CacheCrazy.Com: May 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Florida Vacation and Some Side Trips

Last week we made our way down to Florida for a little vacation. It was a vacation, but it was also in preparation for GEOWOODSTOCK XI. (More on GWS XI in the coming weeks.)

We drove all the way to North Carolina and stayed with a friend whom we had not seen for about 19 years. It was good to visit with them and we had a nice place to crash for the night. And yes we did cache on the way to their house. We love trying to hit a few caches along our route, which breaks up the driving time and gives us a chance to stretch our legs.

The next day we arrived in Tampa at my sisters. We got rested up and then on Monday we went to the Tampa Automobile Museum since they were closed last year when we were here. This place is AWESOME! Here are some pictures for you to drool over.

The gentleman who owns these cars, Alain A Cerf, is from France and started his collection in the 1950's and he has been collecting them ever since. He bought his first car for around $150.00 and it is worth over $300,000.00 today.  He keeps each car fully inspected, and licensed, so he can drive them whenever he wants. He usually takes one car out per week for the entire year. If you do the math that comes out to 52 cars and he owns a total of 55. That's a lot of cars. This was a fun place to visit even though we did not get to meet Mr. Cerf. He had just left with one of his cars for the week. Maybe next time we'll meet him.

From there we went to the Holocaust Museum in Tampa and we all learned more than what we ever thought we knew about this atrocity. We were not allowed to take pictures or videos, nor even use our cell phones inside of the building. It was a real learning experience for all of us. Here are the flags and memorial outside of the building.

The plaque reads "In memory of those who died with honor and in honor of those who served with honor".

If you ever get the chance to visit either place I highly recommend them. You'll be amazed at the beauty of the cars and you'll be shocked at the horror of what Hitler did to those he didn't like.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Why Not Wednesday ~ PA Trout Fishing Stamps are gone forever!

I am a collector of "things". 
Some collections are extensive while others, not so much. 
My Pennsylvania Trout Stamp collection falls squarely into the "sparse" category but that doesn't mean I like them any less. They are mini works of art and I loved to collect them. Oh, I have trout stamps from all over the country that I enjoy collecting and trading on Ebay but, my PA Trout Stamp collection with the plate numbers attached are real special. These were hand picked by me, year after year, asking for the one in the corner, top of the page or bottom that has the plate number still attached. Some retailers were willing and helpful but others were not. I actually got into an argument with a guy at Dick's one year. What a jerk! Said I can't pick the stamp I want, that they have to go in order. What? Anyway, what I'm trying to say is, this collection took time and effort to assemble even though it's small, it's special, to me.

I got my fishing license last week and I cringe when I looked at that stupid outline of a trout etched into the license. No artwork, no color, no imagination and twice the price I paid in 1991 when PA first introduced the trout stamp permit for an additional $5.00. Fishermen were pissed. We never had to pay extra for a trout stamp but times had changed and with it, so did the prices of everything and the state had to start somewhere. Last week I paid nearly $10.00 of one, and it's not even a good  picture of a trout, a fisherman and it certainly wont be worth anything anytime soon.

I do like that they just have to swipe your drivers license to get all the info they need for the license application. That is really convenient and simple. No more forms to fill out! But, I still miss the annual anticipation of what print will be chosen as the winner for the stamp and who will the artist be? I know, I'm weird, I'm into stuff like that!

So, enjoy the pics because these stamps will quickly become unavailable and ultimately worth a small fortune
to the endowed collector. That will be long after I'm gone so for now, I'll just enjoy them and think back to the good old days when a trout stamp was an actual stamp that you licked and stuck to your fishing license, your TV had to warm up before optimal viewing and catching fire flies was an acceptable and fun way to spend a summer evening.
Live it up!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Fish Fry

Last week Louie managed to entice me out of bed at the crack of dawn one morning to go white bass fishing.  (White bass are different than regular bass.  They are more like stripers.)  When we're at the lake, I don't usually get up before the sun rises, but on that particular morning I was glad I did.  Here's the view as we pulled away from our dock.  It was worth getting up early just for a view like this of God's handiwork!

We met a friend of ours out on the lake in the "secret" spot and started fishing....

Within an hour we had a nice bucket of fish....

We took them back to the dock and Louie cleaned them up right away.  He uses an electric knife and he's quite good at it!

The dogs like to come down to the dock and inspect things....

But our little guy always likes to try to steal the fish...

We soak the fish in cold water all day and then that night we had a fish fry.  We bread them with Louie's homemade breadcrumbs and then fry them up, nice and crispy....

We also take some fillets, season them, add a little margarine and some lemon juice and cook them on the grill for about 20 minutes....

Either way, they are ummm ummmm good!

Friday, May 24, 2013



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Why Not Wednesday ~ The $5 Cache

I have been jonesing for an adventure all week, so today after work I piled into the van and headed north to the Blue Ridge mountains.

My first stop was a cache that was published yesterday.  It is on a windy road in a remote part of Watuga County.  It was just a guard rail cache, but it gave me some amazing views, so I didn't mind so much.

I was also First To Find. Apparently cachers don't go out here that much (given the remoteness I am not overly surprised).  The FTF prize was 5 one dollar bills. Cha-ching!   I've never made money from a cache before - not to shabby for something I'd go out and do anyway.

Armed with newfound gas money, I continued up the mountains to the Blue Ridge Parkway, where I did some more caching, and grabbed some photos for a photography scavenger hunt I am participating in (more on that later).

Frequent readers of this blog will know that the Blue Ridge Parkway is my absolutely most favorite road to be on.  The views are always amazing, and today did not disappoint.

I only had a few hours to explore, but it was enough to satisfy my urge to explore - at least until tomorrow.

I'll leave you with a few more pictures from my (rather short) adventure in the mountains.

This article was written by Dave DeBaeremaeker. If you liked this post please feel free to check out some of his adventures and hi-jinks on his personal blog: Only Googlebot Reads This Blog.


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