mortonfox: (face tree)
The First State Challenge geocaches were released early Saturday morning. I decided not to go for those right away and instead went to South Jersey to get some of those geocaches that have been piling up over the summer months. (I'd been avoiding that area because of the chigger infestation problem, although I'm not really sure how many of those cache sites are actually in the problem zone.) Anyway, this trip took me through Salem, Alloway, Stow Neck, Bridgeton, Vineland, Buena, and Millville. Most of the cache sites, including the TWD series, were at cemeteries, but there was one hidden on a tractor!

On Sunday, I started doing the FSC caches in Newark, Bear, Smyrna, and Dover. I wasn't interested in qualifying this year so I took my time and got 6 out of the required 10 in Northern DE and 2 in Southern DE, mixing it up with some non-FSC geocaches along the way. All the caches were small or regular sized and some were nicely decorated. There were some FSC cache sites that were new to me, like the DASEF brontosaurus, but I think some, like the concrete pier ruins at Port Mahon, were repeated from previous years. "Wilson Meets Holly" was a cache that I was glad to finally find. It's in a residential area very close to someone's garage, so I was wary about searching for it. But as soon as I found out that the neighbor knew about the cache, it wasn't a problem. He was outside doing some yardwork, so I asked him about the cache. He told me which side of the group of trees it was on and then I saw it in a few seconds. I'm so glad some of the locals are helpful.

The caches... )

FSC 2014

Sep. 29th, 2014 04:19 pm
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
This weekend was the opening of the First State Challenge, the annual state-wide geocaching challenge. The rules have been tweaked a bit. This year, to qualify for the prize, one has to find 7 out of 9 caches in each region (North, Central, and South). Beyond the challenge, it's a chance to learn more about the state as each cache description contains a write-up of either the history or geography of the location. There were a few places I'd never seen before, such as Carey's Camp, a church camp meeting site in Millsboro, and the Weldin ruins. Also rather interesting was "FSC-2014 Middletown Dead Poets", which takes you to two filming locations of Dead Poet's Society, a Robin Williams movie.

I finished most of the FSC on Saturday and only needed 3 more caches from the western side of Sussex County, which I didn't have time to cover. I got those on Sunday and actually finished the remaining two I didn't need because I wanted to see those locations. Ran into many of the local geocachers along the way since everyone was going for these caches the same weekend. After finishing the challenge, I still had time so since I was already in the southeastern corner of the state, I went for more caches in Fenwick Island and Ocean City. That's one area I rarely get to since it's pretty far from home.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
Saturday was the launch day of First State Challenge 2012, an annual state-wide geocaching challenge. 30 geocaches were published early Saturday morning. Geocachers who log 8 geocaches in each of the 3 counties will get a completion certificate and a special pathtag. This year's challenge is a little different from previous years because we only needed to find 24 out of 30 caches instead of all of them. However, in two days, I did find them all anyway. Also this year, I thought I'd save a bit of driving by tackling the northern geocaches first but that didn't quite work. By the end of Saturday, I was already down in Sussex County when it got dark. So I had to go to Sussex County again on Sunday. Even though this state is small, it took a lot of driving around down in the south end where the state is wider.

Anyway, it was a lot of fun. I ran into other geocachers numerous times along the way; we were apparently all obsessed with completing the challenge quickly even though the challenge lasts five weeks! I took the opportunity to find some non-challenge geocaches along the southern edge of the state, like "Line Church" and "A Fallen Hero", since I don't go down there very often. There were a few neat geocaches: the frog geocache and the winery geocache. And I saw the cat waiter, an unexpected piece of furry art in Delmar.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Saturday was supposed to be rainy with tornadoes and other nasty stuff. My guess was Southern Delaware would be the last to be hit by the storm since that was the case last weekend. So I decided to see how far down the state I can geocache before rain forced me to turn back. Surprisingly, I was able to go all the way to Lewes before the rain started and I got there after finishing geocaches around Dover, Little Creek, Slaughter Beach, and Broadkill Beach. The "Slaughter Beach Series" geocaches took less time than I thought. "Slaughter Beach Series - Delaware Ave" is a 5-stage multicache. However, I noticed that the first stage was on North Delaware Ave and wondered if there was a South Delaware Ave too. Well, that's where the final stage was! So I ended up just going there and finding the cache without GPS. The layout of the beach area helped too. The town is just a series of short streets off the main road, so if you know which street the cache is on, you can just hunt around the beach access area at the end of that street.

