CacheCrazy.Com: June 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

That Cache Was Da Bomb!

"Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb. You gonna arrest me? Bomb bomb bomb bomb! During the war I was a BOMBadier!"
 -Greg Focker

We've all heard about it at one point or another.  Perhaps you've seen it on the evening news.  Maybe it's even happened in your home town.  I even made light of it a few weeks on this very blog.  Unfortunately, it's become commonplace with geocaching, and every once in a while, it rears its ugly head.  I'm referring to the Geocaching Bomb Scare.  Someone goes out to find a cache, and gets caught a "perfect storm" of sorts- he or she shows up with the wrong muggle sitting in the parking lot, notice his or her every move, who then notifies the store personnel.  The store manager, undobutely looking to do the right thing, for his own good conscious, or peraps chomping at the bit for a promotion, calls the local fuzz.  Here comes la policia, guns-a-blazing, and before you know it, you have this:


Geocaching Game Blamed for Wal-Mart Evacuation in Mid-Missouri
By William Browning | Yahoo! Contributor Network – Fri, Jun 22, 2012

A Wal-Mart store in Marshall, Mo., was evacuated Wednesday because of a suspicious tube-like object made with electrical tape and a metal tab on one end. A bomb squad was called in fromWhiteman Air Force Base.
* The Marshall Democrat-News reports the object was not a bomb. Instead, the small package was part of a geocaching game.
* A store employee noticed the bright orange object hidden near a guardrail by the automotive department around 5 p.m. Wednesday. After looking at three male individuals acting suspiciously onvideo surveillance cameras, the store manager decided to evacuate the store.
* Two bomb squad units from Whiteman arrived around 8 p.m. After about an hour, the team determined it was harmless.
* Bomb-sniffing dogs searched the inside of the store for any possible explosives. X-rays were taken of the device by a robot before the crew determined the device was not a bomb.
* The harmless object was part of a geocaching game. However, the problem is that federal charges may be warranted. Marshall Police Chief Mike Donnell told the Democrat-News "it's a federal offense to create any device that appears to be a bomb."
* KOMU reports there was a scroll noting where the tube had been located in the past.
* The Associated Press states authorities will review the surveillance video before deciding upon releasing any more information on the three males acting suspicious. The store was evacuated for more than four hours.
* The device looked so much like a bomb the Air Force crew decided to keep it for future use as a training device.
* Geocaching is a game by which small objects are hidden. Directions are then given for GPS trackers to find the object such as a small box, a tube or other nondescript thing. Often these geocache finds are marked with stickers or tape.
* Participants navigate a set of GPS coordinates to find containers. Game players often detail their experiences using blogs and social networking sites.
* Often there are objects in geocache containers. If participants find an object, game etiquette states a similar object of equal value must be left inside.
* Geocaching has been around for more than 12 years when GPS satellites became much more accurate. To test the new upgrades, enthusiasts starting hiding objects in the woods to see if they could be found using GPS tracking data.
* The Marshall Democrat-News reported a day after the incident that local authorities are working with geocaching enthusiasts to insure something like this doesn't happen again.
* A bomb scare occurred in 2010 at a popular geocache site near Marshall. At the time, players were asked to mark their containers with stickers to identify them.
* Marshall is a city of slightly more than 13,000 people in between Columbia and Kansas City in central Missouri.
William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.



First off, I understand we live in a post-2011 society.  We so often hear "If you see something, say something".  Heck, I can't even blame the store, much less the authorities, for taking proper measures to ensure the safety of the general public.  From what I've read about this incident, the cache not only looked like a bomb (from a distance), it looked like something someone saw in a previous incident.

The cache in question was GC1MJ5M-North Pole.  (You can see a photo of the cache container here).  If you've ever searched for a cache in the parking lot of a retail store (you know you've done it, even if you don't want to admit it, but it's ok, we're still you're friends), you can probably understand what these three cachers were thinking.  Yes, a Walmart parking lot is going to be a high muggle area. I don't know about the one in Marshall, Missouri, but my local Walmart ALWAYS seems to be packed.  They knew they couldn't avoid being spotted, so they attempted to create the best subterfuge they knew-go in the store like they were there to shop.  Unfortunately for them, they did themselves more harm than good.

