Monday, June 23, 2008

Indulgent Moments of Tantlizing Tension

That's what geocaching is to me.. it's indulgent, tantalizing, almost like those really hot summer days when you can't breath - and someone stands above you with an ice cube and you can imagine that first drip drops on the nape of your neck the tension it creates while you wait, just the anticipation of it sends shivers up your spine but it feels so good.. if you close your eyes you can feel it even before it begins.

Life - should be like that, it should be delicious, enjoyed, indulged in. Take it to the brink where you sit there and look over the cliff and wonder what will happen should you just take that step.. too many people sit back and let the normalcy of the world and mundaneness take over - Really when we're gone what will we leave behind? Well if I died tomorrow there would be 450 little log sheets saying I was there - lots of little TB's with our names on them.. and memories shared.

As I sit back and ponder this life, and what I remember about those that left before me and those that are soon to go - and realize I've made the right choices - Take for example this weekend - no sleep and all play makes for an amazing tour!.. sit back and enjoy the ride.. The pictures are from the last two weeks but the story from this one..








That 5 AM alarm goes off, and they stumble out of bed heading off to that dreary day of work - why? Oh yes - a weekend at the cabin.. sit on the deck and have a cold glass of lemonade while soaking up the rays.. maybe go topless, the Yeep that is.. and christen it with some good exploring - little did they know the adventure that would await them that night - ending in a 26 hour day..

They think on it - there's a new cache up there.. they haven't had a reply on if they can go get it.. it said it was for a poker run - hmm well maybe we should - maybe we shouldn't in the end you know what side will win - they opt yes we'll get the cache - but it shouldn't be too long - the back road map book shows it right there. Perhaps we should start off through Manning? grab some of those.. yes they both concur..

Well 7 PM rolls around and they're finally ready to leave the house - head up to Hope and have their first DNF - what.. a DNF - hmm perhaps our turtles should learn not all caches are on the ground again - amazing what happens when you read the cache page before you go.. but alas we read it after we went - and lesson learned twice this weekend.. They meander on up the Crowsnest grabbing a cache here and a cache there - til they get to the Cascade lookout - when what to their wandering eyes should appear but a miniature astronomer and all his gear..

Telescope and Jupiter hand in hand - we saw the rings around it, but there was no fan.. ok poetry quitting.. lol

We got to the lookout, and yes we DNF'd (we did find all the other caches between though all 5 of them that were left) but the guy up there helped us look - and we got to look through his telescope - this was at about 11 at night and the moon was amazing! Saw Jupiter - think this is my first ever time looking through a telescope at night time at the top of a mountain - breathtaking is all I can say..

We then decided to head up to Princeton and go grab our FTF cache so we can get to bed.. well it never is as simple as one things is it - we started the hunt for the cache at 1:30 - claimed it about 5:45 AM.. here's the video after the find..





And here's the blog - Yeah.. FTF!!! we are a bit excited - not sure if we should log this as the 20th or 21st as it was a bit of both days.
Only our 2nd FTF - but again took us 5 hours after we got to the start point to claim.. :)
We thought we knew where the coordinates took us, we compared to back roads book and gps map - well they sometimes aren't 100% accurate - we headed up the first option out of Princeton and go up the long road to where we know it has to be - now it is 1:30 in the morning and we are a bit tired - but still up for the hunt - we disturbed some poor cows who were trying to nap - but ventured on past them - we followed our instinct - which got us to 910 meters from the cache as the crow flies - not good enough - don't feel like walking in the dead of night through bear and cougar country under extreme darkness - so figure the next road has to be it
So reverse out, and go down the next road.. nope that gets us even further away.. hmm ok back to the next plan - so go back up the road and try it - nope that's 1.3 km away - hmm let's try another route - we try about 7 different ways and finally decide that it's just not going to work at about 3:45 in the morning - so head out - on the way back (it's not getting light) we notice this flagging tape hanging from a tree that says polaris..
Hmm thought - isn't that an ATV thingy? well we follow our instincts and listen to the tap and then see a sign that says - ATV HOME - and realize that we're probably at the end of the poker run - perhaps it's on the other side of Princeton.. arrgghhh - ok plan b.. so we head back into Princeton and get gas (jeeps eat a lot of it you know)..
We then head up the other direction - and Jordy says I know where the road is - and he starts heading up it.. nix says Kris - wrong road - so again we turn around and try the last possibility - (if it wasn't it we were going to go home to sleep..lol it's now nearing 5 AM) so we head up the road and see more tape this time Canam tape - this time we knew we had it - so we followed the tape up this long road - till we come to a dead end.. hmm we think the tape has to lead to a route (why didn't we think of this on the other side.. lol)
So we turn around and find the other little road.. well quad route it is - along a fence line.. we follow up the fence line (at this time thinking terrain 2.. can't be oh well it's worth it) - getting closer we hit 910 meters, then 700 (now it's daylight and kris is saying - I don't care how close we get I'm walking) then 500, 300, 100 and then 50 and the perfect little FSR appears before them.. lol
Shaking head they now know which road it is that gets you there with a terrain 2 - however it would never have been as fun or as memorable.. it's now about 5:45 in the morning - The clue made it an easy find once we go there - thank goodness.. :)
Took only our memories and left a log that probably will read strange as we were over tired - but an awesome way to start our summer!! -- Now back to the cabin for the adventures tomorrow.. :)




