mortonfox: (hump)
As long as it didn't snow, I could go to Central Jersey, and see more weird caches and hit the Chinese supermarket. So Saturday's trip was to Plainsboro, South Brunswick, Kendall Park, Franklin Township, Highland Park, and Edison. It was mostly a geocaching tour of suburban areas and small parks.

On Sunday, I remained relatively close to home to finish up some caches in Bear, Chesapeake City, Newark, Wilmington, and West Chester. There was a surreal cache in Iron Hill with plastic fruit. And there was another that's a stone heart. Some local history was featured too.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
I had a 4-day weekend. This time, I decided to go a different direction each day even though I thought some areas had enough for more than a day of geocaching. So there was a variety of environments, terrain, and geocache placement styles. Common thread throughout the weekend is there wasn't enough daylight to do more than the quickest, simplest caches but I mixed in some short and medium hikes in places where there were several caches along the same trail.

Thursday's trip was southwest to Maryland via US-1 to Rising Sun, Bel Air, and Jacksonville. The donut was an unusual character. The hike of the day was in the Sweet Air section of Gunpowder State Park. This area had two challenge caches. I had doubts about one of the two (difficulty/terrain grid bingo) but it turned out that I qualified in 3 different ways. I ran short of daylight on this one and wasn't able to get to the mystery caches in the deepest part of the woods, so maybe next time.

Friday's trip was southeast to South Jersey in the areas of Woodstown, Franklin, Sicklerville, and Williamstown. The hike of the day was at Owens Park in Monroe Township. It had been renamed "Mystery Park" and now sports a series of 7 puzzle caches. None of those puzzles were difficult but it's nice to have some non-traditional caches.

Saturday's trip was northwest to Pottstown, Sanatoga, Pottsgrove, and Amityville. I noticed that cachers in this area have started placing tricky caches, but fortunately I've seen those tricks before. Only the first one took longer to find because I didn't expect that kind of hide in the Pottstown area. Experience is not always helpful. You may have seen it before but you still figure out somehow that it's what you need to look for.

Sunday's trip was northeast to North Wales, Doylestown, and Quakertown. The hike of the day was in Covered Bridge Park, New Britain, for a group of 3 caches. I did also make it to Peace Valley Park, but it was late in the afternoon by then so I had to limit my scope to 3 caches that weren't far from two of the parking areas.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (Cane #2)
My birthday was on a Sunday this year, so I didn't take a day off from work for that. Still it was a packed weekend. Saturday's trip was relatively local because I wanted to use the Golden Corral coupon and the only convenient Golden Corral location was not far away in Elkton. The day started with the Pokemon No geocache, a funny one in New Castle Battery Park, near home. The cache owner was just poking fun at the hordes of Pokemon Go players recently in Battery Park. To be honest though, I really haven't seen too much of that activity myself. There are small groups of players here and there but that's about it. Then I went to New London to get a set of new caches, and then to Rising Sun. Then I did a 2-mile hike on the northwest side of the Conowingo Dam. That was a lot of walking in hilly terrain but well worth doing for a set of classic cache hides that were all ammo cans. As planned, dinner was at the Elkton Golden Corral, where I did feast on various foods dipped in the chocolate fountain. (No one can tell which of those lumps are the broccoli and cauliflower. :) Chocolate-dipped strawberries are pretty good.)

Sunday's goal was to get the birthday Grand Slam at Denny's. However, Denny's is a 24-hour restaurant and I didn't necessarily have to get that for breakfast, so I was free to venture out to the wilds beyond Pottstown and come back later for it. So it was a fun day roaming the countryside of ducks, barns, covered bridges, and municipal parks with strong opinions about dogs. Despite all that, I still made it back to the local Denny's in Newark in plenty of time for a not-too-late dinner.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
On Saturday, I intended to stay local and get all the recently-published local geocaches, but somehow ended up going to Chestertown after a bunch of geocaches in Middletown and Millington. The one curious thing in the area was the Unicorn Fishing Lake, which, depending on the way you parse the sign, could be a lake where unicorns fish or a lake where one fishes for unicorns. The last stop of the day was back to Carousel Farm Park in Pike Creek for a set of toe geocaches, before I made my escape!

