Status Updates posted by PAMag76
First FTF Find How Firm a Foundation GC7H0MG
January 11, 2018 FTF 1:56pm
Today I found my very FTF. I had to drive an hour for it!
I saw the post yesterday about 2 hours after it was published and I figured by the time I get the there (it's an hour drive for me) someone else will have it. Then, I checked late last night and still no one had logged FTF and I thought maybe I should jump in the car and talked my self out of it thinking a girl by yourself in the middle of the night... that might be too far from home to identify my bloody body after my murder, so I stayed home. So today - I checked again and I couldn't believe it. Jumped in the car and made a mad drive January 11, 2018 on a 60 Degree day in Chicagoland. Wet foggy, and a little muddy I found the container and enjoyed the view. I left behind some of my anti muzzle swag and my name on the log for the very first time I got to write FTF I'm so excited!
Be on the lookout for my new PAMag76's First FTF Find Commemorative Coin https://coord.info/TB8B02G Im going to drop it in it's first geo cache soon!
Great day in the life of this geocacher. Saturday, January 13, 2018
It was blustery in the bubs – but I got both my 24 in 24 and 48 in 24 achievement awards with the help of my newest geo-caching pals who were willing to walk over 4 miles with me caching as a group.
As soon as I started geocaching back in July, I knew it was everything I loved. A kind-a sneaky game, with this huge “underground network” that I would challenge myself and play against myself – without needing to “hang with anyone” to do it. AND feel comfortable enough alone to attend events, meet new friends, and put some faces to names I see on the logs I sign which just makes it even more fun. Every aspect of this game appeals to me. And today – I am most happy to report was my “best” Geocaching day SO FAR.
Quick setup. I’m doing the 366 challenge – a year and a day 11-11-18. It is crazy cool (to this pagan) that they offer a coin for that. So – I set my sites on it right away - only to learn how intuitive to have started a challenge like this right away allowing the easy and closest finds around where I live to be available for me in the accumulative total of my days. Altho Im not apposed to making a drive for a cache… 366 days is a long time. It was good to start right away before I drained the local area.
So, Saturday, I attend the Breakfast In The Blustery Burbs 2018 By Greenback GC7EMPD. Started my day at 5am and made the drive to meet the sunrise coming over the Golden Corral Restaurant in Tinley Park. Tons of people were there. Very cool. Saw a few other faces I recognized. Met Reviewer Smith finely! (really nice guy – regardless of how many times he has you change your listing – jk. grins!) . Voted on photos (next year Im in!) And ate a sweet breakfast and sat with a couple I recognized from a previous event I attended Taco Tuesday. Everyone was so nice.
After breakfast I was asked to join a team to cache the new hides at Yankee Woods by JU2. It was a blast. Corp Of Discovery & Astarandson were quick to find, and great teachers. Even the LEO check-in was good.( I’m hip – can you dig it? L.E.O. means law enforcement officer.) I even found a few cache myself. We signed as a team but kept changing the name – with our final team name GWNN acronym for “group with no name” We walked 4 miles about and the team checkedmy stats, then took me around by car to made sure I had my 24 in 24 achievement award before they dropped me at the car. I learned a HOW cache is a "House Of Worship" and although miles of walking should trimmy waist line - cachers eat like s***. ( an Amanda quote)
Finely back at my car parked back at the restaurant.I just couldn't believe it? How super nice. I even got to discover the jeep I was traveling in. I never imagined I could get24 finds in one day and it was only noon. Thanks Paul and Amanda for taking care of me and helping me. I ordered the achievement coin 24 in 24 and had it engraved your names on it.
I jumped into my reciently made trackable little red la baron convertible and checked the geocache map. There was a cache just ten feet from me in the restaurant parking lot. Well I HAD to get that one. I recognized several names on the log. Then a second one was just on the other side of the lot, and then a third – this mall goes on forever and so do the caches. By 5pm I was just a few finds short of the ext geo achievement award and had to keep hunting - only to have two DNFs all day. I made the 48th find GC69T2D Streaking #11 This is streaking heaven! placed by tattooedmomof4. Be on the lookout for my second commemorative trackable 48 in 24 coin.
