on the train ride while I’m there. There will be plenty of time for some caches that day too. Then that evening there will be an actual POW-WOW with Lance White Eagle, a Native American Storyteller. I just love Indian stuff and it might just have to do with the fact that I am part Cherokee. (Just a little bit of Big Al trivia for you.)

Then on Saturday the main event starts. There is going to be stuff for the kids to do like games, crafts, learning about bird banding, and much more. There will also be lots of food to eat, classes about caching, and even games for the adults. I hear there is even going to be a Midnight Geocoin madness 3 event from 9:00 until midnight. Sounds like fun to me.

Then on Sunday there will be another get together at a nearby beach for swimming, eating, caching, learning about the Allegheny National Forest, and much more.

Let me state it again that I am totally excited about this event. You’ll be hearing more about it each day that I am there. And for those of you who think this is an easy job let me tell you that Big Al will be living in a tent all weekend and cooking on the camp stove. Just my style. It couldn’t be any better than sleeping in a tent, cooking out in the open, and hitting some caches. (Well if the family were going along then it would be totally unbeatable.) So prepare yourself to be GeoWoodstocked by Big Al from Cachecrazy.com. Hope to see some of you there.

Big Al

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Buzztails!

With a name like "Dodger Lizard Crew" you'd expect that we'd have some love for reptiles.  So on Saturday, we took a little trip up to the Noxen Rattlesnake Roundup.  This annual affair serves as the primary fundraiser for the Noxen Fire Department and is one of several rattlesnake hunts held each year in Pennsylvania.  If you've never gone to one of these, I highly encourage you to check it out some time.  It's a fun carnival atmosphere that is an excellent way to view and learn about this misunderstood and mythical creature of the Commonwealth.  Please note that no snakes are killed during these events.  Each animal is carefully tagged and measured and, as dictated by Pennsylvania law, returned to the exact spot where it was initially captured by dusk Sunday evening.  Come on along on a photo journey with us!

Some of the curious onlookers at the Noxen Rattlesnake Roundup

A few of the snake hunters inside "The Pit"

Ah yes, that's what we came to see!

A snake hunter displays her catch

Bill Wheeler of the Keystone Reptile Club answers questions while holding a timber rattlesnake

My snake watching team

Annalie was pretty happy to win some prizes...

...and enjoy some of the rides and games, but notice the look on her face - "Hey, where's Sadie going?"

Sadie had other things on her mind...

Looks like we have a future snake hunter in the family!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Why Not Wednesday.... On Tuesday!

12 DAYS UNTIL GEOWOODSTOCK!
The CacheCrazy.Com insiders say:

  • If you have a geocache hidden just off the on/off ramp of any of the below major highways, be ready to get hit with Geowoodstock storm of smiles. You should make sure it's ready for some extra traffic and fun.
  • Build a special "On My Way To GEOWOODSTOCK 2011" logbook and collect names of geocachers who are on their way to or from the mega event. It will be a collectors item among cachers everywhere and great to share at smaller events.
  • Leave something special for the geowoodstock traveler to make the find special. Any type of memorabilia or something unique to the area would be cool. I live in the anthracite coal region of North East PA so I was thinking about putting out a small bucket of coal for travelers to take as a souvenir.   


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Friday, June 17, 2011

A Trip to Mount Baldy

A Trip to Mount Baldy






DctrSpott


As some of you may know, I've recently moved from Wilkes-Barre, PA to Laramie, WY. It's very nice here, thanks for asking. But we'll have much more time for that later.

I'm lucky enough to have many friends, and even luckier that the good lot of them have many good ideas and suggestions for me. One was to take a pit stop over to Mount Baldy, part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This happened to be an excellent suggestion: the exit off I-80 to Mt Baldy was about 50 feet before a massive several hour traffic delay. You can see the general area right below, Mt Baldy is right below the 12 in the center!


