Sunday, May 24, 2020

Memorial Day Moments During a Pandemic

Memorial Day is normally the kickoff for summer vacations, but, for TaGeez and I (and ShelleyJean), it's normally the start of the Summer Geo-Road trips. Not this year.

With Michigan's COVID-19 stay-at-home order, there was no spur of the moment trips to the Thumb or hunting a geotrail in an Ohio county. So, we decided to keep our adventures closer to home.

First stop, Belle Isle for Commander Overlord's new Adventure Lab. Sometimes I skim through these write-ups, but the CO included just enough history to keep me focused. Unfortunately, we had to stop at 3 sites as the roads for the Eastern half of the aisle were closed due to water over the roads.

Next stops were garden centers North of Shelby Township. That area is filled with historic roadside cemeteries and delightful puzzles by our Geo-buddies. It was a great way to get out in 89° sunny weather, hopping from puzzle final to puzzle final, while sipping cold drinks in the cooled car.

It may not sound like much, but, after 2 months of confinement, you learn to appreciate the little things.

Happy caching & keep safe!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Glorious Day Not to Maintain Caches

Beautiful day to get out and get some much needed Vitamin D.

I had several caches on the far west side of town with previous searchers crying DNF! Two, in particular, had people messaging me that, "Oh, it is definitely not there!"

With the stay-at-home order loosening, TaGeez and I decided to take a drive on that side of town, and, alas! The caches were right where we left them! Same places almost 200 other cachers had found them!

C'mon out! They are waiting for you!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

3,000 Days of Caching Joy

So, what have you done over the last 3,000 days? I went in search of plastic containers! EVERY DAY!

From the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River - Michigan to Georgia. Plus a few choice morsels in California, too. From -26° F to a heat factor of 110°+. Blizzards, business trips, holidays and pandemics. Let's not forget the times TaGeez and I were car-less. Such an challenging adventure!

But all good things come to an end, my friends. I said when it stops being fun, I would end it. And, heading into the new year, it's felt like such a chore. We've cleaned out our area, for months grabbing lamp skirts & street signs. I think the last 50 days were the greatest challenge with Michigan's Stay-at-Home order and the global pandemic.

But as I sit here, I'm resisting the urge to slip on my Wellies and go grab a P&G. How do people do this? You just go home after work?!? TaGeez is willing to continue this madness with me, but it's time. We are turning our focus to more hiding, walking geotrails, and planning more adventures. I can't wait to see where this takes us!

As of today, I have the sixth all-time longest streak in Michigan and the third longest active streak in Michigan. I will enjoy it for the next seven days when Team Hugs surpasses me in both.

Thank you, my Sweet TaGeez, for your willingness to share this insane journey ❤️ And Thank you for all the hiders that made this possible!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

These Are an Interesting Times - Run for the Trees

The blog has been quiet lately. With COVID-19 and the Michigan Stay-At-Home order, admitting that you geocache has created a hostile environment over the last 7 weeks. The Governor of Michigan allows "social distancing exercise", but there are many vocal opponents in our local community.  Their point is (and I fully understand both sides), if you go out to find a box in the woods, you are endangering the weak and the compromised.

We've been living with a good and bad angel sitting on each shoulder, having an argument.

But we're wearing gloves. Those should be reserved for essential workers
And we made masks. Healthcare workers are in need of those
We carry sanitizer and wipes. There are elderly who can't find them
We've targeted lonely caches/ Yes, but who else is out there?
But we're walking in nearby parks. But the Governor said essential travel only.

Is Geocaching essential?  

We''ve been called selfish carrying on with our cache-a-day streaks. But, when everything else has been taken away, two people spending 24 hours a day in a 700-square foot house, and all your trips have been canceled, making that 700 feet trek from a parking spot to a cache location can be heavenly. Normalcy in a maelstrom of anxiety and turmoil - something one can control and enjoy.

Just lately as people are clamoring to return to normal and the COVID-19 curve is flattening in Michigan, some of the hostility has died down. Still restricting ourselves to just a cache a day (and taking ALL precautions at 6 AM!), we made our first "public venture" this past weekend.

Saturday, when all events around Michigan cancelled, TaGeez and I moseyed down to Belle Isle shortly after sunset to complete the Michigan State Parks "Run for the Trees" 5K fun walk on our own.

#RunForTheTrees #BobRoss #HappyLittle5K #MiStateParks

Sunset Point was peaceful and cold - the only other movement were the passing freighters.

Funny thing is... as we pulled in to park, we spied something along the waterline. A cache! 

Not only that.. it was a cache with a blank log - an FTF! And that is gold this month as Michigan Reviewers have placed a moratorium on cache publishing starting on April Fool's Day. Unfortunately, even though we had this in hand and signed the new log, we can't claim it. Rattrak confirmed later this was a new cache for the recently-cancelled Belle Isle event, and he's pulling it for republishing next year.

(SIGH) Hopefully this will not be the "new norm".

Stay Safe - Wash Your Hands - Happy Caching!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Happy Little Trees for Hiding Caches

Aw, it came! My packet for the Michigan State Parks Happy Little Trees 5K walk. Woo hoo! Proceeds go towards planting new trees for our state parks! 

TaGeez and I were planning on walking the 5K at Hartwick Pines (Michigan's Oldest "old growth" trees), but the event was cancelled due to COROVID-19. Gosh, those trees are amazing! We'll probably stay closer to home with a stroll around Belle Isle State Park.

FACTOID: Some is the State Parks received "Bob Ross Happy Little Trees" signs last year, but they were highly-desired high-theft items. We visited 100 state parks last year and never saw one. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Flip a Coin - What's Your Answer?

Gsix5666 arrived at the Taco Tuesday - International Day of Awesomeness event with a grin on his face.

"I have something here for you. Can you guess what this is? Oh, and the little vial is water."

Then he sat back and smiled. Do you know what his present is below?

We guessed water testers, CoronaVirus, antacids. No? Glenn was enjoying himself immensely.

"Put it in your pack. You will be glad you have it".

What do we do with it? 

"Just add two drops of water."


These are Portawipes Compressed Toilet Paper Tablet Coin Tissues! Never GO without again! What a hoot and, oh so practical!

It was a very fun night. We ended it with a Large FTF in a field - all the cool kids were there!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Rocking Some Major Milestones!

Big milestones today! Found my 10,000th geocache and completed 8 years cache-a-day streaking! And tomorrow I turn 50!

#columbusohio #getoutside #gogeocaching