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Central City Cemeteries – two perspectives – drone flight

Prior to leaving our money at the nearby casinos, we headed just northwest of town to a collection of cemeteries.  Rich history dating back to the founding of Colorado.  I edited two videos, with the only difference being a ‘filter’ in post production to give one version on ‘old time’ feel.

The ‘old time’ version

The color version, provides more detail.

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Stanley Lake Drone Flight – 2017-MAR-05

Another mild winter day, and another self-training flight around the Denver metro area.  With some history of the lake.

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Pattridge Park Drone Flight 2017-JAN-22

First drone flight out of training mode. Look for the model plane park near here during flight.

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Drone Flight 5-FEB-2017

After issues getting the Firmware upgrade to take, we had a great flight at Long Lake regional Park in Arvada, Co

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Drone test flight – DJI Phanton 3 Standard

Flying the Christmas present at a nearby park. I have set the controls to ‘learning’ mode, so the drone is never more than 100 feet from the base. (I’m the learning:-)) Hope to get out again soon for another flight.

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70 Days of Geocaching – Days 69 & 70

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)

Made it to the finish line.  Although day 69 was harder then it should have been

Coming to the concert tonight? – This was the fifth cache we tried to find.  We were rapidly losing daylight.  Found this as the sun set.  Video here.

You Muche Come Meet Me On The Corner – After the day 69 fiasco, this find was quick.  Video here.

 

Trackables Visited

One-Eyed Willie Loves The Broncos

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Girl Power

Finds for Each Day of the Year

You’ve found caches on 366 of 366 days of the year.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan 1 1 2 1 3 5 1 2 1 4 5 2 1 2 1 1 8 1 1 2 1 1 12 3 2 1 1 5 1 4 1 77
Feb 1 4 4 2 1 1 9 4 3 1 3 1 2 3 2 1 9 26 2 2 7 1 1 8 1 1 1 1 1 X X 103
Mar 2 4 1 2 2 3 1 2 1 4 4 14 5 3 2 4 3 11 3 12 4 12 1 8 6 5 8 2 4 3 2 138
Apr 1 13 2 1 6 2 1 1 1 2 2 6 1 8 1 7 1 3 1 12 5 1 4 2 9 1 3 2 7 10 X 116
May 3 13 1 2 4 12 3 2 2 2 5 1 5 1 1 1 7 2 3 11 3 11 2 5 3 12 2 1 4 4 9 137
Jun 16 1 6 2 4 6 12 4 5 3 2 6 15 18 10 1 2 9 6 2 8 5 5 1 5 2 5 48 3 5 X 217
Jul 3 4 38 3 11 2 1 16 7 3 2 2 1 1 4 1 13 6 1 8 1 2 4 4 8 12 8 1 1 6 1 175
Aug 4 7 4 2 3 2 7 2 1 1 2 1 3 1 2 5 4 2 4 8 3 1 1 4 7 7 12 8 4 14 10 136
Sep 9 1 14 9 2 1 10 3 5 2 4 5 19 8 1 1 1 2 9 4 4 15 1 1 6 6 3 1 1 6 X 154
Oct 1 4 1 5 4 5 4 4 1 1 1 2 7 6 1 8 1 1 7 3 1 1 1 4 3 7 4 4 2 2 4 100
Nov 3 1 1 7 2 1 4 4 1 4 2 3 1 1 1 3 5 6 2 11 2 8 4 1 1 1 3 3 2 3 X 91
Dec 3 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 7 4 1 1 2 1 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 2 3 63
47 54 75 39 43 41 54 45 29 28 34 50 64 53 27 35 55 72 41 77 40 59 37 42 52 56 51 77 41 59 30 1507
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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 68 – Perez’s Last Hurrah #3

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)

Perez’s Last Hurrah #3 –  After the ground blizzards we experienced last night coming back from dinner, we were concerned that it would be a stuck in the house day.  But the road crews did a great job in plowing the roads, and we were able to find this cache after a bit of a search.  I have documented our find using a GoPro camera that Santa brought me for Christmas. The edit is rough as I’m learning to works with the companion software.  The joy of the hunt can be found here.   Two days to go!!!

Trackables Visited

One-Eyed Willie Loves The Broncos

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Girl Power

Next geocaching days December  27, & 28 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 67 – Arapahoe Bar

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)

Arapahoe Bar – Christmas day found us out for breakfast, and this quick find.  At a historical site marking an early gold strike along Clear Creek.  Now Christmas dinner with the family this afternoon, then batten down the hatches as a snow storm moved in tonight.  Will be interesting caching day tomorrow with 6-10 inched predicted. Stay tuned!!

Trackables Visited

One-Eyed Willie Loves The Broncos

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Girl Power

Next geocaching days December 26, 27, & 28 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 66 – Play Ball #2

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)

Play Ball #2 – Christmas Eve has us at a park in Westminster.  I attempted this  cache earlier in the year without success.  As a night attempt, I could not find it.  In the daylight, potential hiding places became visible and the find was quick.

Trackables Visited

One-Eyed Willie Loves The Broncos

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Girl Power

Next geocaching days December 25, 26, 27, & 28 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Days 64 & 65

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)

Mondo’s 4 T’s – A shopping trip to Broomfield brought us to this cache.  We were dodging snow squalls as we headed to our nearest Whole Foods Market to complete last minute grocery list.  This cache was nearby.  The challenge for this cache was to figure out which of the four “T’s” had the cache.

RiNo in Crisis  – For this cache, we were in the River Arts North District in Denver visiting family.  This well hidden cache is located next to a unique candy shop, making this a tasty find.

Trackables Visited

One-Eyed Willie Loves The Broncos

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Girl Power

Next geocaching days December 24, 25, 26, 27, & 28 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 63 – Western Bowlers Bug Hotel

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)

Western Bowlers Bug Hotel – Travel bug hotels are specialty caches designed for exchange of traveling items. Therefore they should be large enough to contain a reasonable quantity of travelers.   The cache today was a small pill bottle, barley able to hold the logbook much less small tradeables.  In reviewing past logs, this cache was probably being kept alive by other cachers, as the owner is an infrequent visitor to the geocaching web site.  Anyway, a find is a find.  Number 1500 for us today.  We also begin eight days in a row of caching to complete this quest.  The long term weather forecast shows good weather during this time frame.

Trackables Visited

One-Eyed Willie Loves The Broncos

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Girl Power

Next geocaching day December 22, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Days 61 & 62

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)

Spidey Senses – the morning after a snowfall brought me to Lakecrest Park.  I needed a cache that would be quick to find on my way to work.  The snow on the ground  actually mad this one easy to find.

Turkey Eve – I found this one on my way home from work this evening.  A walk in the dark through Dover Square Park brought me to a large container.  Something I needed as I had very little light to find teh container.

Trackables Visited

One-Eyed Willie Loves The Broncos

 

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Trackable Grabbed from Turkey Eye – Girl Power

 

Next geocaching day December 21, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Days 58, 59, & 60

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)

The last three day in a row  set of finds.  Gearing up for the big eight day run at te end of the month.

WESTLAND PAR-KING – running a few errands on Sunday brought us to a well hidden shopping plaza off of Colfax Avenue.  Quick find under a lamp skirt.

