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)
Saturday's trip was to the west of Reading to get some geocaches in the area of Blue Marsh Lake. I had no idea that April 30 was the last day before they started charging a park fee, so that was a bonus. After that, I continued westward to Heidelberg, Robesonia, Womelsdorf, Newmanstown, and Richland. It's an area with a series of small towns along Route 422, with ducks and lots of cows.

On Sunday, I went to Lawrenceville to do a mascot gig with Hi-4 at the Lawrenceville Jubilee. It rained the whole day so there wasn't much of a crowd and some vendors canceled, but the event still went on. TARDIS Kitty and I did the gig in the rain, which was a bit messy, although on the plus side, one can't feel the rain in fursuit. :) So we entertained the half dozen or so families who attended the event. After the event, I went a bit farther up route 206 to get some geocaches in Princeton, Rocky Hill, and Hillsborough, before heading to dinner.

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 ramune)
On Saturday, I started out the geocaching spree in Fort Washington, Upper Dublin, and Horsham before heading way north to Plumsteadville, Ottsville, and Nockamixon State Park. As usual, for this area, most of the caches I found that day were by Taxman, who is now the top cache owner in my finds, as you can see in the chart below. He has placed over 940 geocaches, so far, and is still putting out new ones almost every day (apparently it's his new full-time occupation after retiring from the IRS :) ), so I'm a long way from finishing those.

Top cache owners of my finds


While taking a side trail to "Past the Kohler Park dogs", I happened on a little fawn. I had no idea where its mother was and I was surprised it let me get within 15 feet and stood still long enough for me to shoot a few photos.

Fawn


On Sunday, I went to Point Pleasant Beach to do a mascot gig with [livejournal.com profile] jbadger and Damian for CFF Great Strides. Just as it was in previous years, this is a good event with a good crowd. Also, it wasn't raining like it was last year. Damian had to leave a bit early, but JBadger and I continued with the gig, had lunch at a nearby Chinese restaurant afterwards, and geocached along the Edgar Felix Bike Path. (EFBP cache series)

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 ramune)
Saturday was a rainy day. I had already planned on heading to Maryland so I didn't change my plans but decided to do some of the easier geocaches and anything I left out on previous trips in the vicinity of Havre de Grace, Churchville, Bel Air, and Fountain Green. I'll save the bike trail geocaches near White Marsh for another time. There was still plenty to do. There were some puzzles that I solved since my last visit, so I went and found the final cache containers for those. I also hiked the trail behind Harford Community College despite the rain. This being a campus trail, there were some prank signs along the way. I also revisited the Bel Air neighborhood where someone called the police the last time and interrupted my search. Apparently, they had problems and/or were nervous about strangers. (Even the police officer thought that was ridiculous but I decided to skip the area that day.) This time, nothing happened and I was able to finish the "Crazy Bone" series. The "Atari 2600 Tribute" series that I did on Saturday is noteworthy. Each cache is a repurposed Atari cartridge.

Sunday was another rainy day. I headed out early in the morning for the Hi-4 mascot gig at CFF Great Strides in Point Pleasant Beach. I actually wasn't sure we were going to do this because the crowd was rather small due to the rain. However, Damian K and Rapid T Rabbit arrived a bit later and we went ahead with the gig. The husky fursuit got wet and a bit muddy around the legs but most of it is machine-washable so that's not a problem. We had a bit of fun, did the gig until around 1pm, and split up. For the rest of the afternoon, I found some simple geocaches around Manasquan, West Belmar, and Neptune. At times, it was raining too hard to carry electronics around outside so I used aerial photos and some good guesswork to find those caches. On the way home, I noticed that it wasn't raining in the Bordentown area so I stopped there for a while to pick up a few more geocaches and kill time before dinner.

Field Puzzle Hacks )

The caches... )
mortonfox: (create a fursona)
Saturday and Sunday were warm, sunny days, although it looked like rain late Sunday afternoon. On Saturday, I decided it was time to do some of the new geocaches that have been accumulating to the north. So I started geocaching near West Chester and worked my way towards Malvern, Tredyffrin, and King of Prussia. There were half a dozen caches near the King of Prussia Mall and the most interesting novelty I came across was a big vacuum cleaner. Then I returned to Exton/Uwchlan and found a few more geocaches going from there through Downingtown and back to West Chester. So it was a big triangle. Had to stop just a bit earlier to go to Home Depot near home to pick up an online order I made that very morning, but I was still in plenty of time for dinner at Ruby Tuesday in Bear.