So, what is Mt Baldy? It's a neat sand dune located right on Lake Michigan! You can climb to the top of this 126 ft (~40 m)...
 ...and get a spectacular view of the surrounding area!
 Mt Baldy is home to two Earthcaches, GC1MJW, The Wandering Dune, a cache explaining Mt Baldy's southbound migration... 
 ...and GC1V33W, The Hungry Lakeshore, explaining both the dune's migration, and some unique properties of the Great Lake.
  So, if you're passing through I-80, make sure to stop by this great national park! The rest of the park is home to many traditional, multi, and mystery caches for you to explore. The area makes for a great stop on I-80, whether for a few hours, or for some overnight camping. And, let's be fair... there isn't all that much on this stretch of Indiana anyway...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lights Out

Today’s topic is the Mission 9: Tunnel of Light (GC1169) geocache.  I guess the easiest way to start this post is with a history lesson.  Here it is straight from the Cacheopedia website:

Project APE is a series of caches placed in 2001 in conjunction with the movie Planet of the Apes. 20th Century Fox worked in conjuction with Geocaching.com to release caches scattered in various parts of the world in order to promote the film. They devised a sub-plot associated with the film that was unrelated to the film itself, one that was intending to reveal an "Alternative Primate Evolution" theory. A Project APE website was created in association with the cache placements. Some props from the movie were placed in the caches initially.

The series was released under a tight level of security. The original individual cachers that placed the caches did so anonymously, under the direction of Geocaching.com officials. The caches were given Mission names, along with the number of the series (although there are two number 10's). In all, thirteen Mission caches plus a "Special Mission" cache were released. The details of the caches were released slowly, first by simply giving clues as to the state, then later the coordinates of the cache. The first finders were rewarded with a special prize.

After the film had left theatres, 20th Century Fox abandoned the caches. The Project APE website became inactive, and the few caches that had survived were later adopted by individual cachers. There are two active caches as of October 2006, found in Washington and Brazil. (The Brazilian cache was archived, but has since been re-activated.) APE caches in California, New York, and the United Kingdom were replaced by traditional caches and are no longer officially part of the series.

The surviving caches of this series continue to be popular as they has their own icon associated with the series. Although there is no longer any association with the original plotline, there are many cachers who regard these as special.


As it turns out, this cache has a history of being vandalized.  Just recently, the entire cache container was stolen.  After much deliberation, the folks at Groundspeak decided to call it the end.  On June 13, 2011, Mission 9: Tunnel of Light was archived.  This was the last of the Project APE caches in the United States and essentially in the world, since the Brazil cache is really just a shadow of the original.  As expected, emotions are running high and the cache page has turned into one part forum and one part online condolences.  It apparently got a little out of hand and Groundspeak's Moun10Bike was forced to lock the listing from further logs.

NEPAG's Stellarscapes at the entrance to the Tunnel of Light
The Mission 9 cache in the state of Washington is 2,269.8 miles from Cache Crazy headquarters and, quite frankly, goes against some of Groundspeak’s policies regarding caches of a commercial nature.  Furthermore, at last check, there were 1,419,804 geocaches worldwide, so, with all of that in mind, if the cache had been archived for the simple fact that enough was enough, I really wouldn’t lose much sleep over it. 

And, as an aside, the 2001 version of Planet of the Apes let me down at the end anyway.  For the love of Mike, how did Thade go back in time??  It’s unexplainable!  Those flippin’ movie producers. 

"Damn them! Damn them all to hell!"
I digress.  Back on track…

Despite all that and the realization that it’s highly unlikely I would have logged this particular cache any time soon, I still liked the unique aspect of it and felt better just knowing it was around.  What makes the whole thing disappointing in my book is that an individual or group of individuals appear to have had some sort of vendetta against this cache.  I ask a simple question – Why?  Cachers enjoyed it, people liked to log it, it wasn’t hurting anybody, and everybody was having fun.  So if there’s anything to be sad about, it’s that some people are just mean and, in this case, they apparently got what they wanted.

"Is there a soul in there?" - Thade

"Can't we all just get along?" - Limbo
What are your thoughts on the last of the Project APE caches?

Monday, June 13, 2011

TEAM BLOODHOUNDED ~ Favorite Geocaching Log's


Multi-cache

Tour of Walter Dam 

A cache by damguy Hidden : 07/06/2007
Difficulty:
Terrain:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Size: Size: Regular (Regular)


N 41° 05.470 W 075° 41.463  Other Conversions 
UTM: 18T E 441961 N 4549107 
SE SE 3.1mi from your home location 
In Pennsylvania, United States View Map
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Mystery cache, four part, you will be on a tour through the Walter Dam Project stopping at various locations. This is my first cache, so I hope it's not too easy.

