Saturday, May 27, 2006

GCTCB7 Cheesy Rat

Second find for the day. Talked my Pirates into doing a second geocache as long as we were out. This one looks like it is with a bunch of others up the Santa Fe trail, but it is on the other side of Monument Creek.
GCTCB7 Cheesy Rat Reg 1.0/2.5
Pirate #1MrWitzAbout Pirate #2 #3
Found-It log: May 27, 2006 by WitzAbout
~11:50am Mr.WitzAbout and my 3 pirates.
Started going on the wrong side of the fence. Then we went the right way. Looked around for a minute or 2. Thought I saw something. Pirate #3 zoomed in and confirmed it was the cache.
The over-bag has seen better days.
Pirates took a toy each, for 3 total. Left 3 items: Car, Photo frame, air force keychain & suction-clip.
SL. Thanks for the cache!
Saw a garbage truck pick up a dumpster on the way out for a bit of excitement :)

View of the area

GCV8Z3 Hefe's Hideaway

I felt bad that I was not able to log Deena's Heffalump into a cache in NY. Even though on it's first travel, it got all the way to where it wanted to go! :)
So I had to put the Heffalump into a cache - and what better than another cache from the same team that owns the Heffalump. :) I packed up the pirates and headed out to this cache. Okay, I got confused on which cache I was going to at first. I had driven behind CompUSA and thought it was that one. I checked the GC-ID on my palm, and found I'd gotten caches mixed up. Then I remembered, this one was behind the Albertsons/Game Crazy/Juns mall. So we drove down, and was glad to find parking in back as I saw on Google maps. The dumpster was a little stinky, but we were not that close. I can just imagine the Pirates reminiscing: 'yeah, my dad used to take me down stinky alleys behind shopping centers' :) :) . I was a little nervous when I truck pulled up as we were returning to the car. I was afraid I was parked in the way of turning around. But the truck seemed find, backing up to a loading dock without needing to come very near to my car.
GCV8Z3 Hefe's Hideaway Reg 1.5/1.5
MrWitzAbout Pirate #1 #2 #3
Found-It log: May 27, 2006 by WitzAbout
11:23am Mr.WitzAbout and my 3 pirates.
Parked behind the shopping center. At first the GPSr was pointing down the cliffs, and I was worried.
Followed a trail, and found the cache without much trouble.
The pirates picked 1 toy each, for 3. Put in 4 items: Kodak hotwheels car, picture frame, large blue die and superball.
Also left TB Deena's Heffalump. I got the TB all the way to Central Park in NYC as it wanted - but I could not find any place in NY to put the TB. So it came back here. I thought it somehow appropriate to put it in a different cache by the same owner as the TB :)
Thanks for the Cache!

4 Items for the Cache

Friday, May 19, 2006

GCT81X Light Saber (the 3rd)

After finally finding a cache this day, and going to my school reunion, I got back to the computer to read that the bomb squad had been called out to this one of my caches. I diabled the cache. Not a fun thing.
GCT81X Light Saber (the 3rd) Small 1.5/1.5
Disabled log: May 19, 2006 by WitzAbout
Will check when I get back in town

GCF17B Top of the loop

After being 0/5 for the area and 0/7 for New York, I finally found a cache! It was raining, but I was determined. There was a hole in the rain around the cache. The satellites were giving me trouble in this area - headed one way, then it would say: hey, it is 150 feet the other way! I waited 5 minutes for another satellite to come into view, and finally got to the right area. I would say this is a small, not a regular - as there was barely enough room for 1 of the 2 travelbugs I had with me. I wound up taking the second travelbug back with me to Colorado. But I was so glad to finally find a cache in New York. I would have put money on finding a whole bunch more. I will have to make sure to always have the hints with me from now on :)
GCF17B Top of the loop Reg 1.5/1.5
Found-It log: May 19, 2006 by WitzAbout
Finally found a cache in NY!
After striking out for days, I finally found a cache.
Left Dexter Dog TB who wants to go to Hershey.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