Sunday morning was sunny but a lot cooler than Saturday. I noticed a new series of geocaches along the Union Transportation Trail in Cream Ridge in Monmouth County, NJ, so I headed off to do those. It's a 4-mile bike path, which means an 8-mile round trip walk, with geocaches placed roughly every 0.1-0.3 of a mile. Out of the 32 geocaches on the trail, I found 30. The remaining two were hidden in such a way that those would've taken more time than I had to find, so I left those for another time. All in all, it was a good long walk. I parked in the middle, walked to the north end and back, and walked to the south end and back. Ran into some geocachers along the way too, although we only teamed up on two caches.

After I was done with the UTT, I did a few (well, six!) quick geocaches around the area. "Borrowed Genius" was the most amazing one of all. This cache is inside a tube. The trick is you need to bring a battery to run a motor to get the cache out of the tube. I actually didn't fully understand how it operated until I got home and saw some pictures on the construction of this cache. For dinner, I felt like going to Ruby Tuesday so I went to find "PMC Lite - Banned Books", a puzzle cache that is next door to Ruby Tuesday in Mount Laurel. I'd actually been waiting for this cache for quite some time. I was last there in April and confirmed that it was missing. Then it took five months for the landscaping and construction in that section of the strip mall to finish. (A Borders bookstore was turning into an AAA office and auto repair garage.) The cache owner had to wait until things settled down before putting out the replacement cache. However, since I had all the information, including guidance from the cache owner on where to look for the cache, from back in April, it was a snap to find it tonight. And after that, I had salad.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (buggy)
It was a 3-day weekend with Labor Day on Monday. I went up to Lehigh Valley to finish off more geocaches in that area. First, I took the opportunity to mail my passport renewal application since I noticed there's a UPS store conveniently just off one of the exits in Allentown. No reason why I can't get things done on geocaching excursions. This time, I spent most of the day around Bethlehem and Fountain Hill. I saw the stacks of the old Bethlehem Steel Plant at "A view of the Stacks". I also met up with Frostbiter at "Shell Micro" because the cache was right outside where he works. I hadn't seen him in over 3 years so we took a few minutes to catch up. I learnt that the geocaching community in Lehigh Valley is not what it used to be; some folks had significantly cut down on their geocaching activity due to health or other reasons. In addition, one of them is moving out of state and archived all his caches just prior to the weekend, although I was still able to find "W - 3". Maybe he hadn't gotten around to picking up that one yet. :)

Sunday was a rainy day, so I decided to do the Four States in One Day Challenge It is literally what the name says: I had to find geocaches in 4 states in a single day to log that challenge cache. In the Philly area, it's easy because New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland are quite close together. The reason why I wanted to do this on a rainy day is because I figured I'd be doing more driving around than walking and searching. This challenge turned out to be a bit harder than I thought because I'd already found nearly all the easy caches in the area. So I was basically just hitting the new caches. First, I did a cache in Newark on the Mason-Dixon Trail. Then I headed over to Conowingo, MD, where thankfully there was a new cache. From there, I headed northeast to Oxford, PA, for a few countryside caches. (I only needed one but I might as well do them all since they were quick!) Next, I stopped at the challenge cache in DE to sign in so I wouldn't have to double back after crossing over to NJ. And then I completed the challenge by doing a cache in Gibbstown, NJ. After that, I continued geocaching in South Jersey until dinnertime since I was already there. It was a soggy time because of the light rain.

Monday was another rainy day. However, I had an Old Country Buffet breakfast coupon, so I had a leisurely breakfast while waiting for the rain to go away. Then I took a long drive out to Lancaster to hopefully give the rain enough time to stop. That almost worked. It was still raining lightly when I got to the first geocache site but it stopped soon enough. This time, I geocached mostly in Lititz, East Petersburg, and Manheim, all to the north of Lancaster City.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (face tree)
On Saturday, I headed downstate for the Mid-Summer's Cache Luncheon, a geocaching event at Rudy's Diner in Harrington. I thought it was a good event for meeting up with fellow geocachers from around the state, but we may have seriously underestimated attendance because the party room was packed! I had a pork roll & cheese sandwich. After that, we headed out to do all the new geocaches that had been placed for the event. Even though it was a rainy afternoon, we had a lot of fun dashing around the town. I did some of the geocaches with the group and some on my own. In the evening, I went back to Wilmington for DE Furbowl 38. I was a bit late to the event, so I didn't bowl this time. However, I still fursuited a bit, talked to friends, joined the group photo, and had a good time overall.

