Geocaching Like a Pirate? Confessions of a techo-geek-multitasker….

30 04 2009

OK, just when you think Facebook can’t get more entertaining, they put an option on there to have the site translated into Pirate English! If you have an account, click on the lower left “English” and choose the Pirate beta… been laughing out loud at the results!

I must confess that I’m guilty of spending too much time there and not enough geocaching, but I’m determined to get my priorities in order now, and get RE-obsessed by our TRUE calling, o fellow logbook seekers! Avast ye all! er….. um… I can actually do both at once, since I can access Facebook AND Twitter with my iPhone.

I’m doomed.

Doomed to have WAY too much fun in life, that is!

Speaking of fun, my poison oak rash is STILL healing and itchy. I’ve experimented with all of the remedies, and found that regular calamine – with the zinc oxide – was the most soothing, alternated with over-the-counter cortisone cream. I used some Zanfel two weeks after the fact, and that still helped ease the symptoms. I will definitely reach for THAT first, next time. The oral steroids had some effect in stopping the spreading of the rash, but didn’t do much to reverse it. I might insist on a shot next time, being a recommendation from a fellow sufferer. I picked up a bottle of Ivy Block lotion, per Pacholik, and will test that out in the field… later… and also learned about Rhus Tox, a preventative homeopathic that I will most certainly investigate as well. Whew!

This week’s feature caching adventure: Garden of the Gods, adjacent to Colorado Springs, where one of my cousins conveniently lives. A visit to him a couple of years ago brought me my very first Earthcache, and I nabbed three more in the vicinity this time:

Garden of the Gods – The Three Graces
Garden of the Gods – Sentinel Rock
Balanced Rock

At the Garden of the Gods:

I give the balanced rock an adjustment:

I inspect The Three Graces:

Quasi bonsai wind-cut island:

These were four other caches I visited while in Colorado:
Wind Beneathe My……. cool windmill collection
Caching Critters-Dangling Dragonfly the closest unfound to my cousin’s house
RIP Cub’s – The Sequel quick light pole find while my cousin put gas in his car
The plot of time by the clock in Manitou Springs

I attempted to get to the top of Pike’s Peak, but the road was closed and the train tracks were blocked by snow near the summit, but my cousin and I took the train anyway and got up to 13,360 ft. Here are a few photos and a couple of videos of the cacheless excursion. More can be found on my Flickr page!

We headed up there:

We got this high up:

We saw a bighorn sheep:

The sky was very blue up there:

A little bit about the cog train:

The tracks had to be cleared through several feet of snow!

Until next week… happy rashless cacheFUL caching!

Geocaching Colorado Style!!

25 04 2009

I got to sing a concert with Sixth Wave in Greeley, Colorado, this week, at the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival, and I’m two days late in posting, because the hotel’s internet connection was down. Sheesh. The town also offers several late-night very loud train whistles and a remarkable pungency in the air from the local cattle industry! Wow….


I met up with some local cachers in the morning. We started out with a superlative home-cooked Mexican breakfast at Hope Mexican restaurant. There’s nothing like a meal cooked with love, and the couple that run the place really love what they do.

Here is my posse for the day:
Queen Zelda


Team Laxon

Queen Zelda was really excited to be the new keeper of the world’s weirdest travel bug, Uncle Elwyn!
Uncle Elwyn (Travel Bug Dog Tag)

We cached around the town for a baker’s dozen of finds:

The Curious Testamentary Trust of Cecil Walsh 05 – This series comes with a whole novel on the cache pages! I’ll have to actually read them all sometime….
First Try
Queen’s Cache
Cache Xing
85/34 Travel bug/Geocoin Hotel
Mondo’s On Every Corner #16
Drainage #1
Welcome To The Home Of mcminks
UNC #3-Hopper Sprout #1
UNC #5-Welcome To West Campus
Ivy League
I Like the Bears
UNC #4-Put me in Coach

Cache Auto:

Scenic Drainage:

Scenic L.P.:

Human GPSr, aka Team Laxon:

The piéce de resistance was the 4th one on that list, and I, not having a change of shoes and a performance to that night (!), got to be the official videographer and shot the following sequence to document the craziness:

We celebrated after all this hard work with a great lunch. I had corn & clam chowder with deep fried pickles. Oh yeah.

The Colorado adventures continue in next week’s blog with a trip up Pike’s Peak! Until then… cache on….

