Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Where have you gone, Brummelbear?

Brummelbear, a gentleman and a scholar

I met Brummelbear in 2013 when he sent me the sweetest email. I had just grabbed several FTF's on his new Detroit MLT geocaches. He loved both Detroit history and geocaching so releasing Michigan Lost Town caches was right up his alley. His congratulatory email was my introduction to his passion for telling long, detailed (and did I say "long") narratives about Detroit. He had been a principal in the Detroit Public School system for 20 years! Typical of this smiling, generous soul, Brummelbear ended his email with an admonishment for geocaching this rough area alone.
Brummelbear was one of the Belle Isle Cachers, who host an annual event and bi-annual CITO. You were guaranteed to find him bellied up to the grill, cooking hot dogs (he always picked out the best for me). He always had a smile and a story to tell - he always gave you his full attention and treated even the newbies as if we'd been friends for life.
Spring Belle Isle Event - 2014

Brummelbear, Rattrak, Caching Fire, and Team Rumble
Fall CITO - 2014

Fall CITO - 2014
But things changed last year. TaGeez had broken his leg so he manned the grill with our late friend Othum. Brummelbear had been diagnosed with the same cancer that struck Othum and would only be paying a short visit to the event he loved so much. At that time, he was still looking robust with that lovely twinkle in his eye, but he was moving slower, trailing behind his lovely golden retriever. He had specifically wanted to see me, and he extracted a promise from me as he unloaded his geocaching supplies from his van to my car. And, in his memory, I will be hosting a letterboxing 101 event in his memory later this year. 

We said goodbye to dear Brummelbear today. 

His service was lovely. Admittedly, one of my favorite parts was the priest eulogizing, “Leo and his son, David, enjoyed taking walks in the woods. They liked to find tupperware. What is this thing about finding Tupperware while in the woods? Anyone know what this is? I don’t understand it.”
After leaving the church, TaGeez and I headed to Detroit to hide a cache in his honor. It is, of course, hidden in the woods and in Detroit in his memory. It's 24 days until the annual Belle Isle event; although someone else will be cooking the hot dogs I know we will feel Brummelbear's presence every step we take.

We’re In Pursuit

TaGeez and I have already earned 4 planets in the first two days. This is the fun way to complete this challenge!

Looking at my Friends League, quite a few have already earned all 10 of them. I'm seeing this on the YMBAGI Facebook group, too. Some of my friends decided to save themselves the trouble of earning points by dropping their trackable collection into a geocache - 4 points apiece.  I'm not judging - everybody plays the game their own way. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Planetary Pursuit Scoring

What are the 10 souvenirs that I can earn?

Souvenirs Points needed on the Friend League (individual)
Planetary Pursuit: Earth5 points
Planetary Pursuit: Venus10 points
Planetary Pursuit: Mercury20 points
Planetary Pursuit: Mars40 points
Planetary Pursuit: Jupiter65 points
Planetary Pursuit: Saturn100 points
Planetary Pursuit: Uranus200 points
Planetary Pursuit: Neptune300 points
Planetary Pursuit: Pluto500 points
Official Space ExplorerCollect all planet souvenirs (500 points) and earn this meta souvenir.

How can I earn points?

If you log a cache, attend an event, or perform other geocaching actions, you collect points.
ActionPoint value
Log a Found it on any geocache (Traditional, Virtual, Webcam, Wherigo)5
Log a Found it on a Multi-Cache or Letterbox Hybrid10
Log a Found it on a Mystery Cache or EarthCache15
Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points15
Attend any event15
Drop off trackable4

Planetary Challenge Time!

TaGeez and I have a nice geoart set aside for this upcoming beautiful weekend! The HNY-17-MOTel-T geoart is 59 puzzle caches along the 24-Mile Macomb Orchard Trail.

That will net us 885 of the 500 points needed to earn's 10 souvenirs during its 3-week Planetary Pursuit challenge.

Ah! Time to #getoutside and #gogeocaching - woot!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018

6 Years: A Little Streaking Never Hurts!

Six times around the sun!

Yesterday was 60 degrees and sunny so, of course, we had to have a blizzard on this great milestone day! After a failed FTF and with snowflakes coming down, TaGeez and I grabbed this little guy to  complete six straight years of cache-a-day streaking!

ShelleyJean asked if I'm going to make it a seventh. I guess it all depends on what the weather is like tomorrow :)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Walking the Streets of Detroit

Saturday rolled around, and I had the itch for adventure. We have to be careful because the mileage is racking up on my lease, so TaGeez suggested putzing around Eastern Market. Does he know me or what? Devries and then lunch is right up my graffiti-lined alley!

And, as luck would have it, we took a turn onto an unknown street and discovery was around the corner! Pretty fabulous, isn't it? So new it's not even on Google Earth yet! So, of course, we had to hide a cache here :) 

I think our adventure was meant to be as we found an empty spot in front of Supino's Pizza.  And, after a delicious yet costly stop at the DeVries Cheese Shoppe across the way, we settled in here for lunch.

The Smokey is now my new favorite: Smoked prosciutto, roasted garlic, chopped parsley, mozzarella, smoked Gouda, and ricotta. We asked for a small bowl of pizza sauce to use for dipping the very thin crust.

Note to self: Don't waste your time with the medium pizza. ALWAYS GO BIG! We found out too late they serve tiramisu, too. That will motivate a speedy return - HAHA!

Back to the streets to work some of it off. In Eastern Market, you must look down every alley.

And in every shop door. 

This lovely was inside the Detroit vs Everybody shop door, and you pass her to head downstairs.

Ah, another Shinola clock in Detroit - this one in Eastern Market's Shed #3.  We picked up the freshest cabbages and Brussels sprouts for around $4. After heading down to the fish market for shrimp, TaGeez has the makings for his amazing shrimp tacos with sriracha slaw for under $10 - nom nom nom ("nom" is "yum" in Thai - did you know that?)

Did I mention caching? 

Ok, spoiler alert - if you don't have this yet, scroll past to the next picture. 

Cute as heck! Sherlock423's My Dogs are Barking is about a block over from Eastern Market. It plays songs, too!

After a find and a maintenance run, back on the back streets of Eastern Market to explore the back alleys for urban art (and potential cache placements).

My favorite one of the day (and maybe all time). This beauty is actually hidden on the opposite side of my Urban Art: To Beat the Band hide - but you'd never know it unless you drove down a dead-end alley and peered to the left as you were turning around. How many of these are we missing?

Yes, it was a very good day. You can find adventure anywhere!