Sunday was the day of the Hi-4 mascot gig at the CFF Great Strides event in Point Pleasant Beach. I joined [livejournal.com profile] mejeep and [livejournal.com profile] lowen_kind at the event site. [livejournal.com profile] freakylynx and Damian K arrived a bit later because they'd been doing another gig in Northern New Jersey that morning. I was a bit late myself so I missed the first part of the event when the walkers were leaving the event site but I got into fursuit and was ready when they returned from the walk. For a small event area, it was quite a busy event. However, it ended a bit earlier than the scheduled closing time because of the hot weather. After that, our group had a late lunch at a nearby Jersey Mike's. Then I went off on my own to do some geocaching around the area. For the short time I had, I actually did quite a number of geocaches because most of them were on the Edgar Felix Bike Path from Allenwood to Allaire State Park. It's nice to be able to park in one place and do a series of geocaches all in a row.

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)
The actual purpose of this trip to Long Island was to do a mascot gig with Hi-4 at the Jones Beach Autism Walk, but I treated it as a weekend away from home. A mini-vacation, if you will. I started driving off from home Friday evening after loading the fursuit and some overnight items into the car. It was raining that night and I hoped the rain would stop before my first geocache stop of the night, but that didn't happen. Oh well. Dinner was at Chevys in Lawrenceville to use the coupon I got on the receipt from using my birthday coupon there the previous weekend. (Would have been interesting if it was recursive but that wasn't the case.) I had a nachos grande. This is incidentally one restaurant that I think is okay, even though lots of Yelp reviewers panned it.

After that, I continued up the NJ Turnpike. I found the first cache of the night, "Kilmer Bunker", in the rain at the stroke of midnight. So it was technically my first cache of October. I stopped for more geocaches in the Perth Amboy area when I left the turnpike to switch to Route 440. I also did some easy caches in Woodbridge and Linden before deciding that it was time to cross over to New York. I got a few geocaches in Brooklyn and Queens, and arrived in Nassau County just before daybreak. Breakfast was a free Rooty Tooty at IHOP in West Hempstead. This was for the anniversary of my joining the IHOP mailing list. (Same freebie as the birthday coupon.) I suppose I can't really complain because I got free food but service wasn't that great and this restaurant has some rather foul-mouthed clientele. I didn't notice this as much back when I lived in North Jersey and visited Long Island frequently, but I guess I got spoiled when I moved out of the NYC area. I also saw a lot of bad driving behavior on the streets in that part of Nassau County. In particular, someone cornered too fast, swung around really wide and nearly knocked me over when I was just starting to cross the street.

Anyway, it was a super-productive day of geocaching. I found 48 geocaches on Saturday. The Long Island batch was mostly from Elmont to North Hempstead. I went around in a big curve, ending back at the Nassau/Queens border. I encountered one Nassau County police officer who was curious about what someone from out of state was doing in the corner of an office lot on Saturday, but he already knew about the geocache! In the evening, I went to [livejournal.com profile] jbadger's house to meet up for dinner. (also, I was staying at his place overnight) After checking out several restaurants on Smithtown's Main Street, we settled on Luso, a Portuguese BBQ. It's a rather expensive restaurant (then again, I seem to think anything that costs more than Old Country Buffet is expensive :) ) so you'd think there'd be something special there, but that was not the case. They don't have exotic meats, for one thing. It was just ordinary beef, chicken, or pork. Service wasn't that great either but then again, maybe I'm spoiled. For all I know, it could be normal to have to ask servers at fine restaurants multiple times for stuff before you get it. Maybe we shouldn't have expected better service than say, Denny's, even when the meal costs an order of magnitude more.

Sunday... )

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... )
mortonfox: (otter)
Cloudy, 60-65°F. I woke up early Saturday morning for a trip to Long Island. I'd already packed two days before so it was just a matter of loading the stuff (otter fursuit, overnight bag, two boxes with extra clothes and sleeping bag, and that's just for a two-day trip! :) ) onto the car. It sure was cold in the morning! I got two quick geocaches on the way to NY state. Once I got to Elmont though, the serious geocaching began. I'd not been to Long Island in about a year and Nassau County was chock-full of new geocaches. In the short stretch from Elmont to East Meadow, I found 30 geocaches and most of them were rather quick roadside or street corner park-and-grabs.

