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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 42 – vail pass parking

vailpassTEAM_CSG’s quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a geocache. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

vail pass parking – today brought us to the summit of Vail Pass (10,662 feet above sea level) for a ammo can.  We stopped at a truck chain-up area to make this quick find.  For us, this was the highest cache found above sea level.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Next geocaching day September 28, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 41 – Tribute to

TEAM_CSG’s quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a geocache. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

Tribute To –  The her half of the team was able to get away from a resort hotel in Beaver Creek. (Where I was attending a conference). to visit nearby Vail Village, Colorado.  She was able to find a virtual cache in the village, which had a simple logging requirement. “Tell me what you see?”  The picture attached to this post IS NOT what you see at the cache site, but is nearby.

What is a virtual cache? – A Virtual Cache is about discovering a location rather than a container. The requirements for logging a Virtual Cache vary—you may be required to answer a question about the location, take a picture, complete a task, etc… In any case, you must visit the coordinates before you can post your log. Although many locations are interesting, a Virtual Cache should be out of the ordinary enough to warrant logging a visit. (from Groundspeak.com)

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

 

Next date to complete – September 18, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 40 – Shocking #55

TEAM_CSG’s quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a geocache. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

Shocking #55 – The team returns to its quest on a trip to a conference in Beaver Creek.  We needed to stop at the back in Silverthorne, this cache was mere feet from the bank.  A quick find got us on our way.

 

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

 

 

 

Next date to complete – September 16, 2014

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The Falling Skies Podcast S4 E11 & E12 – Season Finale

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Art and Karen discuss the final episode of Season 4.  The big questions are “Where is Tom?” Art is asking “When is TOM?”  Is Mira on the Beemer or did she go down with the ship? Is Tom’s first wife a Alien/Human Hybrid? How does the war end?

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The Falling Skies Podcast S4E10 – Drawing Straws

 

Good or Evil?

Good or Evil?

Better late then never.  Is Lexi a force for good or evil?

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The Falling Skies Podcast S4E9 – Till Death Do Us Part

Cochise and his View Master

Cochise and his View Master

This episode is dedicated to Paul Anka and his hit classic “Puppy Love”.  Cochise uses a View Master and says a few dirty works.  Shame on you Hal, for treating women as property.

 

Props to one of our listeners for identifying  a poem by Emily Dickinson as the reference to the title of last weeks episode..

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – (314)

ByEmily Dickinson 1830–1886 Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –

That perches in the soul –

And sings the tune without the words –

And never stops – at all –

 

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –

And sore must be the storm –

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm –

 

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –

And on the strangest Sea –

Yet – never – in Extremity,

It asked a crumb – of me.

 

 

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The Falling Skies Podcast – S4E8 – A Thing with Feathers

Falling Skies Pope and SaraThis episode should have been titled, “A Case of the Yips”. We are still trying to figure out what the episode title refers to.  Could Pope and Sara at least have bathed before doing the dirty deed? Has Dingaan gone soft over the death of his family?  We now know why Sara had such a big pharmacy at the farmhouse.  Will the sharing of spikes be a bigger attraction then true love?  Now that two of our heroes have seen the green dot on the moon, what next?  I want a Hershey bar!!!!

 

Sample of the shells used in Tector’s gun.

 

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The Falling Skies Podcast S4E7 – Saturday Night Massacre

FallingskieslourdesWe say good-bye to three characters on the show this week. Lourdes (on the show from the pilot), Dr. Kadar (season 3), and Tector (season 2).  Be careful when you ask for around Lexi.  With the infrastructure gone, how can there be an active high pressure gas line? This was one way to reduce the overall budget. Is Maggie still alive? Will Tom get out of his trap?  Did Tector miss shooting the overlord on purpose? Will Ben be reharnessed?  Will Lexi be the ruler of us all?

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The Falling Skies Podcast S4E6 – Door Number Three

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Art and Karen became millionaires this week with the long awaited gift from King Arthur.  Too bad that it is Zimbabwe currency. Lexi spent most of this episode sleeping, going through what will be her final transformation.  Will she be friend or foe?  Ben has an erotic dream about Maggie.  We keep hoping the triangle will be short lived. The question for the week is, did Anne visit the Esphani ship more then once?  The timeline seems a bit off to us.  Listener feedback.  We have a vote that one of the Mason boys will not make it to the end.

 

We are millionaires.

 

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 39 – 1945

Can you see the cache?

TEAM_CSG’s quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a geocache. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

1945 – This is the last day to fill in until mid-September.  Today was the start of a 24 hour rain event that is expected to drop 3-5 inches of water in the area.  So today, a quick find was a must.  This was a cache that was ‘hide in plain sight’.  A quick find as it was starting to drizzle again.  The two star difficulty was a bit overstated.

We will attempt the 7 Souvenirs of August Challenge sponsored by Geocaching.com

 

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

blue racer

Cachemobile

Three Little Pigs

 

 

Next date to complete – September 15, 2014  We participated in the 31 Days of Geocaching last year.  The filled in all of August.

