Geocaching: Close To Home

May 7th, 2009

This cache popped up last summer and we just had to run to grab it. When I say run it was more of a walk, but for the first time we didn’t use a vehicle to get to the cache as it is only 350 feet or
so from our door step.

I have hiked this glen for many years, 30 or so, and know the terrain pretty well. Finding the cache was a bit tricky as there were 8 people playing in the falls as I poked around and made the find.
Stealth was the order of the day and I was able to grab it, sign the log and get it back into hiding without a single person noticing I was even there. This image is from another trip we made to the
glen to find another cache placed the day we found the first one.

Some people have asked me why I didn’t place any hides in this great spot I guess there are 2 main reasons. First, the glen has very steep sides and getting a lock with a GPS is impossible on the best
of days. Second, for 20 years or so it was possible to take a lunch break any day of the week and hike from our house to the glen and never see another person. Placing caches there will draw more people
to return from time to time which may change the "privacy" aspect of one of my favorite places.

The Glen

Up Grade

March 18th, 2009

After a few months with no posting I thought it would be a good time to up grade the software for the blog and it looks like all went well.

Last summer I pulled the ACL tenon in my right knee and the hiking came to an abrupt stop. Now that my knee seems to be working fairly well I am in need of another small operation and that should be done in the next month or so.

I did manage to get some images on our last hike and will post them in a day or 2. I just needed to see if all is working with the up graded site.

Geocaching: The Highs and Lows

July 6th, 2008

One of the most pleasing aspects of living in the Finger Lakes region of NY state is the diverse landscape around the lake areas. One hour you can be hiking on a trail overlooking small towns and hamlets
100’s of feet above them as in this shot:


One hour later you can be hiking along a lake edge looking up at the surrounding hills where you were a short time ago. The lakes offer so many interesting views and also some comical ones as with this


We have reached a point in our caching in this area where in order to find new areas, where there are caches we have not found, we have to do some traveling. With our busy schedules and the price of
gas it takes a lot more preparation than before. That leads to less caching trips and less blog posts about them. My next post will have to do with some of the equipment we use on our caching trips.

Happy hiking.

Geocaching: Back on the Trail

April 29th, 2008

It’s been a while since the last post even though we have done a bit of caching. Sometimes it becomes hard finding anything to write about and other times it boils down to having enough time in the
day to post about our activities.

We did go out this past weekend despite trying to get ready for our first art show of the year. We started by picking up a stray cache we must have over looked on our way to the Dansville, NY area for
a day of hiking and caching.

Our first stop in the Dansville area was at their water reservoir. It was more like a large pond with some easy trails that go around it. Here is a shot of the pond from our second find of the day here:


Dansville Pond

It was a clear day and a nice view of the early season before the trees were all leafed out.

There were four caches we picked to do at the reservoir before we moved on to pick up a few in the town and areas around it. We then decided to try a couple caches in the Stoney Brook State Park. We
have been to this park in the past and the falls and terrain are better suited for the beginning of a day of hiking. So, we chose to do them in the late afternoon adding to the challenge of finding the
caches and getting back to the parking area before the sun went down.

There are several trails there and lots of waterfalls. We chose to do some caches that were off the beaten path and to check out the smaller falls that most hikers and campers miss along the way. This
is a shot of one of the smaller falls:



This falls it very tiny compared to the main attractions of this park but were well worth the hike. From there we went to another cache about .50 miles away on an even more obscure trail. The cache
was pretty easy to find but there were no direct trails and getting there was the fun of the adventure.

On the way back to the parking area we crossed a stone bridge and here is a shot from that bridge:

stone bridge

Right after we crossed the bridge my wife slipped into the creek as we were crossing a smaller section of the same creek and soaked her right foot. We were .75 miles from the car and in that short distance
we had to clime 750 feet of steep trail to get out of the park. These are the times when I wished I had my full pack on complete with dry socks and shoes but of course, we were hiking light. The hike
out was slow as we tried to avoid any blisters from the wet foot wear.

It turned out to be a good day of hiking and neither of us were to sore after taking a few months off from our fun times in the woods.

Slow Caching News

September 15th, 2007

It’s been a few months since I have made a post here about our caching adventures.

With 197 finds we only have 3 more to go to meet our 2007 goal and we have been going out. The main problem is there hasn’t been anything memorable to write about. I could bitch about micros in the woods described as “Small” containers so they aren’t caught in the micro filter or even caches where the cooridinates were off by 90 feet or more on both of our GPS units, but I’ll save those rants for another day.

As soon as we find something worth writting about I’ll take the time to do it. In the mean time, I’m working on a couple of things about our work and spiritual quests.

Geocaching: A New Game

June 25th, 2007

Last year we started this hobby by finding large caches on the scenic trails in and around the Finger Lakes of NY. The views of the gorges, overlooks and trails were just what I needed each week to give me a re-charge knowing nature in it’s glory was still in charge. We did visit some suburban caches on some local trails and even picked up some lamp post micros. That prompted me to set up a filter to delete all micros.

This year, I added the micros back into the pocket queries and removed multi caches and puzzles. Our goal was for exercise and chasing down leaky film canisters 50 feet from the car wasn’t getting it. Spending time entering coordinates for multis and solving puzzles doesn’t fit into the exercise equation either. Since adding back the micros we have found 3 of the tiny nano caches smaller than a dime. The first one was neat.

