CacheCrazy.Com: August 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Scenes While Geocaching

Some are mine some are not but all are beautiful, thank you and enjoy!

Oh wait, how did this get in here?????

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Nature Walk

Today was a great day for geocaching.  My friend Derek and I headed out to find a few that required a walk.  Since today was such a nice day, we were hoping to get out and enjoy the sun.  Today was the first day I've worn shorts this year!  

Derek and I both discovered a place we'd never been to before: Fields Pond Nature Center.  We loved hearing the sounds of the birds and frogs chirping from the woods.  We started down the appropriately named Frog Path but had to turn back quickly because of the mud and water that got onto our shoes.  Thankfully, when we backtracked and took the Ravine Trail, we came across a stream where we were able to wash away some of the mud. 

Continuing across the stream, we climbed a set of stones that acted as stairs leading to an elevated path through the trees.  Being the only ones on the path, we could clearly hear the echoes of the birds calling back and forth to each other.  We stopped to admire the stream rushing by below.  This path is on a bit of an incline so some travelers should plan for breaks or not to take this route. 

We quickly found the geocache just off the trail near a fallen tree.  One of the items in the cache was a washcloth, which we joked about taking so we could use it to clean off our shoes.  In the end we traded some sports cards for golf balls.  I'm not sure if it was the stopping or the moving of the tree bark, but as we were examining the contents of the cache, a swarm of mosquitoes started to cloud around us.  We made a rapid exchange and headed back toward the trail. 

I would highly recommend visiting this area on a dry, summer day.  Fields Pond has 192 beautiful acres and many groomed paths for walking.  You can take these trails yourself or participate in a guided tour.  Many of the paths are perfect for families who practice geocaching together.  One path even goes down to a small boat launch where another geocache can be found. 

"Along the Waters Edge"
In the two short hours that we spent geocaching, we made seven finds.  The ones at Fields Pond were definitely the favorites of the day.  With the awesome scenery and variety of trails, the Fields Pond trails are a nice addition to the systems in the area including the Bangor City Forest and Orono Trails. 


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, August 14, 2015

Geocaching Adventures with Miragee ~ Tecate Peak is Conquered Again

Friday night I got an email from Auld Pro, who had been out of touch since our backpacking trip. He said he and "lostguy" were going east and invited me to join them. I emailed right back suggesting we meet at 8:15 at the Hollenbeck staging area.

At 8:20 in the morning, I called him and got his voice mail. Then I called "lostguy" and got his voice mail. I continued sitting there, listening to all the news on the radio about Hurricane Ike and the destruction it was bringing to Galveston and Houston, and watching the Otay Lake intersection in my rear-view mirror. Finally, I saw a vehicle that looked like Auld Pro's. It stopped and I got out and looked that way. Finally, the vehicle made the left turn and came my direction.

The guys didn't think I was coming because my email got lost in Cyberspace . . . 

Next time I'll confirm with a phone call.

So, I put all my stuff in the back seat of the Jeep and off we went, stopping for a few caches I had already found on my several trips out this way with 3cd's, dillweed, and Chuy!

The only caches I still had to find were up near the top of the peak. When kwvers! were out here, they "Found a Spot" three times. As we worked our way towards the peak, we stopped for several caches. Sometimes my, and "lostguy"'s navigation wasn't the best. We teased each other, something that happens frequently between the three of us, and had lots of laughs, like when Auld Pro was able to get one container without even getting completely out of his Jeep.

From "FATTBOY's Crazy Drive" cache, it was only Auld Pro and me in the Jeep. "lostguy" decided to walk back down the hill instead of riding in the Jeep on that narrow road with steep dropoffs.

At the lower elevations, it was hazy, but at higher elevations the air was much clearer, offering views of distant mountain peaks that looked like islands.

The fire last October roared over this mountain, scorching it thoroughly with flames pushed by 80-mile-an-hour winds.

In places, there are huge boulders on Tecate Peak. These framed the towns of Tecate, CA and Tecate, Mexico.

