CacheCrazy.Com: OUTDOOR ADVENTURE MAGAZINE a CacheCrazy.Com Exclusive 2 Day Special

Friday, January 16, 2015

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE MAGAZINE a CacheCrazy.Com Exclusive 2 Day Special


Welcome to the world-famous Lehigh River Gorge in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains - home to one of the most popular whitewater rafting trips in the country and word headquarters of CacheCrazy.Com!  Here you'll discover a close-to-home adventure that feels a world away!  Awesome wilderness scenery and exciting, fun-filled rapids combine for a picture-perfect outdoor day!

You can go as wild or as mild as you want to. Try busting the wake in your kayak or joining the family on a river ride through mild white water of the Lehigh River on the stretch between White Haven, PA to Jim Thorpe, PA this 25 mile section has a little bit of everything you could want. 

You'll laugh. You'll scream. And you'll soak yourself silly!  Absolutely no experience needed! 


Grandpa Goes Geocaching

During the past week, I was able to spend some quality father/son time with my youngest son, Jacob, in some of our North Georgia State Parks.  In fact, our trip took us to 11 parks to be exact.  And while that was a treat itself, I was also treated with being able to take my dad geocaching for the first time.  There we were; three generations of Davis men enjoying time in our wonderful state parks doing what we love to do, hiking, geocaching, and being together.

Prior to arriving in Bolingbroke to pick up my dad, Jacob and I stopped for a bite to eat at an old Macon favorite, Nu-Way Weiners.  Since I used to eat there plenty of times growing up, I thought it would be neat to introduce Jacob to this legendary restaurant.  My meal consisted of a hot dog and hamburger, while Jacob chose the hamburger meal.  We grabbed "Poppa" three hot dogs to go.  Nu-Way's slogan is "I'd go a long way for a Nu-Way".  We had indeed just traveled 138 miles for a Nu-Way.  But then again, who wants to go out hiking or geocaching on an empty stomach?

After a short stop at my parent's home, we set off to our first stop of the day, Indian Springs State Park (thought to be the oldest state park in America).  Since it was terribly hot, my plan was to spend only enough time to retrieve the stamp from the cache and then be on our way to the next park (we are currently participating in the Georgia State Parks Geo-Challenge).  My purpose was to introduce my dad in a way that would be favorable, but not intolerable.  The temperature that day was 95 degrees with very high humidity.  Upon arriving, we quickly located the 3/4 mile Overland Nature Loop Trail and set off to claim our prize.  Having done some prior research, I noted that the cache would not be too far along the trail, so the opportunity for a quick park and grab presented itself.  (Note:  My dad is in his late 60's and I was very proud to have him out with us, but I did not want him to have a negative experience dealing with such high heat and humidity.  And since my son and I would be leaving the next morning for a week of hiking and geocaching, as stated previously, I merely wanted to introduce him to our favorite hobby in a favorable way)

The trail itself turned out to be moderately difficult.  While I'm not an expert on rating, I would probably give it a three out of five star rating.  At times, the trail would become quite narrow, and navigating the slopes and declines presented unique slipping hazards, such as dirt, rocks, and moist ground coverings.  Having traversed much more difficult terrain, it was really no problem for my son and I, and I'm happy to say that my dad progressed just fine too.  As far as wildlife goes, I guess they were hiding somewhere trying to keep cool.  All we were able to see were a few lizards, a frog, and a couple of woodpeckers.  Though scarce, I'm thankful for what we did see.

Once out on the trail, and following Jacob's lead (JDAWG), we closed in to about 250 feet of the cache location and a strange thing occurred.  While not really strange, but it was still a first, we noticed that some muggles were milling about down around the GZ.  (For those of you not familiar with the term muggles, it is what geocachers call non-geocachers - it is a term adapted from the Harry Potter series.)  At least we thought they were muggles.  As it turns out, they were geocachers too!  Though we had run into other geocachers in other state parks, this was the first time we'd ever walked up on some at the same cache we were pursuing.  They had arrived only minutes prior to us.  Having not dealt with this before, I was a bit unsure what to do.  Initially, we continued on down the trail until they noticed us, but I ultimately decided to stop, turn around, and move back to give them their space and time.  As they took notice, I simply called out to them that we were geocachers too, and we'd gladly wait back here.  They thanked us for the gesture and continued with their own quest.  After a brief wait, we were rewarded with the find and retrieved another state park stamp.  From there, instead of returning the way we had come, we continued along the loop trail, much to the delight of my dad.  To see him talk and smile with my son along the way made the trip well worth it!  And as my dad later exclaimed, he had a great time.

After leaving Indian Springs State Park, we made the short commute over to High Falls State Park where we found a bit more of a challenge.  The cache was located along the 1.8 mile Non-game Nature Trail and we found it to be a bit more challenging due to its length.  Additionally, there were plenty of exposed roots, rocks, and loose dirt that made it tough to get proper footing.  Still, I would not rate it above a three on a scale of one to five.  And as was the case with Indian Springs State Park, this trail had plenty of elevation changes too.

Once we arrived at the GZ, it was time for my dad to take charge and locate his first cache.  After giving him the clue, he considered the possibilities and within minutes he had scooped up that beautiful green ammo can!

We continued on along the trail to its conclusion that day prior to heading over to the Bass Pro Shop. From there, we returned to a great home cooked meal that my mother had prepared for us. Then, it was off to bed for a good night of rest.  As I lay my head on my pillow that night, I reminisced about the day's activities and I couldn't be more happy of the fact that I was able to be there with my dad for his first geocaching experience.  I smiled when I thought about how many of my "first experiences" that he was probably proud to have been there for.  Naturally, I considered the same thoughts about my own two sons.  I went to sleep thankful!