I grabbed some food and started the drive home. Exhausted. The sign of the “SHORT STAY” Hotel popped into my mind that I had passed coming here. I thought to myself - Only in Chicago. As soon as I got home I got on line and purchased my coins. Gosh I love this game!
Making The "Round" with my Geo-Caching-Sista Sue from TeamPooKel
February 16-18, 2018
...Was totally the highlight of Geocaching so far. On a spur of the moment, I throw the dog in the car and before we knew it we were on our way to Peoria, Illinois to meet up with Sue and start our first "Geo-caching trip" an adventure to obtain our Iowa & Missouri state trophies. I mentioned the idea and within second it seemed Sue had a geo-cachng trip planned and hides picked out to obtain our trophies and see some cool history along the way. What actually happened was a few great laughs, a few bruises, TeamPooKel's 100th fnid. and my 100th day consecutive geocaching. We had the best time and there's no way to document everything that happened... it was a riot - starting with GC6Q6PY Richard Prior who is from Peoria to the Mormons in southern Illinois. Our trip could have only been better if we were joined by TeamPooKel's better half -Kelly. (which BTW makes Sue Poo)
Dead Zone Four ( GC4B2Z3): was an unrecorded DNF for my friends and Sue thought maybe I could find it - but with no success. It was completely dry and we searched everywhere. Sue later went back and was unable to search (photo below) definitely have to get this one next time. Scoped out a place TPK wants to hide their first geocache and found a great place for chicken fried rice.
Up early - Cooler and Max-Madison the K9 detective in the back seat, Sue TPK navigating in the little red la baron geo-cache machine.
Iowa trophy Screened Out - which was placed at some guys house in his window. I loved it. he was trying to get his wife excited about the game.
100th day in a row caching - photo taken in front of the latter day saints temple in nauvoo, il. Loved the mark twain GCA8E6 and abraham lincoln First Virtual Geo-cache Oak Ridge Cemetery GCE6FF and it has a 197 hearts! and as we made our circle round... left a trackables at the oldest cypress tree GC2A2F. Madison even fund one at the dog park "Barkn around" GC314FJ
Things to note... the birds were acting so weird. flying in mass we saw severl eagles in a tree with hundreds of other birds. a geo-cache rolled up in cation tape and to experience snow to warm thaw within hours and sliding down a hill muddy to photograph Sue making her 100th find.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull The geocache the required a new tool!!
Well this Siegel took a little bit of time to fly into my hands. I came the first time spotted it right away from the car about ten feet above my head. The lot was filled with muggles so I drove over to the ace hardware spent 6 bucks and now I have this great new hunting tool. It s a collapsible cooking fork. gets really small and I bent it sideways so it would fit in my geo-bag. Very proud of my tool by the way- now I can go back to several others similar properties with visible cache above my head and use my new tool. I thought the best way to ovoid being seen was to came back at 6am in the morning. But the tile and carpet store in the mall must start really early - trucks and other tile vehicle quickly surrounded me. covering my tracks.
Sue Fell For her 100th Geocache Find.
So Did I. Everly Park Cache GC2GNPT Macomb, IL Drove my little red la baron to this location to take a few photos of Sue from TeamPooKel find their 100th Geocache. The weekend was 15 hours on Saturday driving and geocaching. Sunday we got here to one of the larger cache types so I could place a trackable in TPK's 100th find. Success was made on bot points. We drove up to a fairly empty park. The weather over the last 24 hours has gotten 3 degrees warmer. Cell phone camera in hand and Sue using her AP we make our way down the hill only to slip and roll down in the mud. You an see the sky marks we made on the way down in the photo. What a baptism. Sue makes the find and I load up the container with a trackable. Now back at the car covered in mud, we change clothes before jumping in the car. Just as Im putting dry socks on a dad and his kid drive up kid runs out of the car in a flash and just as fast, the dad spots us, grabs his son throws him in the car and speed away. So now Sue and I are in someone else's story.
