CacheCrazy.Com: July 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

GUEST BLOG SERIES SPECIAL - Dave D - Only Googlebot Reads This Blog - Bears Across America: Oklahoma, OK!Bears Across America:

I am Dave, I do stuff
Meet our friend Dave from Only Googlebot Reads This Blog. He shares with us a series called “Bears Across America” where Dave and his wife pack up the toddler and the dog and hit the road for the ultimate three week adventure. It’s nothing but fun, great pics and geocaching the whole way as told by Dave. Enjoy!


Tuesday April 19: Day 4 of the trip to the American wild west.  I have packed up a wife, 18 month old, a puppy, and my geocaching gear into our mini-van and am heading westward.  Ultimate destination?  The Grand Canyon.  Todays goal?  Conquer Oklahoma, finding some geocaches along the way
We started the day in Russellville Arkansas where we grabbed a few geocaches before skipping town. The notable one being a cache where the container is magentically attached to the bottom of a water main lid.  When the lid is lifted, the cache comes up, along with a rubber spider attached via fishing line.  Spooky.

We ate lunch in Shawnee OK, and then headed to Oklahoma City to check out the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial.  After than we headed for the Texas border.

Along the way we took a detour to snag a cache at an old gas station on Route 66 that was run by a woman who used to let people stay with her that had no money, or who's car broke down.  She was known as the mother of the Mother Road.  Her legacy still stands here.

We spent the night in Shamrock TX.  Tomorrow looks promising as we explore some more of Route 66 and all it has to offer.  Stay tuned to see how we get our kicks on Route 66.



We have another part to this series next weekend! See you then at CacheCrazy.Com

Saturday, July 30, 2011

GUEST BLOG SERIES SPECIAL - Dave D - Only Googlebot Reads This Blog - Bears Across America: Clinton WIth A Suess On Top

I am Dave, I do stuff
Meet our friend Dave from Only Googlebot Reads This Blog. He shares with us a series called “Bears Across America” where Dave and his wife pack up the toddler and the dog and hit the road for the ultimate three week adventure. It’s nothing but fun, great pics and geocaching the whole way as told by Dave. Enjoy!



Bears Across America: Clinton With A Suess On Top



Monday, April 18th is the third day of our family road trip to the wild west of America.   So far we have driven through 6 states, and today we added two more to our list: Louisiana and Arkansas


After getting a hearty breakfast we left Vicksburg MS and headed across the Mississippi River to Delta Louisiana to do some driving and some caching.

One of the first geocaches we found was at a small airport in Delta that was the birthplace of a major airline... guess which one?   :)






We didn't spend a lot of time in Louisiana, but our route took us along the Mississippi River for a couple hours of amazing scenery.

Once we crossed the Arkansas line we went immediately from river to farm land.  After a quick pull-off into the edge of a farmers field to make some lunch, we continued on our way to Little Rock Arkansas.  Our destination?  The Clinton Presidential Library.

I always thought a presidential library was more of an honorary type of thing.  One thing I was not aware of is that every document a presidency generates belongs to the citizens of the United States, and after a president leaves office all those documents are stored in the presidents library.  So this means the Clinton library contains a copy of every document he generated, all 80 million of them.

Crazy.

The library also contains a private residency on the top floor where President Clinton and his Secret Service entourage can stay whenever he is in town, which apparently is quite often.

The library also contains a lot of Clinton stuff:  presents he received, clothes he wore, the car he was driven in, and a replica of the Oval Office laid out exactly as he had it.

While we were there the library was hosting an exhibit of Dr. Suess artwork.  Suess is an amazing artists, and one of my favourite poets, so it was cool to be immersed in the crazy genius that is Dr. Suess.  When I inevitably go crazy (I'm saving up to become eccentric!) I want to slip into a Suess themed delusion - it will be a lot of fun.

After the library (and grabbing the cache in the gardens behind the library) we continued on and spent the night in Russellville AR.

Some of you may be wondering how Zeke is holding up after 3 days on the road.  He has been fantastic.  He tends to get a bit cranky at the end of the day, but who doesn't? :)

He loves watching the traffic and scenery go by the car window, and sings along with the radio (he's off key - gets that from daddy).  Last night he spent some time practicing for when it is his turn to drive:



Pictures from the adventure, Enjoy!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Stargazers Rejoice!

Stargazers rejoice!

Tonight marks the start of the Delta Aquarid meteor shower! Get yourself out of town, somewhere dark, face south, and enjoy the show! The Delta runs into August, and as it dies down, the Perseid shower will pick up, peaking around August 12th.

So get out there and check out those meteors!

I'll be personally be out to see the showers, while I'm resting up from a abandoned mine exploration trek! More next week!

