CacheCrazy.Com: February 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WHY NOT WEDNESDAY ~ Today's Puzzle ~ Where the Hell is the missing $10.00

Three geocachers are on a cache run and at their middle point they decide to spend the night in a local hotel. They walk into a hotel, and find out there is only one room left. The desk manager tells them that room is $150/night and all three men have to share the room. Each man gives $50 and retires to their room.

Shortly there after, the desk manager realizes he overcharged them, the room was only supposed to be $100. He informs the bell hop of this error, and sends him to reimburse the men, with 5 $10 bills. On the way to the room, the bell hop got to thinking; 'none of the men know how much they were mischarged. I will give each of the men $10 and put $20 in my pocket.'

Each man was more than happy to get $10 back. Thus, each man originally gave $50. After the $10 return, each man now only gave $40.
$40+$40+$40=$120. The bell hop kept $20. $120+$20=$140...WHERE IN HELL IS THE MISSING $10? This should add up to $150!




Think about it................. 
BH

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

TNLN Found Meth Lab

It's a beautiful day for geocaching adventures and a nice long hike. You head out with some of your best buds and while hiking through a remote area you smell something that reminds you of cat piss. "Dude, is that you?" You say and yuck it up but soon you realize, this is no laughing matter. There, about 12 meters away, along side of that old rock wall is a HUGE pile of trash. WTF! Who would dump all that crap out here in the middle of nowhere? On closer investigation you immediately yell, "get back, everyone get back!". Rattlesnake? No, Bee's Nest, Worse! Something Much More Dangerous! A METH LAB DUMP! And there in the pop and drain cleaner bottles lies serious potential dangers to the unknowing. Especially us geocachers, we explore everything, right? Poke it with your stick! Better not!


WARNING!
It's not all rainbows and lollipops here at CacheCrazy.Com. At times we get a little edgy so if this post "offends" you, I apologize in advance.
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Thank you! BH

So, whats the big deal Bloodhounded you ask? Well, I'll tell you.

Making methamphetamine in rural forest areas is more common than you might think and its the least likely suspected areas. Oh, sure we all heard about the labs in apartments, trailers, basements and even in trunks of cars but are you aware that one of the most used areas for meth labs are the same forests that we use for recreation and the two together spell DANGER. And, it's not just the labs but what if you run into the "cooks" or owners? You know they're not right upstairs. And, if you're alone you're at a disadvantage. Be prepared to protect your life. Who would have thought that GEOCACHING would have ever led to this?!?!

I'm not trying to scare you, but you have to be aware of how to identify, properly report and protect yourself if you ever come across a meth lab or dump in the great outdoors. You wont find fancy statistical data and graphs here. What you will get is what to do, in the "extreme" rare occasion that you might be so lucky as to come across one of these babies. And, let me state for the record, I hope you never do:)


When I first thought of a methamphetamine lab, I envisioned these big test tubes being heated by a crucible and drawn down a filler tunnel into a piperclay triangle and reduced to a powdery substance that is snorted, smoked or injected. NOT SO - A traditional meth lab is a primitive design using a propane tank filled with anhydrous ammonia  fueled "cooker" that aids in the separation of the needed chemicals from the unneeded chemicals of cold medicines/antihistamines/Sudaphed and then processed through filters that dry and yield the "goods".  There are more processes and products involved but that's a different post on another blog.  The drug is then "stepped on" meaning it's mixed with other like byproducts to reduce the potency and maximize profits.

Ole'  Bloodhounded sounds like he's cooked up a batch or two in his time, right? Well, I do love to cook, but I'm not a drug maker (I'll leave that for real scientists like DctrSpott)  however, I'm "told" this is kinda how it's done. LOOK at  the ingredients, ugh! Anything with drain cleaner in it that you ingest in anyway, is not good for your health and well being! DUHHHH!