Sunday's trip was to Allentown for the "Celebrate Geocaching in the Lehigh Parkway!" geocaching event. It was a morning event though, so I was there only for the last five minutes before it ended abruptly. In that same area was another event celebrating the 175th anniversary of the covered bridge, so the geocaching event had to end before the next event began. I didn't stick around for the main festivities, so the rest of the day was spent getting the new geocaches in Coplay, Northampton, Laurys Station, and Walnutport, and walking on some of the bike paths in the area.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (No hunting)
Saturday morning, I joined Delaware (and some Pennsylvania and New Jersey) geocachers in the "Red Lion Road Adopt a Highway CITO XII". It's a geocaching event to clean up Route 71 near Lums Pond. We met up at the start of the road by our "Adopt A Highway" sign. Then we split up into groups of 4 or so and each group took a 1/2-mile section of the road. It didn't look like there would be that much litter at first but I saw that whenever I went down the embankment from the road a bit, there were a lot of bottles and cans all over. So that's what I mostly did - I went up and down the embankment, filling up my trash bag multiple times. Then we trucked all those bags of trash back to the meeting spot and piled those up for DelDOT to pick up later. We put in about two hours of work but 30 people can pick up a lot of litter!

The rest of the day, I found a few local geocaches. Hiked a few miles in Middle Run, visited a scenic railroad bridge fishing area in Conowingo, and waded in a storm drain. (a geocache where slippers / flip-flops were useful) Then in the evening, I went to Delaware Furbowl 57. It's pretty amazing that a regular bowling meet has turned into a mini-convention with attendees from hundreds of miles away making a weekend trip of it. Had the opportunity to meet up with some folks I hadn't seen in years and also some new acquaintances I'd only contacted over Twitter before that. So that was fun.

On Sunday, I tried going to York via Maryland instead of via Lancaster, but actually spent most of the day in the Maryland countryside, around Jarrettsville, Monkton, White Hall, and Parkton, to the north of Hunt Valley where Fur 'the More used to be. Prettyboy Dam was the most scenic spot of the day and the red brain was the weirdest geocache of the day. Generally, I like the countryside better than the urban areas near Baltimore. People seem nicer too. Near the end of the day, I talked to someone living on a rural road, whose property was across the road from the cache. He seemed genuinely impressed by the assortment of caches in the countryside and the nearby town of New Freedom.

The incident of the deer in the middle of the night )

The caches... )
mortonfox: (No hunting)
Saturday was a toolcaching day. I checked the list of geocaches in the Elmer/Vineland area and noticed that at least a few caches required some non-standard tools. So I put together what I needed ahead of time and brought the tool bucket with me. "Poor Papa's Parched" and "I Own a Puzzle" were similar. Both of them were tubes / pipes that you fill with water to float the cache to the top. I brought a big bucket and a small bucket. I used the big bucket to fetch water from the river and the small bucket for scooping. A funnel helped too, although it wasn't strictly necessary. I also used duct tape to close the drain hole at the bottom of the pipe before filling it. "No Idle Zone" wasn't really a tool cache, but I saw from the previous cache log that the cache was frozen in place. There, I used a hammer and chisel to wedge it out from the ice enough to open the lid.

The rest of the day was pretty much a lot of hiking around pine barren areas to try to get more geocaches before those come under NJ State Parks Geocaching Policy review. The impression I'm getting now though is they may not require all existing caches to be archived in April, but who really knows? There was a bit of light snow during the day, but a fast-moving storm in the evening dumped 3 inches of snow in about half an hour, so that made the trip home somewhat slower.

