CacheCrazy.Com: 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

Cemetery Geocaching

Author: Bloodhounded
Notes from author: This seems to be a hot topic amongst many, some say it's wrong while others say, big deal. What do you think? Here is my take on the subject of geocaching in cemeteries.

 In the very beginning, when I first started geocaching I remember thinking, “They actually hide these caches in cemeteries? Is that ok to do?” Something just didn’t seem right. Sure it was a nice “park like” atmosphere, there was always a place to park and it never closed so, I guess it made sense. Still somewhere in the back of my feeble brain I remember thinking they were not the geocaches that I was going to go after. Out of respect for the dead or, maybe my upbringing of having to always remove my hat while in a cemetery or my Dad would give me a kick in the ass influenced and reinforced that “knee jerk” reaction, I’m not sure. I did know that with all of those geocaches out there, it would never be an issue. 

Fast forward five months later; I found all the caches within my home turf! All except those two cemetery caches, darn cemetery caches! I put my best intensions aside and went out to clear the field. The first was actually pretty cool. The cemetery had some deep history and many of the tombstones reflected an era that I have only read about. To think those folks have been buried here all that time was fascinating to me. I stopped looking for the cache and started reading headstones and marveled at the different types of stone sculptures. It was really cool and I realized that the CO wanted others to see these too. I found the geocache quickly and moved on to the next. This next geocache was not anywhere near as interesting or maintained. Actually, the place was a wreck with tree limbs down on grave sites and overgrown. The cache itself seemed to resemble the rest of the picture as it was poorly placed or maintained. The log should have been replaced a while ago, damp and falling apart in my hands.

Since then I have found several cemetery geocaches. Many of them were totally awesome with great historic features and significance that made them special in some way, yet others lacked any thought or consideration of the deceased. I even have three cemetery hides of my own under my belt to add another layer of diversity to my geocaching hides. So, I ask you, “am I a changed man” contradicting my initial thoughts of geocaching in cemeteries? There are pluses and minuses however overall; I have not changed my feelings on the subject. Somehow, I still feel it’s probably not the best place for a geocache.

I think there is an element of “edict” that needs to come into play here. Now, I’m not going to outline what I “think” that is but, I will say that good common sense goes a long way here. I try not to walk over top of graves, come in contact with headstones and always say a small prayer for the residence but, that’s just me. I have seen the damage of vandals and the disregard of poor management that let these hallowed grounds go to Hell (no pun intended). In one hand, I think if I were laid to rest here and folks were playing around me, I’d be cool with that, even welcome it. On the other hand, seeing folks climbing over headstones and littering would really piss me off. So, I guess I’m torn.

Some states have put a ban on geocaching in cemeteries while others have posted “No Trespassing” signs claiming that it’s private property. I don’t get it, private property? What if I want to visit a friend or loved one? In certain states reviewers need to have written permission from the caretaker before they will publish a geocache in a cemetery. Dogs are certainly not welcome in cemeteries and for whatever reason, being happy for any reason is frowned upon. It’s considered a place for mourning, prayer and respect. Laughter, play or loud voices have no place here or so I’m told.

At the end of the day, I’ll still seek caches in cemeteries and I really don’t see myself hiding any additional ones but, you just never know. It seems to be a controversial subject that many folks have weighed in heavily on over the years and for good reasons, I guess? I would really like to hear our readers take on this subject. Is it wrong? Should it be banned? Or, is it okay and why?

In a game with few rules, geocaching is truly the one game that CAN be played in a cemetery. For now anyway. 

Cache safe!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Glasgow Today from My Corner Of Scotland with Ann

A nice trip up to Glasgow on the early bus today with the intention of a grabbing a few caches which we managed.  
So 3 found in all which takes me up to 250 caches.  Ok loads of folk are into thousands but I am plodding along with my caches here and there,  with the summer approaching I will not be out as much caching as I have my little B&B so whilst it is quiet through the winter/spring then that is when we are out caching.  I will point out that I am the geocacher in the house, hubby trails along but secretly I think is a closet cacher................................
After collecting the caches we bought sandwiches and sat in the sun in George Square where they have a huge wheel, a smaller version of the London Eye (which we have also been on)  so with it being a cold bright day off we go to get the tickets for a ride on the wheel, which we enjoyed with lovely views over the city.