 

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The Falling Skies Podcast S4E5 – Mind Wars

fallingskiesmindwars This weeks episode is a transition episode.  Our characters are almost back together,and then the real action should begin. We have listener feedback. Information from San Diego Comic Con. Spoilers galore. We also will be handicapping who will be there at the end. The candidates are:

Tom Mason
Hal Mason
Ben Mason
Matt Mason
Anne Glass-Mason
Lourdes
Weaver
Maggie
Pope
Sara
Anthony
Tector
Cochise
Deni
President Peralda
DR. Kadar
Lexi Mason
Kent (Fearless Leader)
Dingaan

 

Comic Con SD panel summary from Entertainment Weekly

Season ahead video from SD Comic Con 2014

 

 

 

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Preserving the Harvest – English Peas

Peas on the Vine

Peas on the Vine

Along the Front Range of Colorado English Peas are getting ready to come off the vine. Those little bites of sunshine are something I want to savor all year long.

I find that the best way to preserve English Peas is to freeze them. First you get to spend a leisurely few hours shelling the peas. You want to do this fairly promptly after harvesting or purchasing them as extra moisture in the pile of unshelled peas can quickly make the whole batch go bad fast. A bushel of peas in the pods will yield a couple of good sized bows of peas to freeze.

I rinse them a few cupsful at a time to get any extra leave or other things off.

Bring a large pot of water to boil. I also set my tea kettle to boil too as you will likely need to replace some water during the process of par boiling the peas. I have a sieve that hooks on to the top of my pan. A cup or two at a time is about all you want to par boil because you want the peas to have room to move around. After adding the peas wait for the water to come back to a rolling boil and in 90 seconds they are parboiled. Then drop them into a colander submerged in ice water to stop the cooking process. This method helps keep the bright green color.

Add water as needed to keep plenty there for the peas to boil in. The ice water bath will need additional ice cubes as you work.

These beauties will provide a bit of summer all winter when froxen

These beauties will provide a bit of summer all winter when frozen.

I dry them on a tea towel or paper towels to get the excess moisture off. At this point some people like to lay them out on a cookie sheet and flash freeze them before bagging them for the freezer. I find that just bagging them works well for me. I like to get as much air out as possible without squashing the peas. When using them I may need to whack the bag on the counter a few times to loosen the peas before cooking.

Be sure to label your bags with the contents and the date. It is amazing how peas and chopped green pepper can look very similar when you are in a hurry!

 

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 38 – On Fire

View near the final

TEAM_CSG’s quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a geocache. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

On Fire – Today was a very warm day to geocache.  Not my record high temperature (114 degrees Fahrenheit in Scottsdale, AZ a few years ago), but warn none the less.  A lunchtime walk from downtown Denver to the nearby Lower Highlands (LoHI) neighborhood.  This is a cache for weekday hunting as the final location can be busy on the weekends.  A break now until the end of the month, and hopefully cooler weather.

 

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

blue racer

Cachemobile

Three Little Pigs

 

 

Next date to complete – July 29, 2014

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View from the Fence Post – Beauty Box 5 Bonus

Bonus Box yields full sized products

Bonus Box yields full sized products

I received my first subscription box from Beauty Box 5. I signed up for a full year and was offered a special box in addition for an additional $35 that promised value of over $100. It is the $35 box that arrived today. I am very pleased.

It included five full sized products four of which are upscale. The first is a Bobby Brown lipstick in a beautiful Red called ‘Old Hollywood’. It is a $25 value.

The second is a drugstore product. It is the Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara in Blackened Brown. It is valued at $7.99.

The third item is Elizabeth Arden’s Color Intrigue Eyeshadow Quad. It is a power shadow quad that includes a brush. The colors are pale lilac, warm yellow, golden brown and charcoal. They are lovely. The retail value is $30.

The Lancome Le Stylo waterproof eyeliner is number four in the box. The color is Café Noir a nice brownish black. It is a fine line felt tip with a blending tip included. This Retails at $27.

The final item is Lancome’s Le Crayon Lip Contour in Cherry. It is a nice match for the Bobby Brown Lipstick in this cache. It retails for $25.

I am very pleased with the selection in this box. If you choose to purchase a subscription to Beauty Box 5 do consider the add-on offer if you have the opportunity. The total retail value of the products in this box is $114.99.

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The Falling Skies Podcast S4E4 – Evolve or Die

fallingskiespopeunboundMira Sorvino joins the cast as a female Pope.  Nothing good can come from this.  The cancellation of the show was announced this week.  At least it will get a conclusion, many shows are not as lucky.

With 18 episodes remaining in the series, the question now is: “Who will make it to the end?”  We are glad to see Hal get past his wimpy phase.  We say good-bye to Jeannie.  How will Weaver react over the next few episodes. Was it just Art off on a tangent, or is Lexi going to evolve into something that no one can control? Thanks to our listeners for their feedback this week.

 

Peter Shinkoda (Dai) has major recurring role on Daredevil

Falling Skies has been renewed for a fifth and final season.

 

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