Last week Ratspazum (Mr. and Mrs. Rat) asked TaGeez and I if we wanted to go to Wapakoneta, OH. Really? Why? They had seen a geocache puzzle with high favorite points that they were curious about. Well, typical for me and my Sweets - we willingly went along, no questions asked.
Before you are a handful of the 205 pictures taken during this odd and unusual adventure!
First thing you have to know about the four of us is our love of old cemeteries. We left bright and early on Sunday morning with a sparse list of caches because we knew we'd cross paths with many "must stops" in farmland Ohio. I would say, except for the very ornate mausoleums, this headstone is my absolute favorite yet. It's located in Ft. Meig Cemetery in Perrysburg.
|If you look closely, you will see a little doorknob! I tried it.|
Near SQ - It Rhymes with Smathtags GC1K7ZA
|TaGeez and Scrapcat at a historic schoolhouse|
OWCPDC #2 GCHKH9
|Ratspazum and TaGeez|
OWCPDC #3 GCHKHD
|Mr. Ratspazum, TaGeez, and Mrs. Ratspazum|
As we drove down the street, Mrs. Rat said something about, "That's an interesting place." Come to find out that was the entrance to the Temple of Tolerance and the beginning of Mocopulence GCQ03E. Owner Jim Bowsher (who we glimpsed briefly) opened his home to the public and has allowed geocacher, T-Hunter, to place a puzzle cache on the property.
|It looked so small from the outside, but the backyard was such a HUGE surprise.|
The block is shaped like an upside-down Nevada and owner Jim Bowsher's
property is the entire center of the block.
|scrapcat at the Barrel House|
The glaciers which made Wapakoneta's flat farmland also deposited erratic boulders from many parts of Canada. In 1981, Jim started collecting these (using a WW-II surplus dumptruck) and arranging them into piles in his backyard, along with architectural elements which Jim scoured from demolitions (e.g. fences and gates from Cincinnati).The Temple of Tolerance is the largest pile in the middle of this impressive garden.
|Mrs Rat at the Temple of Tolerance|
|The altar and fire pit at the top|
|View from atop the Temple|
|Another picture from the top|
|TaGeez peering into the window|
|scrapcat, TaGeez, and Ratspazum|
|Near Greenlawn SQ GC5E6VB|
|near One Small Step for Everyone GCVZBQ|
|Can you spot the cache? |
What is it about rocks around here?
|TaGeez may be waiting awhile for a liftoff|
|Buffet TB Hotel GC3PZQB|