These photographs of the walk along side the river Clyde in the city, it was lovely walking along in the sun, so quiet, not a lot of folk about, you would never have know the city centre was a few minutes walk away.   These were the views walking along by the side of the river Clyde going along to geocache

If you don't tell hubby he is in the photo and on my blog then I wont tell him either, I was told "Don't put me on"         Oh well ;-)

These flats you can see on the right have lovely views across the river.  The bridge in the distance had a cache hidden nearby.
Then it was on for a quick sandwich and a ride on the wheel.

The wheel wasn't busy we could have stayed on a lot longer if we wanted to, they said to just ring the bell on the ceiling if we wanted off, I thought he meant if we didn't like it and wanted off! 
So round and round we went,  something different to do in the city, acting as tourists.

This is me completing a cache challenge, do you see the cone on top of Wellington's head? I had to be in the photograph along with the statue and hopefully his cone, thankfully he was wearing it today.  I tried to stand and look as if I was waiting for someone rather than having my photograph taken!   Then before heading for the bus we went to my favourite shop, Lakeland that sells everything to do with the house/kitchen.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones.................

But names will never hurt me. 

Remember that? 
I do and I can assure you that if FamilyTeamB heard some of the names I called them on that Thursday afternoon when Dodger, DctrSpot, Boltzmann (the geodog) and I met to do FamilyTeamB's new cache, I may have made them cry. 

Join me as we look at this geocache from a first hand expanded log of sorts complete with pictures, an awesome interview with the cache owners complete with pictures, and a reflection on an afternoon that I wont soon forget. If that sounds like fun to you then let's get started.

Up Down & All Around (sticks and stones), GC2VAPV 

on by: FamilyTeamB


Paul, Nichole, Matt and Abby look like the all American family but don't let them fool you. They are evil schemers of wicked caches that have you looking for things you may have never seen before. Somewhere in Paul's garage is a secret laboratory of torturous contraptions that he and his family bring to the field and pass themselves off as a nice family of Geocachers, yeah, right! I'm on to them. They lure us out there in the middle of nowhere, dragging us through thickets and scrub oak, scraping skin on rocks, twisting ankles and climbing things that even as a child you probably wouldn't do! And you know what? 
                                                       We loved it!

DctrSpott and Dodger 

GC2VAPB, Up Down & All Around (sticks and stones) showed up on on 5/1/2011. The FTF (first to find) diehards were in pursuit but were met with some adverse conditions and stages that were not typical in terms of the “garden variety” geocache. The FTF was claimed by Cerberus1 on 5/6/2011 and with that said, the first favorite was awarded. I know Cerb and he's a pro! He doesn’t hand out those favorites easily. You have to earn them with thought, effort and a location that's cool. Since that time there have been six logged finds and 3 favorite cache awards! That's a great start for a geocache that has been hidden by a relatively new cache team, FamilyTeamB.

I had the good fortune to catch up to the CO's and asked them a few questions for our readers at CacheCrazy.Com.

Bloodhounded: Congratulations, either you guys have incredible skill or beginners luck (or a bit of both) you certainly have one hell of a cache out there!  It’s received nearly as many favorite points as it has finds! Can you tell us a little bit about your caching team and what your team goals or likes are?

FamilyTeamB: Maybe it’s a bit of both, but thanks!  Being new, we didn’t want people to think that we were going to put out a typical cache, we wanted people to complete our cache and say, hey I really enjoyed that!  We want them to know that we are going to try to use some form of originality in our caches.  Going into our first cache we didn’t expect to receive favorites points so quickly and then to receive them from such experienced cachers is an honor.  We really appreciate that.  Our team consists of myself (Nichole), my husband Paul, and our two children, Matt and Abby and occasionally my brother Josh tags along, and props to him for helping us place our first multi.   What we enjoy about caching is that we can spend family time together doing all of the good things like, seeing and learning about new places, exercising body and mind, and what’s better than finding a treasure at the end.  We love it!