Game Day Cache -Monday brought us to a pedestrian bridge near the Broncos Stadium.  The challenge was maintaining my balance while grabbing the container. A neat geocoin was grabbed with the find.  One-Eyed Willie Loves The Broncos

 Geo Gobble – placed on Thanksgiving Day, another lamp skirt cache hidden in a pocket neighborhood near Coors Field.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

 

Next geocaching day December 15, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 57 – Permit to 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)

Permit to Cache – more supplies to finish the bathroom. That is what got me out of the house today and provided us an opportunity to find this csche.  The weather was very mild for early December.  We have been lucky this year as there were few adverse weather days this year.  We had a chance to visit a new park in Arvaae (Terrence Park).  The cache was just outsode the park boundaries.

 

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

 

Next geocaching day December 7, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 55 & 56

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)r

A few new caches made an appearance in Downtown Denver.  An opportunity to grab during a couple of lunch hours.

Skate Park Safe – Near the Platte River, this one was well hidden.  I placed some new trackables in this cache.

Appalachian Trail 2008 Geocoin

Cachekinz

Go Team Geocoin

Monster Cache – The container describes this cache along busy 15th Street.  I had a few muggles sweeping the sidewalk watch as I grabbed, signed, and dashed.

 

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

 

Next geocaching day December 5, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching Day 52, 53, &54

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)

Happy Thanksgiving.  Nothing like a bathroom remodel to throw a wrench in the 70 days quest.  The streak continues.

Not So Comforting -The her half of the team braved a cold from to capture this cache.  An unusual container fitting the location.

 Mondo’s NAT #117 – Chaui  A blustery day with darkness approaching.  Forgot my multi-tool made for a challenge in extracting the logbook.

Perez’s Last Hurrah #5 – day #3 and I earned a mid-day break from tiling the shower to grab this cache.  Now to relax!!

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

 

Next geocaching day December 2, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 51 – Jim Baker Reservoir again

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)

Jim Baker Reservoir again – It has been a brutal week weather wise in Denver.  From 70s in the start of the week to record lows of -14F, geocaching is going to get tougher for the balance of the year.    We had a break from the cold yesterday, but another front started to come through the area, and with it, another round of snow and below zero temperatures.

I had to run a few errands this morning, and took the opportunity to find the cache for this day. The hide was at Jim Baker reservoir.  The again in the name refers to the second cache at this watershed northwest of downtown Denver.  A biography of Jim Baker is here.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Cachemobile

Next geocaching day November 24, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 50 – Ducking Out For Some Tiger Butterflies (#42)

Empty parking lot at the pavilion!!

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)

Ducking Out For Some Tiger Butterflies (#42) – another dash after work cache. This time a visit to Butterfly Pavilion was ground zero for this cache. The pavilion was closed when we arrived, making for a empty parking lot and a quick find.  This cache is part of a series of where rubber ducks are used as containers.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

 

Next geocaching day November 15, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 49 – Hinge the Gates!

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)

Hinge the Gates! – With the end of daylight savings time, we can expect more evening geocaching for the balance of the year. Tonight took us to ‘Moon Gulch Park’ in Arvada for this micro cache.  We were the first logged find in over two months for what was a simple find.  The only question was, Did we break park curfew?

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

 

Next geocaching day November 6, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 48 – DPL Series: The Hitchhiker’s Guide

Not a spoiler

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)

DPL Series: The Hitchhiker’s Guide – Our luck continues with the weather this month as I was able to take an extended walk to another in the series of Denver Public Library caches. The cache is listed as a ‘Letterbox Hybrid’. Different then the traditional cache, the container has a rubber stamp and ink pad.  The idea being you would exchange stamp impressions. This is a very small library located in the Santa Fe Arts District.  The cache is right out in the open at the front desk.  “Don’t Panic” if you do not find the logbook right away. that is part of the challenge.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

 

Next geocaching day November 3, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 47 – Nothin’ Fancy

prairie-dog_669_600x450TEAM_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)

Nothin’ Fancy -exactly the type of cache I needed today, quick, isolated, and near the bus stop. An Altoids tin in good shape was waiting at ground zero.   Bonus was it is on the edge of a prairie dog colony.   Them doggies is noisy.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

 

Next geocaching day October 22, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching Day 46 – Golden Travels

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)

Golden Travels – today was a travel day as we visited a few farmer’s markets in the Platteville area.  While traveling back down highway 85, we stopped in a little used rest area to pick up this small cache.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

 

Next geocaching day October 15, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 45 – DPL Series: A Look at the Past

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)

DPL Series: A Look at the Past – With another series of storms headed for the Denver area today, I attempted a cache just north of the downtown area,. Today I visited  The Blair-Caldwell Public Library, for a cache hidden in the Library.  This cache is one in a series of library-cacher partnerships in Denver.  Requirements for this cache involved exploring the museum on the second and third floors.  Amazingly, the cache is in plain sight, and no one paid attention to me.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

 

Next geocaching day October 11, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 44 – G Clan 5

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)

G Clan 5 – As we approach the end of 2014, various challenges are expected as we complete our quest.  In addition to darkness coming earlier each day, we can expect less then ideal weather.  Today was no exception.  I attempted a cache downtown over lunch with no success.  Later that afternoon, waves of thunderstorms moved through the Denver area, possibly threatening the quest.  I arrived at ground zero, managing to find the cache quickly between storms.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Cachemobile

Next geocaching day October 1, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 43 – Transformer

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)

Transformer –  Indian summer is upon us on the front range of Colorado, which made for a good caching day.  Sunday errands at the farmers market, coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts, and a trip to Costco, brought us to a park in Westminster.

Carroll Butts Athletic Park is an oasis in the middle of a busy urban area.  The description of this cache mentioned that the prior cache listing was once a multi-stage cache, which I found the last time I was at this park.  I was initially worried that the cache was gone as ground zero was recently painted, but we found it quickly.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Next geocaching day September 29, 2014

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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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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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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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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 37

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)

1st Base on Blake Street. – Coors Field, where dreams of post-season baseball go to die.  Today’s find is near the first base entrance to the annual attempt of a local major league baseball club to try to build a winning season.  A well hidden micro, this cache should only be attempted when there is no home game.  The neighborhood is pretty deserted at that time.

 

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

blue racer

Cachemobile

Three Little Pigs

 

 

Next date to complete – July 21, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 36

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)

Home and Love – I had the afternoon off for a Doctor’s appointment.  Post appointment, I drove to the nearby Crown Hill Open Space Park. It was one mile round trip to the cache from the parking lot as you are walking around a lake.  This is a different type of tribute cache in honor of a poem by Robert Service.  I found the cache in short order once I made ground zero.  The perfect end to a nice July afternoon.

 

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

blue racer

Cachemobile

Three Little Pigs

 

 

Next date to complete – July 16, 2014

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70 days of Geocaching – Day 35

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)

Can you Hear Me Now – in our last full day in the Dallas area, we picked up this lamp post cache in a mega shopping area.  The last time we were in this part of Texas was 22 years ago.  The area was nothing but farms and fields. Now any form of retail you can imagine dots the landscape.  My how things have changed. However as a bonus, we had lunch at an In-N-Out Burger.

 

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

blue racer

Talia

 

 

Next date to complete – July 14, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching- Day 34

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)

Today found us with an overnight stay in Amarillo, TX  Before we left town, we stopped at the famous Cadillac Ranch and picked up a few caches.  We then started off to Dallas

I got 99 Problems, but a bench ain’t one of them – A boneyard of old bus stop benches in a field by the interstate. A bit of searching in tall grass and a field loaded with the most ugliest caterpillars you ever seen made this an interesting find.