Might as well strap a ticking clock on it.


To me, the cache looked like a container which, at one time was fine, but appeared to be in need of some TLC.  My guess is local cachers attempted to help out the cache owner by doing some patchwork on the container.  A little tape here.  A makeshift lid there.  To the average geocacher, this screamed "Needs Maintenace".  To the average muggle, though, this screamed "OMG BOMBZ!!!"

Thank you, Bill Clinton!


Folks, the real crime here is the image in which the contributor in this Yahoo article, William Browning, portrays geocaching, both locally in Marshall, Missouri, and in general.  Browning cites a report by Emily Allen at KOMU.com, in which she writes the geocache contained a "scroll nothing all the places the object had been".  Ms. Allen noted the Marshall Police Department felt the geocache met the criteria of an I.E.D., which prompted the bomb squad to be called in.  This is completely fair, yet Mr. Browning fails to mention this reasoning in his article.  He also says geocaching has been around for more than 12 years, when GPS satellites became more accurate.  This only paints a picture for half the story, but that's another arguement for another time.  I don't know the inner workings of the Yahoo Contributor Network.  It appears to be volunteers, or barely paid independent contractors, plucking snippets from local headlines, putting them in no particular order, then slapping the "Yahoo!" logo on an article.  While I can understand no article of its nature would say "A bomb squad blew up a geocache today.  Geocaching is awesome!  Here's how to play!", a little research would go along way.  If William Browning took the time to do some research, as this volunteer author did, he would have realized permission had been granted, at one time, to place the geocache.  Unforunately, knowledge of the permsission was lost at some point.  The permission was given by a store manager, who at the time of the "bomb detnation" was no longer eomployed by the company.  He also would have learned the three individuals in question went in the store, left (to search for the cache/bomb), then returned to the store.  The fact they re-entered the store went along way toward creating suspecion, not the acticity at the guardrail alone.

Look!  This cache hasn't been anywhere yet!


What is your input on this situation?  Do you feel the store overreacted by calling in the police?  Did the cache owner "get what was coming to him" for placing yet another guardrail cache?  Does anyone want to invite William Browning to their next geocaching event?



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WHY NOT WEDNESDAY ~ I present to you, THE CACHCRAZY.COM GIRLS!

Little did these contributing authors know that someday they would become huge stars in the video music category here at CacheCrazy.Com but their dream has come true! There is nothing more to say except, enjoy some CacheCrazy authors with some really smooth moves.



eCards at JibJab!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

TNLNSL???????

As a responsible cache owner I recently did my regular maintenance on some of my hides either by myself or have emailed friends to assist and report the findings 
(thanks guys). 
You know, make sure the cache is not negatively impacting the immediate area, check out the container, make sure it’s dry, replace the log with a new one or make sure it has enough room for another 30 or so visits and replace the pen/pencil.  Then comes my favorite part, I add some swag and look through the swag that others left for some neat stuff. 
But wait, where’s the swag???? 


I make damn sure when I place a cache that it’s filled to the brim with treasure. After all it is a treasure hunt, right? You can imagine my disappointment to see half of the swag gone and not many different items other than what I put in them. I suck it up, fill them up and move on but I ask you, “Whatever happened to trading up? Or, how about even?"

I’m cool with a TNLNSL log, BUT it appears that in many cases the TN is FALSE, the LN is TRUE and the SL is accurate most of the time (however, I have seen some inconsistencies and you know who you are)

My expectations as a newbie were awakened by the reality that about half of all geocaches are either not maintained well or/and that they have been robbed of most of their swag. You hit a good one now and then that’s really filled and it’s actually a refreshing change from the frustration of getting skunked. 





You would think that after awhile you would get beat down and just give up but guess what? I'm still going to continue to load up those caches because I know that some little kid out there is going to open that cache and go "wow, awesome, look at this and that" and I have received emails from folks who appreciate it. 
Let's face it guys, this sport is pretty cheap. I mean once you get the gear, you're pretty much set. It’s not like golf where you can drop $100.00 in one day no problem (one of the reasons I do not personally partake in that sport. That and chasing the little white ball around, I don't know, not for me).To go to the dollar store and spend $20.00 for a bag full of stuff is actually part of the fun to me. Adding items that I think little and big kids would like is my personal touch to a cache be it mine or others.