But worth every moment of it - exhaustion and all.. we went and took the 20 minute drive back to the cabin and slept til noon then got up - realized it wasn't going to be sunny and decided to grab the tent, lock up the cabin and see what other adventures were in store for us - we went through Keremeos, Cawston, Osoyos and ended up in Oliver grabbing some neat caches that hadn't been visited so far this year, found a TB along the way who had been locked up since October as well. Loved the hike we made up there (yes those are TB's hanging all over me)

.. then had to go find camping accommodations for the night. Well first we had to find the FSR road (remember we don't do campground) and the book and gps weren't exactly matching 100% so took us a little bit - but we persevered and found an awesome sight!

Now they say Red in the morning sailors warning red and night sailor's delight..

Lots of firewood, and a nice little clearing - there had never been a fire pit there before - so we made one (ok I was the one insistent on the rocks - as if they really do a lot of good.. but made me feel better) lots of wood and we put up the tent. Never underestimate the value of a goooood tent - at this point I am thrilled that he had a good one and not a cheap one. Now have you ever slept outdoors in a thunderstorm? Talk about Tension..

We were woken up about 2 hours later, wishing we had the camera with us, that red at night sunset was a bit disconcerting.. picture scene..

You're all cuddled up in your tent, fell asleep to the sound of the crickets and nature noise and get woken up by the ground shaking beneath you, the thunder claps around you and you can almost feel the energy from the lightening bolts go right through you - the rain pelts down in buckets on the tent, and even with your eyes closed under the sleeping bags you can still see the flashes of lightening and the thunder comes right at the same time - so you know it's right next to you.. The lightning goes and the thunder booms again .. and you feel the ground shake again..

That is what makes a tantalizing moment where you can taste life, kind of like the poison oak run in - wouldn't want to repeat it - but wouldn't give it up for the memories it brings.. in the morning the sun was out and you couldn't even tell it had rained (except it washed my mud off of the Yeep!!)






We quickly packed up and headed back down to Oliver so we could move on with the day, grabbed a few caches in nature reserves - absolutely beautiful spots! But think we saw the neatest thing to date.. :)





She was only about 30 meters from us, wish we would have had the radio down a bit. After she walked past we watched her and she had meandered further down the road - she crossed but we couldn't see the baby - she paused checked that no traffic was coming, or threat to the baby and then signaled her to come across - amazing!

After that moment we continued on up our litte road to another reserve and hiked the 2 km into the cache up the incline training hill to find out there was an observatory on the other side - wonders never cease.. lol apparently there are also rattle snakes in the area -but think about that snake bite kit - not sure how well bear spray will work on them.. lol - oh well what we don't' think about can't hurt us..

