CacheCrazy.Com: November 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WHY NOT WEDNESDAY - The Back Yard Cache By: Erika Jean

This cache was developed and contributed by friend and fellow geocacher Erika Jean. I had it posted to my website but decided this would be a better format to feature it. Be sure to let Erika know how you liked it and who knows, maybe she will make a second cache for us at CacheCrazy! You can visit her excellent blog here @  ErikaJean.com

Have fun and go fetch that cache!

Bloodhounded





This cache is basically in plain sight and camouflaged to blend into the surroundings. It is a small container which contains a log. You may have to use your geosenses here in order to find it. We’ll call this cache a “par 4” meaning, you should be able to find it within four tries. If not, no big deal. Please sign the log and place it back exactly the way you found it, lol!
A great cache for that cold and/or rainy day! Have fun....and Go Fetch That Cache!









Thanks Erika! We love this cache and are proud to host it at
CacheCrazy.Com

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stale Caches

 
While DLC is out hunting deer, we'll bring to you another food-for-thought topic...

When is enough enough when it comes to a cache? 

Let's use DLC's Re-Hidden Lehigh as the example. 

Hidden Lehigh was originally published on August 11, 2007 by cachers frenchfrynfrosty.  It's a tough four stage multicache with an ammo can final.  Under ffnf's watch, the cache saw 17 Found Its and 14 DNFs. 

 

The cache hadn't seen a ton of action, but those that did try it seemed to like it.  Toward the end of summer 2010, DLC adopted the cache with the hopes of breathing some new life into this seldom-seen multi.  We kept the spirit of the original hide and just made a few changes for artistic license purposes.  The cache was re-enabled on Labor Day weekend 2010 under the title Re-Hidden Lehigh.  Since then, the cache has been found exactly one time and by some folks that had also found it under the original banner.  So obviously they enjoyed the cache, and we appreciate that.

Now I'm not losing any sleep over this - if nobody goes after it, nobody goes after it.  I mean, gee whiz, there are a million-and-a-half caches throughout the world from which to choose.  The law of averages dictates that some are going to fall through the cracks.

But that leads to my question...

When do you pull the plug?  Why not archive these stale caches and hide something brand new?  Why not let somebody else have a particular area after a certain length of time? 

One find in the last year-and-some months...

Only 17 finds in over 4 years...

It's not a cache that requires special gear or anything like that.  It's not terribly difficult terrain.  In fact, it's actually pretty much flat.

But it's not a boring cache, either...

It's just...

Stale.

Do you know of any stale caches?  What should a CO do with them?

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Best Of CacheCrazy.Com - Windmill Hunting in the Barrens - By Dodger

Nothing like starting a 4.5-star difficulty/4-star terrain cache at 5:15 in the evening. 

And pretty much on a whim. 

And with heavy winds and the occasional passing shower and even some snow thrown in. 

And on a school night. 

No worries, that’s just part of caching with the Dodger Lizard Crew and Bloodhounded. 

Come on along…!

THE BRAINSTORM

We had magnificent plans of getting the Cache Crazy team together for a group outing, but schedules just weren’t meshing. When it looked like all was lost for the weekend, suddenly gears started to click, and it became clear that DLC and Bloodhounded were both going to end up having Sunday evening free. What shall we do… what shall we do… Hey, let’s surprise our colleague and buddy DctrSpott by showing up in the logs of his brand new adventure cache “Windmill Hunting in the Barrens” (GC2RYXK)! It was too windy for fishing anyway so, like a couple of geniuses, why not go climb trees in the woods instead, eh? Time, conditions… none of it mattered. The idea was just too grand and took on a life of its own. With a big ha-ha and drunk from exuberance, off we went…!

WEATHER, TERRAIN AND BEGINNING STAGES

5:15 PM. Blue sky above us, black sky hanging over the valley behind us, a stiff breeze pushing it all this way… And we were just starting. Nevertheless, optimism was high and we made short work of the beginning stages even as we got hit by the first smatterings of rain. Bloodhounded acted as our initial retrieval “expert” and made the finds like a pro.

Bloodhounded or a bear?

“Safety First” is our motto. Notice how the “expert” keeps both hands on the tree at all times… Oh wait… Forget it.

We were cruising! Where was this terrain? This the best you got, Spott? Ha ha! Bring on the rain! Bring on the weather! Bring on this “physically challenging” cache! 