Another way to make a batch of meth is to use the "shake and bake" or "one pot" method. This is likely the most commonly used method of armature cooks who just want to make a batch for themselves. They add a bunch of crap together in liter soda bottle, you have to do it fast OR ELSE, shake it up, THERE IS FREAKING FIRE INSIDE THERE (as long as it doesn't blow, you're still in business), you have to vent it with a rubber hose (sure sign of a "one pot"), let all the different chemical reactions take place at the same time and if it doesn't explode into flames (can you say "Richard Pryor") and choke you to death with toxic gas, you got yourself some freshly cooked meth. This is by far the most dangerous method for many reasons I wont even get into. Don't think I have to, you guys are smart, right? (but if you have any questions, concerns or a user seeking help, just email me)



WHO does this freaking stuff? You might be surprised to know that meth has effected all walks of life and the enticement to "cook your own" is very real. From kids to seniors, gals and guys, even Grandmas cook meth (I can see a couple of users saying, "It ain't the meth that Grandma use to make" that's CRAZY!). All kinds of folks are cookin up meth and the cooks themselves are the most dangerous. Why? Because they have access to the "pure crystal meth" before it's "stepped on". That's bad shit man, and it makes folks go crazy. Among many sensations, the feeling of being indestructible comes to mind. If you're gonna fist fight one of these guys, good luck! I personally prefer a 9mm Glock but some pepper spray will do nicely. And, just a side note, these squatters are usually in very poor health so you CAN outrun them and there's nothing wrong with retreating. It's a life preservation game plan believe me. Run like hell!


Are you following me here? Good, because this part is important! DO NOT HESITATE, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!  Even if you can't talk, they will start the ball rolling to get you help fast. You should give them the coords from your gps or smart phone OR they can pick you up on their system JUST DON'T HANG UP!

The rest my friends, is up to you. If you choose to carry pepper spray in your pack, it might be put to good use someday. A nasty wild dog, an overaggressive boyfriend or a meth cook, they all back down or slow down quickly after a shot to give you time to RUN! Do not fight these guys, they are bad-asses and often carry guns (and their stoned enough to use them). If you carry a gun, remember, it can be used against you so be ready to use it or lose it. These bastards are fast because they're all cranked up on meth and can quickly "fake you out", take your gun and BANG, you're dead. Think I'm kidding here?

GUYS! Don't go into areas that are known "kitchens". Woods near small cities are the worst, even large parks. Where there are squatters,  there are meth labs, the two go hand in hand. Under bridges, along railroad tracks, off well established paths (meth cooks don't like bushwhacking). Let's put it this way:


"You know you might find a meth lab if....."

  • There is an old beat up car parked at the trail head parking area with LP Gas tanks in the back seat
  • Lot's of recent litter like beer cans, cigarette packs and empty cold medicine packaging 
  • Speaking of smokes, these guys HAVE TO smoke like chimneys, look for areas that have a lot of recent butts on the ground
  • The area is a known "kitchen" (then your just asking for it)
  • It only takes two days to cook up a batch of meth in a larger setup so look for "recent" signs of heavy traffic on trails
  • You smell cat piss
  • Any unfamiliar odor like fingernail polish remover or sulfur
  • You hear clanging of LP gas tanks in the distance
  • If you come across some "shady looking" folks on the path (hope that never happens to ya)  
For every pound of meth produced, 6 pounds of meth trash is left behind. Many times it's dumped off to the side or left as is and the cooks move on. They never stay in one place too long. If you come across a dump, don't touch it (CITO DOES NOT APPLY HERE). You could literally start a reaction from the sweat on your fingers, morning dew or rainwater. Report the dump and coords to the authorities or call 911. Also, if you do find a dump, don't think for one moment that the cooks are far away. Many times they just move a short distance because they're lazy and fearless so there could be trouble down the path. Go out the way you came in and get the hell out of there.

So, there you have it. In our love for the great outdoors we rarely come across serious dangers because we know certain things like; don't mess with a bear cub, don't stick your walking stick in a ground bees hive, don't throw rocks at a wasp nest, don't mess with a rattlesnake and don't underestimate the possibility of finding a meth lab or dump. Be prepared and enjoy the great outdoors, safely!
BH

A note from the author: While doing research for this post I was surprised of the lack of information available to the outdoor recreation enthusiast! I couldn't really find too much that told it "the way it is" so, I decided to put this together for you to share and learn of the dangers. My personal advise to you is: Want to get high? Climb a mountain. Want to get stoned? Rappel off a cliff.  Want a real head rush? Watch the sun set from a western rocky point. 