The Cadillac Ranch Travel Bug Hotel – A shot trip down the frontage road Brought us to this small size cache.  Easy find and a reminder of another tourest attraction ten miles down the road.  We dropped, Odell State Tag here.

 

 

 

cadillac ranchCadillac Ranch – the last one was a virtual cache at the famous Cadillac Ranch.  A series of old Cadillacs, nose buried in the ground.  We visited here 20 years ago.  We returned at the new location a few miles further west.  The years of spray paint on the cars have taken its toll, and the cars are almost unrecognizable.

 

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

 

 

Next date to complete – July 1, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 33

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)

I LOVE MY MOMMY – Tonight’s journey brought me and our geodaughter to Independence Park in Arvada for this regular size cache.  Another find for us that is a tribute cache.  One for the mother of the cache owner, who passed from MS.  We were able to find the cache quickly as thunderstorms were brewing in the area.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Odell State Tag

Cachemobile

Next date to complete – June 29, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 32

View from near ground zero

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)

Pattridge Park 2 – Back in the country, and with additional stronger antibiotics, I headed out west of town visiting an open space that has several caches. Walking the trails in a quiet part of Arvada, I was at peace.  I plan on returning at a later date as the solution to a puzzle cache is located in the same park, but I did not have the coordinates with me today. The payoff was a large container and a trackable that we will be taking on an upcoming trip.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Trackable Grabbed – Odell State Tag

 

Next date to complete – June 24, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 31

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)

Commuter Cache #3: Parking Rates are HIGH – Today found me on a journey to what is becoming my home away from home, Calgary. This cache had a bit of a challenge as I’m still recovering from an ear infection, so my search was a bit labored.  One of the nice things about caching in downtown Calgary is that the hint with the cache will always direct you to the final location.  I guess hiders in downtown Calgary feel sorry for us. Now back to rest and good drugs from the Doctor.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Trackable Dropped eawayteam Canada Keys – Key 2 of 3 into cache Welcome to Calgary

 

Next date to complete – June 20, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 30

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)

Between the Goal Posts – Just when you need to find a cache on a workday, one pops up in downtown Denver.  Not only was it downtown, it was on the new cross town bus route known as “The Metro Ride” Only a few feet from a stop, it was easy off, find and log the cache, and easy on as I continued my trip to the office. Nice hide, but be careful of the meeting room right outside the hiding location.

Trackables Visited Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

eawayteam Canada Keys – Key 2 of 3

 

Next date to complete – June 16, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 29

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)

Taking a vacation day.  I did a short geocaching trip to fill in today’s date.  I had four finds, but two are noteworthy for today.

Coolest Cat II… A tribute to Yoda – Breaking way from a string of micro caches, I took a short walk to this cache.  Most of the high grass leading up to this cache is gone, a victim to the highway expansion nearby.  A ammo can was the reward for a cache in tribute to Yoda.  Pictures of the cat early and near end of life were inside.  A few trinkets, but none that I need to trade for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muche Love for Home and Country – The city of Westminster placed this monument in tribute to the branches of our Armed Forces. Organized by branch in a circle around a statue in the center, there are bricks engraved with the names of Servicemen and Women who gave their lives in defense of this country.

Trackables Visited Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

eawayteam Canada Keys – Key 2 of 3  I’m going to hold this one for an upcoming trip to Canada next month.

Trackable Dropped – G-Money Trackable Building Toy  This one was actually dropped in DSP&P Jefferson Station on May 26, 2014.  We did a caching day run to complete pages 47 & 48 of the Colorado Delorme Challenge.

Next date to complete – June 2, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 28

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)

ABCDERIAN Challenge – sometimes geocaching is a marathon. not a sprint. When this cache was first published in June 2007, I began to accumulate the requirements in a bookmark list. Find a cache that begins with each letter of the alphabet, after the date of publication, and must be a physical cache.   Many of the first caches on the list we from a trip that we made to Maui a few months after publication.  The final cache to complete the challenge was found in August 2013.  We had a break from the rain today, and made the find.

Trackables Visited Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

G-Money Trackable Building Toy

eawayteam Canada Keys – Key 2 of 3  I’m going to hold this one for an upcoming trip to Canada next month.

Next date to complete – May 29, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching Day 26 & 27

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)

Our Mutual RiNo – (Day 26) This was found during my lunch hour.  I took a long walk to an up and coming area of Denver known as the River North Arts District. Combinations of craft brewers, restaurants, and restored homes make this a unique part of Denver.  The cache was well hidden, and also well marked when I found it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patty Turns 40 – (Day 27) The one thing I have learned in life is to never ask a woman her age.  This cache is to honor the 40th birthday of someone special. The cache container was very creative, and easy to find at the far end of a new park in Arvada.

Trackables Visited Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

G-Money Trackable Building Toy

Trackables Grabbed –  eawayteam Canada Keys – Key 2 of 3  I’m going to hold this one for an upcoming trip to Canada next month.

Next date to complete – May 23, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 25

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)

“Thank You” – elrep – We made it through a Mother’s day snow event. I waited until the end of the day today to find this cache.  The weather had improved, making for a quick find.  I had attempted this cache last fall without success.  We later discovered that the cache had gone missing, so I felt vindicated. This is one in a series of “thank yous” to various cachers who have contributed to geocaching by hiding numbers of caches. I also discovered that the bowling alley near this cache had closed down.  Another business bites the dust.

Trackables Visited Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

G-Money Trackable Building Toy

Next date to complete – May 15, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 24

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)

June 12th~ Red Rose Day – Today was the first of the bi-weekly  Friday’s off for the company that employees me. The plane for today was to visit the Stapleton Redevelopment area to participate in a plant sale.  Our wires got crossed on the start time of the sale, and could not stay as we had a full day of errands.  The cache for today is one in a series honoring various special days throughout the year.

We stopped by an office park and grabbed this easy micro.  The company at the hiding location is a German Solar Inverter manufacturer, with a plant here in Denver. There was also a cache at the other end of the plant, which we also found. 

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

G-Money Trackable Building Toy

 

Next date to complete – May 12, 2014 (Expecting a snow event that day!!)

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 23

View of ground zero

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)

Green Light Special – a cache within shot of Coors Field. This one appeared the evening before I needed to complete another challenge day.  The next morning, I headed the cache from the bus station. About a one mile walk.  The challenge to this cache is to attempt it when there is no one else around.  Early on a weekday was a perfect time.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Trackables Dropped TOUCHDOWN TB   This one was actually dropped in Summer Serenade #10: Gypsum Towers on an Easter Sunday cache run

Trackables grabbed –  G-Money Trackable Building Toy

 

Next date to complete – May 9, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 22

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)

We [heart] MaddieMoofs – The office was closed today, so the team went out for breakfast at the Cozy Cottage in northwest Denver. As is custom, we always check what caches are available.  A quarter mile away was this cache, at Cesar Chavez Park.  We had attempted this cache once before a few years ago, but came up empty.  Today was a successful find, but took quite a bit of searching. Make sure you read the listing in full before you attempt this one.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

TOUCHDOWN TB – we went over to Mile High Stadium after finding the above cache to get a picture to the traveler at the stadium.  Now only needs to visit 29 more stadiums.