“You call this a storm?!?!?!”

THE DIFFICULTY RISES

The weather continued to toy with us. The rain changed to snow and sleet and, just as suddenly, the clouds moved off to the horizon and the overhead sky cleared. This strange pattern would continue the rest of the evening. Additionally, the terrain continued to morph until we were faced with pretty much of a swamp-walk right to the end of our journey.

Our trail to victory.

We realized based on a clue in the last hide that we were approaching some sort of field puzzle. We had written down the rather cryptic hint and marched on. When we reached the latest installment of Ground Zero, we poked here and there for a few minutes before the light bulb clicked on. After some assumptions and quick ciphering, we were 100% positive that we had the coordinates to the Final in hand. Clever boy you are, Spott, but nothing these Robert Langdons can’t handle. We declared triumph – “We’ve got it in our sights now!” 

Still, something didn’t feel quite right. 

Little did we know that despite having the correct coordinates, we were still a long way from signing the logbook. Even worse, we were going to do something I just don’t like to do – use the Phone-A-Friend (PAF) option.

EVIL DCTRSPOTT AND SOME CLEVER TRICKS

It made perfect sense. Surely Spott used his field puzzle as the prelude to the grand finale. When we got to yet another new Ground Zero, I was even more convinced we were at the end. What a great place to stash an ammo can! 

This preconceived notion turned out to be a big mistake, and it cost us dearly in our battle against nightfall. There were just so many good hiding places. Bloodhounded had Ground Zero nailed down and spent most of his time scouring that spot. I expanded out to well over 100 feet, checking every nook and cranny. Over and over and over… it’s here… it HAD to be here somewhere. At one point, I was sure I found it. I spotted the “cache” and went to reach for it. Whoa. Not so fast, slick.


That ain’t no ammo can.

After blowing an hour looking for the phantom ammo can, almost getting quilled by a porcupine, and now losing the fight against darkness, it was time to outline a new strategy. Getting a hint from Spott would not be good. First off, we didn’t want him to know we were trying the cache. Secondly, we both really like to solve these things without additional hints. That’s just the way we play the game. The problem, though, was it was already well after 7:00 PM. Did we want to try it again another day? Yes and no. Neither one of us knew when we’d get another opportunity. Finally I decided to bite the bullet and use a PAF…

Dodger text to Spott: “Stuck on (physical feature excluded to avoid spoiler). Hint?”

Spott response: “Are you on Stage ‘x’ and is that you CJ?”

Ha! Some “colleague and friend”. He didn’t even know it was his Cache Crazy teammates! That’s too rich. I was about to respond with, “Hey, dumb @$$, it’s us!” but Bloodhounded quickly cut me off - “No, no! Don’t tell him!” Ooh, very good! So without lying but without exactly telling the truth either, I responded, “Yes, Stage ‘x’.” The fun from our little masquerade quickly evaporated, though, when I got the hint. We were NOT at the Final. I spied the hide immediately and we both cursed ourselves, Bloodhounded for not seeing it initially and me for convincing myself the whole time that we were at the end. Hmm, so it seemed the good Doctor has more brass than I gave him credit for. I retrieved the stage, almost falling once and almost dropping the container once. With the needed information and a good deal of sand knocked out of us, we went on our way. Looking back now, I do have a question for DctrSpott – How did you rig that up? I no longer question your heart, just the reach of your arm. 

We were left with another decision to make – bag it or press on knowing full well that we weren’t going to finish before sunset.

PRESSING ON

Screw it. Pressing on was really the only option. With darkness beginning to close in, we continued picking up stages. I got my turn to play “Stage Retrieval Expert” and quickly gathered up the coordinates.


Dodger or just another blurry picture of Bigfoot?

“Safety First” is our motto. Notice how the “expert” keeps both eyes open at all times… Oh wait… Forget it.

THE DARK TOWER

Finally, it started to make some sense where we were going. 


That’s what we’re hunting.

The mechanical giant against dark skies.

For real now, the Final was near. So were those windmills. They just hung in the dark sky with their incessant WHOOSH… WHOOSH… WHOOSH. The howling wind, the on-and-off rain, the clouds moving constantly in front of the moon… It was spooky, no doubt, but very, very cool. We scrambled all over the place looking for the prize, but in the dark it was just a shotgun approach. 

“Where are you?”

WHOOSH… WHOOSH… WHOOSH…

“Over here. Did you find it?!”

