mortonfox: (fox sit)
Saturday's trip was to South Jersey, starting in Turnersville and Blackwood, a bit more to the southeast than usual. I decided to finish capturing the Munzees at Gloucester Premium Outlets since I didn't give it much time previously. It's not a terribly remarkable outlet mall, except for one sculpture of kids playing in the south part of the complex. After that, I went to Deptford, Mount Laurel, Burlington, and Florence for a general round-up of new Munzees. Best thing about the day though is I captured 13 mythologicals and 1 nomad, a personal record which will be difficult to beat. These are random and South Jersey does get a lot of them because of the density of Munzees in the area.

Sunday's trip was to Southern Delaware. (Camden, Greenwood, Seaford, Blades, and Laurel) I started off with a few geocaches but then switched to munzee when I ran out. There were some nice places along the way, such as Lofland Park with a view of the river near a hospital in Seaford. However, I thought Nylon Capital was a little sad. It seems this shopping center is pretty much dead now and most of the shopping nowadays is out by US-13 instead of in town. (Also, Seaford has moved past nylon but that's another matter.)

The munzees... )


The caches... )
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: (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: (xmas)
Saturday morning's weather was ice pellets followed by rain. It's the kind of weather that didn't encourage traveling out too far, so I stayed local and geocached around Middletown, Odessa, and Wilmington. The last cache, "Not Your Typical History Lesson", was a 17-stage multi in a cemetery near downtown Wilmington. It was the perfect day to get that done since I had the whole afternoon for it and walking around a cemetery with an umbrella is no problem. The only issue was I had to brush some ice off of some of the tombs to get the information, but once I had the numbers from the first 16 stages, the final stage was an easy find.

On Sunday, I took a trip out farther to Southern Delaware to get some caches in an area I didn't get a chance to check out on my last few trips there. I got a few caches in Georgetown, more in Long Neck, and a half dozen in Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island to end the day.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (create a fursona)
After finishing off a few new geocaches in Pike Creek and Hockessin on Saturday, I went to Kennett Square, Marlborough, Unionville, Downingtown, and West Brandywine, generally heading northwards through Chester County. I hadn't been up that way in a while and so I took the opportunity to finally get some of those caches that were placed for an event months ago that I didn't attend. I also finally finished a few Wherigo caches. "Poker Run #2 2016" was one that I only noticed that day, but I downloaded the Wherigo cartridge using mobile data and it was a quick solve. (Only one question about poker hands!) "MEET EAT & GREET" was a far more difficult Wherigo but I'd already solved it 6 months ago and still had the coordinates and notes I needed to find the cache. Although the area is hilly, there were a number of scenic ponds and lakes, such as Broad Run Pond and Chambers Lake.

The real purpose of Sunday's trip was to get "Halfway! (to Delaware's Longest Geocache)" in Central Delaware. It's a long walk on an old road out into a marsh. I found Delaware's Longest Geocache a few years ago and that was 2.6 miles from parking, so halfway would be roughly 1.3 miles. There were two other caches along the way but for the most part, it was a long walk in a quiet area with a bit of variation in scenery. Aside from that, I also found clusters of geocaches in Glasgow, Milford, and Seaford. The caches down by Seaford were somewhat amusing. There was a wolf geocache, a rat cache, a pumpkin cache, and a cache on a giant chair.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
Took another two trips to Southern Delaware to finish the First State Challenge. I actually only needed 8 geocaches to qualify, so it may have been possible to get them all in a day. But I thought it would be a better idea to take my time and get some of the other geocaches and Munzees down that way and spread it out over the weekend.

So Saturday's trip was to the western side of Sussex County: Bridgeville, Seaford, Trap Pond and Dagsboro. There were some well-crafted caches, such as this birdhouse geocache, which looks like one of the nearby church buildings. I also saw the gratitude boxcar, a gift from the French for aid during World War II. And there was the No Trespassing House, which is probably not a tour site. :)