Sunday was very cold: 8°F in the morning, warming up to about 13°F in the afternoon. Because of that and very strong winds throughout the day, I decided not to travel out too far and just go for some nearby geocaches. Most of those caches were quick. The only walk of significant length was a 1-mile round trip on the snowy trails in Middle Run for a mortar tube cache. Yes, it was cold but I didn't notice it as much once I got moving. There was also a brief stop at the University of Delaware campus.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (naked)
On Saturday, I went geocaching a bit farther down Eastern Shore Maryland than last weekend's trip. There was rain in the weather forecast for Sunday, so I figured I should take the opportunity to travel while the weather was good. This time, after picking up a few puzzle/mystery caches in Church Hill, I continued to Easton and St Michaels, both new areas for me. One of the problems around the Chesapeake Bay is there are numerous fingers of land, each up to 10 miles long and typically with multiple branches. Once you've gone geocaching down one of those fingers, that's pretty much it for the day because it takes a lot of time and driving to return to the main highway and go down another finger. So after hitting Easton, there was really only enough time for the St Michaels finger and Bozman, which was on one of the land branches. There was quite a bit to see down that way, however. First, there's the MEBA Merchant Marine Memorial, which is laid out like a giant ship with a big propeller at one end. Then, there's the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, which was closed at the time unfortunately, although I still got to see the Tilghman Island Drawbridge exhibit.

It rained almost the whole day on Sunday. Although temperatures were higher by the time I left home, I heard that roads in Pennsylvania were still messed up with numerous accidents from icy conditions early that morning. So I decided to stay closer to home and pick up a few geocaches in New Castle County and Cecil County. The most unusual one of the day was "Brace Yourself", which was a snake! Fake, of course. At 3.5 stars, the most difficult one of the day was "Veterans Community Park". I think I was lucky to find it without help because it looked like trash and it wasn't in a spot that I'd have thought to check. The only thing that worked in my favor was it was exactly what I guessed it would be after reading the cache logs.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (rakket)
On Saturday, I only went for geocaches around Newark, Hockessin, and Cecil County because I was planning to attend DE Furbowl 55 that evening. Actually, there were quite a number of local geocaches by this time because I hadn't been going geocaching on weekdays after work because of the earlier sunsets. I also noticed that some new geocachers have been busy placing caches around North East and Rising Sun, which is good because it keeps the Cecil County area fresh.

In the evening, I had an early dinner and then went to AMF Prices Corner for Furbowl. The place was busy! It'd been 11 months since my last Furbowl and my understanding is attendance is regularly in the triple digits now. I wore the Rakket Raccoon fursuit this time. It was a fun time, although I didn't stay all the way to the end because I had to prepare for the next day.

On Sunday, my first destination was Uwchlan to get more of the "13 Superstitions" series. It was a bummer though that the final 13th cache was under repair, but at least I got the required codes from the first 12 of those. There were some rather creative caches in this series, among them, the black cat and the clump of clover. Thank goodness the latter wasn't too deep in the bush or it may have been tough to find! After that, I went farther north to Nantmeal and Douglassville. Monocacy Hill was surprisingly packed. I wasn't able to get a proper parking space in the main area so I only got the two closest geocaches that I could access from roadside parking near a side entrance. And finally, I went way north to Bally for the "Stove Road" series of caches. The "road" here is an old woods road that's rocky, somewhat overgrown, and barely discernible in some spots, but the 4 caches were pretty good and worth negotiating the terrain to get to.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (create a fursona)
On Saturday, I started with a few geocaches in Flourtown. I wasn't doing so well there, so I decided I might as well return to my town to take care of an oil change, so I won't have to get that done Monday or Tuesday evening just before leaving for Anthrocon, when there might not be time. After that, I spend the rest of the afternoon going for a few geocaches here and there in Perryville, Port Deposit, and Rising Sun in Cecil County, Maryland. It's not a cache-dense area, so I save a few geocaches there for times when I don't want to travel too far. There were some interesting sites, like the little chapel in Brookview Cemetery, Rising Sun. The 3 geocaches in Funk's Pond, on the other hand, required some of the toughest hiking in recent memory. I'm guessing this hike is best done in the winter when there isn't as much vegetation, but I got to the end of the trail and still had to step across a creek and climb up a hill to get to the cache, while another cache was on top of a different hill with no trails.