WHOOSH… WHOOSH… WHOOSH…

“No. You?”

WHOOSH… WHOOSH… WHOOSH…

“No.”

WHOOSH… WHOOSH… WHOOSH…

And of course, the dreaded cell phone call from concerned wives…

“Where ARE you guys?” 

“We’re still in the woods. We’re fine. We’ll be home in a little bit.”

(“Little bit” being a relative term...)

“Are you OK?”

“Yes! We’re fine!”

Just as I was about to pitch the stupid phone in the creek, I realized that we might need Spott again. I put the phone back in my pocket…

Well, what the hell. It was time for another PAF…

WHOOSH… WHOOSH… WHOOSH…

“He says it’s around here.”

“Where?”

WHOOSH… WHOOSH… WHOOSH…

“Wait a second, wait a second… YES!!!!”

“You got it?”

“WE FOUND THE FINAL!”

We signed the logbook with the aid of a flashlight, quickly swapped some swag, and made tracks for home.

ONE MORE ERROR IN JUDGEMENT

Instead of backtracking through the woods, we decided to take one of the windmill access roads back to the parking area. It was a decent walk for a while – you could see all the lights in the Wyoming Valley from high atop the Wyoming/Penobscot Mountain ridge (elevation just over 1,900 feet), but we were gradually walking too much downhill. After a hike much farther than anticipated we started to parallel the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and then came out on PA Route 115 about 1.5 miles down the mountain from where we started. At this stage of the game we had little choice but to foolishly walk the highway shoulder back up the mountain to the vehicle. That was an adventure all in itself, but we survived.

The big cache quest had come to an end. It was 10:00 PM.

SECRETS REVEALED

We never did tell Spott that it was us contacting him from out in the field. When we each got home, we went ahead and logged the find. About ten minutes later, my phone buzzed…

“Had I known it was you two, I would’ve let you get lost in the woods … Good job!”

Love it, DctrSpott!

THE REVIEW

I used “The Gunslinger” analogy once before to describe a cache, but if ever there was one that captured the essence of “The Dark Tower” series this is it. Readers of the books and attempters of this cache would surely see the connection – the barren landscape, the mechanical windmill giants, the peculiar weather, trying to do everything properly or be doomed to start all over from the beginning… It is a “DctrSpott meets Stephen King” adventure.

Each stage of the cache was laid out beautifully and not knowing how many you had to tackle really kept us on our toes. The care and planning that went into this cache is top-notch and it definitely is appreciated. It’s great fun.

I’ll also say that DctrSpott might be the guy who puts the “Crazy” in Cache Crazy. Of course, you obviously have your followers and we’re right there with you. As Obi Wan told Han, “Who’s more the foolish – the fool or the fool who follows him?” I scoff! That wizard’s just a crazy old man!

Geez, guys, I guess I’m still looped up from hunting those windmills...

Rock on!

Dodger

Geocaching Events

The event is a cache.  The cache is an event.

Either way you phrase it, geocaching events are a fun time.  Whether it's at a sporting event, the local park, or an eatery, events are a great opportunity to put faces to those names you see on the cache logs week in and week out.  Want to release that trackable you've been dying to send out?  Do it at a cache event, and you'll have people lining up to discover it!

I attended my first geocaching event last summer.  The event was GC2B3FQ: TheJump in PA Event:  Year 1.  The event was hosted by said cacher, in celebration of the anniversary of her move to Pennsylvania.  It was held at a local restaurant on a Sunday morning, and was very well attended.  Now, I was apprehensive at first about going.  I have a shy personality, and perhaps an overabundance of new faces would be too much for me.  Perhaps I'll just go, sign the log, and leave.  Quite to the contrary, I found myself mingling with some of the friendliest people you'd ever want to meet.  As I'd find out at this and other events, geocachers are very outgoing and friendly people.  It's one thing to meet up with someone near a cache, but it's a different experience when you're indoors.  I couldn't believe how many people came up to me, shook my hand, and said "Hi, I'm so-and-so, what's you're caching name?"

A group of about 20 or so cachers sat down, had breakfast and coffee, and discussed geocaching.  It was my first opportunity to talk about caching, and not be speaking Greek to someone.  We talked about our favorite caches, or least favorite caches, tips, techniques, and shared our favorite war stories.  The event may have ended after an hour or two, but the fun didn't stop there.  A small group of us decided to formulate a game plan, and hit up some local caches.  We even had a group FTF, finding GC2BT8Y: I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU, which is owned by our own Bloodhounded.  This day still ranks as one of my favorite caching days.

