CacheCrazy.Com: July 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

WHY NOT WEDNESDAY - Everyone IS Doing It -

Hi guys, Bloodhounded here! Just a quick mention to keep Rob aka BigAl437 in your prayers today. The big man is going under the knife and having some heart surgery in NYC today! God Bless you brother! 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What is an EarthCache?

I like to go to Earthcaches because I usually learn something new in addition to getting credit for finding a cache and getting another smiley under my belt.  (getting credit for finding a cache is called a smiley)  This particular earthcache was cool because we found crystals.  It is located in Iowa.

According to the official geocaching website  an earthcache is described as follows:
EarthCache - Small IconEarthCache

Kim is a proud member and a Bronze Level Master
An EarthCache is a special place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. EarthCaches include a set of educational notes and the details about where to find the location (latitude and longitude). Visitors to EarthCaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage the resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the Earth. For more information about EarthCaches, visit

First we had to find the crystal field....

According to the cache page at
This Earthcache is Classified as a Mineral Feature. Looks like Lou and Barb found some already....

Gypsum crystals form in several varieties:
Alabaster is a fine-grained massive material. It is an ornamental stone that has been used in fine carvings for centuries.
Satin spar is a compact fibrous aggregate that has a satin-like look that gives a play of light up and down the crystals.
Selenite is the colorless and transparent variety of gypsum crystal. The word selenite comes from the Greek for Moon and means moon rock. Selenite crystals can form as a conglomerate of several connected crystals, as crystals attached to limestone or other mineral bases, or as free-floating individual crystals that are not attached to anything.

Darryl found some too....

The selenite crystals that you find at this site are loose and located on the ground. On a sunny day, you will see the bright flashes of the sun reflecting from the surface of the crystals. They often have other minerals locked in them that produce a dark or clouded area within the crystal.
Can you see any in the photo below?

Gypsum is a major rock formed from precipitation from highly saline waters.
Saline water occurs when salt water becomes land locked and some of the water evaporates. You can see this today in the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The salts become highly concentrated as evaporation continues. At some point, the water can’t hold the salts and they start to recombine into solids. These solids are then heavier than the water and they settle, or precipitate, to the bottom producing a layer of gypsum.
Gypsum is used as sheet rock for ceilings and walls in our homes. It’s also used for many other industrial purposes. Gypsum is found in many of the sedimentation layers of rock formed during many of the ages back in time.
The chemical name for gypsum is Hydrated Calcium Sulfate. The chemistry formula is CaSO4-2(H2O). Gypsum, along with its associated crystals, has a hardness of 2 mohs. This means that it is so soft that you can scratch it with your fingernail.

Yes, I put my camera down long enough to find a few myself.

The view on the way down.....

Afterwards we stopped at the Crystal Lake Cave.  We didn't have enough time to do a cave tour, but we walked around inside the gift shop.  I want to go back another day for the tour.

So now you have a good example of what an Earthcache is.  We spent a wonderful day out with good friends, poking around a crystal field, finding crystals and even learned something new!
Thanks Kim for another great adventure and teaching us about EarthCaches! If you like this article, you'll love her blog Snug Harbor Bay. While your there say "Hi" in the comments and tell her that Bloodhounded sent you!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Thousands to Descend on West Bend for Annual Geocaching Mega-Event West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h coming up on August 9-10

It’s almost time for the 6th annual West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h!
Nearly 600 teams from 30 states and six countries are already signed up for this free, family-friendly geocaching mega-event in West Bend, the Geocaching Capital of the MidwestTM. The Cache Ba$h will be held on in West Bend’s Regner Park with a cash raffle totaling $1,000 and tons of other great prizes! The event draws all different demographics – from families with small children to teens and older couples. Whether your group is just delving into
the world of geocaching, or you’re already a die-hard, you’re welcome at the Cache Ba$h.
This year, 65 new permanent caches have been established for the event, bringing West Bend’s total to more than 1,100 caches within a 10-mile radius of the city.

Geocaching, a high-tech version of hide-and seek, has adventurers using GPS devices to locate hidden treasures known as caches. It began in May of 2000, when the White House decided to make high-quality global positioning satellite signals, previously reserved only for government and military use, available to the general public. One GPS enthusiast in Oregon decided to test the accuracy of the new technology by hiding a target in the woods, posting its coordinates on-line, then sitting back to see who might find it. Geocaching was born.
The West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h began in 2008 with about 400 teams. It’s now estimated that the nearly 2,000 people who pilgrimage to West Bend for the event bring in more than $400,000 to the city each year, staying in hotels, eating in restaurants and shopping the bustling downtown retail district.