Let’s never forget, IT’S A TREASURE HUNT! Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not all about the trinkets but, some little kid who just walked what was like 10 miles in his/her mind, got scratched, bumped, yelled at a few times by Mom/Dad/Both and for what? Junk! Next thing you know the kids don’t want to go any longer, so you can’t go either because there is no one to watch the kids, the caches don’t get found, so hiders give it up and then before you know it, it’s history. 


My Daughter Andie saying to her child, "And this is your grandfather and me when I was 9 years old.
We use to do this thing called Geocaching. It was fun but no one does it anymore. We were Team Bloodhounded"

Don’t believe that the youth drive the future? Just ask the ex-CEO of a burger franchise named Jack in the Box who said 25 years ago, “We don’t have to compete with the youth market. McDonalds can have them”. That coupled with the 1993 E.coli breakout that killed 4 little kids and made 600 more seriously ill, pretty much put an end to the company. This from a company who had a more aggressive marketing strategy than today’s top dog McDonalds but, just didn’t think that kids and food safety were all that important. Think about that the next time you drive by the Dollar Store.


Thanks for reading......
Bloodhounded

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A FATHER'S DAY MILESTONE

WELCOME TO THIRSTY THURSDAY!!

Today I am pleased to have my wife share a guest blog. Sit back and don't get to close to the edge.





He says that he didn’t do it on purpose.  I’m not sure if I believe him.  But if he was trying to make my 100th and his 300th cache-find memorable, he totally succeeded. 
         Everyone knows that on Father’s Day it is Dad’s turn to decide the activity of the day.  Being Rob (bigal437), he chose to go geo-caching.  Once we returned from church and had lunch we headed out to take our daughter to work, leaving one tired teen at home napping.  That left us with our youngest son Levi (cacheking1998) to accompany us. 




         After doing some caches in the area we headed on to the ultimate destination, a virtual cache in Honesdale.  This is a quaint little town nestled in a narrow valley.  We found a place to park as near ground zero as was navigable with a car.  Finding the trail we were to follow was a little harder.  It was barely discernible… and it was STRAIGHT UP. 

         Now, I grew up on a Pennsylvania farm where nothing is close to level, and the only means of transportation I had was shanks horses.  I did a lot of hiking over the hills around our farm, but nothing prepared me for what I was currently looking at climbing.  As I said, it was straight up with loose dirt and pebbles and camouflaged with dead leaves and tree roots.
 
         But I was thankful for those tree roots.  They weren’t placed there to trip people up, as they usually are.  Their purpose was to give one a handhold to pull up to the next step or to keep from slipping and sliding back down to the starting place. 

         The GPSr said that the hike was 0.13 miles.  Normally I would consider that hardly a walk at all… but on this incline I was forced to stop to catch my breath frequently.  I was definitely getting my exercise today. 

         And what of our son?  He was nimbly skipping up the path like it was level ground.  He would patiently stop every now and then and wait for us or take pictures of us as we sat and panted.  How sweet of him! 



         But we did get our reward for our labors.    Eventually, we could glimpse a clearing up ahead.  That gave us the incentive we needed for the last few feet.  We climbed up the side of a huge rock formation embedded into the hillside and came out onto the greatest scenic overlook for miles around.  From our vantage point we could see the entire town of Honesdale with its creek and bridges and its church spires rising above the town.  And then we could see across the valley to the mountain rising on the other side of the town.  It was a gorgeous sunny day and we could see as far as the mountains permitted.  And on the far horizon we could make out the windmill farm against the skyline, counting at least forty windmills. 




         The guys thought it would be really cool to take pictures of themselves standing near the edge of the clearing where it dropped off into… nothing!  Being afraid of heights, this was not my idea of a fun activity.  But, after all the work I had done to get up to this height, I figured I had better at least try and see how close to the edge I could get before panic set in. 



         I began a slow patient walk toward the edge.  I figured if I looked down at the ground by my feet instead of out at the town below, I stood a chance.  The guys thought my performance was humorous, but I succeeded in inching my feet to the same spot where theirs had been.  




                         VICTORY!