LIFE IS THE DRUG OF CHOICE, USE IT WISELY.  
If you feel you have more to add, please make an entree in the comments.
Bloodhounded

Monday, February 25, 2013

Book Review - 101 Devil Caches


Whether you're a seasoned geocacher with thousands of finds under your belt or a newbie to geocaching, I think there's something for everyone in the recently published "101 Devil Caches."
Co-written by EJ Martin and Kurt Milligan, these guys know what they are talking about.  Lifelong friends and avid geocachers, they currently run the Madcacher Geocaching Blog and Navicache.com in an effort to share their geocaching experiences with others. 

Since they are fans of geocaches that are a little more difficult than a basic park and grab, they came up with the idea of this book to showcase caches that require thinking outside the box and using your wits to figure them out. 

The book is so much more than a cache primer - it begins with an excellent and detailed description of the game, how it began, the different types of geocaching hides, rules of geocaching, how it impacts our lands and society and finally, the future of geocaching.

Chapter 3 goes into a thorough lesson on GPS technology and how it works.  They then explain GPS units in general and tell you about some of the different capabilities they have and how to use them in conjunction with geocaching or other applications in your daily life.

Chapters 5 & 6 will tell you everything you want to know about joining in the fun.  They list step by step instructions on how to find or hide a cache as well as the different types of basic containers that are usually used.

The real nuts of bolts of the book though are the 101 devil caches that follow in chapter 7.  Each page gives a detailed description of a cache, how to make it, and an excellent drawing of what the cache should look like. If you're looking for some fun and creative caches to make, then you will find this section really useful.  But what I really liked about this section is that it would truly help the newbies to see examples of some of the devilish hides that are out there. 

Many of the caches in the book were ones I've seen over the course of my 3 1/2 years of caching.  But I have to admit there were a few I've not seen before and the book does a great job of getting you excited to try your hand at making some of these different caches. 

Pros:  If you're new to geocaching or thinking about giving it a try, I highly recommend this book to you.  It's a wonderful primer on the how's and why's of geocaching.  And if you're an experienced geocacher, I think you'd enjoy the book as well.  I found out some things about the early days of geocaching and about GPS units in general that I didn't know before.  And as I already mentioned, I'm itching to try my hand at some of the fun and creative caches they describe.  The authors plan to use the proceeds of their book to re-invest in their madcacher.com and navicache.com sites.

Cons:  They have one small, 2 page spread called Geocachers in Profile that I felt could have been expanded.  They only talked about 3 geocachers, and while this was interesting, and exciting since I was pleasantly surprised to see one mentioned that I know personally, I think they could have done an entire chapter on this.  For me, I would have liked to also see some interviews with cachers who have contributed something to the game, or maybe a few cachers who have over 50,000 finds, or even a few who have cached since the inception of the sport.  But that's totally my opinion and the focus of the book is on the devil caches themselves and not the geocachers.

Overall, this book was a good read, very thorough, written with humor and great attention to detail.  Very affordable at $ 14.95 per copy, you can go to the madcacher.com site and order a copy for yourself or to give as a gift.  While you're on their site, take some time to look around - read their blog, look for geocaching clubs in your area and do a little shopping.

I'd like to thank the guys over at madcacher.com for the review opportunity.  I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 Bugleann

Friday, February 22, 2013

Ten Fictional Characters Who Would Have Made Great Geocachers


Geocaching hasn't exactly found it's niche in cinema.  Sure, there's Splinterheads, but outside of that, not much else.  In addition, you never see it on television.  I've heard it was mentioned once on an episode of Law & Order, but I have yet to see it for myself.  There are plenty of movies and television shows out there, and as such, I find it hard to believe NO ONE on those shows geocaches!  So, let's suspend belief for a few moments and reflect back on characters in recent (and not-so-recent) memory.  For various reason, aspects about these ten characters, in my opinion, carry over very well into the game of Geocaching.








