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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
It's Fall maintenance time again!
Seems like all our caches need little TLC so TaGeez and I have plan. We have several small geotrails, and, instead of driving cache-to-cache, we're spending each night walking group to group as part of our Biggest Loser challenge at work.
Imagine the size of my eye roll when TaGeez pulled out this octopus at the first GZ (it actually looked worse at the time). We had printed these free replacement log sheets from TechBlazer's site, and TaGeez had these wedged down into his backpack pocket.
Ok, so how to fix this? We look a little suspicious lingering at Stop signs every 528 feet and then hover as we roll up fresh logs. How do we easily store pre-rolled logs?
STEP 1: Pull out the log roller you bought at the latest MEGA event. They are orderable online, too. I keep a spare one in my small Caching Essentials Kit.
STEP 2: Secure your rolled logs using colorful rubber bands bought at the Dollar Store. 500 tiny rubber bands for $1 and originally used for braces.
Bag them up by size and toss them in your geobag. We have our log replacement down to mere seconds!
Note: TechBlazer's logs come in many sizes. We printed, folded and baggied some larger ones, too.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Ah, the fresh air, the gravel under our feet, and trash in our bags. Yesterday was the Belle Isle Fall CITO. TaGeez and I missed it last Spring (minor thing like a broken leg, you know) so it was great to get out with friends again. You can tell the culture of the Isle has changed since the state took it over as a state park - more snack bags than liquor bottles in our trash bags.
We did manage a little geocaching along the way...
|em-Burr found the "broken finger cache"|
...and when friends gather with tools, there is often a picker war.
Plus a little horseplay at the Nature Center.
Thank you to everyone who could join us!
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017
TaGeez and I started and ended the week earning new Autumn souvenirs.
Captain Obvious hosted a CITO in Redford and then a social at the Franklin Cider Mill afterwards. The warm donuts, hot corn and cold cider made the crowds and effort worthwhile.
And this weekend were International Earth Cache days. Yesterday found TaGeez and I traipsing through Fall's fallen leaves in Normandy Park. Think we're a little overdressed? Not even my nephew's wedding could deter us!
Saturday, September 30, 2017
It's amazing what you find when you clean out your geocaching box. I had bought these Defiant arm bands on clearance, and we took them for a test run tonight.
Great to have when geocaching a trail at dusk or walking at night. With distracted drivers and kamikaze bikers, they are a great way to be noticed without causing night blindness.
It saves on battery life in your flashlights, and, pressing the button, it blinks, too. Perfect when you fall over that log while night caching and your geo-partner loses track of you.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Long story short.... I inadvertently joined the Biggest Loser Challenge at work. With almost 25% of my coworkers joining in, what to do?
Seeing it as a sign, I joined with TaGeez to get our steps on. On the bright side, unlike many of my peers, we know how to walk with a purpose.
Luckily we're surrounded by nature trails and preserves.
|TaGeez making the geocaching fashion statement|
And the weather has cooled so a good time to go on long walks to those faraway, neglected geocaches.
And, of course, making friends along the way.
I've never seen one of these in the wild before!
Experiencing Fall in Michigan firsthand.
Look how much I lost!
And TaGeez is looking good, too!
Hey, if you aren't having fun you aren't living.
I've volunteered to give a geocaching 101 class for the other Biggest Losers so they can walk with a purpose, too!
Saturday, September 23, 2017
I haven't posted much lately because adventures have been at a minimum and not much news in the geocaching world.... or so I thought. TaGeez and I attended GSIX's Fall event on Friday, and I received heartbreaking news!
Don't go breaking my heart!
With the advent of the IOS 11 update, Geosphere will no longer function! Apple's release will kill any 32-bit apps loaded on your iPhones. And, unfortunately, Geosphere's developer has been MIA for several years.
First the Geocaching Classic and now Geosphere. How is girl supposed to keep a streak alive?
Sorry, Geocaching.com, but the current "official app" is a joke. Cachly has accessibility issues for the aging geocaching population, and Looking4Cache is quite the learning curve. And all three are missing several fabulous features near and dear to my heart. Plus, from my understanding, Geocching.com has discontinued allowing new developers access to the live API.
What is a streaker to do?
Thursday, September 7, 2017
So summer has wound down you may be thinking of one last trip before Winter sets in. Have you considered the amazing state of Michigan? Let me take you on a little tour.
Below are pictures taken within the last year of my lovely home state, and yes! All conveniently have geocaches nearby!
|Maybury State Park|
|Hoeft State Park|
|Tunnel of Trees - Cross Village|
|Old Mission Peninsula|