Bloodhounded: What were your original thoughts when you placed this cache and why did you select the location?

Matt and Abby taunting you to find it, great kids!
FamilyTeamB:  When we planned to do this cache, we knew that originality was going to be our main goal.    We wanted to include the whole family and put some hard work into it.   We chose the location because we loved our time spent searching for Windmill Hunting in the Barrens by Dctr Spott and we thought, ya know, there are some unique hiding spots in the area not to mention, the place is beautiful and some of the views are amazing.

In order to get a view like this, you have to first climb the mountain but let me tell you, it's worth it!

Bloodhounded: What kind of reactions are you getting from the logs?

FamilyTeamB:  The reactions are great!  People seem to be having fun and that was our goal coming into this . We decided early on that we wanted people not to feel frustrated with a DNF after their search, but to come home and log a satisfying smiley.

Bloodhounded: So now that you own this awesome cache, what can we look forward to in the future? Any plans for another hide?

FamilyTeamB:  We have a small multi called, A Walk in the Park.  This one is really cute and kind of aimed toward the kids.  Our next cache will be more difficult than Up Down & All Around.  We already have a few ideas planned out but we want to take our time with it so that it will be a good quality cache.

The good doctor and I discussing infinity and beyond 
Bloodhounded:  As a relatively new player in our sport, what are your first impressions of the game and your thoughts on the future of quality geocaching?

FamilyTeamB: What I love about this game is that really anyone can play.  For the kids it’s like a treasure hunt, for adults it’s a gratifying   journey.  For us it is mainly time well spent together as a family.  My hope is that people keep putting out hides that bring some adventure and uniqueness to the game.  We will contribute to these qualities as long as we are playing the game and we have confidence that others will do the same for many years to come.

Nice folks don't you think? Now, let me tell you the story they are not telling you.

I can tell you from firsthand experience that the cache is tough and tricky at times. The terrain is rough and you had better leave the shorts, flip-flops and t-shirt at home or you’re in for a bad time (don't let the pictures of Matt and Abby fool you, they want you to wear shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops, evil, evil I tell you). Also, be prepared to use your geosenses and think outside the box. I can’t tell too much for the fear of being a spoiler but I will say that I have seen some stage cache sets here that I have not ever seen before. The hike isn't bad, the cache flows nicely and some of the views are awesome!

Don't let this nice path fool you
The area where the cache is placed is now a plethora of quality caches. You could easily spend a day here and hike around grabbing caches along the way.

Boltzmann, DctrSpott's geodog
If you are able to get all five caches in one day that would be quite an accomplishment indeed. We were so into the cache that we didn't even talk about the blog much. It showed me that we still have our priorities in order, lol!

Hey, why not grab your gear, some friends and/or family (don’t forget your furry best friend) and make sure you have a lot of time and prepare yourself for a caching adventure of a lifetime!

Cache safe! 


Hiking and Geocaching - What's not to like?

This article was written by Kim from Snug Harbor Bay which is her personal blog and a must read! She is an Honorary Author at CacheCrazy.Com and I consider her my best "blog" friend :). We all appreciate her great work and I'm so happy to have her on our team.
Thanks Kim!

(photo taken from Google photos) 

One of things I like best about geocaching is that it gives me the opportunity to combine 2 of my favorite activites.  I love to be out in the woods hiking around .  But if there's a geocache hidden nearby, well, so much the better.  The gals over at the blog Hiking Lady had a recent post about geocaching and I was telling Carol over there how much I like to combine the 2 hobbies.  

We're not exactly what I'd call hard core hikers.  I'd term us more as "hiker's lite."  My husband is usually good for 5 or 6 hours, so I like to grab my back pack and accomodate this.  I can usually tell when he's had enough and that's when we call it a day.  We live in the midwest, so there isn't a lot of what I'd call "mountain" hikes, but we do live near lots of places with great hiking trails and we like to visit those.