In the evening, I headed over to [livejournal.com profile] jbadger's place, where I would spend the night. We went out for a hibachi dinner at Hotoke in Smithtown. Sometimes I think that living on my own for so long has made my tastes rather out of sync with everyone else's. Hibachi is a good example of that. I do not regret going to Hotoke because that's the only way I could find out that the hibachi experience isn't for me. It's just a bit disappointing when I'm the only one at the table not having a good time. Anyway, here's what I thought. The place is noisy and the locals are loud. A hibachi table seats about two dozen people so unless your group is that big, you'll have to share it with other groups and some people, well many people, don't watch their language and don't use their indoor voices. Also, I wasn't terribly amused by the chef's antics. He dropped a utensil while trying to juggle and some of the food he flung ended up on the floor. I didn't like the prices either. $20 for portions that aren't filling? $2.75 extra charge for fried rice? I didn't order the fried rice but I noticed that charge on other receipts. The only difference between steamed rice (no extra chargee) and fried rice ($2.75) is the chef stirred the latter around on the hibachi for a minute or two. Maybe it picked up $2.75 worth of magic hibachi dust. :) As I mentioned above, I don't regret going the first time but I'm not going again.

The next day, JBadger and I got up early and went to the Wantagh LIRR station to pick up [livejournal.com profile] freakylynx and [livejournal.com profile] rapidtrabbit for the mascot gig at Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Jones Beach. This was a big event with a crowd of 27,000. We entertained the crowd in the field area and also took a short walk out on the boardwalk and back. Got stopped for hugs and photo-ops probably hundreds of times and I never saw the same family twice. I thought the (still unnamed!) otter fursuit would be appropriate for a beach event. Most people guessed he was some kind of big cat or cougar. A few people did know he's an otter right away. Other guesses I heard were chipmunk, squirrel, and muskrat. I got lots of compliments on the fursuit sandals that I made because those looked like beach flip-flops. One nice thing about this fursuit is the head is large enough for me to wear glasses inside. I had some homemade anti-fog solution. (1% dish detergent solution) There was still some fogging but I only had to wait a bit for the temperature to equalize and then I had crystal-clear vision.

After the mascot gig, we went to East Bay Diner in Seaford. Rather confusingly, there's another East Bay Diner on the same road, two miles to the west in Bellmore. I had bison burger deluxe. Before ordering, I wanted to know whether the bison burger was good. I didn't realize until I checked my online photos later that I'd already tried it myself a year ago! Yes, it's really that unmemorable. :) After lunch, JBadger and I did a little geocaching. Then we went back to his place to hang out a bit and pick up my stuff. And finally, I took the long drive home, bagging one last geocache on the way at a NJ Turnpike rest area.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (raccoon)
Sunny, 75-80°F. I went to Paoli Memorial Hospital this afternoon to participate in a fursuit gig organized by [livejournal.com profile] snow_kitty. The hospital was having a special event to unveil their new logo and requested a few fursuiters to appear. It was a pretty short gig in the hospital courtyard. We rehearsed. Then they gave a few speeches. And finally, we came out onto the courtyard dancing to "Staying Alive". Hung around a bit afterwards for photos and that was it. Short and sweet, but not bad for the group's first time at this hospital. Hopefully, this will lead to more hospital gigs.

After that, we went to On The Border in Exton. I got a "create your own combo" and had ground beef taco, chicken enchilada, and beef empanada. While I was eating, the server brought me a second empanada because the first one was deficient in some way? I love getting extra food. :) At the end of the meal, I ordered a brownie sundae because I had a birthday coupon for a free one of those. Then the server told me I'd be getting one anyway because birthday folks get free brownie sundaes at that restaurant, which means a second brownie sundae! (Again with the extra food! :) ) I gave the second one to [livejournal.com profile] kitt3ns.

And finally... some geocaching, of course! I only planned on doing an easy one that's within a mile of the restaurant but somehow ended up adding two more geocaches after that since I had time and those sounded intriguingly challenging. "FNP#2: Pine Creek" turned out to be the bigger challenge of the two. I got to a point where I was within feet of the cache horizontally but 10 feet above it vertically and it wasn't safe to jump. So I had to go a bit further to find a better place to climb down the wall.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (chestnut husky)
Did a mascot gig for CFF Great Strides in Point Pleasant Beach today. I started from home a little early so I had time for one geocache near the bridge entering Point Pleasant Beach. Then I got to the event site early enough to snag a good parking space and start setting up in the bandshell, which is our usual changing area for this event. Also in attendance for this gig were [livejournal.com profile] rudofennec, [livejournal.com profile] jbadger, [livejournal.com profile] jdpuppy, [livejournal.com profile] jimwolf24, Damian K., [livejournal.com profile] rapidtrabbit, and [livejournal.com profile] mejeep.