We found yet another benchmark on the trip, must get waymarking caught up soon.. running behind on that.. lol still haven't finished the cali trip.. signed some amazing logs - got to wear my hat! We grabbed a few more with one goal in mind.. to get to 450 by the end of the day.. We managed to claim the cacheless by-pass mid-way point. Of course had to try both attempts at it, as we had figured that we couldn't make it the first time when we found snow - not realizing it was only 180 meters of it - and couldn't' have won the battle. Funny this cache was supposed to have been our 2nd one - and it ends up marking our 450th.. And it was still a bit of a tension getter - we had seen a bear only about 300 meters down the road - so we made this one as quick as possible.. lol

An amazing trip - but I know you're bored now and as we know I can type for hours - so will leave you with a thought - as I raise my glass of batteries and cheer to my view on life - it isn't for all and that is good - but for me without challenge in all aspects, physical, intellectual, personal life is not worth living - and to stand outside the fire - I am incapable..



Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A poker run, 4 kids and poison oak - but all worth it!

June 8, 2008
Slideshow for the Day
I think the title about sums it up - It was an awesome time! We had been on the waiting list for the Poker Run and had figued we wouldn't be able to get in, however on Friday Morning we got a message asking if we still wanted to come, as they had a last mintue cancellation. We quickly grabbed it up and were all set for the day!
We started by getting 4 of the kids up bright and early at 6 AM so we could be in Chilliwack on time - boy were they excited - not - lol but the promise of pancakes worked for them. We then made our way out to Chilliwack, after spending the $180 on gas - headed for the starting point. Made it there and got seated and tried to order breakfast. I have always liked that Pantry, but I don't think the waitres was ready for 40 hungry cachers first thing on a Sunday Morning - the kids got their food - so that was a good thing.
We put in our coin for the bound (thank you to the Turbo's for bringing them) and got our instructions and headed out towards the first cache. Now keep in mind we hadn't updated the Chilliwack query in quite some time, about 3 months.. so we then went to go get the first poker cache - succeeded, and thought we'd stop to grab a couple of the Chilliwack caches - but to no avail can't find them, gps is jumping all over the place and the muggles are circling in .. lol can't find the caches - (Now that we get home we realize that ohhh they're archived)
We follow the cache instructions and go from one to the next making our way from Chilliwack through to Abby - all together there were 8 "poker caches" - we also managed to pick up 12 other caches along the way. 2 of them were mystery/puzzle caches that I had worked out months ago - we got to claim them.. yeahhhhhh Felt so good. My favorite all time cache so far is the Music Box Cache from GotLost - many people would think it's not.. but it was my all time - we worked so hard and still feeling the effects of the poison oak..

Here's our log.. First Jordy had tried to follow me to the cache through the first bush whacking way, til we ran into the devils' claw - then when I went up this trail he stayed below - he got the worst from the poison oak, but was wearing shorts..

First - can we add the attribute of the stinging nettles.. lol
Solved the coordinates months ago, but never got to find it as time just didn't work.. so While doing Your Poker Run today.. We pulled up to the park and Kris was very excited as she said we can get one of those puzzle caches!!! Yeah!!
We went up the hill to go down the hill, to try to bushwhack to hit - to figure out that bushwacking through devils clawas and stinging nettles is not a good idea.
Then to find the right trail that Jordy swore was only an animal trail as it was a bit "weedy". Kris volunteered to go up and try to find it - and leave the kids behind. I then (kris) lost my shoe half way up the hill.. (reminds me why I should be wearing hiking boots when we go do these..lol) and couldn't put it on as everywhere there were nettles and it was at a steep slippery part and so I had to walk part way up the hill with one shoe on and one shoe off with my stockings on.. lol
Finally get the shoe back on, to get up to the hill and the find the cache and have to figure out how to get it as it's entrance is covered in stinging nettles.. lol well got it - signed the log (no trading - as wasn't planning on doing this one.. ) then to get the cache back - well managed that but to camo it.. well it was at that point the arm touched the stinging nettles .. lol while trying to retrieve the cammo..
Excellent cache - excellent adventure!

We had left Quinn in the truck with Chandler, who is a legally certified babysitter and old enough.. and figured the two of them would be ok for the 30 minutes. However Quinn decided to be play his stubborn obstinate one and leave of his own accord to come find me - well we lost him for a short while - we did get him back 10 minutes later but has tauht me that he still has a lot of growing up to do and perhaps leaving him wih Chandler is not the best solution as the two of them will always have that mutual stubborness.. lol

But overall the kids had fun which is more then I expected, and we had a blast!! Can't wait til the one next year. We were one card away from winning the poker hand if we would have had one more spade.. oh well.

But thank you to Mike! for a memorable and awesomeistic day!!!