Tim "The Toolman" Taylor from Home Improvement- Tim was always modifying some household object or objects in order to get them to accomplish something they weren't really meant to do.  Haven't we all, at some point or another, looked at something in our home and thought to ourselves "Hey, that would make a great cache container!"  I rest my case.



Ogilvie from The Bad News Bears- Not the most athletic of the squad, Ogilvie was the bookkeeper and the unofficial team dork.  He also had a way with numbers.  I bet if you gave him a puzzle cache, he'd be able to crack the code without even breaking a sweat!


Emilio from Mr. Deeds- The eccentric butler from Adam Sandler's 2002 Comedy Mr. Deeds had a knack for showing up, unexpected, wherever his employer, Longfellow Deeds, happened to be. "I'm very, very sneaky!"  Sounds like a FTF hound to me!


Steve Urkel- "Did I do that?"  Urkel was the consummate nerd.  His science projects never quite lived up to expectations, but he did whatever was necessary in an attempt to win the heart of his neighbor, Laura.  Had Family Matters been set in the present day, I could imagine Steve Urkel geocaching, whenever he wasn't harassing the Winslows.


Cliff Clavin-  If there's one guy who could have written one heck of a cache description page, I bet it would have been Cliff Clavin.  He was a walking encyclopedia, knew a little bit of what seemed to be everything, and was quite articulate.  He also always paid attention to detail.  This Cheers mainstay would, undoubtedly, write a very descriptive cache log, as well.


Raymond Babbitt- The famous autistic savant from Rain Man was kidnapped by his brother, Charlie, and together they took a little trip out west.  I wonder how Raymond would do with those five-star puzzle caches out there?  Do you think the "impossible" code would appear to him?




Kevin McCallister-  Not unlike Tim Taylor, this Home Alone focal point altered household items, giving them a secondary purpose.  In this case, however, that purpose was to thwart the Wet Bandits.  More importantly, Kevin knew how to get himself out of a jam.  His resourcefulness and sense of logic would be a welcomed addition to any geocaching team.  Plus, he popularized the line "Keep the change, ya filthy animal!"


Lassie- You can keep Timmy Martin, I'll take Lassie, anyday.  Perhaps the world's first Geo-dog, Lassie was bailing Timmy out of jams on a weekly basis.  I bet she would have been able to sniff out caches!  "What, Lassie?  The cache is behind the fallen oak tree, covered by rocks?  Good girl!"


Forrest Gump-  Forrest got to see the world.  He met presidents, and just happened to be a witness to some of the most historic events of the twentieth century.  Had geocaching been around then, he'd have collected smileys from around the world!  He wasn't a smart man, but I bet he'd be able to figure his way around a GPS.  Not to mention, his memorable quotes and one-liners work well within the realm of the geocaching world.

"Geocaching is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you're going to get."
"Lietenant Dan!  A geocoin, Lieutenant Dan!  I found you a geocoin!"
"My mama always said you've gotta sign the log before you can move on to the next cache."


MacGyver- Oh, come on, geocaching or not, who wouldn't want to hang out with MacGyver?  This mild mannered special agent had a profound knowledge of science.  More importantly, he was able to make great use of even the  most mundane objects.  Have you ever been to a cache site, and spotted the cache, but couldn't figure out how to get it, or how to open it?  I bet MacGyver would have been able to grab or open it, probably with a wad of gum or, perhaps, a rubber band.





Thursday, February 21, 2013

February Geocache of the Month







Well I finally did it. I got out for a few caches to start out my 2013 year. I know you're probably thinking "Big Al, it's February and you should have had many cache finds by now". Well I've been fighting the Stu Mack Bug and finishing projects around the house and just haven't made time to get out and cache. That all changed this last weekend when we took my son to Snow Camp at Word of Life Bible Institute (WOLBI) in Schroon Lake, NY.


                             WOLBI

You'll remember that last year we made the same trip with one of my other sons, and we visited Buttermilk Falls. This year we did not stay up there, but we drove up, dropped Levi off with one of his friends Chris, and then we drove right back down. WOW! It's about  a 10 hour round trip ride. My wife and I had things to do on Saturday and that is why we did not stay there.

