Caching in The Dalles

Bruce and I spent 2 days in the Dalles, Oregon and had a wonderful time. We cached on the way there and found 2. One had a really nice hike to get it. While in the Dalles we did a walking tour of the old Historic homes. Wow they are really nice. We also went through a museum. Really wanted to go through the old Fort but it was closed for the winter. Of course Geodog Ellen was with us. She posed for some great pictures. If you are ever in the area it is well worth staying a day or two.

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Geocaching, Tunnels, Family and the Army

Geocaching, Tunnels, Family and the Army

 Yesterday started out very rainy. I puttered around the house for a while. Had my coffee, showered and got dressed. Checked E-mail and did a little work for my clients. I have an online office that provides personnel and professional services to many people.

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After work, I waited for our son to get up. He was sleeping in late because he had worked OT the night before then drove over and hour and a half to our place. He came to visit, do his laundry and wait for his Army recruiter. They were leaving for Mepps at 5 PM to drive to the motel so he could do the physical today before signing the papers. He is going to be an Operating Room Specialist. That is what he already does so it was a smart decision to transfer it to the service.

He got up at 11 AM, did his laundry and took me out to lunch. We got home and still had a few hours so decided to go on a cache hunt. We had missed this one cache a few weeks ago. It is Fiddlers Gorge. It is an interesting hike by MC Nary dam, along the Columbia River, through two tunnels, finishing with a hike up about 300 feet on a very sandy trail. When you get to the top, the view is spectacular. My son and I both love to do these kinds of caches so we had a blast. We spent about 2 hours walking and talking. The pictures really do not do the view justice but I was using my cell phone in the rain so it was the best I could do.

One more memory created while Geocaching!

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Geocaching: Getting Back To The Great Outdoors

Geocaching is a GPS (Global Positioning System) hide and seek
game, where hiders hide containers (called ‘caches’ or
‘geocaches’) anywhere in the world, record the coordinates, and
post a listing on a website for hunters to seek. Hunters can use
a handheld GPS unit to get close, but then must use their wits
to find the cache and log the find. A typical cache can be any
size and may be camouflaged, in order to make the hunt more
challenging, and usually contains a logbook for the hunter to
sign and usually some small trading items of little monetary
value.In May 2000 the government announced their decision to stop the
intentional degradation of GPS signal accuracy. In effect, this
made civilian use of GPS systems much more accurate and many
times more useful than it had been previously.
On the day following this announcement the first geocache was
placed by David Ulmer in Oregon. Ulmer’s idea was simple:
The hider would hide a container, note the coordinates with his
GPS unit.The seeker would locate the container using the given
coordinates, make a note in the logbook, then trade items.

It only took a few days for the cache to be found and reported
online, and a new outdoor sport was formed.
The sport has grown considerably since its humble beginnings. At
this writing there are well over ¼ million caches hidden around
the world. Odds are that there is a cache close to you. I found
my first cache after discovering that one was hidden less than a
mile from my home. I guess you could say that I got hooked
immediately, since I have found many since then.
Our family likes to go geocaching as a family activity. The
weekends will usually find us in one of our local parks
wandering the woods looking for caches.
Here’s how we normally do it:
1. We go to GeoCaching.com or TerraCaching.com to find a good
cache close to the area we want to hunt.
2. You can print out the cache pages (or alternatively load it into
our PDA).
3. We load the coordinates into our GPS unit and set our GPS
unit to navigate.
4. We load up our cold drinks and our trade items.
5. We drive to the coordinates and start looking. The cache
listing and log entries usually have some hints and can tell us
what kind of container we’re looking for.
6. Once we find the cache, we log our find in the cache logbook.
7. We trade a few trade items (usually inexpensive trinkets and
toys).
8. Once we get back home, we log our find on the listing website.
It’s not unusual  to find 3 to 5 caches in one
outing. Other more aggressive cachers will do 10 or 20 or more.

An enjoyable cache might be in an unknown park, an urban
wilderness area, or a mind-bending puzzle. We have enjoyed
getting our sedentary, internet-connected, couch potato bodies
out into the great outdoors breathing some fresh air.

Finally! A good reason to go outdoors again!

All Day Cache

Wednesday Bruce and I went caching in Washington. WE ended up with 12 total. Wow we had fun. Started out with a huge travel bug hotel. There were some neat items in it. We took 3 TB’s to send on their journey. Stopped at the next exit where there were 4 caches. Nice views and a great hike to a dam. I never knew the dam was there.

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From there we continued on to Kennewick to find a nice park, a painted rock and some neat hides by the river. All in all I think we hiked about 15 miles. We got home just in time to go to bed so we could get up and do it again. This time we headed out for a 3 part multi Terracache. What we ended up finding, was some awesome scenery, 8 deer and one huge coyote. The hike was about 10 miles total up a mountain and along a ridge line then back down to the Park. 

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Caches, Waymarks and new Gps

Bruce and I spent the day yesterday with our daughter Casey and her friend caching in Pendleton,Oregon. We found some cool caches and also logged some waymarks. Met another cacher and his baby. Traded some discoveries and had a nice chat. Got one dnf which I hate, but we had a new Garmin Etex Legend gps unit that we’d gotten in the morning and it wasn’t working right. It kept shutting off and you had to take out the brand new batteries to reset it. After that cache we took it back and exchanged it. No trouble with the second unit so far.

Got about three or four waymarks also. If you want more info on them you can go to the website. There was a benchmark close by but it was getting too late. We’ll get it next time. Casey had to go to work so we dropped her off and headed home. You can find out about benchmarks here.

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Two new things discovered today

We went on a lovely 2 hour drive in search of our first cache from the Terra cache website and our first waymark. Got them both! The Terra cache was awesome. It is Stonehenge in Washington. If you are in the area it is well worth the stop. There is also a war memorial there.

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Daughters first Cache

I took our 19 year old son caching a while back so when the 20 year old daughter came for a visit yesterday, I thought I’d better get her hooked also. We set out on our adventure. She found 7 caches and is really hooked. Before we even got home she was calling friends to tell them about geocaching. She then asked to borrow my Gps so her and her friends could go out and find treasure. She emailed me this morning saying they did and had a blast. Even had one of them climbing up a tree to search.

We really had a good time. We met some other cachers from Idaho and discovered their travel bugs. The daughter found a travel bug, a geocoin and talked to the other cachers, all on her first trip. We had about 15 finds before any coins. We laughed and talked liked we used to. We made some wonderful memories and walked about 4 miles which is really great for our health.