Sunday's trip was down the east side of Sussex County to Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, and Ocean View, with stops at Cape Henlopen State Park, the Wolfe House, and the Indian River Lifesaving Station. The last cache of the FSC was at James Farm in Ocean View. While I was there, I also found "FSC-2015 James Farm" from last year's FSC. I skipped that one last year because I didn't need all the caches to qualify for challenge completion but it's good to finally complete that set too. Last stop of the day before dinner was a visit to the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. It's the off-season but there were still some stores and restaurants open. The advantages of visiting now are parking is free and the town is a lot less crowded.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (xmas)
Saturday's trip was to Central and Southern Delaware for two sets of Christmas-themed geocaches. On the way, there was a geocache site next to Frightland, where I saw the skull silo and downed jet. I haven't been to this haunted house attraction before but the downed jet was always an odd thing to see from the highway. The first set of Christmas caches was in Smyrna. There were 10 caches, one for each reindeer and one for Santa Claus himself. All were pretty straightforward. Then there was another set of caches down by Ellendale, including "Fa-la-la-la-la", "Christmas goose", and "Holly Jolly Christmas".

The only real problem of the day was an encounter with two crazy rednecks, a few miles outside of Bridgeville, who apparently didn't like people parking by the side of the road to look for the cache. I'm guessing that was the reason since I wasn't on private property and they didn't actually say what was wrong. My experience with such encounters told me to not escalate the situation and they'll go away after a few minutes, which is pretty much what happened. Aside from that problem though, the day went pretty well. Dinner that night was at the shiny, new Panda Express in Dover. I wasn't even planning to go there but I happened to see it while driving up US-13 and remembered that I had an online coupon. What's funny is I only just got a cookie fortune the previous night that said, "you will meet a panda". Who knew it was prophetic and actually referring to Panda Express? :)

Sunday's trip was to the Florence / Mansfield area in South Jersey to continue where I stopped the previous weekend. "The New Rules Almost Killed Us" series of caches was pretty humorous. Each one was at a cemetery and anyone who dealt with the new NJ State Parks policy would understand the reference. Most of the afternoon was spent around the Mansfield, Cookstown, and New Egypt area. I hadn't been to that pocket of New Jersey in years, so there were quite a lot of caches I hadn't found yet and it'll be worth another trip or two.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (create a fursona)
On Friday, Hurricane Joaquin brought enough rain to cause some coastal flooding in Southern Delaware. Although I still had some of the First State Challenge series to do, I figured it would be better to go somewhere else on Saturday instead. So northeast Baltimore it was! We went to Churchville, Bel Air, and Long Green. It wasn't all suburban this time. There were some countryside areas with cows. The oddest thing I saw though was a deer and shoe display on a cemetery memorial.

On Sunday, it was time to finish the FSC. We went to Harrington, Bridgeville, Seaford, Millsboro, and Selbyville. There was still one FSC geocache near Bethany Beach that I didn't go for because I thought it would be better to save it for after the waters recede, but I had more than enough to qualify for the certificate. Anyway, the most interesting item of the day was a giant chair in Seaford and the best cache was a birdhouse library cache in Bridgeville.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (me tira daqui)
Pope Francis visited Philadelphia this weekend. Since a large number of roads, including some major highways, in the city were closed for the occasion, most people thought traffic would be backed up everywhere. I didn't think that would be the case but it seemed prudent anyway to not travel anywhere in that direction. Plus, this year's edition of the First State Challenge was released on Saturday. So it was a good time to tour Delaware.

The FSC is partly a showcase of important sites in Delaware. So there were some interesting things to view, such as the Kalmar Nyckel mural, the Old West town in Carousel Park, and the giant Amish man. This time though, I decided not to rush and get all the FSC caches in one weekend. So on Saturday, I focused on the beach side of southern Delaware and hit other non-FSC caches in Milton, Lewes, and Rehoboth Beach along the way.

Sunday's outing was to finish the northern section of FSC in Bear, Newark and Wilmington. To fill out the day, I made a sidetrip into South Jersey for the newest caches in Pennsville, Mullica Hill and Mantua. The Salem River area was rather scenic as well.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
Since I had a 4-day weekend and there were two events towards the south that I could attend, I decided to take a 3-day trip to the Salisbury area as a mini vacation. On Thursday, I went straight down route 13 and went past Salisbury to Princess Anne and Pocomoke City, which were areas that were new to me. There were lots of geocaches down that way, although those were mostly clustered around the major towns with miles of open space in between. Generally, the area was flat and rural with wide-open spaces. I thought I might have trouble finding dinner on Thanksgiving Day but to my surprise, Ruby Tuesday in Pocomoke City was open. In retrospect, I needn't have worried. It's not really the everything-is-closed holiday it once was and many businesses have extended Black Friday shopping into Thursday evening.