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – April 22, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 21

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)

The Honors House Rocks – today’s journey brought me to the campus of Metro State University and the area known as Ninth Street Historic Park.  A collection of buildings dating back to beginnings of Denver and Colorado, and preserved as part of the campus community. After a few additional DNF logs, I discovered the cache owner has to replace the cache, as it was absconded by a squirrel.  I made another attempt over the lunch hour, but ended up being embarrassed as I discovered that the cache was hidden in a spot that I failed to look at previously.  The hint in the cache actually referenced more then one possible area.  If you visit this cache, you will know what I mean.  I was able to pick up another trackable here, one with a mission to visit all 31 NFL stadiums.  I will see about getting a picture at Mile High.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Trackables grabbed – TOUCHDOWN TB

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – April 18, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 20

The Hidden lake near 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)

PB Cache – A strange day to need a geocache.  I had two ‘Did not finds’ over the lunch hour today.  A scheduled maintenance window on geocaching.com today was going to make a find very challenging.  I have had this cache on my ‘quick find’ list.  A regular size cache, a rare event in the city, made this a must find. Near a lake and marina in the city, this is a very secluded spot I had to go old school today, using my handheld GPS receiver instead of my iPhone to find this one.  Now a week off before the next one.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – April 17, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 19

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)

UNC #3 – Hopper Sprout #1 – Grabbed this one after a trip to return our daughter to school. With all the hints attached to this one, there were very few options to where this one could be.  A quick find to complete another empty day on the calendar.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – April 8, 2014  I hope to get this done before the geocaching website goes down for maintenance.

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 18

View from 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)

Cache found

Mondo’s NAT #445 – Penobscot  – the most legendary cacher in Colorado is simply known as Mondo. He has over 73000 finds and almost 1400 hides, and a charter member of geocaching.com.

Today’s cache is part of a 500 cache series honoring Native American Tribes.  Penobscot Indians (derived by Vetromile from the Pānnawānbskek, ‘it forks on the white rocks,’ or Penaubsket, ‘it flows on rocks’; Godfrey and Ballard practically agree with Vetromile, the name applying directly to the falls at Oldtown, but Ballard says it has also been rendered ‘rock land,’ from penops [penopsc] ‘rock,’ and cöt [ot] locative, applied to the bluff at the mouth of the river near Castine. Gerard gives the aboriginal form as Pěnobskât, lit.’ plenty stones’). They are a tribe of the Abnaki confederacy (q. v.), closely related in language and customs to the Norridgewock. They are sometimes included in the most numerous tribe of the Abnaki confederacy, and for a time more influential than the Norridgewock. (From the cache listing).

This cache is located and the southern end of Majestic View Park.  As you can see from the picture, the park is well named.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Trackable dropped

EV5 DEC Alpha – ended up dropping this only 700 feet from where it was grabbed.

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – April 6, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 17

Do 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)

Cache found

Oh See the Cache #4 – The Team gets back on the trail today with an early in the day cache.  The cache was attempted once before as part of the 31 Days of Geocaching last year.  Due to ongoing construction in the area, the find eluded us.  Recently, the cache owner moved it to a new easier to reach location nearby. This made for quick success and allowed me to catch an earlier bus to work.  No April Fools joke today.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – April 4, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 16

Fire House #4

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)

Cache found

Fabulous Four – It sucks to be sick.  This was the morning to grab a cache early, knowing I would be exhausted by evening.  This trip returned me to Firehouse #4 in Arvada.  This cache is one of three I’m aware of that have been placed by the Arvada Fire Department.  With a revised set of coordinates, this ammo can cache was easy to find. As a famous woodworker once said, measure twice cut once.  Bonus today was finding a pathtag in this cache.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – April 1, 2014 (not a joke)

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 15

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)

Cache found

Rose Roots Garden – Today’s trip brought me out to a community garden located in the Five Parks area of Arvada.  While in season, locals are able to plant crops  on a 15 ft by 15 ft plot they lease on an annual basis.  Future plans will have additional garden beds available, as well as fruit and nut trees.  More information is at the link here.  The cache is inside the grounds, be respectful of the work of this organization if you visit during the growing season.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – March 3, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 14

mmmmmm…. beer

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)

Cache found

Hops you find it! – 65 degrees Fahrenheit in mid-February?  The weather allowed us to spend most of the day catching up on yard cleanup.  The trash company will love us tomorrow.  We headed out late in the day to run a few errands, and grab this micro cache.

We ended up in an area know as the Westminster Promenade, a entertainment center filled with many attractions, and several caches.  This one was selected due to the fact that it was logged as found the previous day.  It was a quick find, located outside the entrance of a chain of popular brewpubs. Now we have a week off before we reach another day to complete.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – February 23, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 13

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)

Tonight was a challenge. Cold weather, ice, and dark.  The 60 degree temperatures promised do not materialized until later this week.

Caches Attempted

The Log Cache – <Begin Rant> Dear Cache Owner If you know that your cache is missing, please disable the listing.  Also setting an owner maintenance log IMPLIES you have fixed the problem, not that you PLAN to fix the problem. <End Rant>

Fabulous Four – After a tasty dinner prepared by the her half of the team, I headed out and hoped that this regular size cache would be a quick find.  But, alas, no luck.  I do not know if it was the lighting or the snow cover.  Will need to try this another time.

Cache found

JADE LOVES WAL #10 – As a last attempt, I headed back to the local Wal-Mart and grabbed this cache that is a tribute to excessive shopping.  Sometimes a lamp skirt can be your friend.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – February 16, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 12

Damn it’s cold!!!

TEAM_CSGs 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)

Cache found

Guitar Harbor – I can safely say that this is the coldest weather day that I have cached (-7F).  I new it would be too cold to walk across downtown to find a cache, so I went with an easy reserve cache near where I catch the bus to downtown.  In a strip shopping center, this cache is named after teh two main tenents nearby. This one did take a bit to find as I had to clear a pile of snow at the final location.  An additional challenge was trying to open the cache sans gloves.  I’m glad that I don’t need a cache tomorrow as the low in Denver is slated to be -15F.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – February 10, 2014 – It should  be about 50 degrees warmer.

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 11

TEAM_CSGs 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)

A overnight snow event starting in Thursday made this one exciting.  No picture today as I forgot to take one at the find/

Cache found

When the Saints Go Marching In – a rain base with snow after a few hours made many of the sidewalks slippery.  The walk was the challenge to a older Denver neighborhood northeast of downtown. The church that is attached to the location of the cache is a condo conversion. It must be interesting to live in a former church.
I selected this cache as the size was classified as small.  I decided if I was to find a cache today, it need to be larger then a micro. When I arrived at ground zero, the find was quick and I signed the log.

 

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – February 5, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 10

TEAM_CSGs 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)

Insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Cache found

A fine cup of coffee

Cuppa Chino 32 — Sun of Chicken  The snow event held off until after the lunch hour, so I went out to make my third attempt at this cache.  The cache owner took pity on me and offered a hint as to the final location.  I arrived from my office in short order, and after a bit of a search, still came up empty.  I dashed a quick email to the cache owner, asking for another hint.  This time the hint was a big whack on the side of the head.  I returned to the location, and at last had success.  With roads turning bad during the evening rush hour, I was glad to get this day marked off early.

Lesson learned – sometimes you need to trust your instinct and not the GPS.  I had searched in the area, but not enough to uncover what should have been a relatively easy find. Also, never be afraid to ask for a hint from the cache owner.

Bonus – If you go about two blocks north of the cache, you will be outside the studio of Rocky Mountain PBS.  Outside of the building, there are cement footprints of famous celebrities.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – January 31, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching- Day 9

TEAM_CSGs 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)

Today was such a beautiful day, we actually found two caches on a trip to Boulder.

