Sunday, September 08, 2013

New geocaching territory

I got a new job, but it is in Portland. I'm looking at apartments online. Talked on the phone with a property management group for a couple of buildings I liked the look of.  After looking around a bit it turns out Portland's rental market moves pretty fast, which isn't good for someone as indecisive as me.  I'll probably have to take a trip up there to look around. As for my house as soon as I empty it I'll see if I can get a property management group to rent it for me.

Since I grew up in Grants Pass and all my family live here I didn't really want to move, but after 4 months of unemployment I didn't think I should turn down a good opportunity. It will be a new adventure and at least I'll be in state. Plus, I was going a bit crazy being unemployed.

As for geocaching I'll have a whole new playing field so to speak. Miles and miles caches in every direction. Of course with how little I've been caching I have a pretty good amount to find right here. I'm undecided about what to do with my caches. I'll probably keep a few of them, and maybe archive or adopt out the rest. I'll just need some time to pick up containers.

Monday, September 02, 2013

State of Jefferson

On Thursday I took off for Reno. I attended the National Token Collectors annual show, but more on that some other time. My focus for the drive was to get the final 3 counties I needed for the State of Jefferson Counties Challenge

These were the caches I found

Kick The Can
2 JBs

The first 2 were on the way, but the third I had to drive about 8 miles out to. With those counties I should have all 19 needed to complete the challenge. Now we'll see how long it takes me to find the final.

Reno was surprisingly quiet for just before a holiday weekend. I've said before that Reno has really gone downhill since I first visited. There are still a lot of nice things about the place. Several casinos, lots of interesting restaurant choices (especially if you drive) and entertainment beyond casinos (like golf and museums.) Still it seems that people just aren't going there.

Took a trip out to Virginia City while I was there. It was fun to see a town pretty much as it was 100 years ago. The only thing that has changed are the shops. Where there was once gambling, booze and prostitutes now there are just gambling, booze and trinket shops... maybe some candy. The place is pretty much a giant tourist trap, but a fun visit.

Didn't bother with any geocaching in Nevada, but did find a couple on the way back

Bogard Cache
Rocky Ridge

The first at a rest area and the second at Subway Cave. Both of these I made the stop and decided to see if a cache was nearby. The cave was very interesting. I saw the sign for it driving down and stopped on the way back. If I had been seeking just caches this is the kind I'd like, but there were 700+ caches on my route pocket query making it almost imposable to pick out the ones that lead to interesting places.