On Sunday, I continued where I left off in Ambler. This day was mostly about mhornbaker, who I believe only started placing geocaches since my last trip to the Ambler area, but has since filled the area really well. I also took the opportunity to tackle some of the multi-caches and longer hikes that I couldn't do during the winter because of temperature and lack of daylight. In the summer, on the other hand, there are bugs and humidity, so it's really a trade-off. In addition, I cleared a few DNFs, "Lowe Seas II" and "Hollowed be thy name", although I had to wonder if those caches had been altered. Both were in fairly obvious hiding spots that I'm sure I checked the last time too.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (face tree)
I headed out early Saturday morning to attend the "Franconia Cafe-vent" breakfast geocaching event in Montgomery County. It was a small event but a good launching-off point for a geocaching spree around Franconia, Telford, Souderton, Chalfont, and North Wales. I did get tired of the area in the late afternoon though, and decided to return to the home area and do a small cache series along Route 273 in Cecil County.

Sunday morning began with a bit of yardwork. I also took the ladder outside to clean the roof gutters, which were starting to grow maple saplings! Since I had the ladder out, I decided to bring it out to a new tree cache in Bear. Ordinarily, getting this cache would require climbing the tree but with a ladder in place, it was a snap to retrieve. I wasn't even sure how one would climb that tree otherwise, since there aren't any low branches to step up on, but some people may be good at shimmying up. Then, since I had the ladder with me, I might as well do another tree cache the same day. So I went to Mill Creek Park in Willingboro and found "A Bison Lives in Mill Creek". This one was a bit more challenging because the ladder almost wasn't long enough, but the cache was just within grasp. "The Owl's Nest", in the same park, also supposedly needed some tree-climbing but I found the log sheet significantly lower than intended, so I didn't need the ladder for that one after all.

For the rest of Sunday, I went around Willingboro finding the continuation of the Levittown Legacy series. Given that the entire series so far is within one town, the area's looking pretty packed! I also did a few other unrelated geocaches and the remainder of the Streak series in Burlington, Mt. Holly, and Mt. Laurel.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
It rained all day on Saturday but I figured I could still do some geocaches, as long as there wasn't too much walking. So I went for the Ted Harvey series in Kent County. These geocaches are all along a dirt road in the Ted Harvey Conservation Area. Only the last one, the TB Hotel, was beyond a closed gate and took about a 0.1-mile hike. I didn't get too wet from the rain. On the way to Ted Harvey, I noticed a big fire on Bay Road. The smoke was thick enough to obscure vision and slow traffic to a crawl on DE Route 1. It was still smoldering after I did the 17 Ted Harvey caches and returned to that area. Nothing to worry about though. I found out later that it was merely a training exercise for Dover-area firefighters. For the rest of the day, I just finished off the rest of the new caches in the county with a tour around Dover, Camden and Felton.

Sunday had good weather. There was a geocaching event in the northern Philadelphia area but at the last minute, I decided against attending that one. So I remained fairly local. After a Hardee's breakfast, I geocached in Elkton and Chesapeake City before returning to Newark, Pike Creek, and Wilmington. The last cache of the day was at the Greenbank Dam ruins and by then, I had 25 finds for the day, all within 20 miles of home. Not bad at all!

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
This weekend had rather unwinter-like weather with temperatures over 50°F. On Saturday, I decided to do some of the MML (Maryland Municipal League) series of geocaches in Cecil County and Eastern Shore MD. I wasn't seriously attempting to finish the series and get the geocoin but I thought it'd be interesting to visit those towns. One of the problems with this part of Maryland is the "can't get there from here" syndrome. Some towns are on fingers of land in the upper Chesapeake Bay so that it often takes a lot more driving to get from one place to another than the straight-line distance. So, for example, Charlestown to Chesapeake Bay is about 17 miles of driving even though the two are 9 miles apart. Good thing I wasn't in a hurry. On the plus side, there were nice views of water features at some of the cache sites of the day.