Monday, June 9, 2008

California - Bakersfield - Original Cache



Slideshow of the Trip!


California, where I'm from and Jordy's first time here. Coming over from the coast we made a quick stop in Taft to see the cemetery. Stopped by Mama's house as well - they've done a great job with renovating it. No longer the clapboard siding, but all stucco - considering the other houses in the area

No longer the clapboard siding, but all stucco - considering the other houses in the area it's done quite well. We grabbed one cache in Taft, as it was right outside the cemetery. Nice - most of the cemetery caches we were seeing happened to be "inside" the cemtery - I personally think they should be a no no. We did one, and it was almost midnight and just felt wrong (either that or my nerves got the better part of me)
We hit Bakersfield and found a hotel, which was right beside the local mini-golf, and met up with Kameron and his friend Justine. Very nice girl - took them out for dinner. Couldn't believe he would be graduating. The ceremonies were done so well, and it was a very teary eyed moment for me.

He looks great, I look like a chipmunk still.. lol

We took him out for some games on Thursday after the ceremonies and he choose some pizza place - one where you pay like $30 for a bunch of tokens for which on th games you get tickets - and with those tickets you get a 39 cent prize.. lol It' what he wanted so was happy to oblige him being a kid. With our tickets we redeemed them for a 4x4 toy van - which we turned in a TB - calling it Kameron's Grad Travel Bug! We released it a few days later on our way up the coast at a perfect spot - called Sunset Boulders.

Funny I don't miss being there at all - the beaches yes, and it's so hard to think back and know of all the time I missed with him growing up - 16 years later he's turned out to be an amazing young man, graduated now and ready to take on the world. I hope that everything we've done to raise him will work and he can fufill all his dreams - once he realizes what those are.

We left on Thursday later afternoon and made our way up to Lodi, (of course for a TB goal) and then over to Santa Rosa - out of all the things to that point 2 stick out in our mind as being the most interesting - 1 was a McDonals of all possible points of interest - why .. well a pig in the sign? Still have to figure this out..

Second favorite all time sight was of course... drum roll please!


We were too late for a tour, but next round we must!

We stayed at Santa Rosa, opted not to go caching in town that night as in the 30 minutes it took to go from the hotel to the store and back to the hotel we saw 17 police cars, 3 surrounding 3 kids sitting in a park.. thought searching for plastic tupperware by flashlight might be not the right choice that night.. lol Don't mind being questioned by the Hope Police, or even some of the coastal towns..

We got up the next morning and made our way through the Napa area again and headed back to the coast. Picking up a few of the caches along the way that we missed the first time through and then got to the coast about an hour later. We saw the neatest artistic renditions of cows, dogs and fishermen! (see the slideshow - pics about 2/3 of the way through)

We worked our way up the coast spending that day as a full caching day with no agenda other then to cache - we got in total 25! and were very excited. We simply went from cache to cache to cache. We kept running into caches signed by HwyGuy from langley.. lol and he had been the last one to sign. Figure that some people will think we were travelling together if they ever check - not the case but a strange twist of fate.

We picked up 2 coins along the way - 1 was "unnecessary bushwhacking" - I think her legs so resembled this by the end of the two days - but it was necessary as some had no trails.. lol and another one that was called "TB get out of jail" modelled after monopoly - was awesome so fitting. We used the TB get out of jail to free a Shrek TB later in the trip.

We visited some amazing beaches and sights that day! Only down side was Jordy got bitten by a tick on his chest. He's been tested for Lyme disease - as shortly after getting home he felt "flu like symptoms" so far he seems to be recovering.. lol But taught us a fe valuable lessons.

We got great pics, visited Glass Beach and some of the redwood areas such as the Chandler tree (a tree you can drive through) - one of our favorite pictures is this one - it's of DEAD SOUL - we kept trying to turn him to the good side!


We made it up to Crescent City that night - and knew our free time would soon be over - we never made it up to the Oregon Coast this time - shows you how quick the time goes when your caching your way through it. We never thought we would enjoy spending the entire week together, not one issue - what a shock.. lol Can we go back again. We've decided for the 2 weeks that we're taking in August that we're going to take the kids down to the Oregon coast and have a seaside family holiday! (they can stay at the beach and we go cache he he).

