CacheCrazy.Com: September 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

GeoCoins

While doing some blog maintenance I came across this awesome post by Jenny from days gone by. Just had to run it again. BH 

I know you're thinking that GeoWoodstock IX is old news by now.  But I've just realized that I didn't really share the spoils of my trip.  So I'd like to take the opportunity to do so now.  

Trackables are a special part of geocaching.  There are many types of them as well-geocoins, path tags, and Travel Bugs to name a few.  What makes these items special is that they each come with their own serial number used for tracking the item's location.  You can choose to pick up and move along one of these trackables or you can just "discover" it, meaning you log that you saw it instead of removing it from the geocache.  

I've always wanted me own geocoins, ever since peaceout showed me hers last September.  I had a great opportunity to shop around in Pennsylvania and I came home with five, including the one Brad picked out.

When registering for GeoWoodstock, there were many options for packages.  Folks attending could come for free or you could choose from one of many paid packages.  The one I chose came with this GeoWoodstock coin.  The arrow is pointing to where the tracking number would be.  I blurred it out on this and the others so it couldn't be logged by someone eager for a freebie ;) 

This coin celebrates the fact that I made it to my first Mega event.  An event can only be considered Mega if it has over 500 people in attendance.  GeoWoodstock had over 5,000.  Events this size usually last a day or more and have smaller events that coincide with it.  

Back of the Mega coin



This coin has no special meaning behind it.  I chose it because I like the design and colors.

This is the coin Brad chose.  Not only did they have an EMT coin, but they also had one for firefighters and all branches of the military.  They also had one shaped like a miniature space shuttle.  The hatch opens up to show the tracking number.    


This last coin I chose because of the colors.  I love green.  I also thought it was unique in the way that the coin actually opens and closes on a hinge inside the body of the dragonfly.  




I initially thought that these coins would never see a cache.  I'm worried that they'll disappear much like my two Travel Bugs have.  I've seen two options for my situation.  One is to make a color photo copy onto some thick paper and laminate it.  I recently picked up a "coin" like this and thought it was a great idea.  My other option is to purchase a Proxy coin.   These folks had a booth set up at GeoWoodstock and they sell proxies so you don't have to put your actual coin in the cache.  Instead, you send out the duplicate which has the same tracking number as your original.  These copies are only a few dollars and wouldn't be as tremendous a loss as if the real coin went missing.

Other than coins, I also picked up a dozen or so new Path Tags which I'm eager to share.  Just not today...


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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, September 18, 2014

JUNGLE JIM'S INTERNATIONAL MARKET


Did you ever have a hankering for something good to eat? I mean something really, really good, but you just couldn't find it anywhere! Well then Jungle Jim's International Market is the place to go.


Jungle Jim's is located in several states and we visited the one in Fairfield, Ohio.  Jungle Jim's has more than 300,000 square feet of shopping space. And if you can't find what your looking for at this store then it probably doesn't exist.

At the entrance are a number of animals waiting to greet you.




                     The elephants even spray water into the little pond as the waterfall cascades beyond them.

Once inside you are greeted by none other than "Jungle" Jim Bonaminio and you are given a map of the store. Sort of a street map of where everything is located.




As we walked around we came upon some cheese. Now this is not your average cheese log. This happens to be a 773 pound cheese log. Now that's a lot of cheese. It will age for one year and then it will be cut for people to enjoy.


They also have all sorts of wild game for the outdoorsman to try. Just take a look at this video of some of their foods. If you watch you'll even see a sign for python fillets.





They also have one of the largest wine sections around the area with plenty of beer to boot, but since we are not drinkers we did not stay in that area too long. Oh, did I mention they have a tasting bar there. We passed on that too.




They also have plenty of other bars there too. They have a cheese bar, a fruit bar, a cigar bar and many others. One of the places we did stop though was the Candy Bar. Pun intended.


                        How about some Pez Candies?

By now, since we had been tasting some food and had drank a lot of water on the way down here, it was time to visit the little boys room. What I wasn't expecting was having to use a port-a-potty in such a nice place. Well be prepared if you do go to have to use one.

Ladies here you go. Oh, and Men you're not off the hook either. And to top if off there is a throne you can actually sit on.



