Thursday, August 4, 2011

Geocacher Arrested

Video on the aftermath of the Geocaching Bomb Scare

As heard on podcacher show 327 -

In West Yorkshire, a geocacher was arrested, after a nearby business reported his activity as suspicious.  The police also visited the cache owner, and he was not arrested, but he was told to remove all caches in the area.  The geocacher that was arrested did not have to go to court, but this will "effect his future career" - whatever that means?

Since geocaching is not illegal, I wonder if perhaps there was some additional charge that no one is aware of?

Another article, with a video, is here -

The cache listing is here -

You can read more discussion on it on the Yorkshire Geocaching Forums

odds and ends...

I realized when I logged in here this morning that I never finished posting about our week at geowoodstock, nor the pics.. and I haven't posted about finding our first Munzee.  I don't think I've even posted the pics from this years ASP geobash...

It's been a very busy summer!  Not a lot of geocaching the past year, for us. We find a few here and there..  but mainly when we go to events these days.  It's actually harder with the kids older, and going in dozens of directions (all of which we have already cached pretty thoroughly) every day, to make time for geocaching.  Maybe this fall will be better.

I know a lot of others are saying Munzees will never catch on because they do not take you to the awesome places geocaching does..  but for me, the smartphone addict, I LOVE the idea of them, and think I would prefer them to geocaching these days, if I could add pics and comments about the locations.  I think they can take us to awesome places, just like geocaches do - and the simplicity of scanning them to log them..  I love that it eliminates the cheating, the log replacing, the logging..  I really love the idea.  It does need some work in the application, it's still new.

Next up for us is the geobash in Bloom later this month.  We love that event - Joe always has some great hides, and Datruck is hoping for some more night caches, those are his favorites.

No Geocaching Allowed Sign

Wow.  That's a pretty nice sign, wonder what prompted this?  

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tuesday- Geowoodstock Week

This morning we drove straight to the Warren fairgrounds after breakfast, to volunteer with setup for geowoodstock.  Our shift was 9:30-1:30.  It  was about 10 before anyone else arrived, and close to 11 before we really got started.  We swept buildings and set up chairs in two buildings, and put out chairs at the vendor tables.  Meg and I covered the vendor tables and hung a sign, Matt & Dan put lime lines on the field as parking guides. 

We didnt do much, but hopefully it helped.

On our way out we met a couple of cachers, and took a pic of jennie- a vw van travel bug (insert pic when i have time)  painted lime green with flowers.  They suggested the slopburgers at Richards Restaurant, said  it was the best coleslaw.   They were so right!  Better than primanti brothers!  And they use local raised good quality beef.  We were impressed.  It is really a nice family place too.

Grabbed a few caches from there, including the local travel bug hotel (end of the road from Is It Snowing Yet) and the cache owner was out.  His son has earned every single merit badge in boy scouts.  Amazing!  Our boys are all scouts, so datruck and him were chatting for awhile.  :-)

Found 3 of the AGT-Warren caches.  Planned to get all 6 today, but we really wanted to go kayaking...  only found 11 caches today, we are not racking up  big numbers on this trip, and logging gws as our 1,000 find is looking unlikely.  But thats ok.  :-)

Tomorrow we are headed to Erie.  Should be a big number day...  but we'll see.  We also want to go to the zoo, preque isle state park, and chick filA, as well as fit in some kayaking.  Theres an auto art virtual we are looking forward to seeing too. 

Geowoodstock Week- Monday

8 finds today.  1DNF.

Stopped in milesburg at sheetz, for gas.  Found a nano.

On the way back to 80, stopped at a cemetery cache, with a nice uphill hike.  :-)

Next stop was SB Elliot state park, for a DNCR Legacy of Conservation cache.  Thats card #3 for us.  :-)

A quick c&d along 153, then a stop for ice cream at a nearby diner.  Took a minute to look at the app & found 5 caches nearby on a trail in the game lands.   We decided to bike it.  We do not have mountain bikes.  We  probably should have hiked. :-)

The first cache was Welcome (something or other, no 3g here, i'll try to remember to fix details later) and the cache description says its a micro, near the gate, 3ft high.  Also says gps will be inacurate due to tree cover.  Oh goody, a micro in the woods without good coords.  My favorite.  Not.  We moved on, hoping they all wouldnt be like that.

Thankfully, they were not!  One more micro, but an easy find.  A keychain cache, a ronald mcdonald toy cache, and a really cool snoopy cache.

Made it out of the woods with only one biking accident, thankfully not too severe.   I wouldnt recommend this for  casual biking.  Its a nice hike, or would be fun  for mountain bikers.

