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A few days ago, Brian and I were ‘hiking’ in a lovely park near my hometown. As with most geocaching adventures, the coords took us into a pretty wooded area. I’ve been to Rose Tree Park many times, yet not that far into it. We actually found two caches that day! The first was an aspirin type bottle just lying under a tree. I think it was ‘muggled’, meaning non-geocachers got their paws on it. I signed the log and hide it in the tree a bit better.

Here is Brian with the larger cache. I am going to find some more goodies to add to these containers as most are kind of pathetic. I just hope whoever finds it, leaves stuff for the next seeker.

I think this was a challenge to take your photo near the old lifesaving station in Virginia Beach. Easy enough.

This was my first micro-film canister size I found Saturday. It was lying on the ground like the one from the other day! I didn’t have a pen to sign it! I know where I put it, but alas, someone came along and may have moved it! That would mean I have to hunt for it again to sign it.

The above was found in a park near an old 1700 Grist Mill. It’s so pretty there. My brother Ken and Colleen had some of their wedding photos taken here. I also went looking for a ammo box all by myself. I felt safe as I saw other people walking the paths, but the hide was up a hill on a 45 degree angle. I should have had someone with me or at least a walking stick! I really was huffing and puffing when I got up to the fallen tree! I guess the ticker is working good. ; ) Getting down was a bit harder-no not again will I go solo in the woods.

This is near cache and the path is way down-I was crazy!

Pretty park

We had my mom here from Saturday to Monday. We took her to my father-in-law’s on Saturday. You read what happened there. We went to Carraba’s for dinner. The next day, we went up to Lancaster county. There’s a place up there called Flower & Craft Warehouse and everything in the store was 50% off, even marked down things. It was a bit overwhelming. The previously marked down things were outside in a red and white tent without proper lighting. I mean I could see enough to buy a few items. I got a big metal watering can for $5 and spray paint in a pretty green for $2-so I painted the watering can! It was white with ‘brush strokes’ of tan-kind of ugly. I wanted to get some summer like flowers for a big antique blue Ball jar I bought in Chincoteague. I got exactly what I wanted and will share the arrangement when I put it together.

After we went shopping we went to a diner a few miles down the road. It was shipped on three tractor trailers from Texas a few years ago. They did a great job restoring it! The food was good, could have been a little better. I got a turkey club and it was ‘half’ the size of the one I got in Atlantic City for about the same price!

So on the way home I mentioned geocaching. My mom got all excited as I’ve been telling her about it. I got my phone out and lo and behold, there was one in a town nearby. We had a little run-around until I looked at the map and there was the church. I found it within a few minutes and took the box over to her. It had decent ‘swag’ (goodies) in it and we took two things and left a few. Mom snagged a pen.

The next one was in a Lowes parking lot. That was closed and the GPS lead us near a cart return area. Now how could it be there? It had to be around the lamp post. Now from the help of another cacher for a  ‘not find’ near a lamp post, I learned you can lift those ‘skirts’ at the bottom. I mentioned this to Brian and he went over, pulled it up and there was the cache container! : )

So knowing this…there are a few I (we) have looked for and someone did tell me that one was indeed inside the skirt area (near wires) and then one near a grocery store was probably in the same kind of  location. It sure is a learning experience.

So we went back to one of the first areas we tried to find one as now I had clues from the logs and another geocacher that a stick was indeed a sign of where the cache was. There was a big electric box and Bri took the stick and stuck it under the box and felt something-a cache! Yay!

This was a bit damp.

We had looked near a lamp post in our town and it was full of old wasp nests! When I got home and read the logs and people seemed to say it was near there, but there was also one of the big metal electric boxes again-so thinking it’s under that.

Thinking I was on a roll, we stopped near the one near our house. I got out briefly and looked around. I’m not sure what I’m looking for. People said it was easy, but now I’m thinking it’s across the  street inside a guard rail. I think I’ll message the cache owner to see what it is.  That’s the most frustrating one so far!

I am at the stage of this hobby where I want to now hide some caches. I thought I had the perfect spot and called the Land Conservancy of my area. Seems of all the areas they sponsor and fund, the spot I picked is private land. The woman was so nice and said next month, they are making a trail a bit further down the road from the ‘mystery cache’ and I can surely hid one there-yay!

Yesterday and today are perfect, low humidity days. I did a fair amount of weeding, but I so need to mulch. My herbs look awful. Maybe we will do a run to Lowes after I do grocery shopping! : )

Tomorrow-summer blooms around the yard.

2 responses »

  1. Wow, Dianne, it sounds like you and the whole family are really getting into that hobby. It’s a great way to get out and get some exercise. I also like that if you are taking a trip, you can stop for a little geocaching to make the long drive more interesting. Sounds like fun!

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