Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
Yes, I’ll steal a line from Simon and Garfunkel’s famous song “Mrs. Robinson.” But, it seems like I disappeared weeks ago and haven’t been seen since. So it seems. No problem, just means I have a lot to catch up on, right?
We’ll start with the geocaching world and move forward.
Last weekend, a few of us made a trip to Connecticut to see the GPS Maze exhibit as well as attend the event there to meet Jeremy, the president and one of the co-founders of Groundspeak — the owners of geocaching.com. I wrote a story for the magazine that is published by the paper where I work. In the story, I had interviewed Jeremy as well as Bryan, one of the other co-founders.
This was too good a chance to meet one of them, so we set forth. (We also got a cool new icon for the profile!)
Of course while we’re going too and from, we’re going to geocache, right?
The way down wasn’t going to be a big caching haul. Just a few off the route, no major hikes or anything (oh, it was hot as hell, too, so no major hikes anyway!)
We hit a few and got into Connecticut, so we went looking for our first in that state. After finding and replacing this one, it was discovered that a tick was on one of us. No bites or anything, just crawling. So we got rid of it and tried to check as best as possible. Since I started caching, that was my first true dealing with a tick.
We went up another exit to the Welcome to Connecticut Center and stopped there (another cache, of course) and as I got out of the car, there was something crawling on the seat. Guess what? Another tick. This one had been ON ME somewhere. We got it out of the car and did a closer inspection. I went into the bathroom and basically disrobed to look at my clothes and everything and luckily there were no more.
Turns out, after talking to a friend from Connecticut, that ticks are pretty widespread in that state. We only did one more cache the rest of the day in a true “woods” area where we were worried about getting any ticks on us. I didn’t want to risk it, in all honesty. There were probably a couple other spots we went that could have been tick areas, but we stayed clean the rest of the day, which was nice. Those little buggers are not something I need to be dealing with.
We did a couple more on the way to Bridgeport and got to the event. The building itself is a really nice place (it’s a Discovery Museum) and the GPS Maze is really wild. It seems like a great event for young and old, new and experienced and anyone in between. You can get the Maze icon for your profile through September at this exhibit.
The maze itself is a four-stage setup. You go through and learn about GPS’, geocaching and everything like that. To get to the next part, you need to find a cache, get the info needed and punch a code into the door and move on. You also stamp a card that you take with you to show you’ve completed each spot.
Here are some photos from the event:
This is a case showing some swag people will leave as well as travel bugs and geocoins:
Want to learn what a GPS can do for you?
The sizes of packs you can take with you on hikes and caching hikes:
This is a station where you can see how well you can pack a bag:
Meeting Jeremy, the president, was pretty cool. Really down to Earth and nice to chat with. He took down the number for my 100-finds geocoin and hopefully will eventually discover it. Pretty cool to have the big man as someone to discover the coin, eh?
We also met some other cool cachers. Chatted with a few in the Maze. They could be discovered as they had one of these geocoins. I like events and plan on attending more. If you are the same, this might be a cool coin to purchase and carry to events. I am debating buying one as I think it would be pretty fun to have.
We did the four caches at the event. They weren’t ones to log, however, as they’ll only be there for the time of the exhibit and all. Still, it was fun to find them as we got to chat with more cachers and such. We also swapped some coin discoveries with others and peeked around the parking lot for car bugs.
I have one of these and haven’t put it on my car yet as I wasn’t sure my plan. However, I think I’m am going to buy it instead of turning it in (lease ends soon), so I’ll be putting it on my car. Basically, it’s a sticker travel bug. If people see it, they can discover it and such. Pretty neat.
We left the event and did a few caches nearby. We found a place to eat and then headed to New Haven to grab an Earthcache. The view from the top was pretty incredible (I will likely have this image, better cropped/processed, on my photoblog in the near future):
After this one, we hit one in the town where I used to live and headed home. We did find two more on the way home — one in Connecticut, one in New York — on the way home. We also drove through a wild thunderstorm with some awesome lightning displays.
We ended up — with the event and maze — hitting 14 for the day. Not too bad overall, despite the tick finds. Also got an Earthcache in another state and had the opportunity to just cache in another state and one where I used to live. Overall, a fun day!
I’ll have more in the coming days about some signature items, my first CITO event and more.