On Sunday we drove back up there to pick them up... and we were just a little late. Well we had to stop and pick up a cache along the way. Our first cache was The Parker's TB B&B. This was a very nice cache. We had stopped for lunch at one of our favorite places; International House of Pancakes, otherwise known as IHOP. What's funny is that we had stopped at the same exact one on Friday evening. We ordered the same exact menu items and what a difference. On Friday we received a large amount of hashbrowns and two very large pancakes. On Sunday we got smaller portions. Oh well, maybe we did not need so much. Oh yeah, back to the cache.

This cache is located not far from the IHOP so it was a must find for us. We parked in the local park and ride area and then set out to find the cache. The cache was not too hard to find and it was well placed. Kudos to the CO for such a nice job. I made the grab and went back to the car. My wife was sitting in it since there were so many muggles around and I did not want one of them to take off with her car since we wanted to leave it running due to how cold out it was.

I opened the cache container and it was well stocked with TBs. This was really nice since I had several to drop off and my wife had one to drop off too. We took out three TBs and I checked them out on my smart phone to see what their missions were. There were actually more in there, but we only wanted to take three since that is what we were dropping off.

I then re-hid the cache and we headed off to the highway, which was just two turns away from where we were. This cache placement is really nice since it is so close to the highway. If your ever in the area I suggest you check this one out. It is well worth it.

We then arrived at WOLBI and picked up the boys. Then we met up with our other son and daughter who are attending there. It was a special day since we were giving our daughter her birthday presents.

                                         Katy and Doctor Who

Yes, Kyo-Kat is turning 21.  Her birthday is actually 2/20/13, but we were celebrating it today. She really enjoyed what we got her and we also got to meet Bigaljr1693's friend, Molly.

                                Carl and Molly
                               
After visiting with them for a while the boys, my wife, and I headed back towards home. But not until we had searched out another nearby cache. This cache was located along the backside of Schroon Lake. It is called Roaring Brook. What made this find so fun was how cold out it was. The car thermometer read about 11 degrees, but that did not include the wind chill factor. I don't know how windy it was, but it just about blew me over. We did not park where we were supposed to, but instead pulled right up along side of the cache. We made the find pretty quickly and I got back inside of the car with the log. Hey, it was warm in there. After signing the log we put it back and then headed home. What I liked about this cache was the pictures that the CO put on the cache page about how it looked so long ago. I only wish I had taken a picture of it while we were there.

So kudos go to this CO too. I really appreciate a good hide no matter what the size of the container. Plus it was a nice view. So again, if you're in the area be sure to check this one out too.

We then headed on home, which again was a nice long drive. All in all it was a fun filled weekend for my son and his friend, and my wife and I got a lot accomplished with no kids around. I hope that you too make the best of your travels, even if it's only to pick up your kids from camp. As they say, a good day caching is just..., well..., it's just a good day caching. Have fun and be safe.



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WHY NOT WEDNESDAY ~ Some of Bloodhounded's CRAZY CACHES ~ which one will be the 2 millionth geocache to be hidden?


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Crystal Cabin Fever by:DLC


It all started with the two feet of snow and ice on the roof of the house. Actually, it probably started back in December. That was the beginning of three months of real winter weather complete with single digit temperatures. The roof situation just brought it to a head…

Being ever-observant, I showed my wife the ice dam forming in front of the sliding door. “Look,” I told her, “The snow is melting off the roof and re-freezing on the porch. I’m going up to the roof to shovel it off so that doesn’t happen any more.” This plan-of-attack did not please my wife since the roof was probably more ice than snow at this point.

“You’re going to fall,” she told me.

“I am not.”

“Yes, you are!”

“I am not! Now I’m going to crawl out the bedroom window. When I get out there, I need you to pass me the step ladder up onto the porch roof so I can use it to climb up onto the second story.”

As I stood on the roof and she passed me the ladder, it was with some anger that she told me, “I can’t believe you’re on that roof now. You’re going to fall. This is the dumbest thing you’ve ever done!” I stopped right there. I could not believe what I heard. The dumbest thing I had ever done? With equal anger and, oddly enough, a great deal of pride, I responded, “It is not! I’ve done plenty of things dumber than this!” She stomped back into the house and I went about the task at hand.