While in town, cachers won’t want to miss the opportunity to hike along the Eisenbahn State Trail, enjoy a meal at one of the dozens of local eateries cooking up fresh, home-cooked delights, or stop by one of the city’s four distinct museums, revealing the storied history of Washington County. Geocaching art lovers should plan to visit the newly reopened Museum of Wisconsin Art, in its new 32,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility along the banks of the Milwaukee River.

Nestled in the northern Kettle Moraine and set against the picturesque backdrop of its historic downtown, West Bend is less than an hour from Milwaukee and hosts the perfect mix of small town charm and big city amenities.

To learn more about the Cache Ba$h, log on to 

Thanks for the great information Kate! I Hope your event is the best ever and grows every year in the future. You never know where one of our CacheCrazy.Com readers/reporters will turn up? Maybe at your event? If you want to learn more about the event or just check out the details you can reach Kate below - BH
Kate Hagen Social Media and Promotions Coordinator Pilch and Barnet

Friday, July 19, 2013

It's Not About The Numbers (Really It Isn't)

I'm a big nerd.  I admit it.  In high school, I was the one everyone turned to for answers, during a test, when the teacher left the room.  Although it's not my favorite, I'm a Star Wars fan.  I taught myself computers when I was 16 years old, when people were raving about this thing called the World Wide Web.  Baseball  is my favorite sport, and growing up, I loved figured out batting averages and ERA's for my favorite players.

Geocaching fits in perfectly with my nerdy personality.  One main reason for this:  statistics.

Those who say "it's not about the numbers" don't know what they're talking about.  Now, I'm not talking about attempting to log a find on every cache out there.  I've tried cache runs, and I must say I'm not a fan.  I'd rather find one awesome cache than 15 mediocre ones.  What I'm talking about are the off-the-wall stats that are out there.  Allow me to share a few with you.

On April 27, 2011-found GC1NYCE-Got Trout?..., GCG903-Tri-State Cache & GC13RA1-Treasures and Travel Bugs Westbound.  Three caches, three states, one day!  For added coolness, the Tri-State Cache, located in a cemetery in Port Jervis, NY, is about 50 feet from a benchmark on which you can stand and be in three states at the same time-New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Sweet!

NJ, NY and PA meet here.

August 22, 2011-three FTF's in one day: GC32P7A-HOLY MOTHER OF SORROWS, GC32P0A-OLD FORGE CEMETERY & GC32P0Z-OLD FORGE SLOVIC CEMETERY.  As a self-confessed FTF Hound, I was quite pleased of this accomplishment.

What a beautiful day to go caching!

October 24, 2011-I took a walk in the morning, while in Florida on business, and found GC31FY7-Walk With Snickers.  I flew into Philadelphia later that evening, and picked up GC2VNZD-Philadelphia Airport on the way out of town.  While stopping for a bathroom break, I found GC1F01D-Three Is Company at a rest stop on the turnpike.  For those scoring at home, that's three caches, two states, 1029 miles in distance!

That's a lot of ground to cover.

Most consecutive days with a find?  14.  Most consecutive days without a find?  71.

Distance of caches found: 23159 miles.  That's 0.097 times to the moon! Speaking of which, do you know why there aren't any caches on the moon?  Simple, no lampposts!

So how about you?  Do you have a favorite cache stat?

Thursday, July 18, 2013


What are Signature Items, and what do they mean to you?

A while ago I ran a post about signature items and I have had requests to run it again. So without further delay here it is once again. 

Do you have a signature item? Do you even know what a signature item is? What does it mean to you? These are questions that we are going to look at today.

I first found out about signature items by finding one in a Geocache. It looks like a small compass, and is very colorful. I knew it was different from a Geocoin because there was no trackable info on it. I decided to keep it. Since then I have found a number of different items that I have kept. Then I started reading about them on the forums. I could not believe how many people have their own signature item.

So what is a Signature Item (SI)? A SI is a cacher's way of leaving their mark that they have visited a particular cache. states it this way: "An item unique to a specific geocacher that is left behind in caches to signify that they visited that cache. These often include personal geocoins, tokens, pins, craft items, or calling cards". 

Most SI's are not left at every cache visited; just ones that seem special. Usually these are left if the cacher really likes the cache and the way it was hidden. I have not only found poker chips, but I have found  Ranger beads (Pace Counters), personal Pathtags, buttons, wooden nickels, and Geocaching pins. Most of these end up on my backpack.

So what does a SI mean to you? To me they mean someone really enjoys Geocaching. They enjoy it enough that they sit down and come up with a unique item that specifically states "Hey, I was here!" It also says there was something special about that cache. I now take note of which caches these items are left in. Now don't get me wrong you can leave a SI in every cache if you want to. But that could get costly if you're paying good money for a personal geocoin or pathtag. At first I left a marble in every cache. They were cheap and I know some people collect them. Then I began to think about it more and started noticing the nice coins on the forums. They are really nice and I know that they have special meaning to their owners. That's why when a fellow cacher gives you one it says something about them and you. The more I thought about it the more I knew a geocoin was not what I wanted to do, yet.