On our way back home we knew that we had to get to cache #399 before we headed home as we were going to be claiming the original stash and needed that to be #400..(gotta be a milestone if we're going to this much work) Towards the last 1 or 2 we met a fellow caching family and they donated the TB they were carrying to the cause - Belly Can a very cute Pelican.. and we gave them Padi our water guy. The kids were happy for the trade.

We then put on some quick and hasty miles as it was about 11 AM and we were still in Cali on the coast and had to get home to Van and hit the original cache outside of Oregon. We did get to the original stash. After exploring every country road that was near it up - down - around - sideways.. lol We finally get to where my coordinates tell us we should be and that it's like 5 meters and we just go - it can't be here.. not realizing it was right on the ground. We had always pictured it to be on a pedestal.. lol

In true turtle fashion our TB tour group pays homage!

After the anti-climatic moment we pack up and head home to get there at 2:30 in the morning to get up and go to work at 6:30.. tired but every moment worth it.. :)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

California - Woodstock - Bakersfield



SLIDESHOW OF THE DAY

The slideshow is of the entire trip after Woodstock, but breaking up the adventure story into two parts. We still had Kameron's graduation to make, Bakersfield was the goal by Tuesday night.
We got back to the hotel after the geocoin event on Saturday -and tired - don't even think that begins to describe how we felt. And knowing we'd paid for an overpriced hotel room, due to being the last one in town - oh well it's all part of the adventure.
We were staying in Yuba, and should have checked the local caches as we missed out on the opportunity to get one of the oldest unarchived caches out there (100 oldest caches) - guess we should do a bit more research on the area's we are at - but then again if we researched everything it would take out part of our fun.
We got up and hastilly left Yuba, at 11 Am (I don't think we've ever made it out of a hotel prior to that.. lol) and headed towards Napa Valley - that was on our agenda for the day - and our end goal was the other side of San Francisco. I've driven this route dozens of time and can always gauge the time well - however when you throw caching into the equation - totally shoots any version of a time schedule down the drain.. lol
We left with the new TB group in hand and headed over on the 20 - was supposed to give us a direct route over to Napa, however we didn't have the GPS on - and were so busy enjoying being tourists we completly missed the turn off at Colusa - even though it had signs to go that way - oh well it's all part of the adventure - eventually we did notice it - however we got to experience vultures, bumble bees, fields of Dill and a few other really cool sights we would have missed if we'd gone where we were supposed to..
We did turn around after about 40 minutes and made our way back through Colusa, but got side tracked when we saw the Casino sign - there was a TB with a Casino mission.. we must follow that TB!.. lol so we wandered up the road and just when we figured we were lost we found it - a brand newly renovated Casino.. we took the pictures and moved on down the road towards Napa - Jordy and I were both in Cache withdrawal at this time so we turned on the GPS and counted down the kilometers to the nearst one - 70 - 60 - 50 -40 all the while going through the twisty windy country roads.. so beautiful!
We drove through some of the little towns in the valley, saw the wineries - never quite made it in for any tastings though - that would cut into the caching time, but then again on average we only got to about 12-15 caches a day. Loved the Cowpoke Cafe that we drove by, and almost magnolia like tree covered lanes.. we also go to drive by what would be the best caches in the world.. he he It was sad at how many caches would couldn't grab because we just didn't have time.
PERFECT CACHE CONTAINERS!
In the Napa area - pretty much all the cache containers we saw were "traditional" in the sense, it could have been the caches we were doing, but nothing stuck out in our head that made us go.. hmmm I wanna take that idea home. They were fun - and helped us see the scenery - but then again it helped us get the caches.. lol
One Cache we started to get but decided not to, as when we turned the corner there were a few tents under the bridges - it was a beautiful bridge, was over 100 years old - and it was a disapointment not to find it - but figure it was better to keep the cache safe.
As 5 oclock approached on the first day we were nearing the end of our query and had to make to the other side of Frisco by hotel time so we needed to put some mileage on quick as that was still about a 4-5 hour drive ahead, but we still had to find some more caches.. lol We found some big comfy chairs!