In order to get the walking in that we wanted, and needed, we have started increasing the amount of caches we go after. Last year 4 caches on the deep woods trails was a days work and usually a 7 mile hike. Last weekend we mixed it up and between the micros and short hikes we grabbed 18 caches in one day and only walked 7 miles. Most of them were in towns and out of the 18 there was one “Rails to Trails” Kodak moment.

rails to trails

With only 23 caches left before we meet our yearly goal the plan is to grab them up early and then go back to the long wooded hikes away from populated areas and take our time enjoying what got us into this hobby to begin with.

Geocaching: Time to Catch Up

June 11th, 2007

I should really be writing about more of what we do besides geocaching as that hobby has taken a back seat to our craft work this year.

That said, we did take this past weekend to do some catch up caching. On 6/9 Saturday morning we were behind our goal of reaching another 100 caches for 2007 by 16 caches. I dug around on GASK and came up with a couple of spots that we could go to find larger numbers with less hiking. We ended up finding 11 on Saturday and another 8 on Sunday to get us back up to speed. On Saturday we worked our way around Keuka lake and picked up some interesting caches including one of those tiny micros the size of a large pencil eraser in the town of Hammondsport.

At the top of that same lake we were hiking on a wide trail along the lake to grab one of Rocky’s caches. As were turned a curve on the trail Bambi was there to great us. He must have been less than a week old based on how wobbly he was as we approached him. I grabbed a quick shot as he moved away. It’s not as clear as I would have liked but we were both moving when I got the camera ready.


Now that we are caught up we plan another outing involving some longer hikes in Sampson state park were the large white deer herd is located. Maybe I’ll be able to get some better shots.

Geocaching: Late Spring Start

April 8th, 2007

After a long Winter of catching up on business we finally got out caching again. I was surprised at how out of shape you can get in 3 months time. We kept our hiking down to a short 7 miles but still got pretty tired and sore by the end of the day.

Hiking in the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York in the Spring can be a bit tricky with the water and mud but we had fun just the same. We started out at the base of Hemlock Lake here:


Hemlock Lake


It’s one of the smaller lakes and is one of the water supplies for Rochester, NY so a permit to hike there is required. We only worked one side of the lake saving the other side for summer when the views will be much more colorful with the leaves and wildlife in action.

This was our last stop and the shot was taken in the middle of many fresh signs of the bear in the area:


Hemlock Lake


Many of the older and dead trees in the area had deep claw marks through the bark from 2 to 4 feet above the ground. Bear claw marks and scat were everywhere. I kept my eyes out but we didn’t get to see any of them on this trip. We have them in our back yard several times a year but have yet to run into them on the trail.

As the weather warms, we plan on as much hiking or more than last year and can’t wait for the plants to green up.

Geocaching: A New Year

January 1st, 2007

As we were sitting back on New Years Eve, an email came in announcing a new cache being approved about 20 miles from home.

It was located in a park where we have hiked before and we didn’t have enough time to go out to get it before the park closed so we decided to get up on New Years day and try for the First To Find (FTF) on the new cache. We had a bunch of work we wanted to catch up on so a run for a single cache was set up and we sat back to ring in the new year.

We got up in the morning and took our time getting ready as it had rained all night and the thought of hiking in the mud slowed us both down a bit. By the time we got ready the sun was coming up and it was a bright, sunny morning, which is unusual for Upstate NY in the winter.

We arrived at the cache site to see a couple of cars in the lot and as we were getting ready, another car pulled in. Our thoughts of being first to find were now past. We started hiking up the path and passed a couple of dog walkers on the way. As we approached the cache location there was no one around so we grabbed it to sign the log just as another cacher was approaching. As it turned out, we were the FTF and the lady cacher we met had driven from Buffalo to get the same prize we were after.

That cache signaled several firsts for us. It was the first cache of the year, the first time we ran into any other cachers while on the hunt and we got the first to find prize which was the Geo Coin pictured below.

Geo Coin

We came back home to get back to work and noticed it was a warm 50 degrees out with bright sunshine. On a normal day, we would have worked, but heck, lets go back out and try to find a few more since we had such nice weather on a January day. We made a quick run to the town of Wayland to find a few caches and as could have been expected, the weather caught up with us and by 2:00 PM we found ourselves walking in a park, in the rain. We did score 4 more finds before we called it a day and returned to the shop.

Geocaching: Year End Lose Ends

December 24th, 2006

With the end of the holiday rush and all of our web site orders filled, we decided to spend a couple of days cleaning up some close by caches and hiding our 4th for the year.
Our hide was scaled back from the original plan in hope there would be more visitors, as the original spot was a 2 mile hike in some pretty rough terrain with no trails to walk. We moved it to less than
  a half mile hike in the still rough area. I submitted the cache at 11:00 AM yesterday and it was approved by noon with the first finder hitting it at 6:00 AM this morning.
Today we went for a special Christmas cache that was a decorated, live Christmas tree on some state hunting lands. Cool idea by the hiders and made for a nice diversion on Christmas eve morning. The
  second one we found today was a road side micro not to far from the Christmas Cache and was fun to find also.