I wasn't sure if it was going to rain on Sunday, so I decided not to travel too far from home. I did some geocaches around West Chester, Exton, and Downingtown that I'd been saving for just such a day. Actually, a number of those geocaches were from a recent event that I didn't attend. In the end, it didn't rain and so the best part of the day was a hike in Marsh Creek State Park to finally visit the two geocaches on the west side of the lake. This hike would've been better in the fall (for temperature and scenery) but I can never tell when I'll be back.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton ave)
Cloudy, then sunny. 60-65°F. I didn't attend the St. Patrick's Day geocaching event in Middletown yesterday but that doesn't mean I couldn't go and do the event caches today. So I did. Then I went further south to Kent County to find all the recent caches and a few not-so-recent ones. In pretty much all respects, this was a minimally-planned day of geocaching that went without a hitch. I got a surprise FTF at "ARANEAE" because I went for a cache that Neongeo auto-downloaded. It was weird that no one else got it first even though I noticed some logs dated today in caches near that one.

"Right Smack Dab In The Center" was interesting for the location. It's a two-stage multicache with the first stage at the Geographic Center of Delaware. I've been meaning to visit this spot and what better reason to do so than as part of a geocache? The second stage was neat too. It's an old-fashioned trunk.

In the evening, I returned to Middletown for chicken and fries at Hardee's. Hardee's published an Android app that allows you to check in at Hardee's locations for rewards. I've had mixed results with the app but this is one time it got me something good.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
Sunny, 45°F. I wanted to go to Hardee's for dinner so I planned the whole day to end up at the Middletown Hardee's! That meant a geocaching trip downstate. Even though I spent the whole day in-state (except for a brief cross over to Maryland for "Conditioned Response at C&D canal"), I saw and did a lot. First, I finished the color series (Green, Red, Blue, and final. I found the Silver cache yesterday.), which included a 1.6-mile walk on the bike path in Newark. Then I went to the C&D Canal Wildlife Refuge for four geocaches. (I'm still wondering about the helium tank I came across there.)

After leaving the canal, I did a bunch of suburban geocaches in Smyrna, Dover, Wyoming, and Leipsic. "can you smell it?" was next to a horse stable, so it's obvious what odor the cache description was referring to. Oddly, I didn't smell anything. I may have gotten used to it after many visits to Lancaster. :)

"Jaxon's First" was the last cache of the day and it was an easy one to find in the dark. After that, I went to Hardee's in Middletown and had a Southwest Patty Melt.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Sunny, 40-45°F. I decided not to go very far today so I started with a few geocaches on the near side of Chester County. I thought "The Chamber of Death" was interesting. I have no idea what it was used for but it's an abandoned stone building set into the side of a slope, so one would actually walk onto the roof and then take some stone steps down to the door. "Claddagh" seemed like a harder geocache to find than it should be. I think this location puts a whammy on people. A number of geocachers mentioned having to look more than once to see the cache. I saw it only on my second pass even though the cache was hidden on the most obvious object in that location.

The last one I did today was "#3.5 Kayak way up or Walk beyond "Past the Don"". I'm always a bit wary about doing geocaches in the area behind the Christiana Mall because mall security is bound to come around and wonder why someone is parking at an odd location at the edge of mall property. Worse yet, I parked at the entrance to the sand pits and construction area, where no shoppers park. However, I did the one-mile round trip hike from there with no incident.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
There were lots of 11-11-11 geocaching events posted on Friday. It was a work day for me and I didn't take the day off but I still managed to attend two of those events anyway. The first event I attended was "11-11-11 at 11am - Let's Eat Lunch!" at Cafe Napoli in Wilmington. I figured I could take an extended lunch break and head out for this one since it's not too far from the office. I had a fish fillet sandwich and onion rings.

That night, I went for the "11-11-11 @ 11:11:11 PM New Jersey" geocaching event. Of course, since I wasn't out the whole day geocaching, I had dinner at home first before going to Jersey. The event was a simple gathering in the parking lot at a strip mall one block away from the Deptford Mall. We've had night gatherings in that parking lot a few times already and I'm surprised that mall security has never showed up to question a large group of people hanging out there at night. I also did two geocaches that night. "Big Ole Trees Around Here" has been in place for a few years already but I couldn't do it in previous years because it has either been too late or too dark. Well, this time, it was too late AND too dark but I went and found the cache anyway!

