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I had my own bit of excitement last weekend. Nothing to compare with a broken window, but potentially much more embarrassing!

 

Logs for Saturday, 5/10/2008:

 

AJ 49 2 / CZ1565 1967, 5 pts.

 

AH 49 / CZ2082 1967, 5 pts.

 

AN 52 / CZ1583 1966, 5 pts.

 

N 348 / CZ1167 1960, 5 pts.

 

Many of the marks hunted over this weekend have large slabs of concrete associated with them, and are supposed to have been used for aerial camera studies (U-2 spy plane?). At the following mark, I found that one of the slabs had been pushed up over the mark, so the owner of the land could plow it. As I bent down to lift the obstructing concrete, I heard a ripping sound, and felt a sudden coolness on my posterior! Fortunately I was able to turn my neon green safety vest into a safety skirt for the remainder of the day!

 

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AK 54 / CZ2161 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AJ 55 / CZ2167 1966, 5 pts.

 

AJ 56 / CZ2168 1966, 5 pts.

 

AJ 57 / CZ2170 1966, 5 pts.

 

AG 58 / CZ2185 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AG 59 / CZ2184 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AG 59X / CZ2178 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AF 58 / CZ2191 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AE 58 / CZ2197 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AD58 / CZ2209 1966, 5 pts.

 

AB 58, CZ2225 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AC 57 / CZ2216 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AC 56, CZ2215 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AC 55 / CZ2213 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AG 55 / CZ2179 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AF 55 / CZ2186 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AE 55 / CZ2193 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

That is all for Saturday, lessee...a total of 685 points.

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On Sunday, I (and AZgeckogirl) returned to the same area to continue:

 

AG 50 / CZ2085 1966, 5 pts.

 

AD 53 / CZ2208 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AC 53 / CZ2211 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AB 52 / CZ2316 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AA52 / CZ2324 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AB 53 / CZ2220 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AB 54 / CZ2224 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AB 55 / CZ2219 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AC50 / CZ2310 1966, 5 pts.

 

AB 50 / CZ2319 1966, 5 pts.

 

AA 50 / CZ2323 1966, 5 pts.

 

AB 49 / CZ2320 1966, 5 pts.

 

AA 49 / CZ2328 1966, 5 pts.

 

AA48 / CZ2327 1966, 5 pts.

 

AA 47 / CZ2326 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AB 47 / CZ2313 1966, 5 pts.

 

C 84 / CZ1236 1935, 10 pts.

 

AD 47 / CZ2300 1967, 5 pts.

 

Total points on the day=455 points

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First the recoveries then the double blow-out. :D

 

FQ0584, ROCK, Week 2, FTR = 50 pts.

FQ0589, AIRPORT, Week 3, FTR = 50 pts.

FQ0688, NAVAHOPI, Week 4, FTR = 50pts

FQ0576, GRAY, Week 5, FTR = 50 pts.

 

4 recoveries for a total of 200 PTS for today.

 

 

Now for the double blow-out...

 

The terrain for NAVAHOPI and ROCK was sure hard the treads and both treads blew out. Fortunately, treads are cheaper to replace than glass! :D

 

Aren't you glad you can't get the smell over the internet? :P

 

 

 

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Another good day.

 

John

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2 OldFarts,

 

I used one of the RIM's for week 2 instead of ROCK do you want me to change it?

I was filling in ahead for all of you on the xcel.

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2 OldFarts,

 

I used one of the RIM's for week 2 instead of ROCK do you want me to change it?

I was filling in ahead for all of you on the xcel.

 

Since E 0XX=R, RIM is fine and ROCK is just another "R" to add points to the total.

 

Thanks for asking.

 

John

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Logging in with one to use for week 5, H 2XX,

MF0249, H 28, 1934, 10 points for age and 50 points for FTR, Total= 60 points.

 

 

Jo Ann

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Logging in with one to use for week 5, H 2XX,

MF0249, H 28, 1934, 10 points for age and 50 points for FTR, Total= 60 points.

 

Jo Ann

 

I used H 206 for that hole.

Would you like me to change it?

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Logging in with one to use for week 5, H 2XX,

MF0249, H 28, 1934, 10 points for age and 50 points for FTR, Total= 60 points.

 

Jo Ann

 

I used H 206 for that hole.

Would you like me to change it?

 

Where did you put H 206?