It was hard to drive through ridgeway and not do the AGT puzzle cache there, but we had to get moving- as it was, we had to set up tents in the dark.  :-(

Tomorrow  we volunteer at geowoodstock, with set up.  We'll  hopefully knock out some caches too, we still need about 190 to make geowoodstock our 1,000th find.  :-)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Possible Route to earn AGT - Venango

This is actually 11 challenges in one.  There is a coin for each county that you find 6 caches in, then an additional coin if you complete all 10 counties.

A possible plan for earning the Venango County Coin, around all the events on Friday before Geowoodstock.

Plan - get up early (leave around 6:45), stop by Come Meet The Mamas event at 7:30am.  Try to leave by 8/8:30

Head to  AGT-Venango - You’ve got mail is a C&D in pleasantville.  A little out of our way, shoudn’t be much though.  then back through titusville to AGT Venango Oil & Graves

It’s an hour drive, approximately, from the event to Two Mile Park.  Try to arrive there by 10.
Go to 2 Mile Park do AGT Venango - two mile history, then kayak  to AGT - Venango -Justus view.  Not sure how long Justus View will take? you do NOT need kayaks to get to this cache, you can hike there.  Planning on an hour minimum.  Done by 11:30, over to Oil Creek Park for event at 11.

10 mile bike ride (5 miles one way) for AGT - Venango - Southern Half.  Final stage is a short hike, not on the bike trail (I think the final stage may be on a short trail behind where the event is being held) If someone can pick you up at the end of the 5 mile trail, you can save the 5 mile trip back to your vehicle... Looking at the map, I think the bike trail ends pretty close to where the Geowoodstock Express event is being held - it should be simple to bike on over to the even.

 Then over to do AGT - Venango - Wooden Gliders Trail - a flat, less then one mile, trail.

That’s all 6 stamps - we can turn in at the Oil Creek State Park Office and get our Venango coin, if we can finish it by 4pm.

that gives us two hours to get to the PowWow back at the Warren County Fairgrounds - it starts at 6, and is an hour from Oil Creek State Park.

AGT-Warren County

This is actually 11 challenges in one.  There is a coin for each county that you find 6 caches in, then an additional coin if you complete all 10 counties.

A possible plan for earning the Warren County Coin, while in the area for geowoodstock.

Go To AGT-Warren-Whispering Winds Cache, park at campground visitors center and walk less then half a mile.  There are 3 additional caches in the area of Sheffield

Next go to AGT-Warren-646 Mystery Well  There is one cache on the way, and two more right nearby

AGT-Warren - Blueberry Fields  Forever (Short walk, maybe some blueberries to pick?)
AGT Warren- Tannbark Rocks (short hike, 1.25 miles round trip.  Keep track of where path is, and make sure we park and start at the right spot - Tanbark trailhead)
AGT Warren - Contented Cache

There are other caches in this area, depends on how much we want to do.  

Night Cache -  1.5 mile walk, paths not clear, markers faint..  go prepared.

To redeem for our coin - Chapman State Park Office.  

The End Of C:geo

It will work until changes their website - he won't be updating it anymore.   :-(

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Free Wifi Near Geowoodstock

The Warren Public Library
Open 10-8 Mon-Thur 10-5 Fri & Sat

Liberty Street Cafe

75 Market Street Extension, Warren, PA 16365

McDonalds - Titusville
422 S Franklin St Titusville, PA

There are 20 places listed in Erie PA

GWS11 - Event Caches

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WEDNESDAY  - 1 event

Event For Early Birds To Geowoodstock
The GWS11 blog has some suggestions for caches to do while in the area - 

FRIDAY - 3 events

Come Meet The Mamas II

Geowoodstock Express
Train tickets are sold out, but you can drive to the park yourself to attend this event.

GWS PowWow on the little brokenstraw creek
featuring a native american storyteller

SATURDAY - 3 events

Geowoodstock IX

ZHRs 34th Anniversary Celebration
located at site 210 of Geowoodstock

Midnight Geocoin Madness
Event begins at 9pm, ends at midnight

Sunday - 2 events

NCTA Kinzua Beach Geobash

2011 Cacheball World Series GWS Edition
A wiffle ball tournament event

Biking For Caches near GWS11

Dylan Trail
Near Chapman State Park
An 11 mile bike ride, beautiful scenery, 11 caches.  (It's 5.5 miles one way)

AGT-Venango-Southern Half

In Oil Creek State Park

 where the GeoWoodstock Train Event will be held.  For those of us too late to get train tickets, if we arrive early enough we can bike this 6 part geocache, and end very close to the event.  It is a 5 mile bike path, if you have to return to the beginning it will be 10 miles round trip.

Erie Bayfront Geotrail
Near Presque Isle State Park
57 caches along a 6 mile stretch - making it 12 miles total of biking, if you plan to bike back to your vehicle.  :-)  There is some great info on biking in Erie, here -

Presque Isle State Park 
12 mile loop
haven't mapped out the caches for this - I think we will probably drive this one and bike the bayfront.  See the link here for more info on the bike paths -