Thanksgiving Geocaching, Grandpa Style

November 25, 2012

We traveled to Utah this week to spend time with family during the Thanksgiving break from school.  While there, I was able to do some geocaching Grandpa-style.

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In 2008, I placed Ainsley’s Solstice Cache in honor of our newest grandchild.  She was 6 weeks old when I placed it. The picture above is a bit more current. The cache was placed behind her house on a bike path. I have wanted to place caches for my other Utah grandchildren, but we never got around to it.  Thanksgiving Day was the day for three new caches along the bike path.

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Joshua is grandchild #2.  His cache, Joshua’s Thanksgiving Day Cache, was placed a bit north of Ainsley’s cache.  The good ole “under the post cap” seemed the best place to hide it.

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Jacob is grandchild #1.  His cache, Jacob’s Thanksgiving Day Cache, is a tricky hide in the trunk hollow in a park along the bike path.  I wanted to do another fence hide, but Jacob wanted to hide it in the trees.

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Emerson is grandchild #4.  Her cache, Emerson’s Thanksgiving Day Cache, is hidden on the fence in a very open area.  The only cover was the fence sign.

Now all 4 Utah grandchildren have a cache within a short walk from their home.

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I have one other grandchild–Abby–who lives in Texas and will soon be headed to Saudi Arabia.  I won’t be making it to Texas before she leaves and I doubt that I will ever make it to Saudi Arabia.  Perhaps we will have to dedicate a cache for her on her next visit to Simi Valley.

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The day after Thanksgiving, we went on an adventure, doing a bit of power caching along a dirt road between Eagle Mountain and Fairfield, Utah.  The caches were honoring the Pony Express.  We got 18 caches in this area.  Since it was a back road without much use, the kids were safe to help with the geocaching.  The routine when like this:

  • Drive until the distance gets to about 40 feet or so.
  • Stop and unload 2 grandkids from car #1 and 2 grandkids from car #2.
  • Follow the GPS needle into the bushes and tumbleweeds along the ranch fence.
  • Take turns finding the cache.
  • Log it.
  • Return to the cars.
  • Repeat.

Two-year-old Emerson had to get into the action just like her older brothers and sister.  I once left her in the car because the ground was muddy.  She started yelling “I go! I go!”  She had a great time.  I think she likes riding in Grandpa and Grandma’s car the best.

I was having a good time, too.  Too good a time–I forgot to take photos of the beautiful snow capped mountains surrounding the ranch lands.

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#8000

November 5, 2012

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This morning, I found my 8000th geocache, For Whom the Bell Trolls.  I picked up 4 quick caches Saturday, but decided to wait until today for #8000.  A few K-milestones ago, I decided that all future thousand milestones would require at least a short walk.  I didn’t want a milestone cache to be a lame LPC.

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The last thousand caches took me 397 days, with the longest find streak of 5 days and the longest streak without a find of 20 days.    The 1000 caches were found on 147 days of caching.  As you can see, I’m not a big streak cacher.

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By best day was 75 caches on 10/12/11.  I did many of Trail of Wood series in Lockwood Valley.  I also completed the Ventura County Quad Challenge–GC22CJJ that day.

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Some other highlights during the last 1000 caches:

  • On 4/1/12, I completed the Empty Circle 5.0 Challenge–GC28YT2 that requires finding every active cache within five miles of home.  That was 643 active caches and 235 that had been archived.
  • Finding two 5/5 caches–Cliff Face 5/5 GC39KRK and cache in a crack GC39P9J–Both require a rappel, but I got both of the without the rappel.  But that’s another story.
  • Completing  Viper’s Hummingbird Mystery GCM5B1 and the dragonfly scroll GC7F3A.  Both had been on my Ignore List forever, but when lightningstar and Gummyfrog told me that they had a good idea where to look, I joined them on the adventure and we, as a group of ten, found both caches the morning of 12/10/2011.

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As always, geocaching has taken me to some very nice places that I would have otherwise missed.  I’m sure there will be more adventures waiting me during the next thousand finds.

NOTE:  The photos above weren’t from this morning’s walk in Corriganville (other than the first one).  Just a sample of where I’ve been over the last 1000 finds.