Thursday, December 31, 2015

Last Day of 2015

Another year has gone by. This was my second full year of living in Portland. Again I ate at a lot of food carts and took in lots of blazer games. Geocaching wise it was a disappointing year, but there is potential for 2016. Highlights of the year include:

  • Booked a cruise to Alaska for 2016
  • Ate at numerous food carts in the #1 food city
  • 3rd season with Trail Blazers Season Tickets 
  • Timbers win MLS Cup
  • Star Wars!
Of the 10 caches I found I decided that I could list the best:
The first two are more for their locations then their micro caches. The last was just unique. Overall it was a good year. Here is to hoping that 2016 brings me to some more interesting places and maybe a few more geocaches. Thank you for those who hid the caches found this year. I hope to see you all on the trail in 2016.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Christmas Tradition

In keeping with tradition I found a cache on Christmas day.

Party Cache #1

Nothing exciting or special. It makes 10 total for the year.

In a couple of days if I don't forget I'll do my recap of the year. With just 10 finds I don't think I'll bother with a list of the best caches.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

MLS Champion Portland Timbers

Today the Portland Timbers won the MLS Cup making them the league champions.

A couple of my friends even got married at the game.

I went to 3 games this season, and one last season. I haven't always been a fan of soccer, but I have come to appreciate it more over the last couple of seasons. It won't be replacing my Trail Blazers any time soon.

Here is a picture from earlier in the season.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Blog changes and Alaska Cruise

I decided its time to quit whining about geocaching. I changed the name of this blog and I'll continue to post from time to time, but most of it probably won't be about geocaching.

I created a new blog to focus on coin collecting

I've already made a handful of videos and will be posting them on there. If videos about tokens and coins interest you I invite you to take a look.

I do have some other news of sorts. My sister and I purchased my mom a cruise to Alaska, and we're going too. The trip is planned for May. I don't have a passport so I applied for one last week. We're still planning off boat excursions. I'll probably find time for a geocache or two I'd imagine.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Am I done geocaching?

A few weeks ago I was sitting at lunch and looked on my phone app to see if there were any caches close. Sure enough there was one within feet. After lunch I stopped and found it quickly, but did not have a pen on me to log it. Now fast forward to earlier this week. Same place for lunch, pen in hand, cache was signed, went to log it and....

Stick Me!

This might be the cache. I let my premium membership lapse and this is a premium only. I can't see it on the map or log it.

There seem to be a lot of premium only caches in Portland. Actually the cache map looks pretty nice without so many of those puzzles and challenge caches. I never made any of my caches premium only. I guess I always wanted my caches to be found by all. I know some people thought it might help with caches being muggled and trade items being pilfered. In this age were anyone with a cell phone can find a cache it might make more sense to have caches for the more devoted geocacher.

Anyway my membership was canceled when paypal couldn't pull money from an old closed account. I'm not sure why paypal couldn't figure out that I have a new account and credit card active with them. It doesn't matter I suppose. I saw that it wasn't going to renew and I chose not to renew it. I didn't really pay attention to how many Portland caches it would wipe off the map.

With just 9 finds for the year (10 if you include this one) this might just be the final nail in the coffin

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Happy 4th of July

237 years ago yesterday my 7th Great Grandfather Capt. Samuel Ransom died in the Revolutionary War. He left the Continental Army to go defend his home from British and Iroquois in the Wyoming Valley of what is today Pennsylvania. This battle was latter commemorated by a poem Gertrude of Wyoming. This poem was a favorite of Rep J.M. Ashley who introduced a bill in congress to create the Territory of Wyoming which latter became the State of Wyoming.

Just to remember that war is hell... the next year, George Washington, who was still pissed off over the whole thing sent an expedition to destroy Iroquois villages and winter supplies. This expedition included my 6th Great Grandfather Capt. Ira Stephens the son-in-law of Capt. Ransom.

I hope you enjoyed your history lesson.

In more current times I found a geocache today

The Atomic Penguin

Friday, June 19, 2015


I had a meeting to attend in Salem and on the way back I stopped at a rest area. It was a nice day and I wasn't in a hurry to get back so I looked at my phone and there were four caches in the area. I found 3 pretty easy the 4th had muggles with dogs so I skipped it.

TWIGMEISTER's I-5 Northbound TB Reststop
Road Rage #9

Monday, June 08, 2015

Vacation Days 6-7

Vacation day 6 was a rehash of other days. Driving back up the cost to Lincoln City and then out to McMinnville. We stopped a few times including an extended stop at Spirit Mountain Casino. The extended stop was for the buffet. We took our time to McMinnville, but everyone was tired and we didn't end up doing much.

Day 7 we had planned to go to the air museum, but the price combined with a lack of interest by some parties led us just to go on back to Portland. We used the extra time to drive to the gorge and see Multnomah Falls and the Vista House. Later in the day we went downtown Portland and took the tram up toward the hospital. Nice views from up there.