On Sunday, I planned on attending the "Winter Get Together" in Florence. I stopped at several towns to find geocaches on the way to the event but ended up spending most of the day in the Burlington - Mount Holly area, where there appears to have been many new geocaches placed since the start of the year. There were a number of caches I'd planned on seeking in Florence township itself but it was late by then and I had to get to the event. (which was at Rocco's Pizza on Front Street) So I'm saving those for another weekend.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (buggy)
Saturday morning was the MML Geotrail Kick-Off Event in Perryville. I was originally not planning to go to this event but since I was heading out that way anyway, I figured I might as well stop by and sample the light refreshments. This event was meant to be the launch of a new series of geocaches all over Maryland. However, I opted not to go for those after the event. Instead, I went for the Honeygo series of geocaches in Perry Hall. This is a set of 13 geocaches along Honeygo Blvd. Because of parking issues though, some of those geocaches were a bit of a walk. However, it was not a bad day for a sidewalk stroll. After that, I continued finding quick geocaches in Whitemarsh, Rossville, and Middle River before heading off to dinner.

I intended Sunday to be a low-key day of geocaching around Lancaster but somehow got 20 finds anyway. Part of that was the "Inside The White Box" series, in which each cache was inside a wooden bus shelter. I didn't do #4 in that series because strangely, it was over 20 miles to the north. Stopped geocaching and went to dinner earlier than usual because I had a morning appointment in Philadelphia the next day.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
Like Christmas, New Year's Day is on a Tuesday, turning that day, New Year's Eve, and the regular weekend into another four-day weekend! It snowed a bit on Saturday but after the snow stopped in the afternoon, I still had enough daylight for a bit of geocaching in the snow over in Newark and Elkton. It wasn't much of a snowfall, so the roads were generally fine. There was only a bit of snow on the ground in wooded areas but even that melted away by the next day.

On Sunday, I continued geocaching in Newark and Elkton. There were over 40 geocaches, all Christmas-themed, placed by Amanda and Knobbie in that area. Most of those caches were ornaments and figurines. It was rather amazing. I continued southwards to Chesapeake City and Cecilton. Finished the day with "Take me out to the ball game....", a challenging 4-stage multicache. Well, it was only challenging because of the icy cold weather but fortunately, I could drive around to the other side of the park to shorten the walk for the last two stages.

After Sunday's outing, I figured that I needed only 13 more geocaches to make December my top month. (beating September 2012's count of 341) That was a snap to do. I went up through Southern NJ, from Woodbury to Riverside, and surpassed that by the early afternoon. That day was my first visit in several years to Palmyra Cove Nature Park, which is known for being the park where if you miss the exit, you end up on the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge to Pennsylvania! However, I saw that they've added a new entrance further from the bridge, so there's not as much danger of that now. It's a nice place to walk and see whitetail deer and wild turkey, which are still active in the winter.

I felt a bit lethargic on New Year's Day, so I decided not to keep it a low-key day. "Grandma's Reindeer", another Amanda & Knobbie cache, was the most amusing cache of the day. It's a toy Grandma in a truck with a reindeer strapped to the bonnet. When you push the button, it moves and plays "Grandma got run over by a Reindeer". After that, I continued on to Central Delaware. There's a series of geocaches, "Hope", "Imagine", "Laugh", and "Live", which I needed to find in order to get the coordinates for "The Wonder of the Geo-Cacher". I could only find "Hope" and "Imagine" because there was fishing activity at the other two spots. Fortunately, it turns out that I didn't need all the information to locate the final cache. With those two digits missing, I only had to search along a 500-foot north-south line. I was able to see the hiding spot from pretty far away, so that was trivial. It was also a good day to tackle "Dino Danny". Ordinarily, the thick brush would make it a 4-star geocache but in the middle of winter, I was able to walk right in, only stopping to clip a few branches here and there.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (fox bend)
It was a hot and sunny (and then cloudy) weekend. The rain storm in the weather forecast didn't actually get here until Sunday night. On Saturday, I went hiking in Elk Neck State Forest and State Park. For years, I'd just been driving past this big group of geocaches on the peninsula to the south of the town of North East, Maryland. Well, Saturday was the day to tackle them!

