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: (gps)
Cloudy, 70°F. Woke up somewhat earlier this morning to attend the LVGC Breakfast in the Valley V geocaching event in Quakertown. It's at John's Plain and Fancy Diner, where I spent most of the meal wondering whether it was plain or fancy. :) Seriously, it's a decent diner, although they were clearly unprepared for our geocaching crowd. It took them a long time to prepare the food and the waitress forgot various things. Anyway, I had bacon and eggs.

After the breakfast event, our group headed out to Quakertown Memorial Park to do a few geocaches and then to Nockamixon State Park for a longer hike and six geocaches. Then we stopped for a snack at the Yum Yum Donut Shop in Quakertown. (I was told it's been around quite a while in downtown Quakertown, even before Dunkin' Donuts.) I had a red velvet donut, which is one of those things I never knew existed. After that, we split up. I continued geocaching around Quakertown, Richland, Perkasie, and finally North Wales. Had dinner at TGI Friday's since it's near the second-last geocache of the day. Also, I figured I might as well use my TGI Friday's birthday coupon to get an ice cream strawberry shortcake. That's elegant and fattening. :)

There were four events scheduled for today. I was wondering if I picked the best one to attend but in reviewing the day's activity, I think I made the right choice. Of course, the best outcome would've been if some of those events moved to other days but we can't have everything.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Sunny, 90-95°F. It was another hot day. I went to the SEPAG Storms the Castle VIII geocaching event at the Central Park pavilion in Doylestown. Since this was a midday event, I woke up a bit later and skipped breakfast since I knew I'd be eating as soon as I got there anyway. :) I had chili dog and various salads, burger and various salads, and grapes on ice cream. During the event, I took a short walk from the picnic pavilion to do the "Troop 26- Never, never, never give up" geocache.

There wasn't an organized group cache afterwards, so we went our separate ways. I went around Doylestown, doing only those geocaches I could stand to do in the heat. Towards the evening though, it wasn't as hot. So I headed over to Peace Valley Park to do a 1.5-mile round trip hike for 3 geocaches, "Miss Daisy's House", "Lodged in a Tree", and "Clyde's Barn". Those were all pretty simple geocaches once I actually got to each location. The problem is the new paved trail is not connected to the older trail system, so that made for some rough bushwhacking the few times when I had to cross over.

In the evening, I took my time driving to Philadelphia Chinatown because I knew the later I got there, the easier it would be to find street parking. I had seafood with crispy noodle at Banana Leaf.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Sunny, 90°F. First day of the three-day weekend. It was a hot day but I decided to revisited the PPT series of geocaches on the Pennypack Trail in Holmesburg/Philadelphia to see how many more I could do. However, I started at Pennypack Park on the Delaware first to do the 5 geocaches in that park. "Pennypack on the Delaware Part 1" was a significant challenge because I had to wade through weeds that were almost as tall as I but I eventually made it to the cache site. When I read the cache logs, I noticed that others had taken the approach of climbing over a wall and walking through the abandoned industrial area outside of the park in order to avoid the tall weeds. I'm not sure that's a good thing.

After I was done with Pennypack Park, I started walking up the Pennypack Trail. Most of the PPT caches were easy and there were a few other caches, "A walk in the park", "Ssssss", "Cecil", and "Little City Overlook", along the same trail. There was also an earthcache "Fall Line at Holmesburg".

I stopped the hike early in order to make it to Old Country Buffet in Bensalem before they closed. (to use a July 4th weekend dinner coupon) Of course, there had to be two geocaches near the restaurant. Good thing I allowed a bit of extra time for those! :) Anyway, I had the usual plates and dessert.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Rainy, 60-65°F. It was raining this morning, so I hadn't planned on going anywhere. But I had to take some yard waste (4 bags of tree branches and catchweed from my recent yard cleanup) out to the collection site, so I did that. This time, I used the new yard waste site, a few exits up the highway from home. The new site is run by Holland Mulch. It's closer to home and more convenient than the old Brandwine Hundred yard waste site since Holland Mulch is next to an I-495 exit.

After that, since I was out anyway, I decided to go to the Warminster Township Tricentennial Geocaching Event. I hadn't planned on going to this event so I arrived late, but there was still a lot food and I got to take home the leftover pasta salad for dinner. In spite of the rain, it was a fun event. We went out in a group (Joe from JoeNSue, Trowel32, Wakkanne, and I) to do all the geocaches in the park. Then, Joe and I drove out to do a bunch more in the town of Warminster. After we split up, I continued geocaching in Warminster and Hatboro until dark, finishing the day with 31 finds!