I finished up the job with little trouble, having slid to the edge of the roof only one time (although my wife doesn’t need to know about that). The scolding didn’t stop, though, when I entered the kitchen. I was accused of “taking unnecessary risks” and “making work” because I was “nothing more than bored”. It’s funny, too, how the three of them get this ‘girl power’ thing going because my two daughters also gave me the stare-down. Begrudgingly, I had to admit there was an element of truth in all this, and that’s when it hit me. The winter was taking its toll on more than just the house roof…

The Dodger Lizard Crew had cabin fever. We needed a fun family winter outing.

As if it was meant to be, a commercial came on television at that exact moment advertising an event up in Hamlin appropriately called “Crystal Cabin Fever”. It featured ice carvings, an ice slide, a professional ice carving contest, and free refreshments. The family put on some winter clothes and hopped in the car. Yes, this was the remedy we needed! Don’t fight winter, embrace it! We were on our way to Crystal Cabin Fever!

The event was very well run. There was an entire barn filled with ice carvings of a Wild West theme. It was pretty amazing – cowboys, horses, a saloon, a gold mine – all made of ice. The kids had a ball on the ice slide, there was a big campfire outside, and the youngsters could even take a pony ride and see the animals in the petting zoo.
 "There's gold in them there hills!"



All of this was great fun, but the real thrill for me was watching the ice carving contest. I stood mesmerized as the ordinary and plain blocks of ice were transformed into unique and intricate works of art. One carver created a life-sized gunslinger. Another artist assembled a gang of wild stallions into some sort of totem pole. Still another was working on an eagle in full flight. My two favorites involved snakes – one was of a bucking horse spooked by a rattlesnake and the other was a full-scale carving of a rattlesnake crawling out of a cowboy boot.

"There's a snake in my boot!"

"Easy, Trigger!"

Later that evening as we drove home, the kids happily asleep with bellies full of hot cocoa, I shared with my wife my latest inspiration. “Tomorrow I’m going to do an ice carving for our front yard,” I told her. With a sigh she replied, “So you haven’t gotten it out of your system yet. OK, what are you going to carve?” I thought for a moment and responded, “Something elaborate. Maybe a dragon rising out of a pool of fire and blood.” I got that raised eyebrow look and this response – “Well, I don’t know about the dragon, but I’m sure you’ll have no trouble with the blood.” Hardy har har.

Apparently my wife wasn’t over the winter blues either. No matter. Nothing a magnificent sculpture couldn’t fix…

The next day I decided that the stump of a tree I had recently cut down would serve as a more favorable and permanent medium than ice. I also re-thought the dragon idea and settled on a bear as my subject of choice. Yes, a large, fat, ferocious bear! I headed outside with my chainsaw and a great deal of confidence. Gingerly I made the first cut and stood back to size up my masterpiece. I noticed that my bear was now going to have to be much shorter than I originally planned. After the second cut, I realized that he wasn’t going to be so fat either. OK, no sweat. A short, cute, and cuddly bear cub was better than big, fat, and ferocious anyway. After three cuts, I started to re-think the whole bear idea all together. Maybe something more on the level of ‘novice’ was in order. I made the fourth cut into what was now going to be a cactus. After the fifth cut, I concluded that we didn’t have enough firewood anyway…

I put my tools away and humbly walked into the house. When my wife innocently asked me how the carving was going, I snapped, “Hey, at least there’s no more snow on the roof!” When we both busted out laughing, it was then that we both realized something –

It had been a pretty fun weekend, and our cabin fever was officially cured.
My magnum opus

Monday, February 18, 2013

Witch's Leg, Bucksport, ME

This past weekend I decided to take a field trip to a nearby coastal area to find some geocaches in what I hoped would be picturesque locations.  My expectations were met with beautiful blue skies mirroring the sparkling blue ocean.  The day started off with a extreme wind but turned into a mild and pleasant day.  

My first set of geocaches were in the ocean side town of Bucksport.  Here I set out to find my first virtual cache.  A virtual cache is where the hider expects you to visit a location and answer a question or accomplish a task; there is no actual container to find.  