         An interesting discovery we made at the summit was that we had stumbled upon an actual park, Gibbons Memorial Park.  There was even a road that was navigable by car, but it seemed to come up the mountain from the opposite side.  We never did get a chance to find out where the road began so that we could have driven up.  But driving up really would have taken the adventure out of it. 



And so, after all of our picture taking, we turned to reverse our steps… very carefully… down the mountain, using saplings as ropes to keep us from taking the rapid route down the trail.  We discovered that downhill was just as difficult, and probably even more dangerous, than the trek up had been. 


  But we did safely reach our car and the comfort of turning on the A/C full blast! This will always be a Father’s Day cache to remember. So each of us has accomplished another milestone. Craftimom:  100 caches and Bigal437:  300 caches. Where's that next cache?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Much Ado About Nothing


Things aren't always as they appear to be...

Fred and Ethel are a retired couple, who like to frequent the downtown.  They enjoy a morning coffee, with the locals, at the local diner.  After their morning coffee, they like to take a walk.  On this day, they decided to mix it up a little bit, and walk over towards another district.  What follows is the ensuing conversation:





Ethel: Hey Fred, look over there.
Fred: Where?
Ethel: Over there, near the building on the corner.
Fred: Why? What is it?
Ethel: There's some guy standing there.
Fred: So?
Ethel: What is he doing?
Fred: He looks like he's talking on his phone.
Ethel: No, he can't be talking on his phone. He keeps looking down at it.
Fred: Maybe he's looking at the ground. Perhaps he lost something.
Ethel: I don't think so, Fred. He looks suspicious.
Fred: What makes you think he looks suspicious?
Ethel: He just does. I mean, look at him!
Fred: Ethel, that's nonsense! He's definitely looking for something. Maybe we should help him.
Ethel: I'm not going over there! He's up to no good!

(A gentleman notices Fred and Ethel, and stops to investigate.)

Gentleman: Pardon me, I couldn't help noticed the two of you looking at that gentleman over there.
Ethel: Yes, sir! Something fishy is going on!
Fred: Ethel, relax. I'm sure there's a perfectly good explanation for what he's doing.
Gentleman: What if there isn't?
Fred: What do you mean?
Gentleman: I walk down this street almost everyday. This isn't the first time I've seen someone there.
Fred: Really?
Gentleman: Yes. They always seem to be looking over the wall, into the bushes.
Ethel: He keeps looking over here!  Fred, I'm scared. We should get out of here!
Fred: But, Ethel, he's done nothing to frighten you.
Gentleman: Maybe we should call the cops. There are turbulent times, you know.
Ethel: I agree! Fred, where's your phone?
Fred: Here, Ethel, you make the call. I don't see why you can't just cross the street and ask him.
Gentleman: Look, he's got something in his hands. It looks like a box.
Ethel: It's a bomb! Fred, it's a bomb!
Fred: Why would someone retrieve a bomb? That makes no sense.
Gentleman: You never know.
Fred: It looks like he's opening the box.
Gentleman: Maybe the bomb was supposed to go off, and someone called him to fix it.
Ethel: Run for your lives!




(Two uniformed police officers arrive at the scene.)

Officer 1: Someone called for help?
Ethel: Yes, officers! That man over there just pulled a bomb out of the bushes!
Officer 1: Ma'am, relax, it's not a bomb, it's..
Ethel: Officer do something!
Officer 1: Ma'am, I need you to calm down.
Ethel: I will not calm down! We're about to die, and you're just standing there! Do something!
Officer 1: Ma'am, if you'd let me explain. The gentleman across the street just found a geocache. A friend of mine placed it there a few weeks ago. The company who owns the building knows it's there.
Officer 2: A geo-what?
Officer 1: A geocache. It's a game played with a GPS unit where people go and look for treasures, called geocaches, placed by other players.
Gentleman: There must be a lot of people playing this game. I'm always seeing people in that area.
Officer 1: Yes, sir. There are geocaches all around this area. Over in the park. On the guardrail at the end of the street. They're even hidden under lamppost skirts at the mall.
Ethel: People these days, with their fancy gadgets! Who knows what they'll think of next!
Fred: All this fuss over nothing. C'mon, Ethel, let's go.
Officer 2: This was a waste of time.
Officer 1: I agree. Let's go get some donuts.


"Look, Muldoon, I told you I was First To Find!  See my name, right there, on top of the logsheet?"