Saturday was a low-key day since I started out late and I had two errands to take care of first. I just headed down to Kent County to do some geocaches that were placed recently. Then I did a bunch of older geocaches in the Milford Neck Wildlife Refuge before returning to Middletown for dinner at Hardee's. I had a taco salad because there was a special on that posted in the window. I don't usually order from the Red Burrito side of their menu but I think I should start because their taco salad is pretty good.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
I did the First State Challenge 2011 this weekend. In this series, there were 23 geocaches all over the state and it took two days to find all of those, more due to the driving distance between geocaches than the time it took to find each cache. While I was in Southern Delaware, I did other geocaches that weren't in the series too, so as not to waste the trip.

On Saturday, my strategy was to go to Kent and Sussex Counties and try to do as many FSC caches as possible. I got only one FTF, which was on "FSC-2011 Odessa", but I expected that because I figured other geocachers would be coming up from the south and I didn't start right away because I had to take care of a yard waste errand that morning. I got 16 out of 23 FSC caches in Saturday's run, which was more than I thought I could do. In Sussex County, only one cache in Lewes remained. That was fine because it gave me an excuse to return to the shore area on Sunday.

On Sunday, I started early in the morning and did the FSC caches in New Castle County. Then I went to Lewes to find "FSC-2011 Zwaanendael Museum" and complete the series. It was still early in the afternoon, so I continued geocaching in Lewes, Dewey Beach, and Rehoboth Beach. The last cache of the day was conveniently on the road behind one of the Tanger outlet malls, so I went outlet shopping after that until it was time for dinner. There wasn't much of a shopping crowd -- hardly anyone at all in the stores, actually -- but it's still early in the season.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (buggy)
It was a pleasant weekend, generally. Both days were 60-65°F and sunny. I wanted this weekend to be low-key since I was a bit tired of long-distance travel and big cache runs, but we know how that usually ends up. On Saturday, I wanted to attend the "Cachers of the Corn II" geocaching event near Lancaster. So I went to Lancaster during the day and did some of the Battleship series and mixed that with other geocaches along the way. Started near Gap and somehow ended up in Ephrata/Akron, quite a bit further from the event than intended! In the evening, I went to the event site to meet up with FishBizkit, sign in, and drop off some geocoins. I couldn't stay to do the corn maze itself though because I had to get to dinner. I returned in-state to Ruby Tuesday in Pike Creek because from experience, the Ruby Tuesday in Lancaster isn't as good.

On Sunday, I decided to do some geocaches in Central and Southern Delaware as a change of pace, so I don't get sick of Lancaster. My original plan was to only do the caches until Dover/Camden but I had so much time left before sunset that I decided to continue to Georgetown to do a new cache on the Del Tech Owens Campus and hike a state wildlife area just outside that town. With sunset coming a lot earlier this time of year, I had plenty of time not only for dinner (chicken and fries at Hardee's in Middletown) but also a bit of shopping afterwards to pick up some sale items I noticed in the Sunday paper ads and coupons.

I'm seeing a bunch of fake bird geocaches these days. I saw two on Sunday and this dove-like container was one of them. Even if not particularly challenging, these are pretty neat. The idea is to stick the log sheet into the bird and clip or hang the bird on a tree branch. Then it looks like a bird in the tree and passers-by who don't look closely will be none the wiser.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Hurricane Irene arrived in my area on Saturday afternoon. It was just rain initially, so I was able to go out and run a few errands but I stayed home the rest of the day. Amazingly, there wasn't a power outage despite tropical storm conditions and even though the wind picked up after midnight. The next morning, I went out to check for damage. There were only two fallen tree branches: one in the backyard and one up on the roof. I got the ladder out and it wasn't difficult to climb up and pull the branch off the roof. While I had the ladder out, I also cleared the rain gutter.

Since I had the afternoon free, I went geocaching in Central Delaware. I figured the major roads would be open, at least, and I was curious to see how other parts of the state fared. Not so well, apparently.