Caches found

View from the cache. Business is booming

 Hacker Cache – After our visits to Whole Foods and Barnes and Noble, we decide to go after this cache.  A regular size cache on the far end of a parking lot it ended up taking a bit to find.  A perfect camo for the area, I became too focused on the GPS and walked by it a few times. Will need to be careful during business hours as construction trailers are parked near this cache.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer O’clock

Malty MICRO #11 – Another of the series places near brewpubs.  The hide was clever. We found a piece of swag left with the micro and claimed it for ourselves.  People at the outdoor patio had to wonder what we were doing there today.  Will have to go back another time and sample the local brew.

Trackables Visited (for both caches)

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – January 27, 2014 we have a snow event scheduled for Monday.  Have a few caches scoped out.

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 8

Critters in the area

TEAM_CSGs quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a cache.

Cache found

Utility work ahead – Today, the Her half of the team went caching while running errands in Broomfield, CO. As advertised, a quick park and grab, but with a small twist.  It was good that there was a hospital nearby as the many prairie dog holes could have caused a twisted ankle if you were not careful.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – January 25, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 7

Snake

TEAM_CSGs quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a cache.

Once again, a challenging day.  I did not get started until late in the day as we were finishing recording to two podcasts.  As we were losing daylight, the team headed out.

Caches not found

Where the doggies roam…  Our first attempt on this cache.  With the sun setting, We tried this one first as the parking area is marked as being closed and locked at dusk.  From the parking area, it was a sloppy half mile walk to ground zero.  A through  look at the logical hiding area turned up nothing. The prairie dogs mocked us as we left.

Leaving Las Vegas Just In Time.  Second attempt on this one with no success.  As stated in prior posts, sometimes the ones that should be simple stump us. An additional sting as a new cacher logged it as found the same day.

Cache found

SNAKE!  It was a 2/10 mile walk from the Las Vegas cache to this one.  With a 2/2 raiting, We expected a bit of work.  At ground zero, the cache was out in the open.  We signed the logbook and the returned the cache to where we found it and covered it with the natural materials in the area.  Another day ticked off the list.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – January 21, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 6

The borg

TEAM_CSGs quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a cache.

Caches not found:

Cuppa Chino 32 – Sun of Chicken – Second DNF on this one. The cache owner reached out to me this evening and provided a hint.  Will see if this pans out at a later date.

If you build it….cache hides will follow.  The team need a quick find tonight to continue filling in the calendar.  Walmart is always a good go-to place for that uncomplicated find. There are three in the parking area, so we have two more in reserve for the tough days.

Cache found:  JADE LOVES WAL #9

 

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – January 18, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 5

Success at the end of the day.

A quest to complete finding one cache on every month day combination.

Today was a difficult caching day.  Had a failed attempt at lunch and on the way home.  Both should have been easy finds, but sometimes the caching gods do not smile on you.

Caches not found:

Cuppa Chino 32 – Sun of Chicken

Play Ball #2

Cache found: bright and brown cache

This was a ‘go to’ cache in the neighborhood.  Reven the geo-dog and I traveled to this park at the end of a cul-de-sac.  Since I had found this cache once before, it was an easy find.  The logbook was in poor shape and was very difficult to sign.  We continued on our evening 2.5 mile walk.

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – January 16, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 4

Superman’s favorite coffee shop

Geocaching project to find a cache on every calendar date by the end of 2014.  The team is missing 70 month/day combinations.

Another lunch cache near downtown Denver. Today I had a choice of events to attend.  I could have watched the Stock Show parade, or attended a rally for the Denver Broncos Football Club, but elected to find a cache.  I always know my priorities.

Reaching ground zero was not a challenge, but finding the cache was a bitt challenge. One of the things I need to do better is trusting where my GPS places me.  I wandered, around the outside of the establishment for several minutes, but eventually returned to this cleverly “hid in plain sight’ cache.  I did patronize the coffee shop.  The brew of the day was OK, but if you can afford the calories, go for the hot chocolate.  The hide earned a favorite point from the team. Was one of teh better urban caches we have found.

Cache Found – Cuppa Chino 36 – Superman’s Haunt

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – January 15, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 3

70 Days of Geocaching – Day 3

Geocaching project to find a cache on every calendar date by the end of 2014.  The team is missing 70 month/day combinations.

Today presented an interesting challenge as snow developed overnight in the Denver area. By the time we got out to begin our trek, there was about four inches of snow on the ground.  Gratefully, the cachemobile has four-wheel drive, as the city had not done much plowing.  The cache is named “Between the Rainbows”, as the final location is a walkway that connects the east and west halves of Rainbow Park. We previously attempted finding this cache on 11/28/2010 without success.  I did not have much confidence that we would find it today as the last logged found was in late August 2013. The find was a lot easier this time as cleanup of the landscaping reduced the possible locations of this well hid cache.

Cache Found – Between the Rainbows

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – January 9, 2014

 

 

 

Finds for Each Day of the Year

You’ve found caches on 299 of 366 days of the year.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan 1 1 2 1 3 5 1 2 0 4 5 2 1 2 0 0 8 0 1 2 0 1 12 3 0 1 0 5 1 4 0 68
Feb 1 4 4 2 0 1 9 4 3 0 3 1 2 3 2 0 9 26 2 2 7 1 0 8 1 1 1 1 1 X X 99
Mar 2 4 0 2 2 3 1 2 1 4 4 14 5 3 2 3 3 11 3 12 4 12 1 8 6 5 8 2 4 3 2 136
Apr 0 13 1 0 5 0 1 0 1 2 2 6 1 6 1 7 0 0 1 2 5 0 4 2 8 1 3 2 7 10 X 91
May 3 13 1 2 3 12 3 2 0 2 5 0 5 1 0 0 6 2 3 9 3 11 0 4 3 3 2 1 0 4 9 112
Jun 16 0 6 2 4 6 12 4 5 3 2 6 15 18 10 0 1 9 6 0 8 4 5 0 5 2 5 39 0 3 X 196
Jul 0 1 31 3 11 2 1 16 7 3 2 2 1 0 4 0 13 6 1 6 0 2 4 4 7 12 8 1 0 6 1 155
Aug 4 7 4 2 3 1 7 2 1 1 2 1 3 1 2 4 4 2 4 8 3 1 1 3 6 2 4 1 4 13 9 110
Sep 9 1 14 9 2 1 10 3 5 2 4 5 19 8 0 0 1 0 9 4 4 15 1 1 6 6 3 0 0 6 X 148
Oct 0 4 1 5 4 5 4 4 1 1 0 2 7 6 0 8 1 1 7 3 1 0 1 4 3 7 4 4 2 2 4 96
Nov 3 1 0 7 2 0 4 4 1 4 2 3 1 1 0 3 4 6 2 11 2 8 4 0 0 0 3 3 2 3 X 84
Dec 3 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 7 4 1 0 2 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 2 3 47
42 49 64 38 39 37 53 43 25 27 33 49 64 50 21 27 50 66 41 61 37 55 33 37 45 40 41 59 32 56 28 1342
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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 2

Day 2 of the 70 days of Geocaching

Our adventure to fill in calendar dates where we have never found a cache.

I returned to work after the long Christmas break. I took the lunch hour and traveled by light rail from downtown Denver to the Broadway light rail station.  The challenge for this cache was trying to figure out how to get out of the parking lot and cross the cluster of roads where Broadway and Lincoln meet with I-25.

Once I arrived, the hiding location was fairly obvious. The guard rail is against the abandoned building, and I was able to find it quickly.  This cache also had a bonus of a Munzee , so a two for one made this trip worthwhile.