Thursday, June 14, 2012

Just Doing Some Cache Maintenance

I was getting some logs that said the log was full at my popular cache NO PETS ALLOWED


The cache is located in a cemetery near my church so I could do maintenance before mass.  


It's really a nice cemetery with headstones that date back to the 1800's


The cache has nearly 200 finds and has withstood the test of time.


I built the container myself and blogged the DIY here at CacheCrazy.Com in an article 


It's a real simple design and seekers really love it!


The cap basically sits right on top of the container and shields it against rain and snow


and, it's just another example of how you can make a cache and dash a pretty cool cache.

The log is now changed and ready for another 50 geocachers who want to jump off of the interstate and find this little bugger. I find that doing cache maintenance renews the feeling that I felt when I first placed the cache in 2009. I was looking at some cool head stones and just hanging around but quickly realized I was going to be late for church so I bid the cache farewell and off to mass I went knowing that the geocache was all set for the summer and I'll be back in the fall for another visit.   

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

WHY NOT WEDNESDAY - The Backyard 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 Erika Jean




Have fun and go fetch that cache!

Bloodhounded

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kiss Your Cache Goodbye

exhibit A 
That's right, you may as well just stop putting them out all together. Throw away your swag and use those Lock N Lock containers for storage, because you won't be needing them any more. Forget about that great multi you've been working so hard on and the day's of hissing ammo cans opening are over. This is how the world of geocaching would be for Bloodhounded if it weren't for a few good geocachers who help with emergency cache maintenance.

And you thought I was going to relate this to kissing a frog and/or geocaching.com's new Challenges, right? Weren't you?

I call it "Cooperative Caching" and I have blogged about it before. I've been ridiculed, condemned and some skeptics have even written that they disagreed with me. "It's your responsibility as a CO" I'm told, "get off your lazy ass and do it yourself" says others. Still I follow my own path and shun the negativity knowing that I am a trend setter and "someday" it will become common play. That is if we want the game of geocaching to continue. Quite frankly, if it weren't for these guys/gals who assist it would be "GAME OVER" for a few of my hides. A few here get archived, a few there get archived and before you know it, that little counter on geocaching.com that tells you every minute how many caches there are, starts counting down instead of up.

So, I'm guilty as charged! Yes, I enlist geocachers who have found my caches to gain secret information. Questions like, "how was it holding up" and "is the log full or does it have enough room" or the dreaded "did it have enough swag". You can take the tracer off my bloodhounded@gmail.com account, stop following me and taking pictures, I DID IT! I DID IT! IT WAS MEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

exhibit B 
OK, so I saw a log that said the "log is full" on one of my series caches and then I saw a group of cachers (costa84 - robbinsmt - GO TEAM STEAK! thanks guys) who were likely going there because it appeared they were going after that series and they needed that one to complete it! I ASKED THEM TO CHANGE THE LOG, I DID, I DID IT!

YES, YES, YES it was me who lured the helpful, unsuspecting geocacher to one of my caches only to have a hidden agenda for them to pick up a bag of swag at a coord prearranged, to fill up the container because it was noted as "getting light on swag". I DID THAT TOO!


I'm a freak, an outcast to the geocaching community, a user and enabler of geocachers who unsuspectingly answer my emails requesting of them to do the deed that is rightfully mine as a CO (cache owner). I suck, I know and should be banned from anything that even has to do with geo, flogged, dragged through the mud, tar and feathered, kicked in the crotch and worse! An embarrassment to my fellow hiders and a disgrace to the entire geocaching sport!

BUT, I have the most awesome caches, filled with swag, dry logs and some of the most creative hides around my area, so there!
AND, compared to the new Challeneges on GC.COM, I don't look so bad after all, now do I?


WE THE JURY FIND YOU BLOODHOUNDED GUILTY OF FINDING BETTER WAYS TO REGULARLY MAINTAIN YOUR GEOCACHE HIDES, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY FOR YOURSELF?

YES, I DID IT, and I did it all forYOU!