Then there are the Ranger Beads. I love this way of keeping track of how far you have walked. Pace counting as it is called is a way military personnel learn to keep track of how far they have walked. These are beads attached to a piece of parachute cord and when you have walked a certain distance you move a bead. When all 9 beads are moved then you move an upper bead.  These are neat items and again time has gone into making them. I knew this one too was not for me. I needed something more personal. Then it hit me. I love the outdoors, so why not make it with something from outdoors. Excellent idea. Now would it be wood, stone, or something else.  I think something else would be perfect.

Since I am a hunter I happen to have a number of deer antlers just laying around. That was when the idea hit me. I would make deer antler key chains. So I set out making a trial key chain to see how they would look and function. I cut the first antler and then glued a small sticker to it. The sticker is the GC pendant. Then I dipped it in polyurethane. Once that was dry I dipped it again. I did this several times to make sure the sticker would not come off, and I wanted it to look professional. When it was totally dry I put some paracord through the hole and then braided it into a key chain. I thought it really looked cool. Then some of the people I see saw the key chain and said they loved it. I knew this was now a hit. I started making more of them to be sure to have plenty on hand. This past week I left my first one in a cache and I have many more to drop off and make.

So tell me what signature items have you seen, and what ones do you have. Also, comment below if there is a special reason you have the signature item that you chose. And if you would tell us which kinds of caches you leave them in. Whatever you do just have fun and keep those signature items coming. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Geocaching Adventures with Miragee ~ Salvation Mountain, CA USA

Out in the Imperial Valley, below sea level, where it gets to 120 degrees in the summertime, is a completely improbable site called Salvation Mountain.

More than a decade ago, Leonard Knight started painting this dirt bluff with leftover donated paint. He built up the shape with bales of hay or straw and created a mountain to celebrate his faith in God.

Thousands of gallons of paint have been used to create this huge piece of folkloric art. The person inside the "bracket" might give a bit of scale to this amazing structure, but until you have arrived breathless after climbing to the top, you really don't get the true scale of the mountain.

The day I was there, some people were interviewing Leonard, which wasn't easy because he couldn't hear anything. A friend who lives in nearby Slab City who has known Leonard for a long time said he must have gotten swimmer's ear again from swimming in the nearby pond.

Leonard saw me with my camera and said, "The more pictures the better." Then he asked if I was by myself. When I said I was, he told me I could take four or five of his postcards as well as one of the 200-piece jigsaw puzzles when I left. He told me where they were and said, "Help yourself." 

Where does this sort of drive and creativity come from?

Oh . . . did I mention this turned out to be a Virtual Cache I was able to log after I got back? 

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Folks, it's almost here. I mean I have been looking forward to this date for a about a year. I just can't wait.

The date is July 20th, 2013. It's a Saturday and it's going to be a great event.

I guess you could say that I'm a little excited about this event. I get to do two of my favorite things; eat and geocache.

You're probably thinking to yourself "what event is he talking about?" Well let me tell you.

It's the fourth annual Cabot Gas and Oil Picnic. This picnic, which will be held at the Harford Fair Grounds, is FREE to the public. That's right it's FREE!! You can take the kids with you and let them have fun on the play items they have there.

You also get to see many different gas and oil related items and meet the people who operate them. What's fun is that you can ask them questions about their rigs or trucks and you get to be up close and personal.

This is a diamond drill bit that attaches to the drill that goes down deep into the earth to make way for the pipes.

                                    Now that's a big drill bit

There will be plenty of souvenirs for you and your kids to take back home with you. Last year we walked away with some great items including a number of cloth freezer bags that zip up. Boy did they come in handy for grocery shopping.

And of course there is plenty of free food. I could not believe how much food they went through last year.

So if you're not doing anything on July 20th come on out and join me for some fun and a great time of learning. Oh, and I'll be eating too.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

WHY NOT WEDNESDAY ~ Weather Resistant Gadget Crazy

Mike Thomas sent me this contribution and I knew you guys would be cool with it. We do not endorse or sell anything at CacheCrazy.Com but, this was awesome and totally appropriate. All the hyperlinks go back to the source document so if you want to check something out, you'll need to do it from there. A weatherproof laptop? how cool is that. Oh, and number 22 is my Etrex Venture HC to the list. It has stood the test of time and total submersion several times, lol!
weatherproof tags
And number 22 is.........