                         Now let me take you inside for a tour. This is what you see upon opening up the potty door. And the next picture is around the corner.


I couldn't believe they got all of that to fit into a port-a-potty. It has to have been the nicest bathroom I've seen in a long time.



We then went on to the place I really wanted to visit. It has to be the hottest place around. So hot they have a fire truck hanging around. That's right it was the Hot Sauce section. I've never seen so many different types of hot sauces. These ranged not only in heat levels, but in price too. Here are some of the types they have and then you'll see the price of some of them.





Notice that some of them are totally clear. They look like water, but I don't think I'd want to drink it, but then who knows?



Don't let your eyes deceive you. That REALLY does say $4999.00 per bottle. Yes I bought a bottle, but NO I did not buy any of those bottles. I'm more along the lines of $4.50 per bottle. Hey, I don't make that much money. Besides, my wife would have killed me. She thinks I have too many bottles already. Haha; you can never have too many bottles of hot sauce.

Well this has to be the best store I've visited in a long time. We did enjoy it and we did buy some real goodies. They even have real goat heads, as well as sheep heads in the freezer section. My wife has always wanted to try clotted milk so she did buy some. I'll stick to the hot sauce thank you.

On the way home we did stop at a very nice Veteran's Memorial to find a Geocache. It was a nice tribute to all who have served.


So if you have never visited Jungle Jim's I would highly suggest that you do. It's worth the trip. Besides, maybe you'll find something interesting to eat like Bug Candy.






Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Why Not Wednesday ~ A Fungus Among Us


COMING THIS SUMMER TO A GEOCACHE NEAR YOU!

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Saturday September 20th and 
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Magic Mushroom Geocache. 
It's a DIY special!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Geocaching Adventures: Night Cache by Dave DeBaeremaeker and CleverNickname

This excellent post is from 11/2011 but deserves another run. Enjoy the crazy part of our game, night caching!!!
CleverNickname in the spooky darkness

Tonight I went on one of the more interesting geocaching experiences I have ever been on, for tonight I tackled my very first night cache.

Now when I say "night cache"  I don't mean just finding a normal cache after the sun goes down.  This is a cache that is specifically designed to be only found in the darkness, when scary creatures roam the earth in search of food, and good children are tucked safely in their beds.  This is a cache that screams adventure.

I picked up my caching buddy, clevernickname, at 8 PM, a half hour after sunset, and armed with flashlights, GPSs, and hiking sticks, we drove off into the night in search of adventure.



With a normal cache you arrive at the end of your journey at specified coordinates, and within 10-15ft (usually) there is a container with a log book to be signed.With a night cache when you arrive at the coordinates and you need to find the start of a trail. 

So we were at ground zero and we shined our flashlights around to look for trail markers.  Suddenly something in the corner of my eye catches my attention.... off in the distance there is a reflective dot on a tree, ... how odd. 

We walk over to the dot to check it out and as we get close we notice another dot further down the trail.... then another... and another...

Those dots are called fire tacks, basically thumb tacks with reflective material on them, which means they can really only be seen when a light is flashed on them, and this essentially only works at night when the contrast is high enough.

So we follow fire tack after fire tack and soon we are a half mile deeper into the woods.  Eventually we ended up at a place that has a lot of tacks clustered in one spot on a log on the ground.   We took a closer look and found the treasure that we were seeking for  A nice shiny cache container with a crisp log inside just waiting to be signed.

With log signed and container replaced to its hiding place, we then followed the long line of fire tacks back to where we started, got into the van and drove back to civilization.

That, my friends, is one awesome way to go on a geocaching hunt.



Visit the post on Dave's blog - Only Googlebot Reads This Blog. It's the best kept secret in geocaching and we are happy to have Dave as an Honorary Author at CacheCrazy.Com.
Thanks Dave!







Saturday, September 13, 2014

Battleship: Bangor- The Final

If you missed yesterday's post, scroll down and ketch up, we'll wait.
Join us now to do what Jenny says, "put this multi to rest". Let's do it!

On Wednesday, my husband and I planned an early anniversary celebration since we both had to work on our actual anniversary.  We each chose a place to eat and a couple of activities to do.  I'm sure it won't surprise you to know that I chose geocaching as one of the day's events.  Really all I wanted to do was to finish the Battleship series I had started a couple weeks prior but we actually ended up doing six that day.