I especially like the trails where there is a little something different to climb in, on, or around.....

I also LOVE it when I get a chance to climb a tree.  For this cache I had to stand onmy husbands shoulders, up inside the tree, to reach the cache.....  

If you look closely you can see me half way up this one....

(apparently I spend a lot more time up in trees than I realized)

We spend a lot of time in Kentucky and the trails around Kentucky Lake are wonderful!

Wisconsin has some beautiful hiking spots also and I'd like to go further into northern Wisconsin sometime in the near future....

When I was out in Colorado last summer I got a chance to hike St. Mary's Glacier and that was definitely the best hike of my life.  At 11,000 ft, it was also the highest I've ever been.  I have to say - I am HOOKED!  I loved it!  I will definitely be going out there again for some more hiking.

We found geocaches on every single one of these hikes.  So you see, it's really easy to combine the two and have a really fun day!

Be sure to stop by the Hiking Lady and say hi.  They have lots of great hiking information and gear reviews.  And guess what, you guys are welcome to drop by too!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A four-mile hike to place two more caches in Jamul, CA

I haven't been feeling well lately, but I've gotten out of the house the last two days to take long hikes. Thursday, I hiked part of the way up Mt. McGinty to replace a muggled cache. It was so well-hidden, I don't know how someone found it, unless it was simply by accident as they tried to scramble up or down the steep embankment near the lonely tree.

While I was up there, I put a travel bug I intended to drop somewhere during the Death Valley adventure into one of my ammo can caches.

Finally, on the way down the hill, I checked one of my containers, and discovered the latch was broken, preventing it from sealing tight. I replaced it with a pill container hidden in another one of my rusty cans.

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Since my gas gauge is showing only a quarter of a tank of gas, and because I really couldn't spend money on gas right now, after looking at the credit card balance after my Christmas purchases, I decided to go to another nearby location Friday. I put three ready-to-go caches in my daypack, including a magnetic keyholder and a well-stocked ammo can, and took off for the Hollenbeck Canyon area.

When I got to the trailhead, which is only about three miles from my house, I reset the trip odometer on the GPSr before starting out.

The day was warm and beautiful, although the air was hazy so the spectacular views that can be seen along the trail were diffused.

After walking more than a mile and a half, I came upon a "Little Rusty Box." Actually, it is big, but not like Night Hunter's BRB(Big Rusty Box).

There were piles of rocks nearby where I could have hidden the ammo can, but I thought the key holder would be better because it will force people to find their way around it and really look at this relic from a bygone day way out in the "wilderness."

I did feel guilty about placing the Micro there because it is a long walk from any of the trailheads, so I walked a bit further and put out the ammo can. Just afer confirming the coordinates, I heard voices. Off in the distance, I saw two men. There are many criss-crossing paths through this area, probably created by all the illegal alien traffic. These two young men were very likely illegals. We spoke broken English and broken Spanish to each other and they went on their way in front of me.

The sun was getting low in the sky, so I started back up the trail. It was easier going now that the weight of the ammo can was out of my day pack.

At the very top, near my "Canyon View," I took some pictures of the late afternoon light.

As I looked around, I noticed what looked like one of NightHunter's "Stone Ruinations." It was a rock wall at the top of the canyon. I walked around the trail and made my way down to the remains of a dam. At one time, it might have held water, but behind the dam now, it is full of sandy sediment.

I took a picture of the water-smoothed rocks below The "Stone Ruination" dam.

It was an absolutely beautiful day and I was glad I got out to see it. I still didn't feel well, but it was good to get physical exercise during the day instead of just sitting at home looking at the computer monitor.

When I got back to the car and looked at the trip odometer, it reported a distance of four miles. The elevation change was almost 500 feet to the location of the ammo can cache which I named, "Elevation 999."


This post was written by Miragee from her personal blog Musing About Geocaching. You'll find a lot of great articles and awesome adventures there. Karen is a regular contributor to CacheCrazy.Com.
Thank you! 


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