Day 2 – CPINE’s Guard Rail Cache

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables Grabbed – None

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – January 4, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 1

First geocache of the year

A 2014 quest to complete a find for at least one cache on each calendar date of the year.

The  project almost did not get off the ground as we had snow this morning. By noontime, the skies had cleared and we ventured out.  This cache is one of several located in the Majestic View Park Open Space in Arvada, Colorado. Temperature was about 35 F with light wind.  It did sputter snow as we hiked to this cache placed by a Cub Scout Den.  The geocache was in good shape with a few bits of swag inside.  We took the trackable inside. Lets see if we can add to the over 8900 miles.

No trades were made.

Day 1 – January 1, 2014

Cache found: Tiger Cub Den 6 Geocache

Trackables Visited

Cachemobile

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Trackables Grabbed

EV5 DEC Alpha

Trackables Dropped – None

Next date to complete – January 2, 2014

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Lightsquared controversy

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Geocaching staycation: Road to Mt. Evans

Geocaching staycation: Road to Mt. Evans. from Art at examiner.com

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Hazards of geocaching: kidnapping

Hazards of geocaching: kidnapping. from Art at examiner.com

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Geocaching flash mob event July 17

Geocaching flash mob event July 17. from Art at examiner.com
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Hazards of Geocaching: wildfires

Hazards of Geocaching: wildfires. from Art at examiner.com
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Geocaching: When your travel item will not move

Geocaching: When your travel item will not move. By Art at Examiner.com
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Hazards of geocaching: flooding

Hazards of geocaching: flooding. from Art at examiner.com
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Geocaching glossary: what do all those terms mean? part three

Geocaching glossary: what do all those terms mean? part three. By Art via examiner.com
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Geocaching glossary: what do all those terms mean? part two

Geocaching glossary: what do all those terms mean? part two. From Art at examiner.com
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Geocaching glossary: what do all those terms mean part one

Geocaching glossary: what do all those terms mean part one. Article from Art at examiner.com
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Hazards of geocaching: rattlesnakes

Hazards of geocaching: rattlesnakes. Article by Art on Examiner.com

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Garmin introduces the new GPSMAP 62 series

Garmin introduces the new GPSMAP 62 series. Link to article written by Art for Examiner.com

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Were event cache guidelines ignored?

Groundspeak recently published event cache GC27P27 – Going Ape This event is one of the many front end events leading up to Geowoodstock VIII. What caught my eye, was this event cache was to ‘Take a scenic hike to the last remaining Project APE cache in the United States – Mission 9: Tunnel of Light (GC1169)’

The ‘Project APE’ cache is the last remaining one in North America. These caches were used in promotion of the 2001 remake of ‘Planet of the Apes’  The caches also originally contained props from the film.

Almost immediately, more then a few ‘danger, danger, Will Robinson’s’ went off in my head.  I headed for the guidelines for placement of event caches and found the following.

Event caches are gatherings that are open to all geocachers and which are organized by geocachers. While a music concert, a garage sale, an organized sporting event, a ham radio field day or a town’s fireworks display might be of interest to a large percentage of geocachers, such events are not suitable for submission as event caches because the organizers and the primary attendees are not geocachers. In addition, an event cache should not be set up for the sole purpose of drawing together cachers for an organized hunt of another cache or caches. Such group hunts are best organized using the forums or an email distribution list.

So the next question, is why and how this is approved, when the guidelines clearly state this cache should not have been approved from the start?  I understand the ‘special nature’ of this event, as they are trying to mitigate environmental concerns and it is around a mega event.  But in my mind, this event clearly breaks those guidelines.

What are your thoughts.  Are the guidelines not enforced consistently?
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Lessons Learned

My writing focus has been toward My gig at Examiner.com This post does not fit within the guidelines, of an Examiner article, so I finally get to update the blog.

Having good weather on  January day is a rare occurrence in Colorado.  Karen and I had discussed making a cache run into northeastern Colorado for the purpose of completing map squared for the state Delorme challenge.

I was able to quickly run a pocket query for the route heading up I-76.  We even had a few caches in nearby Nebraska.  A contingency if time allowed us to ‘color’ in another state on the US map.

I loaded Karen’s GPS first. A Garmin GPSmap 60cx with the query results via Geocaching Swiss Army Knife, and also updated her GPS with the weekly local caches in out area.

I repeated the exact procedure with my new Garmin Oregon 300. I was looking forward to work the GPS through its paces. A few minutes later, we were off.

As we entered the area of where are first caches should be, Karen said, “There is one at the next exit” , my GPS showed nothing.  Karen guided me to the first cache, but still did not show up on my GPS.  Since we were relying on  the Oregon for the cache descriptions, we thought we were dead in the water for this trip.

However, having a smartphone saved the day. I was able to use the browser to access geocaching.com and get the first cache description.  Success followed soon after.

We were able to complete the map segments in a few hours.  We also had time to make a quick run into Big Springs, NE. Where we found our first Nebraska cache at a truck stop just off I-80.  After that, we began out return back to Denver.  We only found a total of 12 caches on 12 attempts.  It wasn’t the quantity, but the adventure into a part of Colorado we had never visited.  I would like to return to the cities of Fort Morgan, Sterling, and Julesburg to explore their Colorado History.  We met two very nice gentlemen that were operating the welcome center in Julesburg.  We introduced them to geocaching, and told us about the 10K volkswalk that starts and ends at the center.

Lessons learned
Redundancy is a good thing:  Having a second GPS loaded with our caches to hunt saved this trip and make it for a fun day for us.

Learn how your GPS works BEFORE you go: I figured out since I was loading two different files of GPS points, I need to give them two different names. I had overwritten the NE Colorado caches with the local caches.

Have fun:  Our goal was not to kill ourselves logging a large quantity of caches, leave some to return and explore the area in depth at a later date.
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Caching with Trash or Treasure

The truly neat thing about Geocaching is that after the initial investment for the GPS there is not a lot more you need to purchase. But you can.
Part of the fun in Geocaching is placing caches out for others to find. That is one of the big reasons I like to share my hobby with others. I want them to place caches too. There are some rules and guidelines on placing caches. Geocaching.com has a nice section on it and you local reviewer will point out any problems that he is aware of when you post your cache placement.
What is a cache? I mean physically what is it? What am I looking for? These are common questions from someone new to the sport. The simple answer is that it is anything that can contain a logbook as that is the only requirement for the cache itself. The idea is to have a container that blends in with the environment well so that you would be unlikely to spot it unless you are looking for it. Some folks take this very much to heart and the term ‘hidden in plain sight’ becomes the bane of my existence at times.
Common urban and suburban caches containers are fairly small. Often you find a well camouflaged Altoids tin or 35mm film canister as a container. I have seen drilled out pieces of wood and pinecones used as well. Local hardware stores provide a treasure trove of container ideas. Spare key holders are popular. They might be a small magnetic metal box with a slide lid or something like a rock that is often used for a house key hidden in landscape. Good selections of heavy duty plastic boxes are often available and paint or colored duct tape for camouflage. Be sure to check out the aisle with magnets. These attached to your container gives countless hiding possibilities.
The Army Navy Store sells Ammunition boxes. These are virtually indestructible, watertight and already painted a dark green. These boxes are great in some of the more naturally landscapes parks under fallen stumps. An assortment of other camouflaged boxes are available too as you scan the aisles.
The grocery store can be a place for your imagination to go wild. There is the section with plastic boxes. Spend a little more and get ones that will stand up to the weather. Sometimes the boxes can be free because they contain your favorite foods and a cache container is better than the trash bin for the container. Peanut butter jars, plastic cocoa mix boxes and seasonally there are nut, cookie and candy tins ready for you to use. Sometimes there are large lidded buckets for the asking at the bakery department (frosting comes in them.) Some plastic juice bottles and frosting tubs are possible containers. My check on these common containers is the dishwasher test. You need to make sure that the container and lid are really clean so that bugs and critters dints get into your cache. The containers need to be sturdy. I figure if you can put them in the dishwasher and if they come out still able to seal tight and in the original shape, they are worth a try as a cache container.
The favorite hobbies of your friends and families will lead you to find other unique containers. There are mail order places for geocachers to find great containers and I will talk about them in a future post. Remember that occasionally a container must be replaced so be sure to have several alternatives on hand.