Armed with both the GPS and the c:geo app for my phone, we trekked into the woods looking for the cache that had previously alluded me.  Both devices led us to within six feet of each other and that's when we began the search.  We went in opposite directions, walking in somewhat of a circle.  We lifted logs and rocks, finding more bugs than anything else.  Thankfully there weren't any bugs to make the hunt any more frustrating than it already was.  

After about fifteen minutes with no luck, we widened our search.  Brad reminded me that because of the container we were looking for, it would have to be hidden in or under something fairly large.  It wasn't long after hearing his advice when, lo and behold, I found it!  Brad came running over to help me remove the container from its very clever hiding place.  




The contents of the cache were pretty decent and in good shape.  We ended up taking a Marvel Superheroes race car and left a Matchbox shaped ice pack.  Brad was impressed with the amount of time and effort that the owner of the cache put into this hide.  He's now trying to think of a series of his own to put out :) 




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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!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Battleship: Bangor part 1

Hey, Jenny is back with another great post about Multi Geocaches! So, it seems only fitting that it be a two part series, right? Join her in Bangor, Maine as she tackles a tricky multi in this two part weekend special. Enjoy!
Occasionally, instead of doing a traditional geocache, I'll get a little bit of ambition and decide to do a multi-step geocache, or multi for short.  A multi requires the finder to go to several locations to collect clues that will lead you to the final cache, which will be in a traditional container.  Sometimes, each stage of the multi will have a container, other times you will be looking at a landmark or other object.  

Last week I started working on a multi that required you to answer true or false about questions on a 5x5 grid.  It was set up like a Battleship grid so I didn't necessarily have to find all 25 locations, just the places where you would get a "hit."  I ended up having to only visit 19 of the squares.  

What I enjoyed about this multi was that although you had to travel to several locations, they were all in a condensed area of Bangor.  I got to see areas that I wouldn't normally visit and learned some things about my city that I didn't already know.  

My first stop was one of Bangor's notable buildings-Thomas Hill Standpipe.  This historical fixture was built in 1897 in a mere six months' time.  People used to be able to go inside to visit but in 1940 a young boy fell between the stairwell and the tank and died of his injuries.  Now, the Standpipe is opened once a season.  Actually, tomorrow is the date of the summer sunset tour.  For more information, click here.   




Although school's not in session, I visited both Husson University and the University College of Bangor to see if I could get any hits on my Battleship board.  Stepping onto the Husson grounds brought back many memories.  I didn't go to college there but when I was a Junior in high school, I had an opportunity to attend Dirigo Girls State.  Girls State gave young women an opportunity to participate in and learn more about government.  To say this program wasn't for me is an understatement.  I dreaded every session and lecture that I attended.  I'm still glad I went though, because I did enjoy spending time with my friends and feeling cool for being on a college campus.  


Before breaking for lunch, I visited the Mt. Hope Cemetery which is the second oldest garden cemetery in America.  Famous mobster Al Brady was buried here after he was shot and killed by the FBI in 1937.  Brady was wanted for 200 robberies, several counts of assaults, and four counts of murder.  Giacomo's, a sandwich shop in Downtown Bangor, has a painting of the famous Public Enemy #1.  Maine's 25th governor and America's 15th Vice-President Hannibal Hamlin was also laid to rest here. 


I was very happy that my hunt for clues took me to Cascade Park.  The day was a hot one and I was able to walk past the fountain and let the mist cool my face.  Families were sitting in the shade sharing picnic lunches and others were strolling along the walking paths.  It's not uncommon to see a wedding taking place here in the summer.  The fountain, flora, and fauna make for a beautiful natural background for any occasion.  There actually used to be a regular geocache on one of the walking trails but it has been disabled for a few months now.  This was one of my favorite stops of the day. 


Now that I've sunk the battleships, I can take my clues and go find the final cache.  I know the location and have tried looking for it once with no luck.  This heat isn't exactly encouraging and sweat in the eyes makes it difficult to look for anything.  On some cool evening this week, I'll make my way back out into the woods so I can finally put this multi to rest.  

 
  
Come back tomorrow and finish this adventure 
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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!

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