Cat Scratch Fever? NO! Poison Oak!

16 04 2009

Oh, woe is me! I just got my first case of the dreaded p.o. and my luxurious lack of reaction to the stuff is over. Wow. When it first appeared, I thought it was a cat scratch. Was I ever wrong! This is one nasty, itchy, painful rash, and I never want to get it again. I encourage ALL cachers to review information on it (or poison ivy, if that’s what’s in your area).

Know what it looks like in all seasons and where it is likely to grow.

It’s sometimes hard to tell where it will manifest, but never plant a cache in or near it, and post warnings if you notice it near one or on a trail to one.

I’ve got it all over my arms and starting on my face – ew – and got a couple of photos in the doctor’s office as I waited to get a prescription for Prednisone. My case is fairly mild, too… I know f0t0m0m got it on half his body and face last go around…. Horrors!




Feel free to comment with your thoughts, experiences, and suggestions about poison oak/ivy – and may you NEVER get it!

Oh, and here is my token cache find in Washington D.C. today. It’s the closest one to my hotel, and I least wanted to grab one, wishing I had time for more and to see more sights in the city. I’m opting to rest up for my performance tonight, though, and to write this for y’all…
Manifest Destiny

Some NICE photos of DC on a perfect spring day:

And one of Mt. Shasta from my parents’ house.
I was up there for their 51st anniversary party, and had time for one cache in Medford, OR, near the Harry and David:
Here’s to You,PEANUTHEAD!

Until next week…. happy, rashless caching!

More Geocaching with my iPhone – nice software update!

9 04 2009

Here is a series of videos I did the other day to show you some new feature in the iPhone Geocaching app – maps and field notes are really marvelous now!

New Mapping in the App:

Driving with the map:

Using the compass:

At a cache, looking around:

Next cache:

Second waypoint, and creating my field note:

Submitting the field note:

Accessing in Safari on my iPhone to complete the logging in:

The field notes are on the profile page, not the cache page:

The field note is posted:

Cache found and logged in, in the wild, all on my iPhone:

Blooming bushes and bees:

Burger time!

Happy techno caching!

A Little Adventure in Big Bear

2 04 2009

Big Bear Lake is nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains above and to the south of San Bernardino. It’s one of several lakes in the region, including Lake Arrowhead and Lake Gregory, and each affords it own unique mountain splendor and scenery. It’s an obviously favorite getaway for city dwellers, yet during the week and in the off season, the roads are empty and the B&Bs run specials to fill their vacancies. I took advantage of one at my favorite B&B, and got in a couple days of cruising and caching in the fresh, clear air.


It takes about two and a half hours to get there from my house in Northridge. It is easily possible to go skiing up there in the morning and head down to Malibu for surfing in the afternoon, if one is so inclined. I’m not that ambitious nor athletic, and I’m recovering from a lingering sinus infection, so I stuck to driving and light walking this time.

My first official stop was for the cache here. I had chains with me, but didn’t need them after all.
Caching 4 the Numbers #9

This is the last of the snow in the parking lot at the B&B:

I highly recommend the Alpenhorn B&B:

Breakfast includes their signature creamy oatmeal brûlée, and you are greeted with a hand-drawn doily on your pillow:

Each room has a cozy gas fireplace:

Here’s Boulder Bay, part of Big Bear Lake:

and Lake Arrowhead, from the eastern end:

Flowers are just beginning to come out:

There is a cache down in that parking lot:

The view from the top was typically hazy as I turned my car back toward home:

I was astonished by this sign. I didn’t see any of the traps, though, nor any intended inhabitants!

Here are the rest of the caches I found over the two days. These were on the way up Highway 38:
Don’t Kil-Kare about the Creek
Not a Tuba Garfields anymore
Hwy 38 1994
Pooh’s ThOtfuL SpoT

In the town of Big Bear:
1442 in Big Bear
Boulder Bay

Around Lake Arrowhead:
Ye Old Village Cache
Overlooking Papoose
Lights on the Water/L. Arrowhead

… and these were on the way down Highway 330:
I Can See My House From Here
Call Box Protector
Guarding Another Turnout
Creek Bed Turnout Cache
Belly Ache

It was a pretty uneventful for an “adventure”, but sometimes those are the best. I enjoyed the opportunity to relax and breathe…. until next week…. AAaaahhh….