Of Course there is a cache in this picture.. lol how could someone pass this opportunity up! We then headed over the Golden Gate Bridge - but missed the opportunity to turn off so that we could take a few pictures of Jordy and the TB's there - we got some cool ones while driving over it -Jordy knew we were close as all of a sudden he saw 'fog' and said - oh the Golden Gate Bridge must be near.. lol

It's funny - San Francisco and the 'core' area is kid of neat - but that whole section from San Fran - Monterey on the 101 just sucks - Silicon valley and everything is just another bunch of buildings - we moved through it as quick as we could so we could finally find a hotel at about 11 pm.. We had the goal of the beach - Jordy's first California Beach in the morning - and what a beautiful place to start..

I must say we did enjoy the Cache placers of Monterey they were very creative, fun to get and took us to great places - so we offer up our Kudo's to them! On the way there we drove by some neat sights - one of our favorites is a Mural that we saw.

We were just trying to get from the 101 to the 1 and came through this - so neat! Both sides are like this - they even have a fake fruit vendor as well on the corner. Finally over the horizon the ocean appears and so do the dunes.. we can smell the salt air and feel the warmth of the sun!

We did stop and the first "beach" area so that Jordy could feel the sand between his toes - and I was in heaven it's been a few years since I've been back - and I so miss it. At Monterey he got to see his first Gekko and first sprinkler cache.. he he all in one 5 minute span. He loved both! We grabbed the cache then went back along the pier to enjoy the boardwalk and find a few other caches - we did find and enjoy both and got a side show as well!


Love it! - Everywhere we turned there were more Sealions - we continued on down the coast exploring so many nooks and crannies and stopping at one point with a blanket at the top of a peak and sitting there with a good cold bottle of bud enjoying the serenity - (would have been wine but we had none) everywhere we went it was so beautiful and just like this. We made so many stops along the way until we got to Big Sur. We then stopped for dinner and had a really good bottle of wine - rooms there were a bit over our price tag - so after dinner we got back on the road and booted it down to San Simeon.

Well this was the end of day 2 and we had one more semi-day to play - and that was this beautiful area that I call home - or well used to when I was 6 months old anyway - some people refer to as Hearst Castle area, but there is also Pismo Beach, Elephant Seal Beach and so much more to the area. We did let Jordy go up to the parking lot and see Hearst Castle from a distance - but we were more interested in the caches and beach - and the gekko's he kept finding.. lol Gekos Everywhere! I could tell you about the sights - but you're better off simply viewing the slide show.

Then our last stop before the jet to Bakersfield was in Cambria - It was called Nitt Witt Ridge.. a very interesting story behind it.



The following is from Wikipedia, I wish we had known about before- would love to arranged for a tour - but another amazing example of where geocaching will take you!

Nitt Witt Ridge is a house on two-and-a-half-acres in Cambria, California, located at 881 Hillcrest Dr, Cambria Pines. Artist/recluse Arthur "Art" Harold Beal (d. 1992) bought his hillside lot in 1928, and spent most of the next 50 years carving out the terraces with only a pick and shovel, and creating his own "castle on a hill."
Arthur Harold Beal is known as Der Tinkerpaw or Captain Nitt Witt. Beal was garbage collector for the town of Cambria in the 1940s and '50s, and made good use of what Cambrians were throwing away, as well as the natural materials on the property, in the nearby pine forests, and on the area's beaches. Some parts are also reportedly remnants from Hearst Castle where he reportedly worked for a time. Other common building materials are beer cans, abalone shells, and concrete. There are also washer drums, car rims, tile, car parts, and old stoves.
After Art died in 1992 at the age of 96, his ashes were spread around his favorite redwood on Nitt Witt Ridge. The house still is full of knicknacks and architectural uniqueness, despite the deterioration and ransacking it suffered after Art's death.
In 1999 Michael and Stacey O'Malley became the owners of Nitt Witt Ridge. They have repaired some of the house and cleaned up the gardens. Their enthusiasm for Nitt Witt Ridge is apparent in Michael's guided tours of the property. Tours are available by reservation only and include a four-minute video. For information call the O'Malleys at 805-927-2690.
Nitt Witt Ridge is California Historical Landmark No. 939. It is considered a thematic landmark, in connection with the Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments [1]. The plaque reads:
Nitt Witt Ridge, one of California's remarkable twentieth-century folk-art environments, is the creation of Arthur Harold Beal (Der Tinkerpaw, or Capt. Nitt Witt), a Cambria Pines pioneer who sculpted the land using hand tools and indigenous materials, inventiveness and self-taught skills. A blend of native materials and contemporary elements, impressive in its sheer mass and meticulous placement, it is a revealing memorial to Art's cosmic humor and zest for life. California Registered Historical Landmark No. 939. Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation for saving and preserving arts and cultural environments with the Art Beal Foundation, non-profit and educational corporation. June 26, 1986.