Upon arriving at the coordinates for Witch's Leg, the seeker finds a small and weathered cemetery.  After taking the stairs up to the viewing platform, I found a large monument with the name Buck etched into it.  To the left is a plaque explaining the significance of the monument.  The story goes something like this:

Jonathan Buck, founder of Bucksport and war hero, accused a woman of practicing witchcraft.  She was condemned to death by burning.  While she her body was going up in flames, her body started to disassemble.  Her son, a social outcast, ran up to the body and grabbed her leg from the ashes.  He ran into the woods with the leg.  Buck eventually died and had an ordinary stone placed to mark his grave.  Many years after his death, a new monument was erected to honor him.  One morning, passersby noticed a blemish on the stone in the shape of a leg.  The monument has been polished although it has not helped remove the outline.  The plaque also notes that there were executions due to witch craft and that stone tends to have blemishes.  What do you think?

I shared this story with my fourth grade students and asked them same question.  Some believed it was a curse and other attributed the mark to imperfections in the stone.  They had fun sharing ghost stories of their own, many of them more unbelievable than Buck's.  




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This post was written by Jenny from her personal blog, Jenny Goes Geocaching. Stop by and check out some of her adventures for yourself. Jenny is a regular contributor here at CacheCrazy.Com.
Thank you!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Valentines Day Special 2013 Feature

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
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A CACHECRAZY.COM FEATURED POST
WRITTEN BY: BIGAL437
A ROMANTIC CACHE

By Big Al

Have you ever read about, or hidden, a Romantic Cache? Well if not then read on and learn a few tricks from the Master.  And no, this is not so mushy that your kids can't read it. Hey,this is a kid friendly site and they might even learn a few tricks for when they get older. So... get your wife, a good cup of coffee, or tea, sit back together and get ready to get ROMANTIC. Just kidding. Get ready to learn how to be romantic through Geocaching.

Around our house I am known as being sly, sneaky, down right conniving, and most of all romantic when it comes to my wife and our anniversary. This would become very apparent when we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on November 2, 2009. Yes if you do the math you'll know we were married on November 2, 1984. A date I will never, ever, forget. That was the day I married the most beautiful woman in the world.

I had already surprised my wife on our 20th wedding anniversary with a one night stay at a Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster, PA, and I knew I needed to outdo myself for our 25th. So I began planning ahead. When we were married in '84 we spent our honeymoon in Niagara Falls, Canada. We stayed on the Canadian side and really loved it.  My plan was to take my wife back to Niagara Falls for our 25th anniversary. I began my sneaky moves and called and reserved a hotel room for two nights at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel on the Canadian side.  Little did I know that this hotel was the last hotel right on the edge of the Horseshoe Falls just 300 yards away. It was going to be beautiful.

                             Our Hotel

With all of the details for the hotel in place it was now time to set the surprise in motion. I had decided to put together a special romantic cache that would be published on our anniversary and therefore it is called Anniversary Cache. I put the cache together and went out to hide it on the MeadowSweet Preserve Trail. I made sure there was plenty of swag in it along with a letter to my wife, and all the details of the mini vacation. In the letter I explained how much I loved her, how much I enjoyed her company, and that we were going on a 3 day vacation to Niagara Falls for our anniversary. On the way to the trail it started raining really hard. I figured I'd stop back at a later time to hide it.

I went back home and picked up my daughter who was going to work. Now you have to understand that she was going to work dressed like a cat for Halloween. She had on black pants, a black shirt, a black cat tail, and cat ears. Her face was painted with whiskers and she looked great.

                                              Kyo-Kat

I dropped her off and went back to the trail, but it was still raining, so I went back home. When it was time to pick her up I noticed that it had stopped raining. We stopped at the trail and went into the woods and hid the cache. Current time is 9:00 p.m. and it is DARK outside. After hiding the cache we started to walk back out when a car pulled up next to my car. Me to daughter: Is that a police car? Daughter to me: I don't know because I can't see that far. What if it is? Me: He's not going to believe what we are doing. The thought in my head: "Okay officer I know I am coming out of the woods at 9:00 p.m. with a young lady dressed like a cat, but honestly she's my daughter". Wipe thoughts from my head. Let's just walk out there and see who it is.Well to our surprise it was NOT a policeman. It was a lady talking on her cell phone. Whew! Off to home.  My daughter and I will never forget that night and how much fun we had laughing about it later.

