Thursday, December 7, 2017

Little Caesars Arena - and she scores!

Awesome day in downtown Detroit today!


Our Sales Enablement Team went on a tour of the new Little Caesar's Arena  - home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons - as part of our end of year holiday celebration!


An hour and a half of visiting boxes, exploring new heights at the gondolas and walking the concourse - a little village. Some of the boxes are the same square footage of my house!


Unfortunately, it wasn't a home game so we didn't get to see the Red Wings practice and today the ice was covered for a concert, but it was still an excellent time.


Afterwards we moseyed to Kid Rock's Made in Detroit eatery for some Michigan goodness. This restaurant is built into the Little Caesar's complex.


After a heavenly Corned Beef Reuben and fried McClure pickles, Krissy Lou and I had to take the stage to celebrate the end of another successful year!


After everyone headed home, I double backed for my cache-a-day. This one was released 15 months ago and only had a shared first-to-find! Luckily construction is now minimal, and I was able to mosey over for a quick second-to-find - woot! Perfect cache for today, eh?


I spied this new mural on my way back to the car.


Let's go Red Wings!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Geocaching Road Trip 2015 Trackable


They say the uglier the trackable the less likely it will go missing...


TaGeez and I were doing maintenance and found this lonely in one of my geocaches. It had been there for quite awhile so we took pity to move it along. It looks small in the picture, but it's a 6" 6 pound pulley. Holy crap! What do we do with it now?

I may be in need of an adventure soon....


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cache Maintenance Musings


It's 9pm and 63° in Michigan! I'm not complaining. It's perfect weather for TaGeez and I to take a stroll. Goal for tonight is cache maintenance between 11 and 12 Mile. We also need to plan for HNY18.

Interesting, though. We've trekked up and down Campbell, maintaining a stretch at a time. Several times we've found throw-down containers right next to our originals. Several times the containers are entirely new to us.

I know some cache owners are too uptight - they check the paper logs against the online logs and will delete "couch Cachers". Life is too short for that for me. I figure everybody plays the game their own way.

I guess my only pet peeves are new caches logging "it must be missing." That experienced, eh? I have over 8,000 finds and rarely blame the cache. It normally takes another trip or two before I acknowledge it.

Groundspeak made some changes to their dashboard which is supposed to help hiders. I miss the old old dashboard that listed caches the Needs Maintenance. Don't make me hunt through the attributes. What are you hiding?

Oh, well. It was still a good night for a walk. I hope we have a few more before we settle in for the Winter.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

TB Scan - iPhone App

Cleaning out my blog folder I realized these images have been sitting in my to do file for too long...

Have you heard of the TB Scan app?

I believe it was DarrylW4 who shared this with me back in the summer. It's a free iPhone-only app that allows you to scan and mass log trackables and geocoins.


I was very interested in this app as I'm a bit of a trackable fanatic. How cool to scan and go, eh? Sometimes afishoutawater, CITOcacher or The Frito Bandito will show to an event with a bagful? How awesome to go to Midwest Geobash and log as you go? 

First things first... download the app and sign in using your geocaching.com credentials. Once you login, you can Discover or Log trackables.  Discover allows you to lookup/Discover scanned trackables and Log allows you to lookup the mission and log (Retrieve, Discover, Grab, or Write Note) individually.


DISCOVER AWAY!

You can scan or manually enter the trackable code. On the plus side, when it recognizes a code, it is awesome! On the down side, I found that it didn't recognize most. According to their help page, contrast, font and character spacing can inhibit code recognition.  Out of the 10 I tried (dog tags and geocoins), the app only scanned 3.


I do like how clear the mission information appears (though if I'm scanning a lot of them, who has time to read them for a Discovery?). When ready, click Log.



Options, where applicable, under Log include Discover, Retrieve, Grab and Write Note.


One thing that gets my geek on is the ability to save a log template under Settings. Unfortunately....


.... that nifty feature is only part of the PRO version. 


Not sure with the scan fail rate I would be willing to pay to dole out $3. Have you tried it?

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I'm not quite to that episode yet but check out afishoutawater and DarrylW4 discussing trackable tools on a recent GeoGearHeads episode 307.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

Shiny New FTF Prizes - WikidKriket Originals

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these swanky FTF prizes designed and made by WikidKriket!


Getting ready to put out the next Uncle Julian geocache, and we tucked one of these prizes in the cache container. 


Limited edition! Get them while they are hot!

What cool FTF prizes have you crossed paths with?


Thursday, November 23, 2017

DEFINITELY Winter Friendly

My geocache published! 

A Thanksgiving gift from myself and TaGeez because we are thankful for all the wonderful friends we've made Geocaching!


Happy Thanksgiving!