There were 3 areas I visited on this trip. First, I went to the State Forest. This is a less developed area than the State Park. There is a long dirt road and a few trails like the Pete Bond trail, but most of the hiking was rough and off-trail. After that, I went a few miles further south to the north section of Elk Neck State Park. This is a well-groomed part of the park, although the woodland trails have had storm damage and needed maintenance. It's also a fee area, so I did all the geocaches I could to make it worthwhile. Then I went to the south end of Elk Neck. This is a relatively flat piece of land with a gravel trail going to the Turkey Point lighthouse. And finally, I returned to the north section of Elk Neck to hit the trails from the Route 272 parking area. This was the roughest part of the hike with a number of fallen trees (probably recent storm damage) across the trail.

On Sunday, I went geocaching in Camden County from Runnemede to Berlin. One shocking thing about Runnemede and that area in general is how much litter there is everywhere. I guess folks who live there don't notice the gradual buildup but I haven't been to Runnemede in a while and it is definitely much worse than I remembered. I wish people wouldn't throw trash out from their cars, especially when the town doesn't seem to have used a street sweeper in a while. Anyway, I was there to find the physical containers for a number of puzzle caches that I'd solved. However, the two most notable caches of the day were traditional caches. "Kat-Gas" is a fiendishly evil cache hide. I didn't see it at first but the helpful gas station owner, who was aware of the cache, said something that made me take a closer look. "Dennis Nedry - Analyst" is the cleverest cache of the day. It's in the cache owner's front yard so he was able to set up something very interesting that required several tools to retrieve. They watched from afar as I looked for it and once I was done, they told me that at around 8 minutes, I was the fastest to figure it out thus far. (Some previous visitors took 30-40 minutes.)

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Last Monday, I hit the 18,000-cache milestone. After this Monday's evening cache outing, I was up to 18,111 caches. So it was a 111-cache week. I don't think it was my highest one-week total since I've done a few powertrails, but for regular geocaching without taking any extra days off (aside from the Independence Day holiday), it is more than usual.

On the July 4th holiday, I took a trip up to Lehigh Valley. There were a few geocaches very near the Lehigh Valley exit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Extension that I never got a chance to do on previous trips. I did those on this trip and then traveled around Macungie and Allentown the rest of the day. Nothing too special that day, except for one geocache that was under an abandoned tower. I think it's an old-fashioned stone water tower but who really knows?

On Saturday, I went to Harford County in Maryland again to try to finish the remaining geocaches around Aberdeen. This was not the best geocaching trip. I had trouble at a few geocache sites and got attacked by yellow jackets at a river area. I had to kill one of them because it followed me into the car and entered one of my shoes. Near the end of the day, I decided to try the toll-free route home via US-1 (both the I-95 and US-40 bridges have $6 tolls going northbound) and that took me to a batch of recent geocaches in Rising Sun and Oxford that I'd been meaning to do.

Sunday's trip was the best one of the week. I guess that's the reward for putting up with Saturday. :) I headed up towards Lehigh Valley again but this time, I stopped at a number of towns along I-476 and Route 309. I geocached in Marple Township, Conshohocken, Plymouth Meeting, Quakertown, Richland, Coopersburg, Center Valley, and finally Allentown. I spent the bulk of the day in Quakertown and Richland. There was also an interesting set of 7 geocaches at DeSales University in Center Valley, including one at a spiral sculpture near the Labuda Theater on campus.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
After a period of hot weather, it was nice to have a weekend with temperatures peaking at just around 80°F. On Saturday, I went to Bucks County, PA, to attend the "Bring your own Banana (BYOB), V" geocaching event at Tanner Brothers Dairy in Warminster. That was in the evening, so I had some time to geocache on the way there in the afternoon. I started near the Willow Grove PA Turnpike interchange and moved from cache to cache, generally in the direction of the event. Remarkably, there were just enough (26) geocaches along the way to make the event itself a milestone find. (#17700) The dairy is known in that area for ice cream, so I had a peanut butter and mint chocolate chip double scoop. While there, we also took a look at the cows.