Sign-in party at the cache!



I recently attended another caching event, GC34KJD: 11.11.11 @ 11:11:11 Yumm.  I got to meet quite a few cachers at this event.  A local caching family, who I often either just beat or was just beaten by on FTF hunts, was at the event.  We shared some laughs over the playful ribbing we do in our cache logs.  There were a few new faces, and cacher names I've never seen around before.  Fred even attended the event, and was spotted by both BIG_DOG1970 and the K-Team.  It was great catching up with both of them, as well as John Galt? and walnut-tripper.  We all shared stories, both of a geocaching and personal nature.  Oh yeah, we enjoyed some yummy lunch in the process!

Harold and Lois from BIG_DOG1970 with Fred.

Have you ever attended a caching event?  If so, what memories do you have to share?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

By Big Al


Grab a glass of egg nog or a cup of hot apple cider, a piece of pumpkin pie or mincemeat (yuck), and sit back and enjoy some time with family and your Cachecrazy friends.



So today is the big day; Thanksgiving Day. You’ve arrived at the family homestead and you plan on enjoying a day with all of your relatives as you sit around the dinner table eating fresh turkey with all of the trimmings. 




You know like mashed potatoes, creamed corn, cranberry sauce, stuffing, homemade rolls, candied sweet potatoes, and the all time favorite pumpkin pie. (I’m getting hungry about now.) Depending on when you read this post you’re either waiting to eat that big meal or you've just finished it. Ahhh, finally time to sit back and relax and let that belt out just a little bit. Oh what a relief it is.




By now the table has been cleared, the TV has been turned on, and you are waiting for that big game to start. But then you notice that there is a little bit of time to kill before the kick off actually takes place. What do you do? Well my friends let my help you with something to do. We’re going to do an acrostic Big Al style. Here are twelve things you can be thankful for this holiday season.




              T H A N K S G I V I N G

T - Travel Bugs- Come on you know you like them; you’re a kid at heart.








H-  Hiking- You love to take those long hikes in the woods with your family.










A-  Avitar- That’s the picture you’ve been waiting to upload to your account, but you just haven’t figured out how to do it yet.

N-  Nano- Those are the little buggers that drive you insane when you just can’t locate them.







K-  Knowledge Books- that place you go for more information about Geocaching.



S-  Signature Items- They’re cool, but you leave them in those unique caches because you know this guy went to a lot of trouble putting together a quality cache.







                                          G-  God- He’s given us so many things to enjoy in the outdoors as well as life it self.

I-  Icons- Where would we be without all of those nifty little icons.













V- Victory dance- You know that is what you do when you get another FTF.

I- Team- Okay so you’re looking at this one and saying “Big Al there is no I in Team, and you’re right. So find someone to cache with whether it’s your family or just a friend. Go out and make some memories having fun.


N- Numbers- I had to say it because they do mean a lot to some people. So get out there and find some more caches and up those numbers.







G- Geocaching.Com- Just think for a moment, if we did not have GC.com we would not be Geocaching; we’d all be sitting on the couch watching way too much TV, and getting heavier by the minute, and the kids would be glued to the computer screen getting lost in there somewhere. SNAP OUT OF IT!!  I said to think about it for a minute. Now that it’s over get back to what you love doing. GEOCACHING!

Seriously though, I hope that this Thanksgiving you do get to spend a lot of time with family and friends creating memories that will last a life time. Whether it’s Geocaching, playing football, hunting, or just about anything else, get out there and do it. You only have the ones you love for a short time so make the most of it while they are around. I know that Uncle Billy Bob really gets your goat, but hey what kind of holiday would it be without him. Just enjoy him for who he is, or whoever it is, and have fun with them.


And as for me, I’m going to spend the day with my family and my in-laws having a great meal and just enjoying their presence. We might even get out for a few caches if time allows.  


Have a great day and 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING from all of us here at Cachecrazy.com. 


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WHY NOT WEDNESDAY - Storage Containers Today - Geocache Containers Tomorrow?

Geocaching in Self-storage
Guest Blog - Matt Schexnayder, SpareFoot


Recently, there has been an increase in the geocaching fascination. Now for those of you that don’t know, geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches", anywhere in the world.
Millions of people have joined the search for these caches and now they can be found in all seven continents, including Antarctica. This blog was created to share the experiences of multiple geocachers, and I think it does a great job. It is a fun thing to be a part of, and it will be interesting to see how many more people get involved in the future.

