mortonfox: (rakket)
Saturday's trip was south to Salisbury for another munzee raid since there were more dense areas in and around the city that I hadn't hit yet. There were also a few geocaches along the way in Camden, Bridgeville, Seaford, and Laurel.

On Sunday, I did a mascot gig at the Lawrenceville Jubilee. Solo gig this time because Damian couldn't make it due to an automotive problem. I wore the raccoon fursuit this time and it was this character's first appearance at the jubilee. It took the crowd a few minutes to warm up to the character and then it was high-fives and hugs everywhere. It was a smaller crowd than in some of the previous years because of the weather but it was still a great crowd. I did five rounds, about once per hour, and only one round was cut short a bit because of rain. Otherwise, the gig went rather well. After that, I still had time for one geocache near Trenton and a bunch of munzees in Mount Laurel.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (chestnut husky)
Since I had a mascot gig the next day, I decided not to venture out too far on Saturday. There were some single-park clusters of geocaches in Chester Springs and Phoenixville, which were good since I could park the rental car in one place and do a loop hike. The Binky Lee Preserve had the first set of caches. (BL series) It's a nice area with mostly grassy paths. Not all of the 14 geocaches there were easy, although with some effort, I found them all, plus a short centipede. Getting to the next set of caches proved a bit tricky because a street fair closed off half of Phoenixville and there was a closed bridge on the alternate route that I thought of taking. Eventually, I did get around to the other side of the Schuylkill River to Mont Clare for the "Abandoned Rails" cache series.

Sunday was the Hi-4 mascot gig at Lawrenceville Jubilee. This is the town that treats us well when we do the gig. We used their Main Street office as a break / changing room and it was stocked with drinks and donuts. This year, I did the gig with Zokki the hyena and Phil E. The latter was not part of Hi-4, but represented the Philly Pretzel Factory. Anyway, the event was a street fair that is two blocks long this year, a bit bigger than the year before. There was a fairly big crowd with some turnover so we didn't see the same people each time we headed out from the break room.

The gig ended at 5pm, so I still had a few hours of daylight. I noticed some good trails near Lawrenceville, so I took a walk along the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the D&R Canal towpath for a dozen geocaches. It's funny that I never knew about the side entrance to the D&R Canal towpath all those years I lived in New Jersey. Better map data does help a lot.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (chestnut husky)
On Saturday, I'd planned to attend a geocaching event in Cheesequake State Park but I was late because of bad traffic delays around the Old Bridge area. So I decided to just go ahead and get to the other geocaches on my list for the area. I found most of the "BC Mania" series of geocaches. Each one is a bottle cap micro cache, hence the name. These caches themselves took hardly any time compared to the U-turns and traffic lights on the way from one to the next. However, I can recall a few of them that were placed in interesting ways. I also took a little detour to Cliffwood Beach to get away from the high traffic areas for a short while during the afternoon. Poricy Park was another place I visited on Saturday with good hiking trails. In that park, "The Most Fantabulous Person in Middletown" is an amusing cache that asks you to open a box to reveal the most fantabulous person in Middletown. It's actually a mirror. :)

On Sunday, I went to Lawrenceville to do a mascot gig with [livejournal.com profile] jbadger and Damian for the Lawrenceville Jubilee. It's a good event with a good crowd, although perhaps it wasn't as busy as in previous years because of drizzly/cloudy weather early in the afternoon. Unfortunately, people were a bit messy and dropped pies (among other things) on the pavement, making public fursuiting a bit hazardous. But by then, we were ready to stop and pack up anyway. I didn't take any pictures myself since I was in fursuit the whole time I was out but here are some photos and two videos from JBadger's phone.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (chestnut husky)
Friday was such a problematic day. If the flat tire wasn't enough, I also seemed to be getting sick. So I wasn't even sure if I would be able to do anything over the weekend. However, I took care of the tire problem and got a new one as it was still under warranty. By Saturday morning, I had recovered completely from whatever illness it was I had. So I went to Borderline Restaurant in Bethlehem for the "LVGC Breakfast in the Lehigh Valley 2012, 2nd Qtr" geocaching event. (I had the creamed chipped beef special.) These LVGC events are pretty good because there's usually a planned hike afterwards. This time, we went to Merrill Creek Reservoir over in Western New Jersey. Our hike covered a few miles and a half dozen or so geocaches on the Visitor's Center side of the reservoir. After that, I went off on my own to do four more geocaches on the far side of the reservoir. I followed those with more geocaches around Western NJ and especially Phillipsburg. I figured I might as well do those since I rarely get out that way nowadays.

On Sunday, I went to Lawrenceville to do a mascot gig with the Hi-4 group at the Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee. Also in this gig were [livejournal.com profile] rapidtrabbit and Damian K. Sunday was a warmer day than Saturday, but I broke the 4-hour gig into 20 to 30-minute sets and I was fine. I wore the husky fursuit for this one and just interacted with the crowd most of the time. After the gig, we went our separate ways. I did a bunch of geocaches in Lawrenceville, Pennington, and Ewing before heading off to dinner.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (chestnut ramune)
I went to Lawrenceville, NJ, this morning to do a mascot gig at the Lawrenceville Jubilee. I was the first Hi-4 member to arrive at the event this time. ([livejournal.com profile] jbadger and [livejournal.com profile] rapidtrabbit were held up by NYC traffic.) So I changed into the husky fursuit a bit before noon and went out to the street fair area exactly when the event began. I wasn't the only mascot there though. I saw a purple dragon in the crowd. However, I didn't know which group he (or she) was from and he didn't use the Lawrenceville Main Street office as his changing area, so I didn't get to ask him out of costume. Also, I only saw the purple dragon in the first hour of the event. I guess the Hi-4 crew are the crazy ones for doing the gig for over 4 hours. :)

After that, we went to do a few geocaches before dinner since the gig ended at 5pm. I got two finds. [livejournal.com profile] jbadger got four because two of the caches at Village Park in Lawrenceville were ones that I found previously when I did last year's Jubilee. Dinner was at Penang Malaysian restaurant in Princeton. I had curry mee and roti canai. After that, we did two more geocaches, "Noah's Evil Nano" and "Noah's Gazebo", since both of those were at the same strip mall as Penang. Parted ways afterwards.

I didn't stop geocaching though. I noticed that there were 3 easy geocaches around the Quaker Bridge Mall, so I went for those even though it was already night. The mall was already closed by that time and the complete absence of traffic made it easy to dash around the mall parking areas. I thought I had enough by then but I still picked up another cache, "The Rejected One", because it was only a short walk from behind the Wawa store in Florence-Roebling where I stopped to buy the Sunday newspaper. Anyway, it was a full and fun day. Hope to do the Lawrenceville gig again next year.

The caches... )

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