On Sunday, there was a bunch of new geocaches in Cecil County, MD, so I went and did those. I was done with those by mid-afternoon and since I was already halfway across Cecil County, I figured why not press onwards into Harford County to do geocaches in Aberdeen and Havre de Grace? The reason I almost never go that way is the toll on the Chesapeake Bay bridges, which is now $6. In retrospect though, even that toll is not such an enormous burden considering that I've been to New Jersey pretty often and the bridge toll that way is $4. Plus, the cost of gas makes any toll pale in significance. However, I definitely would have to plan better on future trips to Aberdeen and beyond. I didn't have any geocache info preloaded, so I set my phone to download it as I went around. Which worked just fine but wasn't as quick.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Cloudy, then sunny. 55°F. I ran out of heating oil yesterday morning so I ordered a full tank for delivery today. Which still meant a night without central heating. It wasn't that bad though. The indoor temperature never went below 50°F, so all I needed was a small electric heater. As they promised, delivery was this morning. 255 gallons at $3.91/gallon = $997.05. Good thing it lasts the whole winter season! (Last heating oil delivery was in March 2011.)

It rained overnight and in the morning. I waited a while for things to dry out outside because I knew at least a few of the cache sites would be in swampy areas. The weather turned out to be pretty good in the afternoon after the clouds went away. Rather appropriately, the first cache I visited was a pot of gold at the "End of the Rainbow Challenge". After that, I found a bunch more geocaches up in Hockessin, and then briefly in Elkton, Maryland, and then a few more back in Newark, Delaware.

Another game that's just starting up in this area is Munzee. It's a smartphone game in which you go to specific locations to find and scan QR codes into the Munzee app for points. The similarity to geocaching is obvious. The first Munzee I encountered was in a geocache in Lancaster last year but I didn't log any more until the two I found today. Red Dog Tag Game Piece - 1 was inside the "273 Bug Hostel" geocache. Then later, I stopped at (well, outside) the Delaware Welcome Center to capture A22 because it's on the way to dinner. One big weakness I noticed with Munzee is in order to capture a Munzee, the app must be able to connect to the Munzee server. If you have bad cell phone reception or if the Munzee server is down, you're out of luck. That was actually a problem this evening when I noticed that the Munzee server was slow to respond. Luckily, I was still able to capture "A22" after a few tries. However, it would be nice if Munzee implemented offline logging.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (xmas)
Sunny, 35-40°F. It was a lazy Saturday morning of a holiday weekend. I figured I'd just go for a few geocaches and then return home. Well, I did those few geocaches and it wasn't even noon, so I thought I'd do one more and then a few more, and before I knew it, I'd gone from Parkesburg to Oxford and straight through Cecil County, Maryland! Self-control does not exist.

Anyway, "Babbling Brook" had a nice stream. I'd never explored much of Parkesburg so I didn't know about Bert Reel Park, which is not on the main road. "In The Trenchez Again" was a strange one where the hiding spot already looked very familiar to me even though I hadn't been there for the original "In The Trenchez" geocache. I saw that weird tree with a horizontal trunk growing through its own hollow in a dream a few months back! (There's probably a Freudian interpretation too. :) ) And yes, that turned out to be where the cache was really hidden.

The last geocache of the day, "Another Eye For You", turned out to be harder to get to than I thought. It's only 5 miles from North East, as the crow flies, but Port Herman is actually on the other side of one of the fingers of the upper Chesapeake Bay. So the driving distance turned out to be just over 20 miles! That's really what made me run out of time for any more geocaches after that. On the plus side, this area is about the same parallel as Middletown, so I went to Hardee's for dinner and had Buffalo Chicken Tenders, their new item. These are about as spicy as the third-hottest sauce on the Buffalo Wild Wings scale, which was a surprise to me because I assumed fast food hot sauce would be on the mild side.

The caches... )

Sweet Six

Mar. 24th, 2011 09:32 pm
mortonfox: (Cane #2)
Sunny and 40°F this evening. I had some time after work this evening and traffic wasn't bad, so I went to the western side of Newark for a geocache in Devon Park.

Then I crossed over into Maryland. The first two geocaches there were roadside geocaches near small bridges. After those, I still had time. So I went to Fair Hill Natural Resources Area. These caches were on the trails that start at the end of Jackson School Hall Road. There were four geocaches but I only had time for three before dusk, so I'll have to return another day for the last one. It was a nice walk. The trail wasn't very direct but did eventually turn and point towards the cache sites.

The caches... )


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