On Friday, I went to the Light in the Darkness geocaching event at an Irish pub in Salisbury. It was a small event but it was good and I got to try a shepherd's pie as well. One common thread throughout the 3 days was the "WGD" cache series. These are from the Wicomico Geocache Dash annual events, which I haven't been to. I'm glad they left these caches out the rest of the year, and even for multiple years after, for everyone else to find.

On Saturday, I ventured to the rural areas (around Hebron and Quantico) northwest of Salisbury before returning to Salisbury to finish the caches in Pemberton Park. In the evening, I headed back north to Dover to attend the 14th Central DE Furbowl. It was only a short visit though because I had to continue my journey home before it got too late.

Sunday was back to a standard geocaching trip to Bucks County. I went to Abington, Horsham, Warrington, Doylestown, New Britain, and Jenkintown. There were a few surprises like Graeme Park, a former governor's residence and interesting stone house / museum that I'd never noticed before because it was set back from the main road. There was also this funny sign. (which is actually for a laundry / cleaning service) I also finally finished the caches around Bradford Reservoir, which I'd saved for when the weather is cooler since most of the walk is across an area with no shade.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (fox bend)
It was a 3-day weekend because of the Labor Day Holiday on Monday. I hadn't planned any vacation trips so I went for some geocaching events in the area. On Saturday, I attended "August Souvenir Celebration". It's at a cafe in East Greenville. I haven't been to that area much and I especially had not been to the nearby Green Lane Reservoir Park in years, so after the event, I went geocaching there.

On Sunday, I went to The Pagoda in Reading for the "Berks Quarterly Trackable Swap and Flash Mob" event. We had a group hike afterwards to attempt the "Peace be careful" geocache, which is up on a steep rock face. It's actually an interesting landmark because of a large Peace sign painted on the rock face. It had been raining though, so the rock face was too slippery and dangerous. We sent two people who were good at climbing to get the cache, while the rest of us waited below, possibly to catch them if they fell off. (Not sure what the plan was there. :) ) Anyway, that was the most exciting part of it. We also went for the other geocaches along the same trail.

On Labor Day, I thought it would be nice to go somewhere other than to Pennsylvania for a change. So I hit Southern Delaware and Salisbury, Maryland, for a bunch of new geocaches that had been placed since my last trip that way. The day was more driving than finding, but there were some amazing geocaches, like the elaborate birdhouse geocache outside the Courtyard Marriott in Salisbury. I also got to use the Woodland Ferry again.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (me tira daqui)
I checked webcams to see if areas to the north had thawed out yet but there were still vast expanses of snow all over. I figured I'd give it another week, so once again, I headed south to Delmar and Salisbury to continue the group of geocaches I started tackling last week.

On Saturday, I visited mostly the built-up and mall areas around Salisbury. Although one would expect mostly cache & dash caches in those areas, there were some good puzzles in the bunch. The "Question Mark" series had a lot of algebra. "Caching Among the Stars!" was a puzzle having to do with the first geocache on the International Space Station. I actually researched that one on the spot using WiFi because I'd neglected to prepare, but it wasn't too difficult. "It's Always the Green One" was a cache up in a tree near a mall parking lot. Luckily I had the right tool to retrieve the cache because I wasn't sure if I could climb that tree without attracting undue attention.

On Sunday, I did more geocaches in park environments like Salisbury City Park. While the urban parks are the same as anywhere else, the wooded areas had some good, albeit convoluted, trails for walking. Towards the end of the day, I hit some caches closer to the downtown area of Salisbury. I noticed that some cache descriptions caution not to visit at night for reasons of safety, so that was a bit worrisome. Also, according to cache logs, one geocacher found a gun on the ground near a cache site. Later, they determined that it was only an air pistol but with the crime rate in the area, I can see how it could have been somewhat alarming. I didn't see anything untoward myself. The biggest danger I encountered was people were riding their bicycles on sidewalks in the downtown area and I had to be careful not to get knocked over.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
A little while ago, I noticed that "TAD" in the TAD geocache series stood for Trails Across Delmarva, not Trails Across Delaware. So I wondered if there was more of that series just across the border in Maryland. Turns out there were 3 more branches of that. Since the various snowfalls in the past week probably did nothing to improve conditions up north, I decided to head south this weekend and do those TAD caches.

