Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Colorado and other stuff

I found my first cache in Colorado

A Birthday Walk With Sis

That's 9 out of 50 states... one day I may get them all. I don't exactly travel out of state a lot.

Since the geocaching app sucks now I don't do any caching. I might pay the $5 for the Cachly app, but I haven't had the urge yet.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

February and beyond

I found 2 caches last month

15th East Rules!
What can brown do for you?

The first was in Lincoln City. I drove over for a coin show and this cache was near a public parking lot that I used to stop at a couple of shops.

The second was in Roseburg. I took the opportunity to find it while I was down visiting.

The main thing being that I had nice weather and took the opportunity to find these with my phone app. I haven't taken my real GPS out since Alaska. But now the classic phone app is being retired. The new app only shows "beginner" caches with a difficulty under 1.5 . You have to be a premium member to see all of the geocaches.

So essentially a hobby that I have slowly been giving up on has thrown another roadblock at me. I doubt I'll pay for a membership again

With that said, I also attended two coin shows last month. There will be a small show in Clackamas next Sunday and a big show up near Seattle the next weekend.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Starting off 2017

Looking over the site this morning I found a cache within walking distance. The sun is out and after having been stuck inside with snow and ice for so long it was nice to get out for a walk.

Ring-a-ling

Its not my favorite kind of find in a largely residential area, but it wasn't too bad. It was kind of tricky but I spotted it once my gesenses kicked in. I'm sure I won't find many this year but maybe I can reach 2500 with another 19 finds.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Last Day of 2016

The year is just about over and for some people it can't come soon enough. It has been an odd year for sure. Donald Trump was elected President. Among many celebrity deaths were Carrie Fisher and Kenny Baker my Star Wars heroes of old. Also among those we lost was my Uncle Randy. I suppose its not a year I'm sad to see end.

Highlights for the year include:
  • Cruised to Alaska and found a few geocaches
  • Visited Canada and found geocaches in British Columbia and Yukon Territory
  • 4th season of Blazers season tickets
  • Saw Paul McCartney in concert
  • Saw Guns n' Roses in concert
  • Attended the World's Fair of Money
Caches were few and far between this year, but the best included:
I've slowed down a lot in my hobbies. I hardly geocached and I really didn't go out of my way to find new food carts. In fact more than once I looked around different cart pods and ended up just getting fast food someplace else. One of my hobbies I really picked up was my collecting of coins and tokens. I purchased a good number of Presidential Campaign medals from 1828 to 2016. I probably became a little obsessed. I even ended up traveling to Anaheim to attend the biggest coin show I could find to look for big ticket items. I won third place for my display at the Portland Coin Show. We'll see what 2017 brings. Thank you to everyone who hid the caches found this year, and I hope to see you all out on the trail.

Friday, December 30, 2016

One last cache

Its been a long year. Not much geocaching for me. I just haven't been interested. Maybe I'll try to do some hiking this next year and grab a few better caches.

It's been a tradition since 2003 to find a cache on Christmas. This year it was cold, but dry and I choose a nice cache in Fish Hatchery Park were I have a couple of caches hidden. There are quite a few geocaches on the trail beyond this that I haven't found. But for the day just this one find

3 tree

Monday, September 05, 2016

Alaska--- the conclusion

Day 4 Glacier Bay:

The reason we picked this particular cruise was that it was the only one for Carnival going to Glacier Bay. Other cruises would go to Tracy Fjord which I'm sure is nice. Glacier Bay just happens to have more glaciers and is a national park so we figured if this could be our only visit we might as well see it.

It was nice and sunny (glacier melting weather.) Had a great time watching for whales and looking at the glaciers. Whale watching was probably one of the things I enjoyed most about the trip. If I had it to do again I might have tried to book a whale watching excursion from one of the ports.

Day 5 Ketchikan:

Ketchikan seemed to be the most familiar of the stops to me. Sure it was the same tourist trap shops, but they also had a shuttle to Wal-Mart and the convenience store sections had a lot more normal stuff (I'll be it very expensive.) I guess it made me feel I like I was on the edge of civilization again.

My mom and sister took the shuttle to Wal-Mart so while they did I took the time to find a multi cache.

Rene's B-day Totem Pole Multi

This one took you to several totem poles. I would have preferred a cache each, but I took what I could get. Took a walk down to Creek Street which was the old Red Light district. Found this cache

Fish-On

Once the family was back we walked around a little more. Took a tour of Dolly's Brothel.

Then we said goodbye to Alaska as we boarded the ship.

Day 6 Victoria:

After most of a day at see we arrived in Victoria rather late in the day. We took one of the buses downtown and too picture and looked for caches till it was dark

Whats Cooking?
Sunken Garden
You Rock, Victoria!

We didn't have very long. Got back to the ship and we were back in Seattle in the morning. We just got up and got moving.









The End

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Alaska... continued

I left off at...

Day 3 Skagway:

Skagway was our port with the longest stay. We decided to rent a car and drive into Canada. The ship was in port when we woke up and after a bit of breakfast we made our way off the ship. We picked up the rental car and started our trip.

Just after crossing the border we took some picture at the crossing and then I found this cache

International Falls & Border - Alaska/BC

It was my first cache in Canada, yet we hadn't yet stopped at the border crossing.

We continued up the road stopping at the Yukon Suspension Bridge and these two caches

Just South of 60 - South Klondike Highway

Lean on Me

We got to our destination of Carcros where we had lunch and I found one more cache

Tutshi Memorial

We continued up to Emerald Lake and just as we went to turn around we spotted a bear at the side of the road. We took a few pictures of him. Even got out of the car at what seemed like a safe distance. Didn't really notice he was a grizzley until examining the pictures later.

The trip back was fairly uneventful. We looked around at the old grave yard and a lot of the shops. Back at the ship I found one more virtual

Skagway cliffs












To be concluded...