That picture is of Tappahana Bridge Road, near the bridge part of it, in Hartly. I made a stop there because the "Tappahana's Bridge" geocache was in the flood zone. Fortunately, it wasn't very deep by that time so I was able to wade through but it was amusing to see fish swimming across the road! That same creek submerged every bridge in its path in Western Kent County, so after doing that geocache, I actually had to travel into Maryland to detour around roads closed due to high water. No problems with the geocaches themselves. There was only one that I noticed was dangerously close to getting washed away. The rest were either placed above ground or on the ground but not in a spot with bad drainage.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
Sunny, 80°F. After work, I headed out to the C&D Canal Wildlife Area in St Georges and found 55 geocaches! The C&D Canal Speed Trail is a power trail that just got published this afternoon. It was 54 geocaches, 53 micro-sized and 1 regular, plus 1 bonus puzzle cache at the end. All of them were spaced 0.1 to 0.2 of a mile apart on the same dirt road next to the canal. So it was really part endurance test and part seeing how many of these you can do per hour. I didn't keep track of the time but I think I did the whole lot in about an hour and a half.

The first one, "C&D 01", took the longest because it's at an odd dead end and I had to turn the car around after that. After doing a few, I got into a bit of a rhythm getting out of the car, grabbing the cache, using tweezers to extract the log, signing the log, putting the cache back, and driving off to the next one 0.1 mile down the road. There were only a few caches in the series where I had to think for more than a second: one cache site had 3 likely spots, another cache was in a bush instead of at the base of the nearby pole. But for nearly all the caches, the GPS didn't leave the dashboard because I knew where it was as soon as I pulled up to the site.

Other things: I got a splinter from one of the poles. Got scratched by a bush I was searching. Came across a flock of vultures. Talked to strangers who thought I was collecting driftwood. And did the whole series in sandals because every cache was by the side of the dirt road. (There was one where I had to hop over a mud patch but I'd still consider that roadside.) After that, I went to Hardee's in Middletown for chicken tenders. At the canal access point, I was close enough to Middletown, so I might as well take the opportunity.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Sunny, 55-60°F. Today, I finally went and did Delaware's Longest Geocache?. I was waiting for the perfect day, not too hot, too cold, or too wet, to do this cache and today was just right. It's a 5.3-mile round trip hike in a state wildlife area. It's a long walk but completely flat all the way. I also found Halfway Below Sea along the way. Only the last third of a mile to the cache site was difficult because of flooding on the trail. There was no way to avoid the water, so I just waded through. I saw lots of tadpoles in the flood water. I also saw one tadpole-eating snake. When I got closer to the cache site, I saw a big white owl fly out of a holly tree. Well, that was exciting. After that long walk, it's great that the cache was an easy find.

Decided to take a break at Hardee's in Middletown after that. I had a 1/3-lb thickburger and fries. I used a mobile coupon from the Hardee's Android app this time. It's one of their latest innovations. I didn't need a printout. I only had to show the cashier the coupon on my phone.

After that, because I apparently haven't walked enough for one day, I went to Maryland to do the Jackson School Hall Rd 2 geocache. This is the last cache in the Jackson School Hall Road series that I didn't do the last time I was there because I ran out of daylight. It's only 0.1 of a mile from parking but because of the way the trail turns around, the round trip hike was about 1.2 mile! However, it wasn't a difficult walk.
mortonfox: (morton st)
Sunny, 60-65°F. This afternoon, I returned to the south side of the C&D Canal to continue what I was doing two days ago. This time, I accessed the canal road from St. Georges, near the US-13 bridge. Then I drove for a few miles on the road at the edge of the canal. I actually caught up with this ship, which was probably going at a mere few miles per hour.

The first geocache of the day was C&D Mayhem Cache #3 Gamerboy's Junket. I was wondering if there was a problem with this cache because the last log was a DNF. However, the problem turned out to be one of inaccurate coordinates and I found it when I examined the other side of the thicket. Next, I went for Cat Tails. For this one, I had to park the car and take a walk because the dirt road didn't pass near the cache site. And finally, I proceeded to A.C.C.E.N.T. #2 Warm Fuzzies from Maryland. This one was quite a challenge because it's in a swamp. However, the biggest hurdle was psychological. It turns out that the swamp was only a few inches deep. Once I stepped in and saw that, I simply walked around in the water until I found the cache. It was quite an adventure.

After that, it was time to leave the C&D Canal Wildlife Area. I drove back out to St. Georges at sunset. Dinner was a bacon cheeseburger at TGI Friday's in New Castle. They sent me a $7 coupon, so this is how I used it. It's a nice restaurant but they've got to stop using those 20-watt light bulbs. I had to ask for a table in a brighter part of the dining area.