On Saturday, I got some geocaches in Laurel and then headed west, across the state line, to Sharptown, Eldorado, Rhodesdale, and East New Market. It was generally easy-going, even if there was a bit of snow late in the afternoon. This is a somewhat rural area with a few small towns. I do still like this area because unlike the Baltimore area, the East Shore and Delmarva parts of Maryland haven't gone crazy with speed cameras. (except for a solitary one I saw near Denton)

On Sunday, I returned to the area. After a few geocaches in Seaford, I went west across the state line and then south to Sharptown, Mardela, Hebron, Salisbury, and Bivalve. The Salisbury area was busier than Sharptown but I was still able to pull off safely on the side of the road near each cache site, so it was okay. Since the TAD series is designed to take you out and then back, I ended up back in Salisbury in the evening and, oblivious to the high crime rate there, I got a few more geocaches on the way back north through Delmar.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (face tree)
On Saturday, I thought I'd go to Montgomery/Bucks County again since I had no problems last weekend, despite the snow. Well, the difficulty increased over the past week, apparently. The snow had partially melted and refrozen, so it's now hard. I had to be a lot better at guessing where the geocache was under the ice because trying to dig through too much of that would tire me out quickly. Even so, I had some success. Sometimes it was pure luck but sometimes I had just enough insight into the cache owner's habits to be able to scan the area and figure out the exact spot. Anyway, this time, I hiked the Green Ribbon Trail in Ambler and Lower Gwynedd. I thought the stream crossing was tricky because the ice-cold water was running over the crossing stones but I've heard that the water level can be a lot higher at times.

On Sunday, since I was tired of the snow, I decided to go to Southern Delaware to do a cache series that was placed near Milford for the mid-January event, which I missed. There was also a new extension of the TAD (Trails Across Delmarva) powertrail near Millsboro. The TAD series is marked in such a way that you can do all westbound caches first, then turn the car around and do all eastbound caches. This time though, since there was very little traffic, I decided to just drive one way and cross the road when necessary. This way, I could go home up the other side of Sussex County after finishing TAD and grab a few more caches along the way. I was amused that when I was at TAD #254, pigs came over from the other side of the mud field to see what I was doing.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
On Saturday, I got a bunch of geocaches in Dover and then headed farther south to Millsboro for another installment of the TAD (Trails Across Delaware) series of geocaches. This time, the caches were along the side of Millsboro Highway. It was pretty easy this time around because I was familiar with the style of hiding, but I also took the opportunity to leave Millsboro Highway here and there for a few other caches outside of the series. One such side-excursion took me to this handwritten tombstone for "Isaac Hall and wife". It's in a small, possibly abandoned/unmaintained, cemetery just across the state line in Maryland. IMHO, I think the proliferation of powertrails in Delaware is a bit insane. However, I made a day of it, took the opportunity to do some other caches as well, and had some Hardee's, so I'm not complaining.

In the evening after dinner, I stopped by Central Furble #4 to check it out and see the locals. Like Delaware Furbowl, it's also at a bowling alley -- Brunswick Doverama in Dover. It's still a very small gathering, about a dozen people, but a good alternative for those looking for a change of pace from DE Furbowl, which has grown a lot busier and more crowded recently. I didn't stay for the actual bowling portion of the meet though, because I had to go home and prepare for the next day, but I'll keep it in mind if it takes place again when I'm on my way home from Southern Delaware.

