Caching on the way to Ocean City, MD

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Right after we came back from Boonsboro, MD, we went back to Ocean City, MD the next weekend! Brian couldn’t go this time, so it was just mom and son. We stayed at a place we stayed in last year. It was nice, but we had ants in the sink in the morning on the third floor! Nothing sweet was left out or poured in it as far as I remember.

We got our act together and brought lunch. We decided to grab some caches on the way. I believe the first place we stopped was Dover. The town is mostly a pretty college town. We saw this pretty sight:

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This is Silver Lake. It has the perfect name!

Then we stopped at Slaughter Beach to eat lunch. They had a nice pavilion there and some people were enjoying the beach. The septic tanks were getting pumped out too. But we did get a cache!

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The hotel is very close to the beach, so we went down for a bit and Sean got his feet wet. I changed my top to a thin t-shirt, but I was freezing!  For Sean paying for the room, I looked through Trip Advisor and found a top rated restaurant in West Ocean City. It was about 20 minutes from our hotel and very crowded. We had to sit outside on the roof and it was chilly, but we had nice dinners! Sunset Grille lived up to its recommendations. I think I had Maui maui and Sean had a seafood pasta. We had brie, fruit and crackers for an appetizer. I just checked the menu and I think what we had were specials.

What a neat view of the inlet area at Ocean City

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The next day we checked out and got breakfast at Dumsters and looked for some caches. We decided to look around the Assateague and Berlin, MD area.

This is very rare to see a wild pony this close. I am thinking he was getting nibbles from tourists!

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We stopped at the visitor center that was new to us. We had been to one years ago. Very nice here!

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Loved this mural!

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We found a few caches in the area. There was one on the door of an old outhouse, the kind with the half moon!

We stopped at a little western theme park place for a cache. Saw this pretty horse.

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We headed home and right now forget what we had for lunch or dinner, perhaps pizza! LOL

We did stop at the cemetery on the way home and grabbed a cache.

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I remember we did stop in Smyrna, DE for a multi cache and were pleasantly surprised how cute the town is. The first part of the cache was at the opera house there!

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So we always have a few days filled to the brim. We just did that for a day trip on the 6th of July, but we went to the Cape May to Ocean City, NJ area. That will be another day.

Geo Woodstock XIII

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I am still attempting to update my blog. I have the laptop open now to upload a few photos, so there is no better time then the present!  This event happened the 3rd weekend in May.

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So you may know that one of my hobbies is geocaching. People hide caches that are all shapes and sizes and get them published on http://www.geocaching.com. We then take our phones or GPSr devices and try to find them. Brian and I have a joint account and have close to 950 finds in a little over 3 years. Sean has gotten more into caching in the last year and has about 650 finds. There are things you do other than just find caches. You get to go to events and meet other people with a passion for geocaching like you! The mega event of the year is Geo Woodstock and it was held in Boonsboro, Maryland this year, so we went! It’s about 2.5 hours and we got to see a bit of West Virginia too. In fact, we went right to Harper’s Ferry, WV so we could look around and grab the West Virginia souvenir. It’s pretty neat to get state souvenirs. We have about 12 out of 50, but hope to add at least Ohio by the end of the year.

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The first cache we located in Harper’s Ferry had this scenery to enjoy! I thought of the John Denver song ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’. This must have been what he saw too!

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Signing the log.

We drove around this town on the hill a bit and found a pizza joint to have dinner in.

We then went to the meet and greet in Boonsboro. We saw a few local cachers who we knew, then we saw Joshua Johnston from Minnesota who is a energetic, fun video blogger who takes us to caches that he finds! He took a selfie (click to see) of the two of us.

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. But that is Joshua in the middle. A married dad of three with a cool. Vlog.

Sean and I are in this video…about at 33 seconds near the big satellite dish!

We stayed at a nice hotel thanks to Sean. On our way back to the event, we looked for a cache near the hotel.

We ran into more pals and went looking for a few lab caches. They we listened to a local cacher from Rehoboth Beach talk about how to do puzzle caches. We were waiting to hear West Virginia Tim who does fun gadget caches in his retirement. He is pretty funny and presents himself like Jeff Foxworthy.