High above the haze level and looking to the west, we could see Lyons Peak, as well as Skunk Hollow Peak, Madre Grande, Elena Mountain, Barber Mountain, and Gaskill Peak. In the valley below, Highway 94 bisects it before heading up the steep grade towards Tecate.

Before getting back to Highway 94 by taking a shortcut, Auld Pro stopped to place three new caches. Here the guys are discussing what the cache should be named. Once those tasks were completed, we headed for a W9JIM cache hidden in the carcass of an old Pontiac way down the steep embankment.

Where's the car?

Oh, there's the car

Auld Pro climbed inside the wreck to find the cache.

I wish I could have found the Indian from the hood of the car, but it was long gone. I had to settle for this picture of the Pontiac logo.

We made our way back up the steep, steep embankment and enjoyed the air conditioning of the Jeep as we headed back down Highway 94. We stopped for a few more caches I had already found and then got to one I had not found yet. It was one placed by Night Hunter and highlights this old "sign" painted on the rock. This is the setting.

And a closeup.

The last cache of the day was another one of Night Hunter's "Stone Ruination" caches near where my friend Rita lives and not very far from my house, as the crow flies.

A couple of incredible rock walls remain, although most everything else on the property succumbed to the fire last October . . . 

After investigating the area, we walked back to the Jeep and then Auld Pro returned me to my vehicle. It was a really fun day and I was grateful to be able to join the guys on their caching adventure.

On my way home, I stopped at my friend's house, where a couple of hours later, we saw the nearly-full moon come up behind the rocks on the right-hand side of this picture taken at the Stone Ruination location.

It was a perfect ending to a really incredible day.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Reflections On A Milestone

I found my 700th cache last week.  Ript2Shrds-Satan's Crack was the cache I chose to be as such, as I spent the day caching with some great people during our Trilogy of Terror adventure.  While I'll save the official story for our editor-in-chief, I will say what was the consensus among the group that day- it was one of the best caches- EVER!  The cache hunt was filled with a grueling, physically challenging hike, one heck of a vertical climb, and a descent once at the top.  The climb was rewarded with a picturesque view, and something I would probably have never seen, had it not been for geocaching.  It was a most memorable cache, as any milestone should be.

I ponder one question, though.  Why was it anticlimactic for me?

I'd wanted to achieve the personal milestone at this event from the moment we first planned the day out.  I believe I was lingering around 670-675 finds at the time of the planning, so I knew I had some work to do.  Unfortunately, time was not on my side.  We were about a month and a half out, and my caching time was very minimal.  To boot, I was on vacation over the week of the 4th, and did not intend on finding any caches in South Carolina.  (Happenstance allowed me to find a couple).  Over the days and weeks leading up to the event, I methodically planned which areas I'd hit up.  I knew I'd be making a couple trips to the Lehigh Valley, which provided me a chance to hunt caches along a few of the wonderful rail trails along the way.  I've more or less cached out my home area, and am leaving what few "easy" caches are out there for a rainy day, when I'm in a pickle and need a quick find to fill a calendar day.  There are several alternate routes for me to take between Northwest New Jersey, where I primarily work, and my home in Northeast PA.  This enabled me to pick a few extra ones up between home and work, without having to go out of my way, particularly after work, when I'd surely be pressed for time.

I knew 698, 699 and 700 would be found during the Trilogy of Terror, and I had 695, 696 and 697 planned out, as I needed them to fill out calendar days.  So here I am, with about a week to go, and a handful of caches needed to be found in a very short period of time.  So I did what any right-minded cacher would do: I hit a guardrail series.  Yeah, I said it.  A series of caches, identical in container type, size and hiding spot.  I must admit, it made for a dull afternoon.  Not to mention, it rained, on and off, the entire time.  I did me some five-star caching.  Unfortunately, it came over a period of five caches.   Not my proudest moment in geocaching, but I did it for the greater good.

Perhaps that is why I sat in my living room last Sunday evening, licking my wounds from our awesome adventure, and when thinking about #700, just shrugging my shoulders and saying "whatever".  It's just another number.  The real accomplishment that afternoon was the friendships which were made, those which were renewed, and the camaraderie among a dozen or so people, from different walks of life, coming together one afternoon to share in an common interest.



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