On Sunday, I hit the cache factory area again. This time, I was in Hatfield, Souderton, Chalfont, and New Britain. I decided to skip Montgomeryville because I wasn't sure what was going on there. I saw one block closed with lots of fire trucks. There were some stopped cars. People were running across the divided highway. I hope it was nothing too terrible but it really was none of my business, so I figured as long as it was safe to proceed, I should move on. Anyway, I got more of the "50 States" series of geocaches as well as the "U.S. Possessions" series. Not all were new though. I returned for "Iowa" since it's a lot easier to find now that the vine hiding it has wintered. "The Island" was the most unusual cache location of the day. It's on an island in the middle of a stream, but as long as the water level isn't too high, you can use stepping stones to get there.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
On Saturday, I went to the "LVGC Breakfast in the Lehigh Valley 2013, 3rd Qtr" geocaching event at Borderline Restaurant in Bethlehem. I had eggs benedict. Since the group was going geocaching down in Bucks County, which is halfway back to home, I decided to remain in Lehigh Valley and go geocaching around there. My original plan was to hike the D&L trail but I wasn't feeling up to it. So I drove around the area and did a batch of suburban geocaches, mostly in Forks and Easton. There was a bit of a bike path in that area too but it was suburban, between housing developments, instead of out in the country.

Sunday was reserved for finishing off the First State Challenge geocaches, so I headed south to Sussex County. Most of the FSC geocaches, although lengthy, are pretty good. The most interesting one was "FSC-2013 Woodland" because one stage of that cache is across the Nanticoke River, so I took the Woodland Ferry twice. It's a fun, short ride and to my surprise, there's no charge for the ferry. By the end of the day, I qualified for the FSC certificate because I only needed 9 caches from each county. I was still missing "FSC-2013 Newark (Iron Hill)" but I got it the next evening, just for the sake of completeness.

I took the day off on Tuesday to head out to Toms River for "500 Days of Geocaching Dinner Event". Since it was on a weekday, I ordinarily would've passed on it but I was invited by TeeDeeKay and who am I to turn it down? This trip was, of course, also a good excuse to go geocaching in Mount Laurel, Medford, and the Route 70 corridor, along the way. I left most of the Toms River geocaches for after the event, figuring I'd hang around and go home late as usual. In the evening, I arrived at Wolfie's Restaurant for the event. Even though there weren't that many "will attend" logs, I was surprised to see the back area of the restaurant packed. I had the Wolfie's Special. There was also a special cake (front, back) for the event and I got a slice of it. I didn't even realize that was a cake at first, so it's amazing what they can do with food coloring and marshmallow pieces. After dinner, we went out to do some geocaches in the area. I was glad to have Logic's help for "Batter Up! (A Snow-Proof Cache)". This cache was very high up on a lightpole and he had just the right tool to retrieve it.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
This weekend was the launch of the First State Challenge, a set of geocaches all over Delaware that come with a certificate and prize if you find enough of them. To tell the truth, I'd forgotten it was this weekend and I'd originally planned on hitting the Collegeville area. But I changed my plans quickly, downloaded the in-state geocache data and went downstate. (It was also a good excuse to have breakfast at Hardee's. :) )

This year, however, I wasn't planning on attending the FSC celebration event (although I might change my mind later), so I decided to do the FSC geocaches casually, with an eye towards finishing off caches in far-off corners of the state rather than dashing from FSC cache to FSC cache. On Saturday, I was mostly in Kent County, starting in Smyrna and Dover, swinging to the west to Marydel, and back to Felton and Milford. I did a bunch of geocaches in Milton before heading back to Dover for "theforest@night". That's a night cache but it has got to be the shortest reflector trail I've ever seen, so it was very quick. And thank goodness for that too because I don't think I had ten minutes before the heavy rain came that way.

On Sunday, I went to Cape Henlopen State Park for one of the FSC caches and proceeded south through Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, and Fenwick Island. I only got two FSC caches that day, so it was mainly a trip to do geocaches in the southeast end of the state, which I rarely visit as it is the farthest part of the state from home. I saved the rest of Sussex County for another trip.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (Robot)
This weekend, I decided to tackle some geocache series that have shown up in Burlington County, NJ, and Kent & Sussex Counties, DE. It's also the first weekend I'm using the Nexus 4 phone, which I'd just gotten mid-week, for geocaching. (although I'd already taken it out for a bunch of caches on Thursday) In addition, I share my thoughts on geocaching streaks. So this journal entry will be a long one. Hang on!