After learning more about this worldwide phenomenon, I wanted to add my own twist to it. I wanted to think of a way that I could incorporate the using a self-storage unit on this adventure. 
Here is what I came up with:
First off, I think that the locations selected for this should be close to small town, or near a place that people would not normally think to visit. For example, there are a high number of Colorado Springs self-storage units perfect for this sort of thing. It is a fairly small, quite mountain town that would be a fun place to travel to.
It will start just like any other geocache trip. You look up your destination, and use whatever tools you have at your disposal to reach your destination. Upon arrival, instead of finding a logbook to sign, I thought it would be exciting if the person found a key. To what you ask? A key to a self-storage unit! This adds extra excitement to the experience, and allows you to continue your quest for a little bit longer. The key will of course have with it more directions/coordinates as to where the unit it goes to is located and maybe a brief summary as to what is going on, as I suspect many people will be a bit thrown off.

Once you have a grasp on the situation, you embark on the next leg of the journey heading to the storage facility. But now this is where I am stuck. I have led you to the facility, but I don’t know what should be in the storage unit, yet. Here there will have to be a log book so that people can see how many others have completed this extended task, but other than that I am just not sure. I encourage people to leave comments with their thoughts and ideas, and hopefully together we can think of something.

So don’t be surprised if on your next geocaching journey you arrive to find a mysterious key.












Thanks Matt! We'll try to help you out with your storage unit geocache. Leave your comment on what YOU think Matt should have inside that storage unit. Have fun with it....

About Matt: Matt Schexnayder is on the SpareFoot marketing team and writes for the SpareFoot blog. SpareFoot is the largest online marketplace for self-storage that also gives you listings of upcoming storage auctions, just like what you see on Storage Wars. Matt also writes for the self storage facility operators at SelfStorage.com 

Can You Find The Geocache Containers 
In This Storage Unit?


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yin & Yang


The Cache:  Yin & Yang

GC Code:    GC119GY

Hidden By:  W & M
 

The Dodger Lizard Crew Timeline:

July 4, 2010 – DLC and some newbies decide to take on some Core Creek caches on a brutally hot Fourth of July.  We log four Found Its and take a look at this Yin & Yang puzzle cache.  At this point, it hadn’t been found since the previous October.  The heat plus the cryptic puzzle won’t let us continue on this day, but the seed is planted.  Yin & Yang is now a priority.

November 26, 2010 – DLC is back in the area for the Thanksgiving weekend.  Dodger is convinced he has the puzzle solved.  He and one of the newbies from the July outing go after it.  It is immediately apparent that Dodger did not solve the puzzle correctly.  He uses the same logic to come up with different coordinates.  They approach Ground Zero.  Dodger rips holy hell out of his hand on a wicked multiflora rose bush.  The cache is nowhere in sight.  Dodger plays around with the puzzle some more.  Two more attempts at solving the puzzle both put coordinates squarely in the lake.  90 minutes later and covered with mud and blood, DLC cannot log a Found It.  Since Dodger is unsure if he has the correct final, he allows himself a pass and decides not to log a DNF.
November 27, 2010 – Convinced he is on the right track with the puzzle, Dodger contacts the CO to verify.
November 28, 2010 – CO returns Dodger’s email.  Dodger’s solution is incorrect.  He tries another solution and informs the CO.
December 28, 2010 – CO returns Dodger’s email.  Dodger’s solution is again incorrect.  The CO provides a hint.  Dodger will be haunted by this the rest of the winter.

June 18, 2011 – With another trip to Bucks County approaching, Dodger resolves to solve the puzzle.  Again convinced he has the correct coordinates, he emails the CO.  The CO returns Dodger’s email.  Dodger’s solution is again incorrect.  The CO provides another hint.
June 20, 2011 – Dodger is confused more than ever.  He flat-out asks the CO for yet another hint.  The CO provides another hint and the light bulb finally clicks.  Dodger “solves” the puzzle.

