mortonfox: (create a fursona)
It was a 100% Munzee (well, maybe 99% Munzee and 1% Flagstack) weekend. My geocaching premium membership expired last weekend and I didn't figure it was worth renewing, so I don't have any pocket queries. I peeked at the c:geo app a couple of times but there weren't any new geocaches near where I was capturing munzees. Which seems to fit what I've been noticing. In areas that are dense with munzees, some of the biggest players were geocachers who hid a lot of geocaches a while back but stopped and switched to Munzee. Why? They had their reasons. Montgomery and Bucks County geocachers had better hope the Taxman, owner of over a thousand geocaches, doesn't start Munzeeing!

So Saturday's trip was to South Jersey again, mainly Westampton, Burlington, Riverside, Cherry Hill, Audubon, and Marlton. Since the weather was good, I started clearing out a few areas. Also helped a local Munzer replace a missing motel munzee. Not a complicated process but it did require some messaging back and forth. Then I went around getting the new timeshare, hotel, and motel munzees and a bunch of mythologicals. Lots of points all around. In the evening, I hit the Asian food market in Cherry Hill and finally, I picked a random Chinese restaurant I hadn't been to for dinner. That's the other thing I've been doing: attempting to write Yelp and Google Local reviews for every Chinese place in South Jersey. I'm probably only a small fraction of the way to this goal.

Sunday's trip was down to Sandy Point State Park again to capture around 300 munzees. Nearly all of them were evolution munzees, a special type that changes twice before taking its final form. A wheel munzee, for example, turns into a penny farthing next month and a muscle car the following month. So it may seem like there are a lot of munzees in Sandy Point but some of those were the same ones from my last visit that have since evolved. Along the way there, I also visited the Fallen Heroes Memorial in Centreville. This memorial and park is not along the main drag, so I'd never have found it if not for Munzee. (Just like geocaches, it seems, some Munzees take you to new places and some, well most, are just for the heck of it.)
mortonfox: (fox sit)
I had the day off on Monday, so it was a 3-day weekend. Saturday's trip was to Atlantic City and Brigantine, with a stop in Berlin on the way to dinner. The trouble with the casino area in Atlantic City is there's no free parking. Even Harrah's, which isn't in the downtown area, now charges for parking, even though they didn't just a few years ago. So I mostly went for munzees and geocaches off the beaten path. Still, there was a lot to see. I went to the Absecon Lighthouse and the aquarium. Also saw a bench on a fragment of a pier out in the water. I thought that was sad and strange at the same time.

Sunday's trip was somewhat shorter because of the rain. Just a dash down to Sandy Point State Park to capture about 500 munzees and then back again.

Monday's trip was to Dover, Bridgeville, Seaford, and Laurel in Southern Delaware. It was mostly for Munzee but I stopped for a bunch of new geocaches along the way. Horsey Pond was the most scenic area of the day. The weird item of the day was an Angry Birds porta-potty in Seaford. It looked like character merchandising gone wrong.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
Saturday's trip was to Allentown, NJ, to take a 5-mile walk and get another set of geocaches on the northern part of the Union Transportation Trail. This section of the UTT is not yet connected to the section I walked on last week. I hope they'll one day finish converting the railbed into a bike path and join the two sections. Ran into SanMar again during my walk. This time though, they were a bit earlier and were on their way back as I was walking towards the end of the path.

Sunday's trip was to Eastern Shore Maryland, around Still Pond, Chestertown, Quaker Neck, and Rock Hall. The problem with this area is the land is made of many peninsulas and fingers out into the Chesapeake Bay and there aren't many bridges. So the whole day is basically spent driving down one of the 10-mile peninsulas, and then back up and down another peninsula. However, it had been a very long time since I visited that area, so there were enough geocaches to make it worth the trip just going down a few of the larger fingers of land. There is a lot of beautiful scenery by the bay and water features. Unfortunately, after the heavy rain late that day, there was quite a bit of flooding in Rock Hall. I noticed that the bay water was pretty much already up to the level of the road and some of the docks and platforms are in danger of getting washed away the next time there is a superstorm. When I saw that, I decided it would be a good idea to just detour around the flooded areas and leave.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (create a fursona)
There was finally some snow earlier this week. Although the snow on the ground wasn't much and was mostly gone by the weekend, it led me to decide to try geocaching in some parts of Maryland to the south that I hadn't yet covered. Saturday's trip was to Ocean Pines, just outside of Ocean City. Well, I don't know about the ocean part but there sure was a lot of lake scenery! Generally, the caches were similar to others found around Ocean City and I'd consider it an extension of my Chincoteague trip during the holidays. One problem I noticed in Ocean Pines though is the town planners seem to be averse to left turns. I found myself having to make a right turn and then a U turn so many times on that day, that it was tiresome towards the end.