We then booted to to Bakersfield to meet up with Kameron and his friend Justine for dinner. Was so nice that he brought a girl - hope that someday his life balances out for him.


Friday, June 6, 2008

Woodstock!

Slide Show for the Day!
Ok - amazing is all we can say- we ended up there as a matter of fluke and fate.. All due to a little TB - here's the story of the TB and us -
Discovered at GWVI - was so very cool to be there!However he is part of the reason we were there to begin with - so we had to try to hunt him down.
While on our first geocaching trip we found one of his brothers, (up until today thout it was him) we never knew to take the tag number and discover him - when we got home after our first trip (3 days, 1200 kilometers and 22 finds) we went to see what he was, then apparently went meandering through his fellow brothers and put him on our watch list so we could find him again later.
Well a watch list note came in saying he'd been picked up by geocachers who are friends and live close to us - we figured they'd drop him in a cache near us - no they released him in Tacoma.(on the way to geowoodstock)
Well we had planned on coming this way as of Saturday morning (California - for Kameron's graduation) so figured we'd pick him up on our way here. Well Friday morning we get another message saying he was picked up and being taken to Geowoodstock by another cacher.
Well now its 10 am on friday morning Kris calls up Jordy and says honey want to have a road trip - so together we make the decision to leave after work from Vancouver BC to drive to Geowoodstock in the hunt for the TB that escaped us. So we drive the 13.5 hours straight overnight with no sleep to get here - we manage to be lucky enough to find a hotel.
We shower, change and head to our final coordinates to enjoy our first mega event - but still wondering how do we find this one TB.
We get to the TB trading area and Jordy almost passes out from the excitement and vibe of hundreds of TB's in front of him - but he can't have them all.. lol
We were talking to one of the people manning it - and turns out he was the one who picked up the TB in Tacoma and helped us find it.. :)
However we look at each other realizing this is not the TB from Kamloops .. lol so now we have to go find him..
But thanks to your TB we had the trip of a lifetime to Geowoodstock - funny how fate works isn't it!
Well it was the start to an amazing 1 week trip, Woodstock made Cache #300 and the original Cache #400 - how much better can you get.
Woodstock was great - beyond our wildest dreams.. and we were amazed and how many fellow Cacher's were there - Graf, Beanz, Huggy Family, Turbo's, Canadian Bacon, MSBrain & Pinky, GoalieGirl38 and many others. The last month really opened our eyes to the neatness of Events. Both Jordy and I have always struggled to 'fit in' as we're not the run of the mill crowd - we couldn't care less about TV or other such nonsensical stuff - we'd rather be in the great outdoors - well we love the people we've met through geocaching and realize that there are others out there like us - those who get excited about plastic tupperware, are down to earth and enjoy a good challenge.. :)
We also got to meet Mountain man as well - which was just strange timing, we were standing in line for food and someone said high mountain man - we said the mountain man and he said yes - we introduced ourselves and he said that he had heard we made it down..
We explored the Cache site thoroughly taking in all the opportunities, using a metal detector for coins (he he kris could have gotten addicted) and then did the poker run which was cool! We got to run all around town looking for tupperware boxes - however Kris (knowing her success when entering in coordinates) at one time had us out in the middle of a farmers field.. lol (read our first multi cache to get the idea) - When Jordy came within 2 inches of a BeeHive in the field unexpectedly he took over and double checked and led them out of there.. lol
We were dead tired - if not would have claimed more caches that day - but then again there wasn't a lot of challenge as you just had to look for the groups of people standing around and stand in line to sign the log - we wonder how many of the caches are still safe - hoping most of them made it through safely.
The entertainment was amazing, the atmospher impressive and it all a little overwhelming - you could go through the parking lot and claim about 100 TB Car's.. lol too bad they dont' have their own icon on here.
Almost lost Jordy at the TB exchange he was drooling over them choices - still can't convince him to give up Beastman though and no one has asked for him to move on - so we'll indulge him a bit longer with the obsession - and the TB pictures we took - amazing. I have to build a seperate TB slideshow on here when I get a change. Tonight (5 days later) finally finished loading the TB pictures onto their own pages - still have to do the cache photos, the waymarking and the next set of blogs.
We dropped/exchanged all of our TB's - then Jordy sat around at the end waiting for the chance to grab more.. lol like a vulture in wait.. they all didn't get picked up so we got to grab 4 more in total between the two of us and our TB Tour group went up to 10.. and they all had a great trip - we actually helped many of them with their goals and were able to release them before coming home to BC..
After Woodstock we made our way over to the geocoin event - wow is all we can say, knew people liked their coins - but didn't realize how much.. neither did the hotel - they figured sure geeks with trading coins - the room will be big enough.. lol it wasn't by the end I think over 342 teams were there, so that probably makes it 500 people.. all trading and wheeling and dealing to get the latest coin - some people make lists of their coins and give those to people so you can "discover them" but in the end that didn't seem right - to take sheets of paper and use those numbers - we like the beauty of 'discovering it" that proud one that people carry around.. or in a cache.. to simply sit there and plunk in 150 coin codes to have the icons kind of would be like discovering TB's at the TB exchange.. but it was still a cool experience!
While we were standing there we did receive an awesome gift from the Turbo's and Beanz - a coin.. the one they had made marking this trip.. we so appreciate that - and it's gotten great use..
Wish we coudl have gotten a "BC geocachers" picture.. but alas it didn't happen - perhaps next year in Tennessee - So who all is going?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Tulameen - Keremeos - May Long Weekend



