Sunday, November 27, 2005

Windy Hunt

I got out today to locate some caches and the weather turned bad on me before I could get much accomplished. It kept looking like it was going to rain, but the big problem turned out to be high winds. When I got home and checked the National Weather Service website, it showed the wind at 37 gusting to 55. Had some severe weather in the area and a tornado watch. Weird for late November !

I was able to grab a couple of caches before it got too bad, though. The first was "Hidden Park II". This one required a bit of a walk, but I was rewarded with a nice view of the Arkansas River. The cache was well hidden but after searching a bit, I located it. I took nothing and left nothing, but signed the log.

My next find was "End of the Road #12". This was a nice park and grab cache. I signed the log, took a bouncy ball and left a keychain multi-tool.

I checked a couple of other caches, but there were too many people around to locate the caches. About that time the wind picked up and the dirt started blowing, so I called it a day. I logged 51 miles in one hour and 34 minutes.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Post Thanksgiving Hunt

Rather than sit around watching college ball, I decided to get out a find some caches today. I started of with one close to home. It is called "Guiding Light". It was relatively easy as it is located somewhere I have spent lots of time...R.L. Jones Airport. Took a photo of the virtual cache.

The second cache I went for was "Tiny Coin Cache". It is a real cache in that you take something from the cache and leave something behind. I enjoyed this cache as I collect coins. Plus, the view from the cache location was great. It overlooks the Arkansas River. I took several nice photos of the river while I was there.

My next cache today was "Something Smells Fishy" I was not able to look for the cache as there were too many witnesses hanging around the area.

Off I went to locate "Stumped". It was located in a wooded area and required a bit of hiking and bush whacking. It was in a neat, secluded location that took some work to locate. I've included a photo of my GPS at the cache.

Next was "S.E.G. Geoscience Center Cache". It was well hidden and required some walking in the woods. The cache was a bit damp in the ammo can but someone had placed a fresh log. I took a "Travel Bug" and left a 1953 Canadian 5 cent piece.

I then hit the road to find "Bixby Cache #4". I had hoped to be the first to find this one as it was just placed yesterday. After a short search I located it. It had been found earlier in the day by another geocacher. I signed the log and headed out to my next cache.

My next cache for the day was "Oklahoma Lighthouse #7". It was a virtual cache but neat to visit as I didn't know it even existed. See the photo. It is a silo that was transformed into a lighthouse.

My last cashe for the day was "911". It is a memorial dedicated to 09/11/2001. It is a I beam from one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Again, I didn't know this existed so I was very pleased to find it. All in all a great day out geocaching. I ended up logging 34.96 miles over one hour and seven minutes.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

My first day geocashing 11/23/2005

Well, I decided to "officially" start geocashing today. My first find was "Bipolar". I had gone to lunch with my boss and had some BBQ. After we finished up, I hit the cache that was located in the parking lot where we ate. Unfortunately, there was a police car parked right on top of where I thought the cache would be located. No problem, I just returned after work. It was an eash find for a micro cache. I signed the log and returned it to it's hiding spot.

On the way home, I hit a virtual cache by the name of "Oklahoma Lighthouse #3". I've driven by this a thousand times and never stopped to take a close up look at it. It was nice to see the detail on the lighthouse.

My last stop for the evening was "Train Trex #9". It is a couple of train passenger cars located in Jenk, OK of the main road. Again, they are something that I have driven by many times without taking the time to stop and look. They had beautiful paintings on the windows of the cars that I had never seen from the road. I took a photo of the paintings.

Had a blast for my first day and found all the caches I was looking for so I'm happy.