All in a day of geocaching.
300 and it's a Burning Bush!
Yup. Got my 300 - I figure if I get three per day on an average I'll hit a grand by the end of the year. More achievements to make more pins to buy. Dropped my second tag to go to England so my friends there who cache can find them. I actually had trouble finding this because of so much strange garbage in the bushes. but with the help of the CO I logged my find.
Track My Cat Murphy -A Gift for My Pals.
So here in lays the problem. TeamPooKel has been caching independently lately, because of family responsibilities pulling them in different directions... so I have spent a lot of time with Sue but really missing Kelly. They have two homes, one in Illinois and one in Colorado and two kittys and I wanted to get them something to share, while they add to my friend score (wink) Sue's favorite color is purple, and Kelly is amazing at photography just doesn't like being in them so I thought these twin trackable kitty tags would do the trick. They can now track their cat Murphy, and Kelly can pose the tag at finds for pictures. Both tags are laser engraved with a trackable number which is shared. People can discover them at events. and fun to visit finds. Now they b oth can be taking their cat on finds and logging a vist
Madison and I cached two finds today in the amazing and warm November we are having. I hid my first cache too just waiting for them to be reviewed and go live.
Congratulations to me on my 31st day in a row geo-caching
Ten Hide Geo Achievement Announcement
On my 31st day of Geo Caching In a row, it looks like a long time before I see my 365 day challenge coin. So, to help pass the time I wanted to direct my attention to a second achievement goal. I will now be going for the Hide Geo Achievement award series. I currently have four hides under my belt and hoping my fifth will post December 10, 2017 so 1/2 way to my 10 Hide achievement coin. Tonight I got creative and prepared the next nine geo cache hide containers. From the nano chewed bubblegum (need a tweezers for that one) to the re-positioned lead holder container and artificial candle flame. most everything has strips of magnets on them. Except for the film canister and flame. Even the Altoids box bottom is a magnetic strip. I'm trying to change it up a bit from the common day lamp post skirt.
So excited- on my way to cache with friends from peoria. Look for our logs!
Custom Made Trading Stones.
I am hosting my first Geo-event in February and wanted the participants to leave with a token. I really liked the geo-stones and buy them on esty. However, when I inquired about custom making my stones for the event - I received no answer or price I could live with.
So I went to the "Dollar Tree" purchased all the supplies and now I make my own. actually stupid easy. and now my price is down to pennies rather then dollars per stone. I purchased these little trays 6 in one pack perfect to lay the stones in to dry. Fount art on line ( search geo PDF) and made my keep-sakes for the event out of 1 inch stones. I also made a ton of custom geo-swag Anti Muggle personalized stones. lets see if they get around:)
100th find. The Queen , A sweet treat. https://coord.info/GC165XZ
Historically funny story -my one hundredth find. December 30th, 2017. My son, Geo-Extraordinaire (Geo-Ex) and I set out in the blustery cold completely unprepared for caching in Chicagoland. Usually I layer so many pairs of pants and shirts I cant put my arms down – but today that wasnt the case. I had chosen a cache worth the milestone and the effort cuz I hurt my foot and was limping. Plus, after my nose operation my dammed glasses are too tight so I raise them up with tape. Any time my glasses bump my nose my face is in huge pain. So because of how much trouble it was to get dressed we set out with no real winter clothing then a Florida day in June thinking the cache we were headed for was going to be quick. I had asked a new friend for recos on where to go and set out on a two-parter geo-cache he suggested in Arlington Heights and ended up retreating because we couldn’t find the cache. just couldn't get the gps to cooperate. Then browsed the map, drove to the coordinates, only to retreat several times for personal preservation from the cold, the last as I’m limping, under a tree, a branch hits my nose – I’m done. Find me an easy park and grab lamp skirt – 100th noted. My son suggests we take a break and head to a dairy queen for pretzel sticks. I agreed and and I put it into the gps. After following the map from unsuccessful cache to cache we are miles from home or my usual dairy queen. So we followed the gps to an unfamiliar one – and it was closed. So now, hours have passed, its very cold and dark, my foot is pounding, cant wear my glasses so I cant see... and no 100th geocache. We start the drive home only to realize the nearest PNG cache is at the closed dairy queen we had just left. I had to go back. We circled around, made the find and now I have achieved 100 finds with the help of Geo-Ex. Thanks for the find EVEREDY