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Garmin mandatory software updates

Do you own a Garmin nüvi 7×5 series, nüvi 800 series, nüvi 8×5 series, zūmo 660, GPSMAP 620 or GPSMAP 640? If so, you are entitled to a free firmware update to ‘correct a software issue that has been discovered to cause select GPS devices to repeatedly attempt to update GPS firmware, and then either shut down or no longer acquire GPS satellite signals.’

If you own a nuvi 7×5 series GPSr, and the device will not turn on, you are eligible for a free exchange.

More information available here.

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On any other day…


On any other day, this cache would have been ignored by those who do not know of geocaching. . But because it is April 20th, the anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, suspicious looking packages get more then a second look.

On the right is a picture of the cache called “A Knight’s View. (GC1240D) This cache was place with permission of The Boulder County School district on school property. The cache owner is a instructor at Fairview High School. Normally, caches placed near public school grounds would not be approved by the local reviewer, but approval was granted for this particular cache based on the circumstances above. The cache had been at its location for two years without incident.

According to a online article in the Boulder Daily Camera, it seems to me that a lack of communication among all parties, from the cache hunter to the school officials to the cache hider, were the main contributor to the events of the day.

In geocaching, communication with those who do not play the game is critical in insuring safety for all. Because we as cachers feel a need to be elusive when ‘muggles‘ are around, we can cause suspicion as to our intent. We can jeopardize the game by not being honest with others.

Link to the Boulder Daily Camera article is here.

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When it rains, it pours.

No this isn’t a post about the very late season winter weather we are having in Denver. This post is about the joys of PC ownership, and the lost weekend of restoring my computer.

This computer is the workhorse of the Centennial State Geocaching Podcast. All recording and editing happens on this machine. So any downtime is not good for our product.

The symptoms appeared almost all at once a few weeks ago. I lost the SD card reader, fingerprint reader, webcam and touch screen. After a few e-mail exchanges with HP customer support. It was determined that a restore to ‘the original factory settings’ was necessary to determine if there was a hardware failure.

I scheduled this past Saturday to perform this task. We were expecting a blizzard over the weekend, so this was a good indoor activity. The restore was going to erase all I had on the computer, so I performed a inventory of the software on the computer, insured that I still had access to the programs, and backed-up the documents folder to our home server.

Late in the morning, after a quick prayer, I executed the complete restore option. In short order, I had a ‘brand new computer’ with all the missing functions successfully restored. I spent the remaining day copying back the saved documents and installing most of the software. I shut down the computer that evening, feeling confident that all was well.

That was until Sunday afternoon. Upon bootup, the built-in wireless connection failed. After spending most of Sunday in correspondence with HP support (via a wired connection) we got nowhere. The driver to run the build in wireless would not install. I shut it down, defeated.

This morning, I stopped in the the Office Depot near the office and purchased a USB wireless adaptor. (Consider it mental health insurance.) Was on sale for $40 US. I just finished installing and now have wireless again.

I’m waiting to see if I get any further reply for HP. I expect to have them say I need to restore to original factory settings. If that happens, A executive carpet bomb will be happening.

There, I feel better…

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Will a pillow fight ban ‘flash mobs’

One of the blogs I follow has a post from the pillow fight we discussed on show #15. Of all places, it is a blog on the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. The blog post has pictures from the event.

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Consumer Electronics Examiner: Garmin to update Oregon series GPS with camera; Geotaggers rejoice

Update to the post yesterday on the new Garmin Oregon Models

Consumer Electronics Examiner: Garmin to update Oregon series GPS with camera; Geotaggers rejoice

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New Garmin Oregon Models?

Received this link via Twitter this evening. It appears Garmin will introduce two new models of the Oregon GPSr model. The new features will include a built in digital camera to allow geotagging of photos. We will update as additional info comes out.

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March 2009 12 of 12

Here is my submission for the March 2009 12 of 12. This month, I did a theme of Coffee shops in Downtown Denver.

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The Social Side of Geocaching

This is a post on two examples of the social side of geocaching.

Yesterday, we attended the third annual Geocaching Colorado Geochat. This was a opportunity for geocachers throughout Colorado to meet the new Board of Directors, fun and fellowship. We played a icebreaker game of Geo-Bingo. One of the squares was to find a cacher who had found a Project A.P.E cache. Luckily, we had one there, but the price of having him sign the square was to wear a pair of Groucho glasses that was a travel bug. You can see our suave look above. I recommend events as a way to meet fellow geocachers and learn more about the sport we all love. Besides, you may win a raffle item like a new unactivated geocoin! Yea, us.

This morning, I happened to be looking at the Facebook application on my IPod Touch. Listed was a request from Cliff Ravenscraft a podcaster from gspn.tv asking “I NEED HELP! Family wants to go GEOCACHING for the1st time. How Do I Do It?” I quickly fired up my computer, and I a few minutes I was live with him providing advice on how to get started. He wanted to use the 3G features of his Iphone, and recommended that he start with the Geocaching.com application, a low cost barrier to entry at $9.99. I gave him a few suggestions, pick a larger, traditional cache, with a low difficulty and terrain rating. I look forward to hearing his experiences in his podcast “My Crazy Life” show #373. It always amazes me the social media tools that are now an integral part of the day to day networking I experience. This meetup and short discussion on geocaching would not have been possible a few years ago.

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Groundspeak site updates

Groundspeak.com published updates to the geocaching.com and waymarking.com websites on February 11,2008

You can read about the geocaching.com updates here

and

You can read about the waymarking.com updates here

We will have this as a show topic on the next podcast.

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Geocaching Heroes

On April 25th 2009, the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America will hold their annual Scout Show. Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and Venturing Crews, get together and show off what they do best.

This years theme is “A Hero’s Adventure”. Our Venture Crew has come up with the idea of featuring photographs in a mosaic of Heroes who also geocache.

If you know a geocacher who is also a hero (Military, Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, and Teachers), we would like to feature their photograph. You may submit a photograph in jpeg format, along with their geocaching name to the show e-mail . We will feature photographs of the mosaic in the show Flickr set. We are also planning to record a episode of the podcast at the Scout Show. If you plan on attending, be sure to stop by and say hello.

