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Friday, September 23, 2011

Apple Cider, Pierogies...and a Benchmark?

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  The dog days of summer are behind us, the air is crisp and cool, and the scenery is breathtaking, especially up here in the northeast.  Football and hockey return, and baseball begins its "second season".  The days are shorter, but the nights present us with some fantastic sleeping weather.

One of the recent traditions for my family and I has been to attend the Dallas Harvest Festival.  The festival takes place every September in Dallas, PA.  The tents and stages are set up right in the heart of town, where local talent gets to showcase its skills, and vendors present their crafts, as well as tasty treats.


Lots of pumpkins 
Aren't you, Barracuda?
Arts & Crafts
I wanted to ride the firetruck and ring the bell, but the girls said I'd embrarass them.

 After watching my girlfriend's daughters perform with their dance group, we spent the rest of this gorgeous afternoon checking out the rest of the festival.  There were plenty of baked goods, canned goods, and, oh yes, fried foods!  On this day, the pierogies were my food of choice.  The missus opted for the fried Twinkie.  We all shared in a large helping of home cut french fries.  I'm a big fan of cider, so we were sure to pick up a jug or two of some locally made apple cider.  Refreshing!



DALLAS RESET 1957
As we finished our walk around the tents, the girls said they wanted to check out their rival dance group, which was about to take the stage.  We found an open spot on the street, on the steps of a bank, and took in some of the entertainment.  While standing there, I took notice of something under one of the children's feet.  It stood out like a sore thumb.  I knew this round, green, object.  Lo and behold, I'd just stumbled upon an NGS benchmark!  I took a closer look revealed it was DALLAS RESET 1957.  How cool is that?!  I've got a few benchmark finds under my sleeve, but to find one by accident made my day.  I logged my find, and saw the benchmark was last logged as found in 2007.  In benchmark hunting terms, that's no big deal, but to spot something seemingly random to others, and say "hey, I know what that is" provides a peculiar sense of gratification.

Now excuse me, while I finish my cider.

4 comments:

BLOODHOUNDED said...

Good times they are my friend! Sounds like the perfect day! Although I've heard of it, I'm not familiar with bench marking. Do you log it by name? I don't see a number? And, where do you go to log it?

BigAl said...

I've been reading about benchmarking, but have not done it yet. I think it is cool because not a lot of people do it. Thanks for the reminder about the cider. I need to make some soon. I need to start collecting some apples and then squeeze it down. We did this for the first time last year and it was fun. I found a little cider press at a garage sale last year and since we had fun with it I can't wait to try it this year.

smithie23 said...

I've updated the post to include a link to the benchmark page. The benchmark name is actually DALLAS RESET 1957. LY1352 is the PID (Point ID) assigned by geocaching.com. I could go on about marker types and scaled vs. adjusted coordinates, but that's another post for another time.

Harold said...

That's cool Dave. It looks like you and your family had an awesome day.Thanks for sharing this.

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