Until then, happy caching!

DctrSpott

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ohio Caverns Take 2

By Big AL

I'm continuing the Ohio Caverns story from last week. Things got cut a little short, so here it is.







We left off last week visiting the Fresh Water Farms of Urbana, Ohio. We had gone outside to see some of the tanks of fish they had there. I've never seen so many trout in my life in one place. These fish were a really nice size and I wouldn't have minded catching a few of them.

                                      Outdoor Ponds


                                       Trout Pond


                                     Koi Pond

                                     Albino Catfish

                                     Snapping Turtles

                                    Water Lilly

We really enjoyed seeing all of these fish. This family supplies fish to a lot of restaurants all over the place. If you visit there and want to pay for a guided tour they will also treat you to some fresh smoked fish. We opted for the free tour. When we were done here we headed for the Caverns.



We drove over to the caverns and after paying we were told we would have about a 20 minute wait for the tour to begin. This made sure we had plenty of time for shopping.

 This Geode is on a base that is about 3or 4 inches tall. Notice my son is not standing up all of the way.

           We couldn't quite scrape up enough change to buy it so we just took pictures of it.


They finally called our group number and after a few rules we began our descent into the ground.

Here is a little history on the Ohio Caverns: The tunnel system known today as the Ohio Caverns was discovered August 17, 1897 by Robert Noffsinger, a seventeen-year-old farmhand who worked on the land. After a heavy rain, Noffsinger found a sinkhole in the woods and, curious, decided to investigate. Noffsinger dug a few feet of soil until he hit the top of the ground’s limestone layer. After finding a crack in the limestone, Noffsinger broke through this rock as well. Immediately feeling the caverns’ fifty-four-degree air, Noffsinger was even more curious. He returned later with an oil lantern and a rope and lowered himself into the ground, making him the first human in the Ohio Caverns.

Noffsinger informed the landowner, a farmer named William Reams, of his discovery. Reams himself explored the cave and then decided to open the cave to the public. Advertised under the name Mt. Tabor Cave Tours, the business brought in hundreds of Ohioans during its twenty-five-year run. These early tourists explored just over a quarter-mile of the system but virtually destroyed it by removing crystal formations in that area and writing their names on the walls and ceilings.

Reams sold the land in 1922 to two brothers, Allen and Ira Smith, who hired an unknown number of workers to help them excavate the rest of the caverns. The team spent three years digging with an array of spades and shovels to remove mud left in the tunnels by the underground river that eroded these tunnels. As they went, the Smith team strung 60-watt light bulbsfrom the walls and ceilings to help them see. These lights were powered by a Fordson tractor on the surface, as the area did not get electricity until the mid-1930s.
Four new exits were dug, one of which contained a horse-drawn wooden freight elevator. The group mapped approximately three-and-one-half miles of tunnel and decided on the best route for a one-way tour. They closed one of the exits permanently with a crude rock wall and planted a tree over it. The elevator also was filled in with rocks, and a concrete wall in the cave now seals it shut. Keeping the style of entrance that Reams had used, iron doors were built at the two ends of the new tour route. A small entrance building was built over one end of the route, and thirty-eight steps descend from the ground floor of the building through the basement and into the cave, thirty-five feet below the surface. At the other end, a single flight of sixty concrete stairs was built. Reams' iron door and the current exit door have developed holes large enough for bats to enter the cave, and today some little brown bats and eastern pipistrelles take shelter in the cave, primarily in the winter.

If you have never been to a cavern I highly suggest you go when you can. It is truly an awesome experience. So we descended down into the cavern and these are some of the sights we saw.

                     This is not the inside of my dogs mouth because I don't have a dog. It's rust in its true form.



Do you know the difference between a stalactite and stalagmite? Read on if you don't.

     Stalactites: They hold "tight" to the ceiling. 'C' for ceiling.

   Stalagmites: They "might" reach the ceiling. 'G' for ground.

Now that our geology lesson is over lets get back to some amazing pictures. We have now descended to 63 feet below the surface of the ground.

                                                 White Fangs


                                                    So close, but yet so far.

                                                    A waterway

                                        The Cocoon

                                   Let your mind imagine; a double heart


                                                 Hanging by a thread

Now we are at 103 feet below the surface. From here it's only upwards. And did I mention that it is only 54 degrees down here all year long no matter what the outside temperature is? Very true.




                                  The mighty King of stalactites (center)

                                       

And finally the only thing your allowed to touch while you're down there besides the handrail.