Multicache, located within F.E. Walter Dam Park. You will need something to write on and will have to do some simple math, so a calculator or pen and paper would be useful. You will also most likely need a flashlight. Depending on what time of year you may have to hike into the final 2 locations. These can be accessed from a few different locations so choose your path wisely (Middle of November to 1st day of trout season). The final cache contains allot of items for the fisherman, a few soft back novels, a travel coin, an Alaska and a New Hampshire geopin, pez dispenser, keychain, and various nick knacks. FTF prize will be a COE Challenge coin. There are quite a few caches in the area so you can be entertained for awhile. Francis E. Walter Dam was completed in 1961 and is an earth and fill structure 3000 feet long and 234 feet high. It is a multi purpose project and controls a drainage area of 288 square miles by providing 35.8 Billion gallons of storage. At the base of the intake tower are 6 hydraulic gates used to regulate the flow on the Lehigh River. For more information, stop by the Maintenance Office for a brochure. Boating 10hp or less, fishing, hunting, picnic areas, hiking trails, photography and whitewater rafting are just a few additional items to consider while visiting the park.


Congratulations to greenratz, Flper and Bushwhacked99 on the FTF!
Additional Hints (Decrypt)
Cneg 1: Zntargvp
Cneg 2: Ab uvag ninvynoyr
Cneg 3: Va cynva fvtug (erq)
Cneg 4: Obopngf, Enggyrfanxrf naq Ornef Bu Zl!

Decryption Key
A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z
(letter above equals below, and vice versa)










Found it October 11, 2009 by Bloodhounded (175 found)

On a beautiful Fall Sunday afternoon, I looked around and saw Mrs. Bloodhounded working on her laptop, young hounds were playing video games and listening to IPod’s and I just had to rally the team for a few hours of geocaching. We pulled this one up as we have had it in our sights for some time but knew we would need all of the team at their best to get all four stages and claim the find.

The leaves today seemed to glow with color and the breeze brought memories of what was to come. The sound of geese flying reinforced that memory but, today was made to be enjoyed. We found stage one with no trouble. Damguy lures you in thinking this would be a piece of cake and then next thing you know you're scratching your head and wondering "what the heck was he thinking”? Mrs. Bloodhounded is the math pro so she did her thing and after running a few numbers by me, we decided we had what we needed to move on. Knowing the area well was a benefit to us so we followed what we thought was the best route and we were right on. A gentleman with a fly rod was casting a nymph at the edge of a pool looked like a picture right out of Flyfisherman magazine but, no time for pictures, we were on a mission.

At stage three I thought I should have brought my waders. Knowing Damguy, you never know, ya know? We focused on the clue and realized there was only one option and we were correct. Then came the CSI maneuver to actually "read" the coords. It worked perfectly and I would be happy to share the procedure with anyone who asks, you would likely have everything you need with you. Anyway, off to the final and a very cool trail that had us all looking around for bobcats, bears and rattlesnakes. The GPS'r was all over the place which was expected here considering the circumstances. Once we felt we were in the area of GZ we never even looked at the GPS and let our geosenses take over. Yes, I went in there! ALL THE WAY and was shocked that the space inside was larger than my first apartment. After looking here and there and everywhere one of my younger hounds started howling (our signature geo call).

Well sure enough, he found it. The cache is in really great condition. It's stocked with many interesting items and dry as a bone. We took the small wood burned picture depicting a chestnut tree (well done I might add from someone who also does wood burning artwork) and a classic Stephen King novel that my teen age hound wanted to read in the spirit of Halloween. We left three Bloodhounded inactivated geocoins

All in all it was an enjoyable cache that had us thanking Damguy and hating him at different times but, overall I have to say, the cache was very well done! It was thought out in detail and laid out to keep you moving in the right direction. It was tough but not over the top and we all participated in the find. Thanks for the cache and an opportunity to enjoy this beautiful autumn day with my family.

Team Bloodhounded

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