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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Beautiful Area to Cache in Florida

Already, Possum Long is considered by many as a jewel, with its paths winding through palms and bursts of tropical flowers. A butterfly garden leads to a hidden rustic shelter, the perfect place for a nature talk.

With no fences — or admission cost — anyone can bring a basket for lunch on a picnic table under a leafy archway.

“The latest thing is Geocaching. Actually, I’ve had people come here to do the Geocaching,” said Audubon’s local volunteer president, Laurie Odlum. “You do your GPS markings on a map to show that you’ve been here, you’ve done a particular task. And a lot of the birders these days are doing that.”
By Gabriel Margasak (Contact)
Friday, November 30, 2007

Full story HERE

Caching through the snow-la la la la la la

Well almost! Bruce and I spent the day yesterday driving to Yakima and back. On the way there, we did a little caching. We found eight in about 2 hours and one dnf. Our gps was going crazy in the area. I am sure we were close but no cigar. Lol. There are some nice caches along Hwy 82. Had to stop caching and continue our drive though because the Weather service was calling for snow to start in Yakima around 3 PM. We got there at about 1 PM, took the first exit we came to and had lunch at Denny’s.

We asked the server where to find RV parks in the area. As she was telling us about one, an older gentleman came up and gave us directions to another. We checked them both out but really liked one of them. It has an indoor heated pool and two spas. We also drove by the Army training center. That is why we were there checking into parks and looking over the area. Bruce may be going to work there.

It was getting late and still no sign of snow. We figured we had pushed our luck far enough so we headed for home. On the way I took the pictues below of the Flamingos and Tea Pot real quick with my cell phone. The third one is How we roll! As we were getting to Umatilla it did start raining. It continued the rest of the way home.

Got up this morning to about a half an inch of snow!! I guess it followed us home. :} I like it as long as we don’t get too much.

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Spice up the drive with Geocaching!

By Wina Sturgeon ,
Sunday, November 25, 2007

Geocaching is catching on everywhere. It is even allowing a family’s deceased mother to travel around the world.
“It’s huge, absolutely huge,” says Tom Kelly, who teaches classes in the exploding hobby, adding, “To give you an idea, I would say that in a typical week, worldwide, there are over 300,000 hidden geocaches, and 40,000 people every week who log in (that they have found them).”
Geocaching is a high tech sport/hobby/activity where participants go online to learn about a hidden item, and are supplied with the precise longitude and latitude of where it is hidden. They then use a GPS (global positioning system) to find the coordinates. It takes creativity in both the hiding and the finding of each item. Once the item has been discovered, the finder logs in to Geocaching.com to register the find. The item can be kept, changed for another item, or left as is.
Kelly, who geocaches with his wife Carole, explains, “The U. S. government put up a system of 24 satellites in 1974 that were designed for military use. The signals were encrypted. President Clinton took off the encryption in 2000 and allowed the public to use the system.”
Within hours, the first geocache item was hidden and its coordinates announced on the Internet. A new recreational activity was invented. It’s basically a form of physical Sudoku. But it takes much more cleverness. It’s also a free activity that everyone in the family can enjoy. The only thing needed is a computer and GPS system. Registering on the Geocache.com site is free.
Kelly describes one of his and Carole’s finds: “The title of this cache was “High Five.’ So I used the GPS to go to the location, which took me to the base of a five story parking lot. I used my intuition and went to the fifth floor.” They found the cache.
A GPS unit only tells the place on earth where something is, but not how far up or down it is. The unit will give coordinates to within 15-30 feet of the spot, but the geocacher must use the hints and clues to figure out where the item could be hidden.
A typical container is a military ammo box or Tupperware container. But Kelly describes the newest variation, micro caches.
“They can be pill boxes or 35 millimeter film containers. We like them because they are smaller and harder to find. that’s what’s interesting about them. You look for something that’s just a little bit out of place,” he explained.
He and Carole have half a dozen geocaches near their home in Park City, Utah. “We now combine it with our travel and outdoor exploration. It used to be that we would go out driving and looking at the scenery. Now, when we go out, we always take geocache locations, and it always adds a whole new dimension to all of our travel. We do it when we travel overseas, out of the state, or when we just go out for the afternoon,” Kelly says.
Another variation is the “travel bug” geocache, where someone finds a hidden treasure and takes it to another place. The “travel” of the item is tracked online, sometimes all around the world. And that is one of Kelly’s most charming stories.

The couple went to Slovenia and Croatia on a business vacation, and of course, looked up various geocaches.
“When we were in Croatia, we stopped at a geocache that had a travel bug in an old castle. As we looked at it, we found that was a little memorial to someone’s mother. It was a little keychain with her picture on it, with a note that said, “Our mother just died, and she always liked to travel.’ So what we did … was take her with us as we traveled. Every time we stopped, we would take a picture (and post it online).

“We took a picture of her in Slovenia, we took a picture of her in Montenegro, and then we took her to London. We cached her in London. Within an hour, someone picked her up, and took her to Germany. She stayed in Germany for about two months, then someone took her to China. We thought she would be there for months before someone found her. But two weeks later, someone took her to Australia. She has now traveled almost 17,000 miles in five months. She became a part of our trip,” Kelly says.

To the geocaching couple, the most amazing thing of all is that the deceased woman, who is now part of their memories, lived about 30 miles from the Wisconson town where Kelly grew up.For the latest in adventure sports and physical conditioning, visit Adventure Sports Weekly.

 

The Drive Through

Another very cool site. Trekearth

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Rainbows

I was driving home the other day after taking Bruce to work and saw this rainbow. I have always thought of my granddad when I see them. He was born in Ireland, had a very good sense of humor and a definite touch of blarney about him. I imagine him sitting at the end of the rainbows watching over me.

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Caching with Cade

Here are some photos I took when Cade and I went caching yesterday. I think he is hooked. He is already planning a second trip here with one of his friends. One of the photos showing the river is actually a sail boarder. Look close and you’ll see it.

Cade checking the gps.Finding cache.CacheSail boarding