Saturday, April 24, 2021

Cleaning Up Our Game Board


What a stunning day to be out on Belle Isle, Michigan's 102nd State Park located in the Detroit River, separating the US from Canada.

"Rich with history and natural beauty, Belle Isle Park is a Detroit gem and a Michigan state park. The 987-acre island park features the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Belle Isle Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, giant slide, athletic fields, picnic areas, tennis courts, Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the James Scott Memorial Fountain and more attractions popular with all ages and interests. The park includes three lakes, 150 acres of wooded area and spectacular views of the Detroit and Windsor skyline." [Pure Michigan]

Today's efforts actually supported three fabulous causes:

• Earth Week Spring Cleanup with the Belle Isle Conservancy
• Belle Isle Spring CITO – Covid Style GC97T4V
• Michigan State Parks Happy Little Trees 5K Walk/Run, raising funds for reforesting our local state parks.



Meeting at the Belle Isle Nature Center this morning, TaGeez and I picked up over 30 lbs of bottles & litter while walking our 5K. Collectively, the various groups gathered 3,000 lbs of litter!

We topped off our day finally claiming the Let's Improve the Great Outdoors Locationless Cache GC8NEAT and our Geocaching.com Season 1 CITO Souvenir.


We loved spending the day on the Isle and "cleaning up our game board!"

Sunday, February 28, 2021

HappyBirthday, TaGeez!

Almost 9 years ago I met TaGeez in Birmingham, caching with his brother-in-law. 9,000 caches and a 3,000 day cache-a-day streak later, and this sweet man & I are still happily together. TaGeez calls geocaching.com the "best dating site ever!"

Happy Birthday, my love. Here's to another year of amazing adventures together!

Friday, February 19, 2021

Caching on Mars!

Woo hoo! Mars Rover Perseverance has landed on Mars! The recent HQ Podcast shared that geocaching is very popular amongst NASA scientists, which is why there is a trackable code on the rover! 

"Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!"

Rumor has it an image of the 1" square glass trackable will be sent to Earth tomorrow so we can discover it. Such an exciting start to 2021!

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Let’s Take a Road Trip!

**We need a road trip! **

Gift from our good friend, ShelleyJean- a travel pillow! We've been to more states than this, but these are the ones we've geocached!


The pillow case (and other travel-related items) are from Campfire Ink (https://www.campfire-ink.com/).


For ease of coloring, I recommend you iron the shiny side of freezer paper to the underside of the coloring area for stability. And to prevent bleeding (darn you, Iowa!), I would set the color after coloring each state with a warm iron and pressing cloth. 

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Sun Setting on 2020

2020 was liked a deranged elevator - many highs and many lows. It was dizzying. 


☀️ Surpassed 10,000 geocache finds
☀️ Completed my 3,000 cache-a-day streak
☀️ Until the pandemic, I had 97 months of First-to-Finds
☀️ Enjoyed several adventures with ShelleyJean including Ohio geotours (Cornhenge!) and visits to Lake Erie Birding preserves
☀️ Created a Motown Adventure Lab and enjoyed over a dozen new AL's in Michigan & Ohio.
☀️ Earned each HQ souvenir including the Sun Sets souvenir below. 



It's amazing to see so many fabulous accomplishments. With the pandemic and then a series of losses & setbacks in the last few months, I forgot all the fun. But heading into 2021, things are already looking up starting with the 300+ caches being released on New Year's Day.

Wishing all our geocaching friends a safe and healthy new year!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The Crunching of the Leaves and the Collection of the Trash

 Ah, you know the sound. It's Fall and the leaves are underfoot. You don't mind walking several miles down a State Park road doing a little CITO'ing on s day like this!


Still recovering from the loss of PopLob, TaGeez and I needed to get outside. Lo! The Annual Belle Isle CITO! We had forgotten about it so on that Saturday we headed out to Michigan's 102nd state park. 

The weather was gorgeous, and we were shocked to discover the covered bridge was open to the public! No more sneaking through fences and hiding yourself in the tall weeds of the defunct golf course to reach this photogenic bridge - the fence was open and the trails were widened. In we went to... er.. clean (and take lots of pictures). You can see the Detroit Yacht Club through the portholes.

It was great fun doing the CITO with friends, grabbing a few caching and then tottling off to do a new Adventure Lab in Saline in a new cache-mobile, Addie Venture.