C&D Canal

Nov. 20th, 2010 10:20 pm
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
Sunny, 60-65°F. First, I got the errand out of the way by dropping off the leaves and weeds at the mid-county yard waste site. Then I headed westwards to the C&D Canal to do a bunch of geocaches. I avoided this area during the Summer because I figured the bugs would be bad, but there have been enough cold nights that it ought to be bug-free by now. Indeed, it was a nice day to take a drive on the canal dirt roads and walk the trails. It was warm enough to be t-shirt weather too, especially after working up a sweat from hiking. I remained near the Delaware-Maryland state line, finding more geocaches on the Maryland side than on the Delaware side this time.

After I was done with the canal area, I went for one more geocache near Lowe's and Home Depot (hence the name "Almost Home but Lowe") in Middletown. It's funny that the two home improvement stores are literally side by side in that town. Then I went to Hardee's for a 1/3-lb cheeseburger combo.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Cloudy, 50-60°F. I fell asleep last evening while waiting for the laundry to finish, so I woke up pretty early in the morning. After taking care of some things I needed to do, including the laundry, I thought I'd go for a Hardee's breakfast since I'm not usually up early enough to be there in time for breakfast. So I went to the Middletown Hardee's and had a sausage and egg biscuit and a caramel crumb biscuit. The latter was the coupon freebie.

Since I was out and about early, I figured I ought to tackle the farthest geocaches in the state. (I'm saving the nearest caches for when I head out late.) So my goal for the day was "FI Sound Church Cache", near the southeast corner of the state. That ended up being the 5th cache of the day because it was a long drive and of course I had to do a few along the way. After that, I geocached in Ocean View, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, and Rehoboth Beach before heading off to dinner at Hardee's again, this time in Smyrna. I had a Texas toast bacon cheese thickburger.

Lots of interesting cache hiding techniques today. Of those, I think "and the forecast for St. Louis is......" and "Dewey Beach Compass" were the two most unusual ones. I'm still wondering how the cache hider for the latter set it up without attracting a lot of attention. I also did a webcam cache "Bethany Beach Webcam". (A webcam cache has no cache container to find. Instead, the objective is to position yourself within view of the webcam and save the webcam image to upload with your cache log. Most geocachers do that by calling someone else for assistance in saving the webcam image.) I noticed that there was wi-fi internet at the beach, so I brought the netbook to the boardwalk and saved the webcam image when I was in the webcam picture.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Sunny, 55-60°F. There's a bunch of geocaches in the marsh areas near Route 9 that I'd been saving for cooler weather because I knew the bugs would be terrible there in the summer. I thought today would be cold enough and I was correct. It was indeed a good day to hike out on the marsh trails with no mosquitoes and no biting flies at all. Even the wasps at "Wastin' Time" were nearly dormant because of the cold and I had no trouble retrieving the cache, which was right next to the nest.

Most of today's geocaches were in the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area but in different tracts of land. Walking distance was anywhere from 50 feet ("Going Fishin'") to 0.7 of a mile ("Collins Beach"). Every trail was completely flat. The GPS read a negative elevation half the time, although I'm sure that's due to position error. Fortunately, it hadn't been raining much recently so none of the trails were muddy or underwater.

Dinner was a Texas toast bacon cheese thickburger combo at Hardee's in Middletown. I thought the one I had yesterday night was pretty good so I went for an encore.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Rainy then sunny and 75-85°F. This whole exercise started when I noticed that I'd found geocaches on 12 of the 14 pages in the DeLorme maps covering the state. So I figured I might as well attempt to complete the Delaware DeLorme Challenge. I only needed caches in pages 33 and 34 in the southwestern corner of the state to fulfill the requirements. Conveniently, there is a cache, "Mason-Dixon-A3", close to that corner of the state. So that was the first destination I set on the GPS. It's a fascinating location with a benchmark in its own shelter marking the corner in the state line. From there, I went eastwards to Delmar to fill in page 34. Of course, I couldn't resist doing a bunch more geocaches in Delmar, including one on the Maryland side of the town.

My secondary goal for the day was to visit "dElAWare 7{1}", the oldest cache in the state. So after I was done with Delmar, I headed northeast to Trap Pond State Park. The bushwhack in from the road was rather rough but it was worth doing to find this gold-painted ammo box with a special plaque. It used to be a Gladware plastic container but a few years ago, a local geocacher did some cache maintenance and improved the container.

And finally, I visited a bunch of geocaches in Laurel and Seaford to round out the day before having dinner at Hardee's in Harrington.

The caches... )

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