Another day, more rain in the area, and more geocaching. Yep, still going at it. This is one addictive hobby. So much so that I’ll be looking to get myself a handheld GPS very soon (for those of you that are reading this and are geocachers — what piece of equipment do you use? What would you suggest? I’d like to keep my spending at about 200).
As for Saturday, this was quite the day. I’ll be breaking it down with photos (and even a video), so hopefully you’ll sit back and enjoy this read. 🙂
Allow me to start with the video of Darren trying to pry a cache from it’s ice-encrusted home. We didn’t get it out, but will be back in warmer weather to sign the log and check out the loot!
Now, for the day. We started a little later than we thought we would, but no biggie. We’ll deal and get as many in as we can. Seemed like the rain was going to hold off for a while, so we drove to Bloomville to hit the first one.
The GPS showed we were about 750 yards from the cache up a nature trail. About 250 yards in, it started to rain. Saw some lightning and got some good rumbles of thunder. Eventually got to the cache in the pouring rain (and didn’t have the rain jacket on! Argh!) We huddled to make sure we could keep the log dry. Darren grabbed a geocoin to help move along and away we went.
Next stop, Stamford.
Hit three in this town. The Old Stamford Cemetery, which was a jewel to check out. Old cemeteries make you wonder about the history of the people there. This one had seen better days, but I might have to check this out with my big camera come better weather. I think I could get some nice shots if I set up the tripod with some flash.
Anyway, we found the cache before seeing where the “hint” was, but we found the hint:
Darren was, obviously, pumped at finding the hint. In seriousness, I’d love to know the history of this person who was used as the hint. The cemetery itself was really interesting. Here’s one other shot I took from it:
Next up was a stop at the nature trail again, although this one was tougher. I ended up finding it, but it was frozen in place. Darren dug and dug (note YouTube video above). I tried to pry a little, too. It seemed like no matter what, it wasn’t going to happen. AND, it was raining pretty hard:
We went to the next stop, another trek up the nature trail. Very muddy. Found the cache, grabbed a couple of TBs (one each) — Darren grabbed Thomas the Tank and I picked up a race car.
A lot of the TBs and coins we picked up today had been in their spots for a while, so hopefully we can move them along some. I’m sure the owners will be happy to know they are back on the move!
We headed out to the Cooperstown area and dropped off a couple bugs at a spot where we had gone the other day – yet hadn’t found it because we couldn’t get the coordinates in! So, we hit it this time. A great hide:
Next came a downer. 🙁 We got our first DNF and it was a tough one. We followed the coords, foolowed the hints and everything else and nothing. Hopefully when it gets warmer, we can figure it out. That didn’t stop Darren from looking:
So, we headed back to Oneonta. We couldn’t find much. It got raining, but there was a TB I wanted to grab. So we headed toward Morris and found the cache. A really nice spot, good cache, good location. Well done all around. And the sun was somewhat, kind of coming out. At least for a few moments.
So, we got the tracking bug — Clucky McCluckster! Darren just HAD to choke the chicken, though:
I stepped in some snow and water here and found out, the hard way, that my “duck boots” had blown a tire. A nice rip in the side. So I got soaked. We finished that cache, though!
We thought we were done, but we saw on the GPS that another was close. So, we opted to hit it. Apparently it’s a 12-year-old and his mom who set it up. Very cool. We visited, found it and signed the log. We left two Matchbox cars, too.
When we hit Delhi, made one quick stop where I dropped off the racer TB that I picked up in Stamford. I’m interested to see how long this one lasts there. It’s kind of a test to see if it’s a decent place to move a TB or not. Clucky is big, so I need to find a bigger spot for him to hopefully get him going a bit.
Anyway, another day, another adventure. This geocaching is really ruling. I’ve got one of Darren’s Garmin Rino 520s on loan and am looking to get my own handheld. I was looking at an eTrex Legend, but they don’t sound great. I have my eyes on a Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx, but not sure about the money. For those of you who are cachers, any ideas? We do hit woods around here, so I’d like something decent in those. But, any ideas/thoughts would be great. Unless it’s through Dell, I’d like to keep it around $200 or less. Thanks!