Slide Show for the Weekend!

This is of course a little overdue, seeming that we've gotten back from that trip and attended Woodstock in Cali!

But have to share a few of the key points
1. If every time you go towards snow and in it you get stuck, know if you choose not to turn around when you hit snow you will get stuck!



We had a great time, we let the boys claim the trestle cache, down by the tunnel in Tulameen - and learned lesson #2.

2. If waters are very very high and you don't want to have to feed and water children any more send them out after a cache!


All the kids managed to survive the weekend and we got one of the caches we were after. There was a cache at Red Bridge lake, it's called Reb Bridge. It's the cache we tried to get a few weeks ago and didn't manage to because of the snow. This time we did manage to claim this one.. such a fun trip! We ran accross a few people on the way up that said you couldn't get to the lake as there was a part of the road that was "ice" - well we made it past there with no problem. And claimed the cache that hasn't been seen since last year!

Unfortunately while we were up here we missed High Maintenance and Puddle Duck 21 who had not only solved Kris's puzzle cache that had been released on Friday (amazed at the speed.. lol) they then made a trip up to Tulameen to see just how many of the 4 caches that had been published the week before they could claim a first to find on .. they got 1 out of 4 - not bad but apparently they had a blast in the process!

We are truly honored that they went to that much work - can't wait to get back to the job of placing caches again so we can give them a bit more fun - let's just see how hard we can make them this round. They also left us some goodies so we can place new caches.. don't worry they'll be used soon - very soon we just have to wait to get to our next "target" he he..

Mountainsideman also claimed a few of our new caches - and he's got the 4x4 coin - we know he'll get it to an awesome place! Perhaps we'll have to venture to where he puts it so we can claim the cache.. he he

The next day we headed back into Tulameen with 1 goal - to claim a multi-cache that hadn't been seen in 3 years - well we followed each step and it was such a neat idea - the way they put the coordinates - would never have even realized that's what they were for if we hadn't been on the hunt - thankful for hints! Took us out to the area of Osprey Lake in the end and about an hour and 15 minutes - but well worth it - we claimed 2 other caches that were out there.. :)

So if you're in Princeton follow that multi-cache and set aside the time to do it! we highly reccomend it. We're hoping to do the other multi-cache in Princeton in the very near future.. :)

Then for the last day we had a few great experiences - sans caching..



The Great Tulameen Cow Chase

And this is why we don't let the children out much.. lol

Ok - that's the quick highlight - perhaps I'll have time to add more later but at least this is up.. lol

now to go post all those TB pictures and finish our caching journey and try to write the blogs for that..