**For more about the state parks that we visited, you can click on the links below.
Indian Springs State Park
High Falls State Park
Three thing you must know about

1. The Dos And Don'ts In Snake Country
When hiking, stick to well-used trails and wear over-the-ankle boots and loose-fitting long pants. Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see, and avoid wandering around in the dark. Step ON logs and rocks, never over them, and be especially careful when climbing rocks or gathering firewood. Always avoid walking through dense brush or willow thickets.
Be careful when stepping over the doorstep as well. Snakes like to crawl along the edge of buildings where they are protected on one side.

2. Is It A Rattlesnake Or Isn't It?
Many a useful and nonthreatening snake has suffered a quick death from a frantic human who has mistakenly identified a gopher snake, racer or other as a rattlesnake. This usually happens when a snake assumes an instinctual defensive position used to bluff adversaries. A gopher snake has the added unfortunate trait of imitating a rattlesnake by flattening its head and body, vibrating its tail, hissing and actually striking if approached too closely.

3. What To Do In The Event Of A Snake Bite
Though uncommon, rattlesnake bites do occur. The first thing to do if bitten is to stay calm. Generally, the most serious effect of a rattlesnake bite to an adult is local tissue damage which needs to be treated. Children, because they are smaller, are in more danger if they are bitten.
Get to a doctor as soon as possible, but stay calm. Frenetic, high-speed driving places the victim at greater risk of an accident and increased heart rate. If the doctor is more than 30 minutes away, elevate the bite and then try to get to the doctor as quickly as possible.


Why not try a Mountain Pie?

The great thing about pie iron cooking is that it's easy for anyone to get involved which makes it all the more inclusive and fun when cooking in a group or with the family. Although the learning curve is slight for basic sandwiches and pies, the complexity can be taken up a notch or two for those so inspired.

Basic Instructions 1. Place slice of bread, butter side down, on lower half of cooker. Spoon fruit, meat, or other filling on center of bread (see recipes).
2. Place second slice of bread, butter side up, on top of fillings. Latch hand; trim off excess bread if necessary.
3. Toast over campfire, fireplace or bbq until golden brown on both sides. A delicious snack in 4 to 6 minutes.

Aluma Fruit Pie
Use any canned pie filling; apple, cherry, and peach are delicious. Place filling between your choice of bread as per our basic direction. Grill until golden brown. Sprinkle with sugar and serve.

Don's Square Pie Sauerkraut

2 slices white bread
Leftover mashed potaoes (tip - when making potatoes substitute mayo for milk)
Shredded cheddar
optional ingredients - Leftover spareribs, deboned & chopped into 1" strips.

Place slice of bread, buttered side down, into cooker. Fill with ingredients, cover with remaining slice of bread buttered side up. Close cooker, latch handles and grill until toasted.

Prepare cornbread mix according to direction on package. Into a well greased cooker, fill cavity about one third with mix. Close, latch handles and bake over very low heat until done.

Rocky Road Treat
Spread peanut butter on 2 slices of bread. Add one large marshmallow and one chocolate bar square between buttered bread slices/ Toast in cooker until bread is golden brown.

Fried Potatoes
Place sliced potatoes in cooker, add butter, salt and pepper (to taste) and close. Grill on both sides over low heat.

Tuna Melts
Mix canned tuna fish, chopped pickle and mayonnaise. Place on slice of bread, buttered side down, and add slice of Havarti cheese and a slice of tomato. Cover with remaining side of buttered bread and grill until hot and toasty.

Beef Pie
Place one piece of pie dough loosely in cooker cavity, buttered side down. Add cubed, cooked beef, cooked potato slices, onions and pepper. Cover with remaining piece of pie crust, buttered side up. Close grill and latch handles. Bake for approximately 5 minutes.

Pizza Pie
Place slice of pizza crust in cooker cavity, add tomato puree, green peppers, slivered garlic, oregano, mozzarella cheese and top with pepperoni. Cover with second slice of pizza crust. Grill 3 or 4 minutes on each side or until desired doneness is reached. English muffins or sliced bread or pita can be used in place of pizza crust.

Garlic Buns
Spread inside of burger buns with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt and paprika. Turn each bun inside out and place into cooker cavity. Grill until golden brown.

Hot Ham and Cheese
Place slice of bread, buttered side down, into cooker. Place slice of ham and slice of cheese on bread. Add Dijon mustard and cover with remaining slice of bread, buttered side up. Close cooker, latch handles and grill to golden brown.

Sloppy Joes
Use canned, pre-cooked sloppy joe mix or make your own mix with hamburger, barbecue sauce and onion. (Meat must be precooked.) Place mix between buttered bread and cook over low heat until hot and toasty.

Bacon and Tomato Special
Fill whole wheat bread with sliced tomatoes, crisp bacon, lettuce and mayonnaise. Toast sandwich for 3 to 4 minutes in pie iron.

Open cooker and use as two skillets, place one egg in each side of cooker. Use cooker in closed position for scrambled eggs; add onion, cheese, pepper, and mushrooms for omelettes.

French Toast
Dip 2 bread slices into egg batter, place both slices into cooker, placing strawberry jam between bread slices. Toast until browned.

Have fun and make your own Great Outdoor Adventures!
Editor and Chief Chef :)



Kim@Snug Harbor said...

All these food choices have made me hungry!!!!

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

It's taken me a couple of days to read all the different stories but really enjoyed them. I'm greatful that we don't have any dangerous animals and snakes here in the UK or I wouldn't have completed almost 520 caches alone.

As for the food, same as Kim , boy am I hungry now.

Great blogs, thanks.


Ha, that's why it's a two day special!
I want to thank Sonny for sharing his Dad's first geocaching experience and what an awesome story it is. And, thanks to Dodger for inspiring me with the awesome mountain pies he made at a recent family campfire! Ummmm they are good!

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