Sunday's trip was down the Eastern Shore via Route 301 to Kent Island. That area was new to me too, even though I'd been as far as Queenstown on previous trips. Rather noteworthy was the series of caches on the Cross Island Trail. It's not a power trail because there were significant distances between caches but there were many spots along the way for scenic views of the coves and inlets. However, I stopped short of the Bay Bridge because of the $6 toll. That will have to wait for a time when I have a full day to devote to the other side of the bridge.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Friday evening was a bit of a bummer because I noticed a slow leak in the passenger-side rear tire due to an embedded screw. So on Saturday morning, instead of going to a geocaching event in Dublin, I had to get the leaky tire fixed. Worse yet, the screw was at the edge of the sidewall, so the hole could not be plugged. Fortunately, there was a road hazard warranty on the tire so the new tire only cost $15! Anyway, that pretty much killed the morning so I decided to do some geocaches locally. What I had in mind was to finally finish the LOTR (Lord of the Rings) cache series. This is a 20-cache series that I'd been working on since August. It took that long because not all the caches came out at the same time, some caches depended on having found other caches in the series, and I kept having other plans throughout the fall and winter months. So when I had the opportunity to finish off the last few, I just had to do it! It is a very good series. The caches incorporate themes from the LOTR story. There were a number of tricks, puzzles, and challenges along the way. Nothing was overly difficult but those were enough to make one think. LOTR #20, the last cache in the series, could have been the most difficult one, but I figured out the trick quickly because of experience with other similar caches. After I was done with the LOTR series, I headed over to Eastern Shore Maryland for a batch of caches on two of the fingers of the upper Chesapeake and that was it for the day.

On Sunday, I went to North Reading and Muhlenberg Township, skipping right past the bad areas (or so I'd been told) of Reading. The goal was to do the No Muhles Allowed cache series on the Muhlenberg Rail Trail but as usual, I did some geocaches around that part of town first while waiting for the sun to go down a bit. I usually don't like graffiti but I thought this "Joy" graffiti, where the rail trail went under a road bridge, was an exception. It looks like whoever did this used a big stencil. I also couldn't resist photographing a box turtle who was right in the middle of the path.

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: (morton blvd)
On Saturday, I headed down to Uno Chicago Grill in Dover to attend the FSC-2012 Celebration Event. This geocaching event marks the end of the First State Challenge and everyone who completed it got a certificate and pathtag. It's a lunch event and I had a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup. It was good but I have mixed feelings about it because it doesn't seem like a dish that is complex enough to justify paying a sit-down restaurant price for. After that, we all went out to do the two geocaches that were placed nearby for the event. Then I went off on my own to Eastern Shore Maryland, ending my geocache tour in Queenstown, just before the Bay Bridge. I thought "Try Again" was interesting not so much because of the trick but because of the way I figured out the trick. I started thinking about where the cache hider thought I wouldn't look and that was where it was hidden.

One thing I heard about on Saturday was a new geocache trail in Peaslee Wildlife Management Area near Vineland. So I planned to do it on Sunday when I knew hunting was prohibited. When I got to the trailhead, I was surprised to see Joe 'n Sue and Jenny D Pooh. It's a meetup that happened completely by chance. Since they too were just starting to go down the trail, I followed them and we did all 50 geocaches on the Peaslee WMA Trail as a group! It was a lot of fun. Although some of the cache hides were quite challenging, nothing was impossible with four people searching and we finished this trail in just under 3 hours. After that, we traveled around Cumberland County still as a group and did a bunch more geocaches until dusk. Then I did a few more geocaches on my own in the evening. "Hush's Container Exchange Part 2" was an interesting concept. It's a large Rubbermaid tub that Hushovd placed in his front yard for exchanging geocache containers. It is "part 2" because he moved a few years ago and had to archive the first version of this cache.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (chestnut ramune)
On Saturday, I went out to do some geocaches in Newark and Bear that I couldn't do after work on weekdays because of earlier sunsets. Two of those were unavailable because a football game in University of Delaware filled pretty much every parking space within a mile of the stadium but I was able to do the other four, plus one extra ("Get To The Point!") on the C&D Canal that used to be missing but had been replaced. Then I toured the Eastern Shore of Maryland through the towns of Cecilton, Kennedyville, Betterton, Worton, Chestertown, and Church Hill. This is a very sparse area in geocaches and also in population, but I hadn't explored very much of it so there were some geocaches to do here and there. In the evening, I headed back to Northern Delaware to attend DE Furbowl XL. I'd underestimated how far away I had gotten from my home area, so I was late to the event but it was still a good time.

On Sunday, I went to the Bucks/Montgomery county line area (towns of Willow Grove, Warminster, Southampton, Huntingdon Valley) again to continue the geocaches I was doing two weeks ago. There weren't as many left but I figured with the shorter daylight after the end of Daylight Saving Time, I wouldn't have time for as many geocaches anyway. "Die Berliner Mauer" was an interesting two-stage cache because the first stage took me to a piece of the Berlin Wall at a German Club in Warminster. Hurricane Sandy seems to have done some significant damage to this area. There are many fallen trees, including one that I suspect fell on a cache, although I didn't investigate further because the landscapers had arrived to clean up the area. Some roads and bridges were closed for repairs too.

The caches... )

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