It's New Years Day and I'm off to an event, then to find a few cache. I start 2018 with 42 days into my streak. 101 finds and 11 hides (ten hides and one event)---
I actually spent all day up north I wanted to start new years day with more then my best in 2017 I had 10 in one day and I got 14 today, attended one event performed a wedding in Waukegan and hid a geocache at john wayne gacy's house and noted it was for my pals in peoria team pookel. should post soon. - what did you do new years day?
Finely... my new winter weather pants came in the mail. It has been brutal trying to keep my streak in this Chicago cold. But of course... now that my pants are here - it will be 50 degrees this week. They say even close to 60. It's kind of like washing the car. Please message your "weather thank yous" here (wink!)
GeoCaching in The Middle Of A Snow Bank with DancingWolfHawk
Day One. 19Jan18 On the way to Kitty Island- Illinois Trophie
wth a 6 hour drive ahead of us and an unknown siituation ahead... we stopped here for an easy ccache with Max Madison in the back seat - Tani made the (group) find and we signed the log separately
Day two.20Jan18 Streak-saver Michigan Trophie
After the tow truck pulled the la baron out of the snow bank I parked it in... we were ready for day two. My goal was only to find one geocache because I am doing a mile challenge on Tuesday and have to have 200 finds. Until this Geocache I didnt know what a Stormy Kromer was. It was my turn so I climbed over the snowbank sunk in several feet and made my way to the find. I brought it back for DancingWolfHawk to sign and replaced it with a final photo now Im pictured wearing it. We spent the rest of the day crawling through snow banks on our other hunting excursion... finding Tani's dead relatives. My dad's family are all from up here Irionwood area and hers are Bessmer. both miners - so we visited several of the memorials having to do with the history of the area.
wow. tired. need snow shoes...
Day Three. 21Jan18 A Storm is Coming.
We left the island a day early and thought I would take advantage of a free hotel points to get aay from a storm described as the worst in years ready to drop six to ten inches on the waits UP victims. I was hoping I we found Tani three state trophies on this trip. but didnt realize we doubled Michigan and missed Wisconsin. It's hard in this area... that state line weaves in and out and got us here in Iron River City on the way to Iron Mountain. We found the cache relatively easy because of the little hill the snow wasnt that deep and the time of the year is perfect for a tree cache. We, honestly took advantage of this one driving by and saw the description easy and grab in the same sentence and really just wanted to get to the hotel. Tani's wife loaded us up with home-made chilli which just hit the spot and we got out early to the holiday Inn's famous breakfast - beat the snow-storm to arrive to 50 degree Chicago and rain.
great fun - great geocaches and great chilli - I'd do it again in a heartbeat - after I order my snow shoes!
You Have Got To See This Custom Geo Container
Birthday Geocache hide - custom made container - made by Kel of TeamPooKel for my birthday. Wow. this was so cool.
my birthday started with all the planets aligning for a lunar eclipse. then my friends joined me here in Chicago for my birthday. I received a card at the hotel with a note that read: "you have two "private caches" to find today. The first find will be your first swag, birthday presents, and it will provide you withe the next clue. Let's proceed... CLUE ONE: You've reached the level of your first "cache". Go to the place the guests cluster. Have a seat and ponder the whereabouts of your first cache and the next clue. Feel warm and assured that your cache is nearby."
and I found a Swiss army knife with all the tools I'll need for caching and my next hint... ( I live in a house that is called Pine Manor. so the next hint was perfect)
Success! Here's your next clue.