Okay, everything is set for the surprise. All I have to do is get my wife out here to find the cache. Once she finds it then I'll send it in for publishing. What? Do you think I was going to take a chance on someone finding it before my wife did? Not on your life.

The next day after church I told my wife I needed HER to check my cords for my new cache hide and see if they were correct. She took it hook, line, and sinker. Off we went. We arrived at the trail and headed into the woods. This time it was light out. My wife found the cache without too much difficulty. She opened it up to see what all was in there for the FTF. She checked out the log book and then set everything aside including my letter, and started looking at the swag. She was about to put the stuff back in when I told her to check everything out first. So she went through everything again and opened up the letter and began reading it. SURPRISE!!! She was totally speechless. She could not believe it. She then read about the mini vacation we were taking for our anniversary and I'll have to admit I think a piece of dust must have gotten in my eye because it started to water up. Okay, so I was a little emotional and those were tears welling up in my eyes. There I said it. I'm a man and I can take it; if I have to; I guess. Thanks Red.

She then asked when we were going on the trip and I told her "we're leaving tomorrow morning, so we had better go home and pack". That was when I heard the words "What?" We're leaving tomorrow? "Yes dear we are". We headed back home and while she packed I sent the cache in for review. Somewhere along the time line my wife asked me about passports. I knew I had mine and it was good to go, but her's was not. I called the border place and they said all we needed was her birth certificate and ID. Good enough for me. The next day we left for Niagara Falls.

We arrived at the border and the lady there asked us where we were going and for how long. We told her and she said have a great time. We continued on our way.  We arrived at the hotel and it was more than what I expected. The views were amazing and it was well worth the money.



                            The view out of our window



















My wife set up our room with everything from our wedding to include pictures, the guest book, our wedding topper, and everything else she had saved. We spent some time going through all of the pictures reminiscing about our first trip to Niagara Falls, the wedding, and everything else along those 25 totally amazing, awesome, years.  I'll just say that we had a magnificent time for our anniversary.  We did find several caches there in Canada, and we took some wildlife pictures too. We also walked along the streets and enjoyed the night life at the falls. It was fun reliving our anniversary and just spending time together. Before we left we bought a leather key chain and made it into a Travel Bug called Anniversary Bug.  After filling out the TB page we set it loose in a cache there and it is still traveling today. Below are some pictures of our trip and I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

The trip back home was a little more eventful. When we got to the border to come back into the Good Ol' US of A the guy there wanted to see her passport. I explained that we did not have one and I gave him the other papers. This guy then began quizzing us about our trip. We began to feel like he was not going to let  her back in. Oh great! I take my wife to Canada for a special anniversary and now I can't bring her back. Well the guy continued asking questions and then he wanted to know what was in the box in the back of the car. I told him it had our wedding things from 25 years ago. Well maybe he thought we were a little crazy, but he did let us back in with the stipulation that we had BETTER GET HER A PASSPORT or not come back again. Thank you mister 'almost ruin our day' officer. We're going back to where we are appreciated. We did make it back safely to PA.

Now you guys go buy your wife some flowers, hide a Romantic Cache, and give her an anniversary to remember. By the way, the cache was published and even though my wife did not receive the actual FTF she got the better end of the deal. Now I'm just patiently waiting for that 30 year mark. Boy have I got plans for her. I hope she doesn't pass out or something. LOL.

                         The Falls

                            The tallest man's chair

               My beautiful bride of 25 years

                                  Me

                                  Happy Couple of 25 years and still going



                         Both falls in the early morning

                                       Anniversary Bug

Big Daddy walking along the road

And just what are you looking at. Put your eyes back in your head


                      Are you seeing double?

   Tree near one of the caches. He's had a bit too much to drink and he's a little hung over


Honey, get away from the edge.

                        Honey, I'm bushed

             Either Toronto is flooded or that is one big wave. Actually just a good zoom lens.

Can you say ROMANTIC!

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