HAVE FUN AND CACHE CRAZY!
BLOODHOUNDED

Friday, June 8, 2012

iGadgets- Endomondo

About a month ago I stepped on over to the Dark Side, and purchased an iPhone.  It wasn't what I originally set out to purchase, as there were other phones I had eyed up, but I was familiar with the device, from dealing with them at work, so I figured it was the best way to go.  Besides, my top priority was ditching my current provider network and switching to a new one.  A jazzy phone was an added bonus.


I learned of an app called Endomondo from a co-worker and friend.  He uses it on a regular basis to track his progress running and cycling.  While I'm not up to that level of fitness at the moment, I wanted to check it out, as I heard of several of its nifty features.  The Endomondo app can be downloaded, free of charge, from your smartphone's app store.  I soon discovered there was more to Endomondo than tracking my walks.


In its simplest function, Endomondo allows you to track your activity of choice, be it walking, running, cycling or whatever.  It will keep track of duration, distance and calories burned.  If you've purchased a heart rate monitor from the Endomondo store, it will monitor your heart rate.  You're also able to set a goal (I want to run five kilometers today), beat a friend (I want to cycle a mile farther than Joe), or even follow a route (I drove a route, and mapped it out to be a mile, now lets walk it).  These features are all available in the full version, with the "Beat Yourself" and "Interval Training" available in the Pro version. 




 



At the end of your activity, you're able to see the data compiled for that workout.  The display will show you when you started, the distance you went, how long it took, your speed and altitude data, as well as how many calories you burned.  The map tab will show you the route you took, marking your start and stop points, as well as mile markers.  The mapping feature is useful, as I know what routes I can take, depending on how far I want to walk.  Additionally, I'll take the time and calories burned and import the data into MyFitnessPal, which helps me in tracking how many calories I can consume in a day.


If you're into the social media revolution, Endomondo allows you to share your workouts with others via Facebook and Twitter.  You can add people to your friends list, and see how your exercise stacks up to that of others.  Even if you're not a fan of social media, the friends list could be a good motivation tool.  You can send and accept challenges.  Endomondo, itself, even issues challenges from time to time, and hands out some pretty cool swag to those who accept and complete the challenges.







All in all, I think this is a pretty cool app.  There's something to be said for seeing your hard work in statistical form.  Similar to the displays on the treadmill at your local gym, Endomondo does an excellent job in letting you gauge how well (or poorly) you're doing in your activity of choice.  It's social networking features are nice, if you're into that sort of thing.  Lastly, you can't beat free.  Endomondo gets two thumbs up from me!



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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 and check out 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.


Thank you Stanford, 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

Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Annual Mother's Day Trip to the Philadelphia Zoo



As we wrote last year, a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo is a Mother's Day tradition for DLC.  America's Oldest Zoo is part of a 42-acre Victorian garden that is an easy 100-mile day trip from our Cache Crazy headquarters.  It's a great day out and we're happy to share our adventures again this year.  

Come on along...!


Annalie is hot on the Trail of the Lorax!


Dad and Sadie, two good shepherds tending to the sheep.


Did you know the greatest threat to orangutans is destruction of habitat due to the harvest of palm oil?  Annalie has pledged to only buy products from companies that use sustainable, renewable palm oil.   See her pledge tag?  Many popular businesses are committed to saving orangutan habitat.  Pennsylvania companies Hershey and Heinz are on-board, and the Midwest's ConAgra Foods is another!  To learn more about the plight of the orangutan and find out what other companies use only sustainable palm oil, check out the page on the Philadelphia Zoo website.


 Don't be a zoo rookie by asking for a straw when you buy the family an ice-cold pop!


Sadie takes a ride on Ol' Paint.  (I call all horses or ponies "Ol' Paint" when I don't remember their real names.)


 Annalie takes a ride on Ol' Paint.


EEK!  Mice in the cheese!


Ah yes.  A happy Mother's Day memory.  They just never cooperate for those touching moments, do they?


Three monkeys.  (Yes, I know, primate buffs, but I'm not going to call my daughters gorillas.)


Another egg-sellent day at the zoo!

And finally, as you learned from last year's article, with an annual trip to the Philadelphia Zoo comes an annual turkey hunting taunting photo to Big Al...


I got one roosted for ya!  
Wait a second... 
Something looks really weird about that turkey??


GO ENJOY THE PHILADELPHIA ZOO - WE ALWAYS DO! 

HAVE A GOOD DAY!

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