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Sunny, 70-75°F. Since my last visit to King of Prussia, more geocaches were listed at Heuser Park. So I went and did those all, including an older one, "Heuser Park - the Weir". Later in the afternoon, I did a 2-mile walk for 2 geocaches on Goshen Trail in Newtown Square. Although long, it was an easy walk on a wide gravel path with very little gradient.

As I was just about done with the Goshen Trail caches, I received notification of 3 new geocaches, all along US-202 in the Concordville area. Those were on the way home and the timing was perfect. So I went and got FTF on "Hot Dog!", "Olde Ridge Cache", and "Happy Feet".

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Sunny/rainy, 75-82°F. Today was the opposite of yesterday in weather. Instead of going from rainy to sunny, it went from sunny to rainy in the evening. Fortunately, the heaviest rain fell while I was driving from Frazer to Willistown and stopped just in time for me to get out and walk in Willistown Preserve. Longest walk of the day was on the Chester Valley Trail for two geocaches that are 1.1 of a mile apart, i.e. a 2.2-mile round trip. That was easy to do on a flat trail.

Dinner was a Cinco Combo at Don Pablo's in Newark. I used the $10 reward they sent me because I hadn't been going to the restaurant often enough. Really. I guess most people go to this restaurant in groups of greater than one because I can't see how it is profitable if I'm there on my own using $10 rewards that they send out up to 3 times a year now.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Rainy, then sunny; 55-67°F. It was raining this morning. When it started clearing up, I headed out. I figured the rain would stop by the time I got to the first park. Well, it still rained for some time and the sun didn't come out until much later in the afternoon, but I still got quite a bunch of caches in a bit of drizzle.

This time, I started at Bob Case Park in King of Prussia. After 6 caches, all along the same trail more or less, I headed over to the Schuylkill River Trail in Audubon for some SRT caches. Did a bunch more geocaches in Norristown and East Norriton before traveling another 4 miles over to Flourtown and finally Fort Washington. So, in spite of the early rain, it was quite a run and I got a lot of geocaches. Of course, it helped that most of those geocaches were fairly quick ones, not deep in wooded areas, but there were a few harder ones in the mix.

The caches... )

Concord

Mar. 25th, 2011 10:53 pm
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
Cloudy, 45°F. I went for two geocaches in Concord Township after work. Hanging With Friends is at the cemetery next to the Concord Friends Meeting. This geocache is up a tree but the climb was just a few branches up. I stepped up twice and was just able to reach the cache when I did a chin up. The next one, Wide Open Spaces is at a land preservation area, also in Concord. I thought this one was actually more difficult. I searched both sides of the creek before I saw it. Good thing the water wasn't high because I crossed that creek a few times in the search.
mortonfox: (create a fursona)
Cloudy with a bit of snow, 32-34°F. On Christmas Day, where can one find an assortment of stores that don't close for the holiday? Chinatown, of course. As a bonus, street parking was free this Saturday. Strangely though, the only source I found about free parking on Saturday is the Mayor's tweet. I thought this would also be an alert on the parking authority website but that wasn't the case. So this promotion was poorly advertised. Indeed, when I went to Chinatown, I noticed that more than half the cars had parking stubs on the dashboard. So a lot of people paid for nothing!

On the way to Philadelphia, I decided to do a few geocaches. "A few" turned into 8 geocaches, mostly near Ardmore and in Roxborough and East Falls. The last cache of the day was "Can Morton be Stopped?" Apparently not! :)

I arrived in Chinatown after 5pm. I was rather lucky and snagged one of the best parking spaces in Chinatown, right in front of Wan Sheng Chinese supermarket and a short distance from the Friendship Gate. It would've been the best parking spot if this Chinese supermarket was not going out of business. Everything was 30% off but they had only limited stock. I got some of what I needed and then took a walk around the block to find another Chinese supermarket for the rest of my shopping list. Since I had free parking, I took my time and browsed some of the other stores and bazaar but there wasn't too much of interest. Finally, I went to Banana Leaf and had Curry Mee with Young Tau Foo and roti canai.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Cloudy, 34-37°F. I went to the "Lunch Without Santa" geocaching event at Pizza Hut in Souderton. (Yes, it's just like the geocaching event on the previous Monday, except this is lunch instead of dinner.) Since the event started at 11:30am and since I didn't wake up that early, I skipped breakfast and went directly to the pizza buffet, so that could be both breakfast and lunch.