We know you've been "pining" n a "manor" of speaking, to get to this clue. You'll need to use this tool to release your next cache. Let are and Raphael guide and assist you. Keep your head down and don't get caught between and rock and a hard spot! It could be a sticky situation! Happy Caching, Happy Birthday from Sue and Kelly.
What I found was the neatest custom geo container with a pine cone and tree leaves glued to create a container for the geo birthday coin. I was able to open it slide the coin out and save the container for another hide. I have decided to make the container tractable and take it to events. If you too want a cool geo-container by Kel message TeamPooKel and Kelly can make one for you too.
It's been years since I laughed that hard...
Once upon a time Sue from TeamPooKel and I, PAMag76, decided to spend some time geocaching. We saved Friday the full day and planned an area in another suburb where we could get some numbers. Sue - "Poo" likes cemeteries,me too and since it was pretty cold we thought we could jump in and out of a warm car between finds.
Our day started out pretty normal with food and several layers of clothing, snow pants and winter boots. We found ourselves attracted to a series called Legend of the bat in Oak Park and the description of a haunted circus cemetery area nearby, which also have several geocache hidden in it.
We drove from one cache to another, until our seventh cache – when we found ourselves out of bats and on to dates. November 15 & November 16 were busts DNF. Both descriptions were regarding a wedd tree hid which only left us poked with one inch thorns and POO bleeding.
November 18 we found then to March 26th which brought us to Woodlawn Cemetery. As I was walking up to this one I’m chanting “I hate tree cache – I hate Tree Cache…” We looked and looked. There is only one possible host. I crawled under the tree, and over branches, Sue is in every possible place too - sticks my hair but no luck! No Geo Cache. Get back to the car and Poo finds a little surprise MERKIN has found its way perfectly in position for the ride home. Finishing with two more finds in the cemetery, March 27th and 30th for a total of 10 for the day.
Once we found the last cache it was dark and we still hadn’t visited the circle area of the cemetery. We drove around the winding car-paths only to find the circus grave area marked by two circle elephants at the very front of the cemetery. We paid our respects and back from a very successful day.
WINTER CACHING IS SO MUCH FUN...
I have learned a lot keeping this crazy streak alive. Saturday, February 17th will be my 100th day in a row. Wow. If I wasn't this far already I would stop a year and a day of Geo caching is crazy. Especially when you ahve to deal with Chicago's unpredictable weather. oKay - more like predictable snow fall in winter. So I thought I was smart... Saved a private list of "Parking Lot" hids only to find out that ( as my good fiend Sue aLways says... NATURE WINS! Even my k-9 geo caching partner was getting a little discussed with me. Decided to pocketQ found in last 5 days...
see photos. I'll be going back to these - later in the year...
So Off to Peoria and our first traveling geo-caching tour. We plan to hit three states and grab the trophies associated with them.
250th Find Achievement - I lonely windowsill in Iowa
Wanted to note - I got my 250th at the Iowa find that got me my state trophy. https://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=7300312 is my trackable commemorative coin - hope you can discover it soon!
re: how to prepare a trackable to drop.
I wish I knew this at the beginning. events are important just to see how other people do stuff. I think my first trackable is gone it has never logged in or moved. Im actually going back there today to see if its just still there.
I see a ton of tags tethered to the trackable and then put into a small ziplock bag. I used the chain that came with the travel bug but cut it shorter so it wouldn't rub and take up s much room when trying to find a container to drop it-into.
I re-purposed the plastic bag I got my trackable with a note on the other 1/2 tyng it together with a string. Im preparing these to drop during the planet pursuit challenge.