 

Jo Ann

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Logging in with one to use for week 5, H 2XX,

MF0249, H 28, 1934, 10 points for age and 50 points for FTR, Total= 60 points.

 

Jo Ann

 

I used H 206 for that hole.

Would you like me to change it?

 

 

Yes, that's Okay. I see where it's at on the Excel worksheet. Thanks

 

Jo Ann

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Okay, I what to use the "oldest" benchmark in CA for my free space.

 

AI4534 SP3

 

:laughing:

The Fossillady

 

Which one? :laughing:

 

Oh you mean which square! Wk 5 E 1XX Sorry

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Logging in with one to use for week 5, H 2XX,

MF0249, H 28, 1934, 10 points for age and 50 points for FTR, Total= 60 points.

 

Jo Ann

 

I used H 206 for that hole.

Would you like me to change it?

 

 

Yes, that's Okay. I see where it's at on the Excel worksheet. Thanks

 

Jo Ann

 

 

 

On the Excel Bingo Benchmark worksheet we have

ME1468 - H206 Reset - 1967 - 5 pts - Week 1 - that's okay

 

I was getting confused because there is typo on the Excel worksheet, I think.

 

Week 5 - on excel sheet it has H 8XX

But it should be H 2XX it's correct on the Word document.

 

Week 6 - on excel sheet it has

H XX7 should be H 7XX

M XX6 should be M 6XX

A XX9 should be A 9XX

 

Jo Ann

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On the Excel Bingo Benchmark worksheet we have

ME1468 - H206 Reset - 1967 - 5 pts - Week 1 - that's okay

 

I was getting confused because there is typo on the Excel worksheet, I think.

 

Week 5 - on excel sheet it has H 8XX

But it should be H 2XX it's correct on the Word document.

 

Week 6 - on excel sheet it has

H XX7 should be H 7XX

M XX6 should be M 6XX

A XX9 should be A 9XX

 

Jo Ann

 

It was the Word Doc. it had 2, 2XX's

1 in H and 1 in C.

Corrected the other 3 as well.

 

Thanks for catching that.

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For 5/18/2008:

 

AK 45 / CZ2063 1967, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AM 49 / CZ2037 1967, 5 pts.

 

AM 48 / CZ2036 1967, 5 pts

 

R 363 / CZ1033 1967, 5 pts.

 

AK 46 / CZ2067 1967, 5 pts.

 

AJ 46 / CZ2074 1967, 5 pts.

 

AG 49, CZ2090 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

N 278, CZ1024 1948, 10 pts.

 

N 363 / CZ1025 1967, 5 pts.

 

AJ 48 / CZ1027 1967, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AG 48 / CZ2088 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AK 55 / CZ2164 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

G 516 / CZ2499 1991, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AL 59 / CZ2155 1966, 5 pts.

 

AK 57 / CZ2163 1966, FTR, 50 pts.

 

AK 56 / CZ2200 1966/1968, FTR 50 pts.

 

A total of 445 points.

Not too bad for a swan-song!

I hope everyone enjoys the remainder of the contest.

Happy Trails!

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Logging in with one to use for week 5, H 2XX,

MF0249, H 28, 1934, 10 points for age and 50 points for FTR, Total= 60 points.

 

Jo Ann

 

I used H 206 for that hole.

Would you like me to change it?

 

Where did you put H 206?

Jo Ann

 

Week one in the H spot.

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I hope I am doing this right and these are correct for the contest. It's so damned hard to find anything close to fill in the spaces!

 

Wk 1:

M9xx PN0196 M91 1954 Benchmark (5 points)

 

Wk4:

H9xx PN0192 H91 1934 Benchmark + Age Points (15 points)

 

Wk5:

N9xx PN0197 N91 1934 Benchmark + Age Points (15 points)

M0xxG PN0018 GREEN 1921 Benchmark + Age Points (25 points)

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Only 1 recovery this week, but it is a pretty good one. It is our 'wild card' for the contest.

 

GP0591 SHINUMO, 1903, FTR

 

20 Points for age (1903) and 50 points for FTR = 70 points.

 

John & Shirley

 

Too bad there's not extra points for altitude.

Nice pictures

Like the pictures of the truck in the background.