It was a short gig. We started after 11am and were more or less done at around 2pm. It was a lot of fun though and there was a good crowd. After the gig, we had pizza delivered to the park. Then [livejournal.com profile] jbadger and I did a few geocaches in the area before we went our separate ways. I continued geocaching until night (Actually did "Geo Hotel" after dark but it was quick) and then went home.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (chestnut husky)
Did a mascot gig at Lawrenceville Main Street - Jubilee today. It was just [livejournal.com profile] skippyfox and me representing Hi-4 Entertainment this time but it wasn't a big event. From the outset, it looked like a bad day to perform outdoors -- it was raining. But we did it anyway. Had fun. Got wet from stepping in a few puddles. There was one casualty. A kid tried to do a jump-hug and accidentally knocked the tongue out of the husky costume head. I might actually not fix this because it's not an important part and now I have a ready-made excuse for not talking in fursuit. :)

Went to nearby Village Park after that to do two geocaches: It Takes a Village #1 and It Takes a Village #2. Then, [livejournal.com profile] skippyfox and I went to Lawrence Grill in Quaker Bridge Mall for food. I had a fish sandwich. On the way home, I hit Philly Chinatown for some groceries.
mortonfox: (chestnut ramune)
Mascot gig today. Hi-4 was on the grounds of the Secaucus Public Library this afternoon to entertain visitors to the library mini-fair and book sale. Our group this time was Damian K, [livejournal.com profile] mister_f, [livejournal.com profile] sunookitsune, [livejournal.com profile] antetfa, and I. I got there a little early but had to wait anyway because the changing area, which was a room adjoining the reference section, was being used for a meeting. Once they were done, we went in and changed into costume.

12th Annual Friends of the Library Mini-Fair and Book Sale


The fair wasn't a large event but we were kept busy interacting with kids and parents. A few kids were troublemakers but I didn't experience any tail-pulling, perhaps because [livejournal.com profile] mister_f's kangaroo tail was bigger. :) The gig was roughly 4.5 hours. I did two sessions in costume for 1.5 hours at the beginning and an hour at the end. In between the two sets, I assisted. (mostly tried to stop the worst of the tail-pulling :) )

After the gig, we went to Linda Thai Kitchen, a Thai restaurant in Secaucus. We had to wait about 10 minutes or so because on weekends, this restaurant is only open for dinner starting at 4pm. I'm glad we went there. The food was good and the service was excellent! I had massaman curry with pork. After the meal, Linda gave us complimentary mini blueberry muffins. (In the photo, I used a penny for size reference.) Interesting.

On my way home, I made a stop in Ridgewood for the new In A (W)Holy Place geocache. That was a pretty quick one in the parking lot of a certain upscale supermarket whose name sounds like the cache name.
mortonfox: (chestnut ramune)
Didn't update for two days so here goes...

Sunday was the Hi-4 mascot gig at the Pompton Day Festival in Pompton Lakes. The venue was a street fair that's about 0.6 of a mile long. On the roster this time were Damian K., [livejournal.com profile] jimwolf24, [livejournal.com profile] jdpuppy, [livejournal.com profile] rapidtrabbit, [livejournal.com profile] sunookitsune, [livejournal.com profile] antetfa (?), and myself. Our changing area was in the gym locker room at Lakeside Middle School. I did two sets in costume. Walked the entire length of the street fair and back, interacting with people along the way. Didn't think I would go all the way to the end the second time but did it anyway. In between, I took a break to get a gyro and an Italian ice.

Monday was the Labor Day Holiday but that mattered little to me now. :) I went geocaching, mostly at Pyramid Mountain and Allamuchy State Park. Pyramid Mountain was crowded because of the holiday. The trails up to the first hill were full of people. I was lucky to find a parking space in the Boonton Avenue parking area. I hiked up and over the hill, down to the lake, and back to parking, finding 4 geocaches along the way. Allamuchy was a much flatter walk but still lengthy. It was getting close to dusk at that time so I only did 3 of the 4 geocaches I planned there.

I ended the day at the NNJC - "First Monday" Monthly Meet & Greet 2009 geocaching event at Fuddruckers in Parsippany. This was a lightly attended meet (We only used two tables this time.), probably because people had other plans for the Labor Day weekend. I had the turkey burger. (before and after adding fixings)

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
I hadn't planned on going down to the Jersey Shore twice over the weekend but that's the way things happened. On Saturday, I went to CJG Visits Allaire State Park Spring Picnic. It was a small geocaching event with about a dozen attendees but it was nice. I did nearly all the geocaches in Allaire State Park and then found more in the general area before heading home.