GCGZ10 Bear Mountian Number 3

I tried to do this one from the road. I bushwacked up a steep mountainside and found the trail. I spent a bunch of time bouncing all around the coordinates without luck. If I'd had the hint with me, I'd have had a better chance.
GCGZ10 Bear Mountian Number 3 Reg 2.0/2.0
Posted note: May 18, 2006 by WitzAbout
Could not find this cache - did not have the hint with me :(

GC238E Stony Point Battlefield

The area was interesting and the lighthouse was pretty neat. Frustraiting not to be able to find another cache - 0/3 for the day, 0/4 for the area. Took some looking to find a way down that did not say do-not-cross. Wound up coming back past some of those signs.
GC238E Stony Point Battlefield Reg 2.0/2.5
Wrote note: May 18, 2006 by WitzAbout
Could not find the cache. Spent more than 30 minutes looking. My GPS kept jumping more than 30 feet around the area. I also did not have the hint with me :(
Quick note: the sign on the way in said 1779 not 1776 :)

GCFB9B Silvermine.Overlook

The gnats were horrible trying to get to this cache. That, and it was steeper than I expected - but I guess 2.5 is accurate that way.
GCFB9B Silvermine.Overlook Reg 2.0/2.5
Posted Note: May 18, 2006 by WitzAbout
Checking my notes, this is one I tried back in May but could not find. Did not have the encrypted hint with me. That probably would have made the difference.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

GCGYWV Bear Mountian Number 2

Seems this one can't be done without the written clue. The coordinates are right at the building - but the cache is up the trail according to the hint. I'd tried to look up the hint on my Cell phone, but it would not connect.
GCGYWV Bear Mountian Number 2 Reg 1.5/2.0
Couldn't Find log: May 17, 2006 by WitzAbout
Drove in with hopes of a quick find. I recognized along the driveway that this was the spot where my sister got married. My GPS has been a little crazy lately - and I could not find any sign of a cache. I had a terrible run of bad luck trying to find caches in NY. First in NYC then in this area.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

GCE826 In the Ramble

GCE826 In the Ramble Reg 2.0/1.5
Posted a note: May 16, 2006 by WitzAbout
I spent about 25 minutes looking for this with my step-father. My GPS was going a little crazy in this spot. Most of our searching was over a fence - which made me feel a little nervious if a man in blue were to take sight. But we saw very few people back here - amazingly secluded! But, unluckily, this was strike 2 (of 2) for us today. I had a Travelbug TBQ1FC that wanted to go to Central Park. I got a picture of it at the boat lake, so it did get it's mission complete - but I would have liked to have placed it in a cache in the park. Hope the next person finds it with no trouble. Keep on 'cachin!

GCM90X Lakeside View

When I looked for caches in Central Park to take the Heffalump TB to, I was transported back in time. The spot I found on the lake was what I knew as Birthday Island. When I was a kid, we lived in NYC - and my parents took me to the boat lake and boated over to an 'island' to have my birthday. They even called it 'Birthday Island'. I remember being disappointed for a moment when I realized it was a peninsula. But it was a plesant reminder and neat to return to this for geocaching. Unluckily, we could not find the cache. I think it had gotten affected by the serious rains up to the day before. I am glad to see that it had been found after my attempt - and it is interesting to note that it seems to confound about half the cachers! :) Of course, that suggests it it not a 1.5/1.5
GCM90X Lakeside View Small 1.5/1.5
Couldn't Find log: May 16 by WitzAbout
I took my step-father out for some geocaching since I was visiting the area. I had a travelbug TBQ1FC from Colorado Springs that wanted to see Central Park. I thought it would be great if I could put it in a cache in Central Park. We looked for about 25 minutes. Based on the clue, we were pretty sure the *point* it should be. But we could not find it. We wondered if all the rain may have affected the site. I did get a picture of the TB near the spot, so I wa able to complete the TB's mission that way. I hope I just somehow missed the cache, and that it isn't missing. Good luck - keep on 'caching.