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We have a few Benchmarks to log

 

Three for Week 7,

N 2XX, ME1495, N 27, 1934 10pts age + FTR 50pts = 60pts

A 1XX, ME1492, A 166, 1954, FTR 50pts

H 0XX L, ME3338, L 166 RESET, 1984, FTR 50pts

 

One for Week 6,

R 0XX E, LC0212, E 40, 1935 age 10pts

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Only 1 recovery this week, but it is a pretty good one. It is our 'wild card' for the contest.

 

GP0591 SHINUMO, 1903, FTR

 

20 Points for age (1903) and 50 points for FTR = 70 points.

 

John & Shirley

 

Those really are some awesome images.

Thanks for posting them.

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Only one to log.

 

Wk 2 E 0XX R DX5362 RAW BRIDGE

 

I had already used RICH for that space so I added it to the R space of the same week.

Is that OK?

Does not change anything except position.

 

Yes, that's what I meant.

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A few Benchmark numbers to log in.

 

Week 5 for our free space we are going to use:

MF0243 on the "A 3XX" square.

MF0243, B 28, 1934 age 10pts + FTR 50pts + Not found 100pts = 160pts

 

Week 4 we are logging a second find for square "E 2XX"

MF1266, E 231, 1979 Reset, FTR 50pts +100pts Not Found = 150pts

 

Week 4 logging a second find for square "B 0XX N"

MF0418, N 141, 1947, age 10pts

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A few Benchmark numbers to log in.

 

Week 5 for our free space we are going to use:

MF0243 on the "A 3XX" square.

MF0243, B 28, 1934 age 10pts + FTR 50pts + Not found 100pts = 160pts

 

Week 4 we are logging a second find for square "E 2XX"

MF1266, E 231, 1979 Reset, FTR 50pts +100pts Not Found = 150pts

 

Week 4 logging a second find for square "B 0XX N"

MF0418, N 141, 1947, age 10pts

 

Isn't it great finding Not Founds that are First to Find also?! It truly makes for a fantastic day of benchmarking!

 

Congrats on your finds. :blink:

 

Shirley~

 

BTW, I have been looking at your beautiful pictures throughout the contest...some make me want to go visit our birthplace state (Indiana). But then I remember all of those mosquitoes and nettles and tornadoes and blizzards. I guess I enjoy AZ/UT/NV area just fine.

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Week 4 we are logging a second find for square "E 2XX"

MF1266, E 231, 1979 Reset, FTR 50pts +100pts Not Found = 150pts

 

Week 4 logging a second find for square "B 0XX N"

MF0418, N 141, 1947, age 10pts

 

I already have E 207 and N 140 in Week 4.

I can just add the points for that week if you want it changed let me know.

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25 Points.

 

What word am I using for the benchmark contest letters?

 

E-mail or PM me the answer don't put it in here.

 

Thanks!

Edited by GEO*Trailblazer 1

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Logging in with a few Benchmark recoveries for the contest.

 

Week 4, E 2XX, Logging this mark for points

ME1473, E 26 RESET 1967, FTR 50 points

 

Week 9, M 1XX

MF0417, M 141 RESET 1963, 5 points

 

Week 8, M 2XX

ME1481, M 26, 1934, FTR 50 points + Age 10 points = 60 points

 

Week 7, N 2XX

ME1552, N 206, 1959, FTR 50 points

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I think this is the last one for the contest.

 

GQ0285 END FTR 50 points. Another for week 6.

 

Along with this recovery we also found a Lookout tree with the ladder intact.

 

Thanks for the fun.

 

John & Shirley

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Have you found out what the lookout tree was used for and how old it is?

Very challenging when you have to figure out a new route to the benchmark.

 

Next time we are in Arizona we are going to have to make time for benchmarking.

I've enjoyed your pictures through out the contest.

 

Being a transplanted Hoosier you would know about the ticks and mosquitoes we

encounter here when benchmarking and geocaching. This is not the time of year to

be doing either. The last benchmark we tried to recover for the contest was next to RR tracks

and had weeds that were at least 7 ft high. They were up and down the sides of the tracks. The only

place you could walk and not be in the weeds was on the tracks. Mr Team Fawlty did venture into

the weeds. One step into the weeds and I couldn't see him anymore. To make matters worse once you

stepped off the tracks the land was about 3 feet below the tracks. I had to toss little pebbles into the weeds to keep him going in the right direction. They were really very high and dense. He had burrs and little fuzzy seeds all over him when he came out.

 

If you benchmark now in remote areas you need lots of Off and a bush hog.