I hope you enjoyed your tour of the Ohio Caverns. We sure did. When we got out, which was 62 steps straight up, we came out to ground level again. As we walked back to the gift shop to buy our gifts we saw something I always like to see; a TB sticker on a car. That made my day. Now that we are out it's time to go find some caches. More on that next time.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WHY NOT WEDNESDAY - Grandpa Thrifty’s Treasure Hunt

Today we are featuring a treasure hunt of a different sort, a real live treasure hunt with a treasure valued at over $10,000! Put on your thinking caps kids because we'll also have a little puzzle for you to solve to be eligible to win a copy of the book that has all the clues, Grandpa Thrifty's Treasure Hunt.
Who better to feature the book and treasure hunt than the creator and author himself, Mr. Stanford Squirrel brought to you by CacheCrazy.Com


Hello Cachers,

Bloodhounded has been kind enough to let me tell you a little bit about my homemade treasure hunt project.

I’ve written a book and created a treasure hunt contest that offers readers a $10,269.01 prize.

The book is called “Grandpa Thrifty’s Treasure Hunt: A Clue-Filled Story that Leads to a Real Hidden Treasure”.


The way it works is that we've hidden a medallion in a tree somewhere in the continental United States.  The first person to find the medallion wins the prize.

The story contains a lot of clues and illustrations that you have to put together to figure out the location.

It’s a lot like a puzzle cache only more elaborate and less straight-forward than most of those.  You'll have to stretch your mind a little bit.

This is a Kindle book, but it can be read on any computer, tablet or smart phone with the free reading apps from Amazon.

One of the first questions people ask me about this project is:           “Why are you doing this?”

There are a few reasons. 

The first one is that as a kid I was always very interested in these types of books and contests and when the Kindle publishing program came along I realized I could create one of my own. I was also inspired by some of the adventures I had with my two very different grandfathers.

But probably the biggest reason is the same reason there are thousands of geocaches hidden all over the world.  Because it’s fun!

The whole process of hiding something and leaving clues for people to find is just inherently fun.   For example, I really enjoyed making this treasure map:

I also think it’s kind of like that feeling you get after you get older when it becomes a lot more satisfying to give gifts than to receive them.  I think life is more interesting when we know that there are little hidden treasures around us.

I have no idea if I’ll break-even on this project (the book costs $2.99 on Amazon), but I’ve really had fun creating it.  I also like the fact that people who read it will have to use their imaginations and that kids might learn a few new things.

Bloodhounded thought it might be a good idea to have a little contest to give away a copy of the book.  Amazon actually makes this very easy to do with their email gift program so I thought we might as well give away two copies.

I wasn’t sure what kind of contest to do, but I figured it should be geo-related.  I thought about it for awhile and this is what I came up with:

(Magazine+Sassafras+Sunflower+Marcy) - (Woodall+Driskill) + 56 = ?
email Bloodhounded if you need a hint =)

If we have more than two correct answers we’ll do a random drawing from all of the correct answers to determine the winners.  You can email your answers to Bloodhounded at bloodhounded@gmail.com.  The deadline to enter is August 15, 2011 at 12:01 AM EST, please put Grandpa Thrifty Contest in the subject line.

Note that this is not a Grandpa Thrifty hint and has nothing to do with any of the puzzles or anything in the book.


Thanks again, Bloodhounded.   And happy hunting and puzzling to everyone.


Thank you Stanford for allowing our readers the opportunity win a free copy and to find the big treasure.We will be following this contest to completion and will keep our readers abreast of developments. The Book was first made available to the public on July 14, 2011.  The Treasure Hunt will run until the medallion is found and finder verified, or until December 31, 2015 (the "End Date"), whichever is sooner

IDEA: We may set up a link to a blog page where folks could collaborate ideas, share clues, talk about theories and develop relationships with others who are seeking the treasure. What are your thoughts on that?   

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Some Summer Pics

It's been a good summer here in Northeastern Pennsylvania - hot and sunny!  Come along for the fun...


DctrSpott goes full-throttle for the Up on the Rock cache

Big Al takes the more thoughtful and successful approach

The motley Cache Crazy crew

Team Bloodhounded's Mike crosses Sandy Run for The Lost Bridges cache

Team Bloodhounded and Cache Crazy's Kevin takes on the cable bridge

Our friend TaranWanderer decides to wade the stream instead

TaranWanderer, Chris and Val (K-Team), Mike, Your's Truly, and Kevin at The Lost Bridges final

DLC enjoys some Fourth of July fireworks

The old CCC water tower at Hickory Run State Park

Enjoying the CCC GPS Tour cache final at Hickory Run

Sadie in the sun

Annalie enjoying the warm weather

Checking out the gardens

Sadie after a refreshing swim

Annalie as "Little Blue Riding Hood"

There's still a lot of summer left - enjoy!

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