TBQ1FC Deena's Heffalump

TBQ1FC Deena's Heffalump Travelbug
Posted a note log: May 16, 2006 by WitzAbout
I tried to find 2 different caches in Central Park, NYC with no luck: GCM90X GCE826
But I did get a couple of pictures of the Heffalump at the boat lake in Central Park (There was supposed to be a cache right in that area!) (visit link)
I will find a different cache in the general region in the next few days
Keith aka Mr.WitzAbout

Central Park

Heffalump at the Boat Lake

Monday, May 15, 2006

TBG8R8 Dexter Dog

TBG8R8 Dexter Dog Travelbug
Retrieved-it log: May 15, 2006 by WitzAbout
I've had this bug before! :)
Picked this guy up waiting at the airport. Well just outside the airport property at the bug hotel. Only took me 20 minutes extra to get this TB on my way to the airport Monday. He didn't have to wait long, as I saw him dropped in Monday morning (yes, I'm one of the lurking watchers of this TB :) ).
I am now on the East Coast, about 3 hours driving time from Hershey. I will not be able to get him all the way to his destination, but he is much, much closer. I will get him into a cache - probably in NY State, just North of New Jersey in the next few days. :)

GC5E9B Mondo's Bug Hotel

GC5E9B Mondo's Bug Hotel Regular 1.5/1.5
Found-It log: May 15 by WitzAbout
Found this one back on the 15th. I had written a note for it - but just realized I never did a find log for it!
It took me a few minutes to find the cache - my GPSr had me looking on both sides of the road. But even with the time it took to find the cache - it was only 20 extra minutes total to get the TB from this cache.
Mr.WitzAbout alone on my way to the East Coast for a few days.
Picked up Dexter Dog TB - this will get him much closer to his destination of Hershey PA.
To save time, I decided to drive the dirt road. Okay - I have a sedan, so driving up the curb was a bit risky :) I drove past the cache side by about 30 feet, and found what looked like an area that had been parked-in/turned-around-in a few times :)
While I was searching, a truck came barrling over the hill. The driver gave me a bit of a look, but didn't stop. I tried to look innocent. I bet he thought I was looking to water a tree ;-)
It was nice to be able to pick up a travelbug on my way out rather convieniently. Thanks for the cache! Signed log.

GC5E9B Mondo's Bug Hotel

GC5E9B Mondo's Bug Hotel Regular 1.5/1.5
posted a note: May 15 by WitzAbout
Headed east this afternoon - if I'm running on time I'll stop by and grab Dexter Dog - but I probably won't log it officially until late tonight or tomorrow - thanks!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

TBQ1FC Deena's Heffalump

I was going to be in the New York area - just a few blocks from Central Park in just a few days - so how could I pass up taking this Travelbug along?

This is a brand new Travelbug - just created, and put in it's first cache - the same owner for the TB and the cache. And on it's first travel, this TB is going to make it to it's destination! So I asked what does the TB want to do after it reaches its listed goal.

TBQ1FC Deena's Heffalump Travelbug
retrieved-It log: May 14, 2006 by WitzAbout
from Hefe's Travel Bug City
Picked up the Heffalump, seeing as I'm headed in the correct direction.
What does the heffalump want to do after reaching Central Park? :)
I'm headed back east for a school reunion. I was born in Long Island, but lived on the Upper West Side of Manhatten for 10 years as a kid. We would take bike rides in Central Park down to the Sheep Meadow.

GCVEF1 Hefe's Travel Bug City

GCVEF1 Hefe's Travel Bug City Large 1.5/1.5
MrWitzAbout Pirate3
Found-It log: May 14, 2006 by WitzAbout
Found this one today with Pirate #3 - late afternoon. Another cacher stopped by just as I was walking away from my car - nice to see them!
I popped by this cache to pick up a TB that wants to head east - and by luck, I'm heading the right way.
Nice, easy walk. I wasn't sure at first if the cache was hidden under some old signs, but it was nearby.
Very nice cache - very convienient. PLENTY of room!
SL Took TB Heffalump and a necklace. I left a few toys: butterfly, bat, pirate, and 2 large dice. (see picture)
Thanks for the Cache!

Left toys