 

I look forward to seeing more of your recoveries and pictures after the contest.

 

Jo Ann

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I think this is the last one for the contest.

 

GQ0285 END FTR 50 points. Another for week 6.

 

Along with this recovery we also found a Lookout tree with the ladder intact.

 

Thanks for the fun.

 

John & Shirley

 

Have you found out what the lookout tree was used for and how old it is?

Very challenging when you have to figure out a new route to the benchmark.

 

Next time we are in Arizona we are going to have to make time for benchmarking.

I've enjoyed your pictures through out the contest.

 

Being a transplanted Hoosier you would know about the ticks and mosquitoes we

encounter here when benchmarking and geocaching. This is not the time of year to

be doing either. The last benchmark we tried to recover for the contest was next to RR tracks

and had weeds that were at least 7 ft high. They were up and down the sides of the tracks. The only

place you could walk and not be in the weeds was on the tracks. Mr Team Fawlty did venture into

the weeds. One step into the weeds and I couldn't see him anymore. To make matters worse once you

stepped off the tracks the land was about 3 feet below the tracks. I had to toss little pebbles into the weeds to keep him going in the right direction. They were really very high and dense. He had burrs and little fuzzy seeds all over him when he came out.

 

If you benchmark now in remote areas you need lots of Off and a bush hog.

 

I look forward to seeing more of your recoveries and pictures after the contest.

 

Jo Ann

 

Ohhh, it sounds like you guys had tons of fun going into the jungle! Yes, we remember all of the nasty bugs and huge nettles, poison ivy and sumac. I do not miss that at all. We just have scorpions, tarantulas, rattle snakes, black widows, ticks, no-see-ems, super large mosquitoes (where the lookout trees are), etc.

 

The one tree that we are going to try to find is Corral Lake Lookout Tree that in on the national registry of historic things. I cannot seem to find just how old the ladders placed in the trees are, but they sure are interesting.

 

If you are interested, here is a link to
of Historic places in Coconino county. It is really is a fun map to play with. I just found it and have written down all of the lookout trees for the North Kaibab National Forest. It is too bad that they do not have the coordinates with that map.
:)
But, at least I can compare it to other maps and get close. Just maybe we can go find a few from this info.

 

If anyone has plans to come to our area for benchmark or Lookout tree hunting and wants to meet these crazy oldfarts - just let PM or Email us and we will oblige you. We might even break some bread with you. But, we would definitly bend your ear some. :)

 

Shirley~

 

PS: The 'Tree Tower' at "Angel"

is a tree used for communications versus watching for fires. I cannot find any more info on any other Tree Towers at the Grand Canyon.

Edited by 2oldfarts (the rockhounders)

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And the Winners are!!

 

1st Azcachemeister 1540

 

2nd 2oldfarts 1140

 

3rd Team Fawlty 1010

 

4th wwflover13 215

 

5th Klemmer & TBMama 175

 

So will the top 5 send me their address please through my profile.

 

Honarable Mention.

 

6th fossillady 135

 

7th Astro D-Team 45

 

8th cjf 25

 

9th Wintertime 15

 

And a Big thank you to all the participants.

I thought it would be much easier and will try for an easier game next time.

 

And I hope I got the math right and everbody logged correctly.

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Thanks Geo for the Contest.

We had fun.

It was a difficult contest but the challenge is what made it fun.

We pushed our normal limits recovering a couple of the benchmarks for the contest.

We went further from our GZ than usual and found some very interesting things.

 

We found a tractor on top of a grain elevator, an old car being used as a lawn decoration, giant statue of

Abe Lincoln, and a giant Ice Cream Cone.

A place called Pleasant Corners that did not look pleasant, and lots of abandoned railroad stations.

We drove on our 1st field road and with extreme caution we walked RR tracks in rural areas, and found benchmarks in weeds taller than us.

Once we drove about an hour from home for a recovery. When we got there we found the BM in the side lawn of a house that had not one,

not two but THREE big barking dogs tied up just inches from the BM we had come to recover.

Mr Fawlty got that picture.

One BM was near a Fire department that was practicing putting out car fires. That was interesting.

We found Green Acres Dr and Bug Tussle Road.

 

On one recovery trip we even found a Tombstone with our last name on it and no dates.

That was kinda creepy.

 

Lots of fun. We are looking forward to the next contest.

 

Jo Ann

Edited by Team Fawlty

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