After that, I went geocaching with Unnamed, Stellarscapes, Stellar Jr., and TheJump and did some geocaches in Bucks County. It was fun and also easy with a group of people to do the searching. The group split up later in the afternoon and I went with Unnamed to do a few more geocaches. And finally, I continued geocaching on my own well into the night because there were quite a number of geocaches in the area that could be done at night.

I returned in-state to do some late night shopping since many stores keep later hours in the last week before Christmas. Apparently, they're looking to boost sales too because I found some interesting loss leaders. I got $9 pants and free eggs. I was going to get a free hot dog from a gas station promo but what I saw rolling around in the hot dog display case didn't look good at all. Let's just say that some free items are not worth the price.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Cloudy, 36°F and down to 23°F at the last geocache site of the night. I'd planned on attending the "Twelve Days till Christmas" geocaching event in Souderton this evening. I used the no-toll local route and geocached my way up through Lower Gwynedd, Spring House, Lansdale, Montgomeryville, and Hatfield. This is not the same route as the one I used the last time I went to Souderton, so I had a lot of geocaches to pick from.

In the evening, I headed over to Pizza Hut in Souderton for the geocaching event. It was a small gathering this time. We used only a few tables. I had the pizza buffet, of course, which included pizza, pasta and salad, dessert pizza, more salad bar items, and potato sticks. This time, since we were there up until the buffet closed, they let us take home some of the leftover pizza. I filled a takeout box with pizza slices and that should be good enough for lunch or dinner tomorrow.

After the event, it was brutally cold and windy but I did a few geocaches anyway. In particular, since I asked the cache owner about "309 & Turnpike TB Motel" and he confirmed that it is doable at night, I went and found it. It's on a slightly different but also toll-free route home.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Cloudy, 43-46°F. After the last week or so of 30-degree temperatures, it was like a heat wave today. I continued my exploration of the Valley Forge area and beyond. I started with two caches in the Corporate Cache series because I figured Saturday, when no one would be at the office buildings, was a good time to do those. After that, I geocached my way up through Audubon. Upper Providence was where the action was. I found 4 geocaches in the Town Center strip mall and 4 more geocaches in Upper Providence Township Park near the strip mall, all within the last hour before sunset! Thank goodness for 8 easy geocaches close together. And finally, I couldn't resist picking up "The Shire" on the way out since it's only a few blocks off from the route home. I think this roadside cache may actually be easier at night as it really stands out when you use a flashlight.

I haven't been to Arby's in quite a while -- the last sheet of coupons expired completely unused. Since my route home went down US-202, I stopped at the North Wilmington Arby's. Tonight is not their night. Even though there were 2 people at the cash registers and 3 in the kitchen, everything took a long time. To make matters worse, they gave someone food that was meant for another customer and had to redo that order. I noticed on the monitor that the cashier also got my order wrong but fortunately, I was able to get that corrected before it was made. So I had a regular roast beef combo. When I got home, I entered the code from the cup and won another music download from the Country Strong album. I don't like this album but free is free, so I downloaded one track and saved it in Skydrive.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton ave)
Cloudy, 32-36°F. It was a cold and windy day but I thought I'd go for a quick afternoon geocache run anyway. (However, "quick" often goes on until the evening. :) ) I started near where I stopped in Norristown on my last trip to this area. Did a few Schuylkill River Trail caches and then I got a bunch more geocaches in Trooper and Eagleville.

There were a few unusual caches today. "Dirty Big Balls" is unusual for its placement. The cache is inside one of these big iron balls and I had to climb in to get it. "Circular Find Cache" is an unusual idea for a two-stage cache. The cache and writing instrument are in different locations and you have to find both to sign the log. I had no problem finding the cache but it took a lot longer to find the writing instrument because the coordinates were soft.

And finally, there was something non-geocache-related I came across that was rather strange. I saw an open letter to the Fairmount Park Demon posted on a utility pole along the Schuylkill River Trail. I did a bit of web searching on this and apparently, I'm not the first person to blog about it and copies of this letter have been found in a few other places in the Philadelphia area, and of course, in Fairmount Park itself.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (No Parking)
Sunny, 35-40°F. Went to the Schuylkill River Trail again to do more of the SRT series of geocaches. This time, I parked at Riverfront Park in Norristown and did 17 geocaches without moving my car. From this park, I walked 1.5 miles to the west and 1 mile to the east. It was a lot of walking but the trail is perfectly flat, so it wasn't that hard. After that, I did a few more geocaches around the Norristown / East Norriton and got two more along the Pennsylvania Turnpike on the (long) way home.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (hump)
Sunny, 45-50°F. It was another day when I wasn't really able to get out for an extended period of time because of a busy morning. However, I did bag a bunch of geocaches in a few towns near the Philadelphia border since that area is only 30 miles from home. Of those, "who turned out the lights?" turned out to be the most physically challenging. This geocache was really high up and I had to climb up on the railing of the park pavilion to retrieve it. Well, that was my minimal gymnastics skill.