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Reflections on Chuck in 3-D

Last night, the latest gimmick from NBC was unveiled on a unsuspecting public. A episode of the show “Chuck” was aired in ‘glorious 3-D’. This show is on my TV viewing rotation, so I would have watched it anyway.
Chuck (Zachary Levi) is a show of a computer tech worker at a ‘big box’ electronic store, who by a comic set of circumstances, ends up with the entire NSA database stored in his head. he is protected by two NSA agents (Adam Baldwin, Yvonne Strahovski). There is also a weekly subplot revolving around Chuck’s co-workers at the big box store.
What didn’t work: The 3-d effects. It appears that the technology has not changed much since the technology debuted in the 1950’s. It appears that using the glasses , along with the red/blue hue in the program, forced the viewing experience to be fuzzy. The 3-d effect came out when my eyes attempted to focus on images. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. I attribute this to two possible factors. First, I wear eyeglasses with a glare reflective coating. Second, our main television is a RCA 26 inch TV purchased in 1985. I’m not sure if the viewing experience was better on a larger screen. I would be interested to receive feedback on this.
Missed opportunity to cross promote with Facebook. Chuck references a Facebook group in this episode. When I accessed my Facebook account, I could not find the group. TV show have not figured how to cross promote with Social Networking sites.
This show should also partner with Best Buy, they could offer the ‘Chuck product of the week”.
What did work: Story, story, story. The ability to mix the weekly main spy story with the sub-story in the big box store. The ability to keep me laughing for the hour. This is what Hollywood forgets, it always comes back to the story. What do you think?
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NO COFFEE!!!!!!!!!

We had a unannounced change in our coffee vendor overnight. A memo was issued this morning by the Executive assistant of our company. The text is below:

All,

Since you each either took the time to help us by pointing out the complications with our coffee vendor changeover this morning or were copied on that correspondence, I just wanted to let you know I’ve made the vendor aware of the issues, and they are here now addressing them. I appreciate your concerns, and on behalf of the vendor, apologize for all the inconvenience. I had hoped for a far smoother transition and introduction to our new Seattle’s Best brew.

Thank you in advance for your continued patience as we make this right.

Meanwhile, there is rioting in the hallways. I’ve locked my office door in hopes of survival. If this ends up being my last blog post, thanks for reading.

Update at 1:15 PM

..Peace and tranquility came over the world as coffee service was restored. Although no one knows what happened to our CEO in the riots.

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ipod touch and paperless geocaching

For a post-Christmas gift to myself, I made the investment in a new 8 GB ipod touch. This was after watching the family enjoy their new Ipod touches on Christmas day. I discovered that I could replicate many of the business functions that I rely on with my Windows Mobile based PDA. The new Touch seems to function easier and with less effort then the PDA I was using.

However, the only application I have not been able to find in the Apple App Store is one that will import and use a geocaching GPX file. I hope someone can develop this App in the future (Bish0p, are you listening?) I would try this myself, but the developer kit is designed for Macs only.
However, I did discover a way to at least have a way to display cache listing on the ipod touch using a App called Air Sharing by Avatron Software. This App allow for viewing of various types of document files on the ipod Touch.
I’m also creating HTML export of caches from GSAK, then copying the folder into the app.
The Air Sharing application requires the use of a wireless or ADHOC wireless setup between the PC and the Touch.
Have a safe and enjoyable geocaching year in 2009.
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Treasure Hunting… What do you win??

If you look at the ‘Getting Started’ section of the geocaching.com website. Groundspeak defines geocaching as: ‘a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure’.

When I use this definition, the first question I get is, “Oh… What have you won?”

I then need to explain that the ‘treasure’ is in the joy of the hunt, or the new places geocaching can take you. Anything in a cache is often very nominal in value.

“Oh… that’s nice”

Now I describe geocaching as using a GPS receiver to find containers people have hidden throughout the world.

“You mean it is like treasure hunting?”

ARRRRRRRRR………!!

I don’t question how much they earn when they golf on the weekend.

Why does there need to be a profit motive in anything we do? I would dread the day a cache was placed and 100 people go and search for it at the same time and destroying the landscape because there was a substantial prize inside.

I lost the enjoyment of collecting stamps in the 1970’s because of a few ‘collectors’ who ran up the price of stamps to turn a profit (Geek alert)

Why can we not just enjoy a activity because for a short while, it allows up to forget the troubles of the world?

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I wish people were a little smarter about what they place in a cache


This is a picture of what I pulled out of the cache called Curt’s Bill Gates Booty #2. As you can see, two very old cupcakes and a tube of toothpaste was part of the bounty found today. Since this was the first of four caches we found over a two mile hike, yours truly got to carry them over the course of the day. Contrary to popular belief, these commercial baked goods do not have a shelf life that can be measured by carbon dating.

I don’t know if this was just a inexperienced cacher attempting to provide survival items to someone who found it, or a practical joke to those who found it after these items were placed. Leaving food or other smellables can be a hazard to those who are trying to enjoy the sport of geocaching.

I spend much of my time explaining what smellables are to the Scouts and how damaging they can be to Troop equipment if left in tents or containers. Smellables are items that animals, with their acute sense of smell, will go after if they think it is food. Items like batteries and camera film are considered smellables. Animals will tear in to the container, destroying the container and its contents. Destroying the hard work of the person who hides the container, and destroying the enjoyment of the cacher who finds the prize.

I hope all who geocache place a bit of thought into what they place in a cache. If you leave something, you should ask yourself, “Would I want to trade for this item?”

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Why did you bring me here?

The fun for me of geocaching is discovering new, previously unknown locations right outside my backyard. The better caches I experience bring me to a scenic view, a whimsical sculpture, or a historical location. These caches are always worth slowing down for, an to experience a WOW moment.


In the book by Jeannette Cezanne Open Your Heart with Geocaching: Mastering Life Through Love of Exploration she discusses exploring the ‘Why’ the cache hiding place important to the cache owner. Sometimes this is tough to evaluate when you are in a shopping center parking lot, and why this hiding location is special to that person.

We need to remember that it is not always the quantity of the cache hides that you have, but the quality too. In difficult times, the moments of enjoyment are sometimes few and far between.


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Please clean up after yourself!

On show #10 of Centennial State Geocaching, we told you about our evening at Heritage Square and the short geocaching trip the next morning. We did not tell you about our unplanned adventure because of the remains of a multi-stage cache we found by accident.

I knew there was a cache in the parking lot of Heritage Square. I has found it a few years ago, but was looking for it with Karen. I remembered it was hidden under a lamp skirt, but could not remember exactly which one. Karen and I had split up in an attempt to find the cache. We were down to the last two lamp posts. I lifted the skirt (the only time I can lift a skirt without getting into trouble) and found a container. I called Karen over announcing the find. When she opened the container, there wasn’t the usual log, but a laminated card that said “The final stage is at… ” WITH COORDINATES. We had make a discovery of a multi-cache, with only one step to go!
We quickly abandoned the original cache hunt and entered the coordinates in our GPS receivers. As we headed further west, we realized that the final coordinates will take us to the Mother Cabrini Shrine.
We got to the parking lot, and looked up in amazement. We had a half mile climb up a large hill to get to the top of the shrine. I decided that I would climb to the summit with hopes of finding the elusive cache. The final coordinates placed me in front of the shrine. After forty minutes of searching, I surrendered to the failure of my search, and would look up the cache later on the geocaching.com website.
My search online proved inconclusive, concluding that the cache was archived.
This story is to remind all who hide caches the responsibility you undertake when you agree to follow the rules for hiding a cache. Please clean up after yourself when you archive a cache, you never know who may find it and run on a wild goose chase.
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See you at the event on Saturday

We will be at the event Puzzles, Coins & Answers (GC!FEAF) on Saturday. Please stop by to say ‘hi’. I hope to get direction on a few puzzles.
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