2009

December 31, 2009

As far as Geocaching goes, 2009 was a good year.  A year of superlatives for me:

  • Most finds in a calendar year: 1000
  • Most finds on a single day:  70 on November 21st  while hiking Matilija Canyon with the GeoConnection Group
  • Most finds in a calendar month:  150 in November
  • My farthest find from home:  3090.67 Miles, Baddeck #3 GC1DJE0
  • My most easterly find:   Baddeck #3 GC1DJE0 in Baddeck, Nova Scotia
  • My most southerly find:  Chemical Plant Tree GC1FYXG near Clute, TX

The 1000 finds took place in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.  I also picked up a few new California counties on my very slow quest to get a find in each of California’s 58 counties (my current count is now 34 California counties.)

I didn’t keep track of the number of separate poison oak rashes this year.  I don’t think I set a record, but I did get my first case of poison ivy on my visit to Texas.  I think I was exposed when looking for a cache named P. I. Farm while dressed in shorts and sandals.  Only after I was in the middle of the poison ivy did I realize that P. I. Farm meant Poison Ivy Farm.  I’m still not sure why someone would knowingly place a cache in the middle of a bunch of poison ivy or poison oak.

In March, I completed the challenge cache Spinal Tap, which requires finding all the caches hidden along the Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains.  When it was published in December I had 57 of the required caches.  When I finished in March, I had 94 finds.  There are now 122 active caches.  Perhaps a goal for 2010 will be to go back and pick up the newly placed caches.

In June and July, Wendy and I took an anniversary cruise from Boston to Montreal.  We were able to find a cache in each state and providence we visited.  It was fun doing some caching in Quebec with the cache pages in French.

I was even interviewed for a magazine article on geocaching for 805 LivingThe article is here–and while the reporter got most of what I said right, she was a bit creative with the quotes.

A couple days ago, I published my 100th cache—Ventura County Quad Challenge–a joint effort with robb_dogg. It’s a challenge cache that requires cachers to find a cache in each of the 40 USGS quadrangles in Ventura County.  It’s a cousin of my LA Quad Challenge cache.

With 1000 finds and 100 finds, my daughter thinks that I’m being a little bit Monkish.  I guess that’s appropriate because I found Confused Monk a few days ago.

I hope you all had a good 2009 and will have a great 2010.

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A Nice Morning of Geocaching

December 19, 2009

The geocaching day began at 6:30 this morning at the Geo_Connection in Simi Hills Event Cache.  This was my first event cache after more than 5200 caches.  Jeff Albackore Jost was the planner of the event cache and the hike up Chivo Canyon.  Because of the event cache, the word got out to more people than the usual GeoConnection suspects on be had 20 people on the hike.

I’ve posted the hiking track above.  It was a very nice day for caching, even with the stiff wind.

This was the first chance that I’ve had to hike with my son Mike in a long time.

With 20 pairs of eyes, finding all the caches didn’t take too much time.  Since I had already hiked the trail several times, I only needed 9 of the caches along the trail.  Here the list:

LIZARDS CACHE

RUSTY

QUAIL RUN

OLD OAK CACHE

ALONE AGAIN

Over the Hills and Far Away

JUST HANGING

The Return Of Trogdor’s Gate

Big Dam Cache!

It was nice hiking with old friends as well as meeting new ones.  Thanks Jeff for setting up this nice day of caching.


A New Annual Record–At Least for Me

December 16, 2009

With several finds on the way to work with morning and 3 more during lunch today, I have now set a new personal best record for finds in a year–946.  That beats my previous best year (last year) by one cache.

With only 54 caches to go to find an even 1000 caches in 2009, I think I have a new goal for the last 2 weeks of the year.


Come and Get It

December 15, 2009

About a week ago, Capdude published a very nice puzzle cache–GC21P2V   A Day At the Speedyway.

I got the new cache notification, solved the puzzle, and decided not to try it on the way home.  It had been raining most of the day and I didn’t want to deal with the possible mud.

The next day was clear and I made the short detour off of the 118 on the way home.  A few minutes of walking up the hill at sunset yielded the find–and an FTF to boot.

That find was a week ago and I still am the only one to have found this fine cache.

Where is everybody?  The puzzle isn’t too hard.  My proof:  I solved it.  While the terrain is rated a 3, it’s an easy 3.

Sharpen your pencil and your wits, solve the puzzle, and come and get it.


The Tale of Two Hats

December 8, 2009

I’ve been wearing the hat on the left longer than I’ve been geocaching.  I can’t remember exactly when it started protecting my bald head, but it has been a fine companion for a while.  After taking it out of the washing machine after a hike last month, I noticed a couple of holes.  Another washing; a larger hole.  Luckily, Tilley guarantees the hat for the owner’s lifetime.  The hat of the left arrived today.  All ready for more adventures.

In Matilija Canyon

At Find #5000

In Acadia National Park, Maine

At the Mexican-U.S. Border