Sunday's event was Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides in Point Pleasant. I was there for a Hi-4 mascot gig and our group this time was Damian K, [livejournal.com profile] jbadger, [livejournal.com profile] jdpuppy, [livejournal.com profile] jimwolf24, [livejournal.com profile] rukario71, and myself. There was a good-sized crowd but this event was noticeably shorter than it was last year. After the gig, we went to Jenkinson's boardwalk for lunch at Martell's. The food seemed a bit pricey but one would expect that at the beach. I had a sausage sandwich. After that, I got a peanut butter and chocolate swirl frozen custard at Kohr's.

After we split up, I headed generally northwards for a few geocaches. There wasn't very much time but I still got 10 geocaches before darkness fell.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (chestnut ramune)
Friday:
  • Took the day off.
  • Went geocaching around Central Jersey in on-and-off rainy weather.
  • Found "Dead Man's Creek #1" but location is dubious and it is a buried cache, so I reported it and it is now archived.
  • Went to "Welcome to... (Branchburg NJ) 2009" geocaching event in the evening. It was at Moe's in Branchburg. Had Close Talker with chicken.

Saturday:

  • Rain early but fair weather later. Went geocaching on Long Island.
  • Attended "WWFM-V Heckscher Park, Huntington" geocaching event. It was a flash mob event so it lasted only 15 minutes. Short and sweet.
  • Digital camera broke so I used the cell phone camera the rest of the weekend. Currently bidding on eBay for a replacement.
  • After the event, continued geocaching in Nassau County and then picked up more in Brooklyn and Queens. Lots of slow driving on city streets.
  • Dinner was 4 items + rice at Box Five Buffet in Flushing Chinatown. They had fried fish!

Sunday:

  • Fair weather early. Rain came in the afternoon, thankfully after the mascot gig.
  • Mascot gig with [livejournal.com profile] yargo and [livejournal.com profile] grizz593 was for Walk MS at CIA in Hyde Park. Funniest part was when Grizz went into the changing area and I came out shortly after, kids started asking how the bear turned into the dog.
  • Post-gig lunch was at Applebee's in Poughkeepsie. I had riblets.
  • Found most of the new geocaches south and southeast of Poughkeepsie. Did 4 before the gig and 18 afterwards. The latter 18 were in the rain but the ones I picked were mostly close to parking.
  • Dinner was fried fish at KFC/LJS in New Windsor. They weren't at their best. Service was slow, all the trash receptacles were full, and they had run out of plastic knives and forks. They only had spoons.


The caches... )

mortonfox: (chestnut ramune)
Two hot and sunny days this weekend: 80°F and over on Saturday, up to 93°F on Sunday. On Saturday, I headed out to Long Island to attend the Metro NY Geocaching "Snack-Luck" Gathering picnic event at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. There was picnic food, of course, and then we went out in groups to find all the new geocaches in the park. After that, I went off on my own and by chance, ran into Mmacgown, Sakiman, and Dog & Bear at "WRR-4K Parkway Lawns". So we did the next few geocaches together.

At the end of the day, I went to Flushing Chinatown as I usually do on Long Island trips. Since it was a Saturday, I thought I would have to pay for parking, but I noticed that all the parking meters on 39th Avenue were out of service. So I took advantage of the free parking. There were five new geocaches, the "Flushing Freedom Mile Tour" set, in the neighborhood, so I took a walk around and found all five before going to Curry Leaves for dinner. I had E-fu Noodles with Triple Delight and Chendol. The E-fu Noodles were okay but not uniquely Malaysian. Some Chinese restaurants offer that too. Chendol is a shaved ice dessert with coconut milk, red beans, and green noodles. I'd been saving this for a warm day.

Sunday, mascot gig... )

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
I started the day on Saturday with a free small breakfast at IKEA in Paramus. I believe this is the second weekend this year they're running this promo. I missed the first one. As I expected, the place was packed but it didn't take long to pick up the food and coffee. Then I went geocaching in North and then Central Jersey. It was sunny and the temperature as high as 82°F. I nearly died of heat but before dying, I climbed Snake Hill in Secaucus for Another Secaucus Panorama (Climb'&Find' 6). My approach to the peak ended with a crawl up a 45° slope. It was slippery because of leaves on the ground. On the way back, I slid down the hill while holding on to a wire fence.

For the rest of the day, nothing else was as challenging as the Snake Hill climb. I ran into Vegan Freaks on the way out from CJCC: India. They were going for the whole set of CJCC caches. As I mentioned to them, I wasn't doing the set all at once. I'm just picking up a CJCC caches a few at a time since I wasn't in a rush for the geocoin prizes. Dinner was at Burrito Royale in Monmouth Junction. I was curious about that little taco stand on US-1 as I've driven past it many times. I had super nachos. The verdict: It's not that special, although the food portion was huge.

Sunday, Monday... )

The caches... )

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