No geocaches were found on either day and that ends the vacation trip

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Vacation Day 5

Day 5's travel was from Newport down to Lakeside and back up to Florence. One of the stops was at Sea Lion Caves. I have been in the gift shop many times but I have never been down in the cave. So this time I made the trip. Only one sea lion in there, but it was still cool to see.

I found one geocache when we stopped for pizza.

Up, Up and Away

Vacation Day 4 (more delayed)

Day 4 we traveled from Tillamook to Newport taking in some of the sites along the way. I stopped at a store in Lincoln City called Prehistoric which was full of cool fossils. I splurged a bit and bought a nice polished slice of a mammoth tooth (see bottom picture)
I didn't find any geocaches on the day

Friday, June 05, 2015

Vacation Day 3 (a bit delayed)

I was having trouble with the phone app and making blog posts. More or less the app sucks at adding pics and links. So I'll post the remaining days one at a time.

Day 3 we continued down the coast to Tillamook. While there we sampled some cheese and made a few stops along the coast such as to see the light house at Cape Meares.

Found 2 caches on the day when my phone had signal. I took my GPS but didn't load it with caches. Just too many of them and how do I pick what to load?

Say Cheese!
Picea Sitchensis Octopoda

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Vacation Day 2

Started the day with a geocache. 

Spent the whole day in Astoria mainly exploring the batteries at Fort Stevens State Park. Ate some fried tuna at the Bowpicker. Then briefly explored the Astoria Sunday Market before returning to Fort Stevens to check out the rest of the park. Including the wreck of the Peter Iredale. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Vacation Day 1

Day one of a weeks vacation. Today drove from Portland to Astoria. Drove across the river to Long Beach. 

I only looked for one geocache along the way. It was either missing or moved. 

Here are some pics of today's adventures.

Monday, April 06, 2015

The driverless car

I've been thinking about this a lot so I've decided to put it in my blog. Where else would I put my thoughts after all? So excuse my rambling as this has nothing to do with geocaching or food carts.

Some people are afraid of the future. The idea that technology will take over our lives. We rely on technology, but have no clue how it works. Which brings me to the self driving car. Some people already claim that they could never trust such a thing as if us humans are somehow superior drivers. They must not see the divers I see everyday.

We like to believe there is a human component. Something that still makes us superior to machines. We built the machines and therefore they are subject to all the mistakes of humans. Machines however only have to flaws we give them, and that's why for the tasks we build them for they work better.

For the car its just a matter of time. It will happen slowly. Cars that can stop on their own and park themselves. Followed by partly automated and then fully automated. Soon only automated cars will be allowed on freeways, then highways. Traffic will flow better. Traffic accidents will be a distant memory. The drunk, stoned, distracted and tired can all drive home safely.

Imagine in the near future, a child will be born that will never know a person who died in an auto accident.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Pizza, blazer games and even a geocache

Last month was full of activity. I just didn't blog about it until now.

I learned my favorite pizza cart opened a new location on the east side. It's about a mile from my house so I took the opportunity on a nice day and walked down there. Pulehu Pizza is great stuff if you are ever in Portland.

The Blazers have been hit or miss for the month. I think they are coming back around.

I also found one geocache. My first, and so far only, cache of the year.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

RIP Jerome Kersey

Its a sad day in Rip City. Jerome Kersey one of my favorite all time Trail Blazers died today. If you asked me when I was 12 who my favorite player was... no doubt I would have named Kersey before even Clyde.

I took this picture last year of Jerome presenting some season ticket holders near me with a piece of the 77 championship court.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Presidents Day

I thought about going geocaching today, but I didn't. I did go downtown while all the food carts were open. Its nice to be able to venture downtown on a weekday. I'm running a little low on new city adventures. I've eaten at a lot of food carts... leaving me just whats new and a few that aren't really my kind of thing. I've been thinking about going on one of the guided walking tours of the city. Maybe even get a book of attractions. That will give me some things to do for a while.

Besides that I didn't do much today. I thought the history channel might have some shows on about the Presidents, but no. I'm a bit of a history nut, especially about the presidents. As its also black history month I read a story about George Washington and his many slaves. Its easy to sit here 200 years later an judge people. But I am getting off point... my point was didn't the history channel use to have shows about history?

Saturday, January 31, 2015

2015 so far...

Not much happening so far 1/12 of the way through 2015. I've ate at a few food carts since its been unusually nice lately. Only one of them was new though. The blazers haven't been doing so hot, but I hope this is just a little midseason slump.

Haven't been geocaching any. I just haven't had much desire for it yet.

I'm looking forward to the Super Bowl tomorrow. Hope the Seahawks come to play this one.

Here is a picture from last weekend... lunch from my favorite food cart