The first cache series I went for on Saturday was the Levittown Legacy series. To my surprise, this series is in New Jersey, not in nearby Levittown, Pennsylvania. (or the other Levittown on Long Island, for that matter) I read the suggested website for the history and it was rather interesting. In short, the Willingboro area was another housing development by Levitt and Sons, Inc, and for a few years, the town was known as Levittown, until the name was changed back to Willingboro. After that, I did the Streak cache series, which was good for another 27 caches, mostly before, but a few after, dinner.

Streaking? )

On Sunday, after finishing a batch of geocaches in Middletown and Dover, I headed down to the Milford-Harrington stretch of Route 14 for the "Rt 14 C&D" cache series. This is yet another of those cache runs where the caches are all on the side of the road at semi-regular intervals. I guess it's fun sometimes, although I was left wondering if that's what it's like to be a mail carrier. Since some of the caches are on one side of the road and some on the other side, I did all the westbound ones first, stopped at Hardee's in Harrington for a quick lunch and then resumed with the eastbound caches back towards Milford. After that, I did the "Future Tad" series, also the same kind of thing, down by Millsboro and looped my way to Harrington and back north.

Nexus 4 )

The caches... )
mortonfox: (fox bend)
Saturday morning, I went to Borderline Restaurant in Bethlehem for the "LVGC Breakfast in the Lehigh Valley 2013, 2nd Qtr" geocaching event. I was there only for the event, not the post-event hike. The reason for that was the planned hike was in a part of Bucks County that I'd been to a lot. I figured since I was already in Lehigh Valley, I might as well spend the day there and hike a rail trail. So, after finishing my Stuffed French Toast, I did a bunch of geocaches around Bethlehem and then headed over to the Nor-Bath Rail Trail to do the NBTS cache series. It was a lot of walking but I was able to do it in sections since there were a number of parking areas along the trail. The highlight of the evening was a viewing of an F-14 Tomcat at VFW 7293 in Whitehall. I remember being there before, so it probably wasn't the first geocache on the VFW grounds.

I woke up late on Sunday so I decided to just do a bunch of geocaches in Central Delaware (Kent and part of Sussex County). "Silver Lake Puzzle" was interesting because I needed a UV flashlight to read the final coordinates on a sign at the first stage. The "iCache" is a neat reuse of a non-functioning iMac G4 as a geocache container. I have no idea how it could be left in the woods without being disturbed by anyone but it was still standing there.

The caches... )
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
Since the weather was good and there was a proliferation of powertrails within two hours from home, I decided to see if I could do big cache runs both days of the weekend. I didn't think I could do it but I squeezed in 3 powertrails: Ted Harvey (14 caches) in Dover DE, TAD (49 caches) in Georgetown DE, and CMTPT (60 caches) in Jackson NJ. Of course, I did other geocaches on the way to/from and around those areas for a total of 151 caches this weekend. I went from morning to night both days, hopped in and out of the car a gazillion times, exhausted my phone battery logging geocaches in the field, and visited Hardee's a lot. Definitely a full weekend!

Saturday began with a few geocaches on the way to Dover and then the Ted Harvey series. This is a continuation to the previous Ted Harvey set in the Ted Harvey Wildlife Area. This time, I did numbers 17 to 30. Then I continued southwards to the Georgetown area for TAD #31 thru #78. The neat part is these geocaches are arranged in a large X, forming a piece of geo-art when viewed on a map. As you can see by the question marks in the picture, they are all puzzle caches. I wrote software to solve these and speed things along because working on 48 of those by hand would've been too much! "A TAD Off-Center", in the center of the X, is a different puzzle but I have software for this too.

On Sunday, I went to Colliers Mills Wildlife Area in Jackson for the CMTPT series. All these geocaches are hidden along the main sand road in that area. There were some rough spots but most of that sand road is hard-packed. All 60 caches are the exact same style of hide. Even so, some were much harder to find than others because of the way those were placed, the surrounding vegetation, and my fatigue levels throughout the day. But I stuck with it, found each one in sequence, and finally emerged at the other end of the sand road. After the CMTPT series, I headed over to Patriots Park for a few more geocaches and ran into a family who just started geocaching that day. They were stumped on the "Inspiration 5" cache but I looked around a bit and saw it. Then I told them about Colliers Mills and they wanted to try that too. They have no idea what they are in for! :)

The caches... )

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