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Rock and Art

This weekend was a busy one.  Yesterday my husband and I traveled to Ellsworth for my grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary party.  We celebrated at Jasper's Restaurant, my grandparents' favorite.  It was nice to see all of our family and friends gathered together in one place socializing.  
While my husband drove toward home, I changed from my dress clothes into an outfit more suitable for geocaching.  We made a stop at the Rock and Art store located just outside of Ellsworth.  The store was closed but I was lucky enough to meet one of the owners recently and was excited to hear that she is bringing her work to Downtown Bangor.  Outside of the store is the entrance to a nature trail. 

My hubby sat in the car geohovering, a term he and his uncle would like to coin.  It's similar to what men do while their wives go shopping.  As I entered the nature trail, a gentlemen asked me if I was there geocaching.  I was surprised but said yes and asked if he was doing the same.  He explained that he was out planting trees.  He chatted with me as I looked for the container and seemed happy to watch as I looked under and behind anything as I sought the treasure. 

I was distracted momentarily from looking for the actual geocache because of the interesting surroundings.  There were some very interesting mini art exhibits to admire and take pictures of.  The Rock and Art website explains that these are temporary exhibits made by local artists and will change periodically throughout the summer.  My favorite display was the unique chess pieces lined up like soldiers surrounding a metal chair. 

After finishing my shutterbug duties, I quickly found the cache.  The man asked if I could contact the owner of the geocache as he noticed how wet the log was and that the container was a bit damaged.  I noted these things in my log and hopefully the owner will get a chance to perform some maintenance here.  I would love to see this geocache be a long lasting one. 

Luckily, this geocache is located on the route I travel to visit my family.  I plan on stopping in here over the summer to check out what will no doubt be more interesting exhibits.  The store is easy to get to and is on a busy route that runs between Bangor and Ellsworth.  I hope you can stop by and enjoy the show!


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!

Friday, July 5, 2013

A Rookie Mistake

Back in the fall of 1988 I experienced my first overnight camping trip.  Sure, I've been on father-son camping trips back in Cub Scouts, but I was a Boy Scout now.  This was the big time!  As with others my age, this was our first Jamboree.  We were full of excitement, as we heard how awesome these trips were.  Little did we know, we'd get crash course in how NOT to camp.

The scene of the crime was the Goose Pond Scout Reservation.  As an 11 year old boy, this was the Camelot of campgrounds.  My cousin spent his summers as a camp counselor here, and I spent countless nights listening to his adventures.  My dad dropped me off at the church, where we held our troop meetings, as I met up with my Scout mates.  We loaded up our gear into the trucks and vans of our Scoutmasters, and headed to Goose Pond.

The weather that Friday night was miserable.  In true Northeast PA November fashion, the weather was cold and windy, with the precipitation alternating between rain, snow and every combination thereof.  The excitement of potentially waking up to snow was quickly doused when we arrived to the campsite.  It became apparent we were going to set up camp in the pouring rain.  Reluctantly, we unloaded the gear from the vehicles and scouted out locations to pitch our tents.  Our dads weren't here to bail us out and set them up for us.  This was probably one of the first moments of my young life where I need to make such a realization.  Keep in mind, these tents were not of the pop-up variety which are widespread today.  No, these tents were 6 to 8 man canvas tents with thick metal poles.  The good news for us was the poles were color coded for easy setup.  The bad news?  It was pitch dark, pouring rain, and colors play tricks on the eyes in the dark when it's raining sideways.

Summer Camp 1993

It took a good hour or two to set up the four or five tents we had with us.  Our next priority was to get a fire going.  Did I mention it was raining?  Finding dry kindling to get a fire going was a chore.  The veteran scouts showed us some tricks to uncover dry firewood, even in the wettest of weather.  For that, we were extremely grateful.  In a short time, we had a decent fire going, and were able to dry off and warm up.

That dry and warm feeling didn't last too long.

Yep.  Right through our tent.

We woke up at first daylight, and immediately realized our rookie mistake.  We had positioned our tents with the door facing UPHILL!  Needless to say, the runoff from uphill flowed into our tents, flooded us out, and made for some ice cold Tenderfoot scouts.  We suffered through that weekend, cold, damp and hanging our heads in shame over our boo-boo.  I've set up many a tent since that weekend, and believe me, I'll always make note of where the door is!

Thursday, July 4, 2013


Today is July 4th, 2013. I thought it would be nice for all of us to read the below post and remember what this day really means. 

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

                       THE AMERICAN FLAG AND I'M PROUD OF IT!
I don't know about you, but that flag means a lot to me. As a prior military man I know what it stands for and what it cost for us to have it. As they say "freedom isn't free" and how true that is. 
I hope that each of you can celebrate today with your families. Make it a special day. Dad, if you have kids get out there and buy some fireworks or sparklers and have some fun with them. Take them fishing, or better yet Geocaching, and then have a picnic at the park, or even in your back yard. Just make it a special day with them. Who knows how long we will have them or this world we live in to really enjoy. 


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