July 4, 2011 – One year to the day when this whole thing started and Dodger is finally armed with the correct coordinates.  Today will be the day!  Dodger and the same newbie from a year ago head out to Ground Zero.  It is brushy.  It is thick.  It is full of briars.  Dodger scratches holy hell out of both legs on blackberries, multiflora rose, and whatever else is in this jungle.  45 minutes later and covered with dust, blood, and sweat and the atmosphere thick with ugly swear words, Dodger thinks that it’s a good thing the CO is not standing here right now.  Dodger decides right then and there to go to the nearest hardware store, buy a heavy-duty weed whacker, and mow his way to the cache.  Lucky for Dodger so that he avoids being fined by the County Parks Department, time does not allow such bold strategy – Dodger must still load up a swing set into his truck for his kids and then attend a Fourth of July picnic.  Dodger reluctantly leaves and goes to pick up the swing set.  While loading said swing set – apparently the morning’s DNF still playing on his mind – not paying attention to the task at hand, Dodger bashes his right shin into a metal bracket.  Grasping the shin in extreme pain, it is then Dodger notices yet more blood.  Dodger spends Fourth of July afternoon in the emergency room.  Dodger has no swing set, no Found It on Yin & Yang, and isn’t even drunk.  He does, however, have 12 stitches in his shin to remind him of these good times.  Later that night, Dodger logs his DNF with a simple statement – “Sigh.”
July 6, 2011 – Apparently having seen the DLC DNF, the CO emails – and I swear this is 100% true –  “Oof, this hide is turning out to be rather painful, eh?”  I actually laugh out loud and respond, “Little do you know just how painful.”
November 22, 2011 – Another trip to Bucks County is approaching, and Dodger is forced to confront his fears… 
WILL THIS FINALLY BE IT? 
WILL WE FINALLY EARN OUR SMILEY?? 
WHAT INJURY MUST I ENDURE THIS TIME???
DLC MUST CONQUER THE YIN & YANG!
STAY TUNED!!
IS

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Geocaching Adventures: Band Of Cachers Edition

By Dave D @ Only Googlebot
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There are many great things about being a geocacher:  The thrill of the hunt, the adventure, exploration, being "in" on a secret... and sometimes it is the people.

Over the past few months I have been interacting with several geocachers from South Carolina on Google Plus.  They call their group the Band Of Cachers, or the BoC.

I found out that they were holding a 11-11-11 event, so I quickly made plans to attend.  Orignally I was going to go myself, but in the end the entire family made the 2 hour trek to Lancaster SC to attend the event.

If you have ever met anyone who you've previously only known online you know that it is always a little surreal.  To be in the presence of people who you know things about, but have not seen before takes some getting used to.  However they did an amazing job of making us feel welcome, and it soon felt like we were among friends.  The BoC are a great group of down to earth, decent folk with a great sense of humour.  We spent the evening basking in the warmth of southern hospitality and geocaching bonding.


Along the way I was initiated into the BoC by wearing a sombrero and having Happy Birthday sung to me by the mexican staff (did I mention that the event was held at a mexican restaraunt - if not go back and mentally read that in to the third paragraph - I'll wait).


I hope to attend more events with these folks, and someday to go caching with them.

All good things must come to an end, and this was no exception, so after the event we put an exhausted (1.5 hours past his bedtime, yet still amazingly well behaved) Zekey in the van and headed to the hotel to get some rest. 

The next morning we headed to Rock Hill SC to do some caching.  It was actually a more interesting caching day than I expected as Rock Hill has a refreshingly interesting mix of hides for being in an urban setting.  Some of the highlights are:



*  There was one cache that was hidden in a tree.  The hider encouraged people to leave their personal marks by hanging their personal tokens on the tree. Its kinda like a shoe tree, but with previous finders trademark items.

*  Zeke found his first cache.  He has cached with us many times, but this time he actually discovered and pulled the cache container from its hiding place.  We are still working on "putting it back, hidden as well or better than found" :)

* I found 21 caches, a personal best.

* Due to certain logistical issues brought up by caching with pregnant ladies and the resulting tiny bladder syndrome, I got to cache solo with Zeke for a couple finds.  He enjoyed looking in the caches to see what trade items they contain, and wanted to trade for a plastic ruby necklace.  I was a bit worried about that (as you can imagine) but my concerns were allayed when he spent the rest of that particular walk dragging the necklace beside him, kicking up dirt.



Thanks to my wife's efforts we came away from the day with more pics of myself and Zeke caching than I have ever had before. So to end this post I leave you with a slideshow of the sights and sounds of our wonderful day of caching in Rock Hill SC.

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