Category Archives: Geocaching

BlazeOn Ideal Stamp

22-07-11 BlazeOn Ideal Stamp

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

My sister logs geocaches with a stamp. When I cached with her a lot last year, I saw that she and my niece have a stamp with both of their names on it. We cached so much together, my sister made two next stamps: one with her and my names on it and a second with all three of our names on it. It makes logging caches more efficient.

She thought I would like a stamp of my own, so she sent me this. It was nice of her to have done so.

GeoKnots Logsheet Roller

GeoKnots Logsheet Roller

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

Once upon a time, this was attached to my keychain! That’s how valuable this was to me. While I am much better with rolling those scroll logs in nanos, I still struggle on occasion. This ingenious invention has been a godsend to me countless times.

It now resides in my caching bag.

Trail Tweezers

Trail Tweezers

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

When one is geocaching a lot, this type of tweezer becomes a valuable TOTT. Getting logs out of those nanos is troublesome for me. These help. I’ve used them to retrieve flatty caches and all sorts of other ways on the hunt. This is an item that is the cache bag.

BlazeOn Letterboxing Stamp

22-07-06 BlazeOn Letterboxing Stamp

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

Letterboxing is a game I want to love. Actually, I do love it. Unfortunately, it hasn’t caught enough where I am for it to capture my sustained attention.

The stealthiness of the activity, coupled with the clues, and the exploring all fit my liking. Traditionalists value a hand-carved stamp. This is where I struggled mightily.

I did carve some stamps. I never cared for my art. The bowtie was clever and most of the bowties I carved were okay. I knew I wasn’t good at carving because I couldn’t shrink the carve; they were always large stamps, which is not ideal for many logbooks. Furthermore, I wanted the year on my stamp. Lettering and numbering I sucked at.

I got creative for a specialty stamp for an event I attended. Again, not wanting to give away who I was, I crafted a stamp of Steven Tyler since the event was at Tyler State Park. I recall speaking with the organizer. He thought my stamp was of a horse. Oh, well . . .

When I returned to geocaching publicly in 2016, I decided to commission a stamp. I had had the pleasure of finding one of Kirbert’s stamps. He is a master. Love his work! I asked him if he would carve a stamp for me. We discussed it and this is exactly what I wanted. Love this stamp!

I’ve used it plenty over the years, but letterboxes and letterbox hybrids are too few and far between these days. Virtually every stamp I encounter is a store-bought stamp. It seems this art is dying.

Locked in Manumuskin

22-04-15 GC6Z72Z

GC6Z72Z
39.345517 -74.97625

Buba2u suggested we stop by this after the Jersey Devil final. It’s interesting to hunt a geocache one had a hand in. This was not hidden in the same location of the preserve in which I had originally placed it, so it was fun hunting it down. We got in without much trouble.

All is in good shape with this one.

Thank you for keeping this one going; I appreciate it.

Jersey Devil #48-Bonus Final

22-04-15 GC830GK

GC830GK
39.338717 -74.992733 (disguised)

This series has been a long-time coming to get to this one.

It’s been a long time comin’
It’s goin’ to be a long time gone.

David Crosby, Long Time Gone

I began this in September 2020 as part of a challenge I completed that month. Then I shelved it until recently (although I think I picked up one or two at some point). It wasn’t even planned, but there I was in the middle of the woods on a beautiful day so I gobbled up a bunch of these. That left a manageable number to complete.

As I continue to heal from my knee surgery, this has been good exercise for me. Wrapped this up a week or two ago. Buba2u and I decided to go for this final together as he had finished the series too.

We met up and took the stroll out on this beautiful morning. Made it to ground zero without incident and found the cache. All is in fine shape with this one.

Thank you for this series that was my kind of caching; I appreciate it.

GREEN HEAD CACHE

22-04-13 GC1509

GC1509
39.091833 -94.56385

Last day of my trip. It’s cold. I do not have clothes for this weather with me. I guess the storm that rolled last night reversed the seasons.

Decided to play tourist instead of geocacher today. Visited the nearby museums. Spent close to four fours there before heading to Arthur Bryant’s for brisket. Yum!

Thank you for highlighting this as it is in keeping with with my day; I appreciate it.

I-29 Interstate Highway Challenge

GC1D3HY
47.92185 -97.10155

Finally!

We all have different approaches to how we geocache. I am one who does not usually like to sign challenge caches unless I have already qualified. Why? It creates work for me. It sits there taunting me. It’s like I’ve done the work (found the cache) but haven’t gotten the credit. So, I don’t usually sign challenges ahead of time.

But other people play differently. And there we were last July geocaching North Dakota when flowers22 began navigating us to a lot of challenges. This was one of them that I figured I would never log as that was the first time ever in North Dakota. I didn’t see Iowa along I-29 ever coming into my life.

Advance forward to late February. My new knee began feeling better and I began looking at a bunch of these challenges. It was then I hatched a plan. I flew out to KC the other day and decided to get the MO and IA caches. Of course, I DNFd the first IA cache I had targeted. The substitute was 10.5 miles from the second targeted, so once again I had to find a substitute. But it has all worked out! Woo hoo!

This has turned out to be a most satisfying experience. Thank you for the challenge; I appreciate it.

North Dakota
GC2J5FH Trading post 152 18 July 2021
GC2YA59 Am I Blue? 18 July 2021

South Dakota
GC61WB0 138 – Run to the Border (N) 22 July 2021
GC61X6W 46 – Run From the Border (S) 22 July 2021

Iowa
GC58DQK Milestone Trail – Century 1 Difficulty Challenge 11 April 2022
GC58DTX Milestone Trail – 200 Finds in a Day Challenge 11 April 2022

Missouri
GC8AQ62 Saint Francis’s Mailbox 12 April 2022
GC3NXMV Puppy Play Place 12 April 2022

KC#3 “Brickyards”

22-04-12 GC88C1

GC88C1
39.08 -94.5863

’twas here for the Adventure Lab. Truly an awesome site! As I walked back to the vehicle, I noted this waypoint. Might as well . . .

Night was setting in as I scoured for the correct brick. 🙂 It’s always nice when a geocache has a powerful view; this one meets the bill!

Thank you kindly for listing this for me to find; I appreciate it.