Dinner was at TGI Friday's in Wilmington to use the $15 coupon the restaurant chain sent me. I had Baby Back Ribs. Since they're buying, I might as well get the whole rack of ribs. :)

The caches... )
mortonfox: (Cane #2)
Cloudy, 55-60°F. It was a morning when attempts to get out were interrupted by phone calls. Then, when I did head out, the highway was closed because a truck was hanging off an overpass. I still was able to do two hikes of moderate length and a bunch of geocaches. First, I went to Indian Orchard Park in Middletown and found 3 geocaches along the Indian Orchard Trail. Then I went to Linvilla Orchards and found 3 more geocaches along the Linvill Trail. Both sections are part of a well-maintained township trail system and I had a nice walk, even if it did look like it was going to rain the whole time.

In the evening, it was time for shopping. I stopped at TGI Friday's in Wilmington for an early dinner and had a Captain Morgan™ Caribbean Conga-Line Chicken Sandwich. This must be from their Department of Long-Winded Names, but well, since they sent me a $5 coupon, I figured I'd try a new menu item.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (face tree)
Sunny, 50-55°F. Paradoxically, after the switchover from DST to Standard Time, I woke up later than usual. This made for a very short day. However, since it was Sunday and no one was at work, I decided to continue my exploration of the woods behind that office park in Aston. I used a different parking lot this time and bushwhacked 100 feet or so to a gas pipeline and then took a walk along that pipeline cut to "Pipeline 1" and "Woods 2".

"Critters Cache" was behind a shopping center but that place looked deserted enough on a Sunday afternoon. "Mercury & Lead" was near a Comcast office, which surprisingly, had a bunch of people working. I guess they make sure the cable doesn't go out on Sunday. It was just a quick dash into the woods from the Comcast lot and no one seemed to notice or mind. Last one of the day, "MPI #400", was up the hill from yet another office lot. It was a steep climb but easy because by the looks of that well-worn path, I'm not even among the first few dozen people to go that way.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (face tree)
Sunny, 55-60°F. It was one of those days when I had to clean the place in the morning, so I started out late. Fortunately, there was a cluster of geocaches in Delaware County that promised a few good walks. The first four geocaches ("Pitch Black" series and "Butter Days") were on the Cornucopia and Darlington Trails in Middletown. I didn't expect to be able to get that fourth cache on the same hike but it turned out to be further along the trail from "Pitch Black #3".

Then I went to Martin Park for 3 more geocaches near Chester Creek. And finally, to fill time, I hit some office park geocaches: "MPI #11", "MPI #4", and "Woods 1". I'm not sure whether the two "MPI" geocaches have permission to be there as those are rather close to office buildings and nothing in the cache description says anything about permission being granted. Since I went on a Saturday, no one was there to object. "Woods 1" is completely legitimate and is one of five geocaches in that office park wooded area. I only had time for that one this evening, but I'll definitely return for the rest.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (gps)
Sunny, 80-85°F. I went to the Media/Springfield area for a few new geocaches. After that, I tackled some older challenging geocaches that I'd skipped on previous trips to this area. "Saul Preserve End" was the most notable of those. I found a place to park that was just a few hundred feet from the cache site. Only problem was it's on the other side of the river! Not a problem. This is the 3rd time this week I waded across a body of water for a geocache, so I knew the drill. I brought sandals and wore them for the wading portion of the journey. I rolled up my pants but not quite high enough; at the deepest point, the water went up to my knees. Ridley Creek is about 50 feet across but it flows slowly in that area so there wasn't any danger of getting swept away.

In the evening, I went to Qdoba in Springfield to use the amazing 50%-off coupon that expires today. I had a nachos and tacos "Craft 2" combo. Looking at Qdoba now, I have to wonder how I was ever impressed with them. The menu and selection of ingredients are pretty much cookie-cutter faux-Mex. If I paid full price, I'd lament paying that much for portions that are hardly filling.

The caches... )

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