We ate a light lunch which happened to be catered by the guy who owns the Brandywine Picnic Park. He is also a cacher!

We went back to West Virginia to look for a few of WVTim’s gadget caches. We found one at a rest stop and at a Chick-Fil-a one. The one at the rest stop had a whole bunch of people trying to open it. A guy who had opened it came along and helped us. We then went driving around and stopped at Antietam Battlefield. We were about to  grab a cache in the visitor center and they had just closed.

We headed home and stopped first at an Olive Garden and had a little trouble with our meal. I complained and got a discount on my meal.

Here are a few more photos.

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We posed with the geocaching mascot Signal the first night we were there.

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Sean and me posing near the direction signs.

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Wendy’s geocaching car! Everyone was signing it!

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All in all, we had a fun time seeing a new state, gorgeous scenery, a few strange people, but mostly friendly folks with the same interest. I would recommend caching to anyone! It’s a fun family activity too.

Stinking onion trip pt 2

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Seeing Chicago like a typical tourist! Part 1

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A few weeks ago, the three of us caught a 6 am flight out to Chicago. Yep, the night owls got up at 2 am to make that flight. We all tried to hit the hay around 8 pm, like babies. I think I actually slept for a bit. Anyway, we parked at a place, got driven to the first let off and slept sitting up like most of our fellow passengers were at 6 in the morning. We had a bit of a walk to luggage and then we took the train to Chicago. I thought for sure I could figure out where to go once we got off the train, but we were dragging 3 suitcases and carry ons around the windy, cold and unknown city. It was blasted cold for late April. Sean said the 50s and it was the 40s. I had a cozy big sweater, not a coat. I did bring long sleeves and one sweater. We got a taxi to drive us like a block and a half-$5-it was worth it.

Our hotel, the Wyndham was beautiful. Brian and I appreciated this fact while Sean was at his geography meetings in the hotel up the road. We could lounge on the chaise (I want one!) and watch tv. After we checked in, we decided to look for a place I had a coupon for from restaurant.com. We headed up the wrong way, then turned around and headed down Michigan Ave. I had done a lot of walking already and I was hurting. We finally found Waffles Cafe! No sign over the place, just a sidewalk sign. We had green tea and fancy chocolate waffles and a few ‘Wonuts’-a little donut waffle. We explored a little more, got a virtual geocache and checked out a Dylan’s Candy Bar as we had in NYC 3 years ago.

Here are a few photos of our first day in Chicago!

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Trump Tower was across from our hotel

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Near the bridge on Michigan Ave.

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The Chicago River where we would take a boat ride a few days later.

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Nathan Hale memorial

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Sean on Michigan Ave.

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These pretty platters were along the way to breakfast. The pussy willows were a nice touch.

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Flags displayed at a hotel

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The virtual cache was to find this building with relics from dozens of different places like the above.

Also had Independence Hall and Swedes Church among many others!

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Fun lollipop display at the new Dylan’s Candy Bar.

We finally went back to our room and slept like babies. Sean went to his conference and we vegged until we went to Morton’s Steakhouse for dinner. That is a fancy restaurant with fancy prices. They give you a ton of their onion bread and food! Sean got a shrimp and pasta dish while Brian and I had braised beef on wide noodles. Our waiter was great. We split the Caesar salad on the suggestion of the waiter. It was delicious like all the food! We got mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts that we didn’t need as our plates were overflowing!

We took a little walk (no not a little walk, and there I was testing the limits again) to Millennium Park. I really wanted to see ‘The bean’ which is really called ‘Cloudgate’. I almost crawled the last few feet, but it is an amazing sculpture! You can walk under it too!

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Springtime near the bean

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Us doing the virtual for geocaching.

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Us under the bean.

So it was hard for me to walk back to the hotel and the remaining couple of days, we used taxis.

Part 2

Art Museum of Chicago and the Willis Tower!

Part 2 Flower Show- Beauties and Butterflies

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Philly Flower Show 2015

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