June 15, 2009

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

Posted in Journal, United States tagged , , , at 9:13 am by Jenn

Today I spent the afternoon geocaching with my sister and nephew in Upper Marlboro.  Zachary had been sick for the past two days so we weren’t sure how much caching we’d get in, but we set off to see what we could accomplish.

When I was compiling the list of caches to visit, I came across Gnome’s Home (GCN3BM) which was the obvious starting point since the previously logger said that he’d left $100 and nothing had been logged since.  We drove around 2 wrong areas before finally arriving at our destination.  The cache was easy to find and full of loot, just not the $100 – someone beat us to it.  This was Zachary’s and Heather’s first cache so they each choose a prize, we left two prizes, took pictures, signed the log, sealed everything up and then headed off to the next destination.


Our next attempt was NFL – Not So Cheap Seats (GC1F84M).  Admittedly, we didn’t give this one a very good go.  The clue said that we may be able to see it from the trail…we couldn’t and even with the golf club that we brought along, the idea of walking through the woods 70 yds looking for a cache box that may or may not be there wasn’t my idea of a good idea given the copperhead population and our close proximity to the pond filled with turtles and frogs and other things that snakes probably LOVE to eat.


We did walk around to the neighborhood trail to see if we could access the cache from a different angle, but no luck, still woods to tackle.  Definitely city cachers!

Needless to say, the seven year old was a bit disheartened and ready to end the day but there was one more cache just around the corner that we wanted to attempt before calling it a day.

Darnall’s Chance (GC1J4KH) was a success and proved to be an interesting end to the day.


Zachary and Heather had come to Darnall’s Chance last year in search of a letterbox (LbNA 26010), they were successful so Zachary wanted to show me where it was.  When we arrived at the box location we were saddened to see that the box had been ruined.  Somehow the container had come open, the contents spilled out and the log book ruined.  The stamp was missing the stamp portion but the ink pad was still there and appeared to be ok.  We brought the box home with us and sent a message to the owner through the Letterboxing website.


We are willing to repair and replace the content of the box and replace it if that’s what the owner wants, or we are willing to hand over the contents for the owner to deal with.  Either way is fine with me, it’s just a shame that the box was ruined.  It has been out there for people to find since 2006!

So as Meatloaf says, two out of three ain’t bad.  It was a good day of caching.  Everything has been logged and we’ve located a bunch of caches and letterboxes to look for during out trip to the Outerbanks at the end of the month!  There are even geocaches in Chile so hopefully there will be more Tales from the Trails coming soon!


As the song goes

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 7:44 am by Jenn

Two out of three ain’t bad!  That summarizes the day of geocaching with my sister and nephew.  See the post on Tales from the Trails for details and photos.

In expat news, Scott arrived safely in Chile and LOVES our apartment.  The only frustrating thing is that the bed is a king size (I know – poor us) so now I have to buy new sheets and send those ahead.  The plus side of the king size bed is definitely longer than the negative side so I’ll just stop right there!

September 19, 2008

Geocaching – Frankfurt, Germany

Posted in Journal, Overseas tagged , , at 9:20 pm by Jenn

Scott and I just returned from our trip to Frankfurt where I tried to squeeze in as much geocaching as he would allow!  LOL.

Of the 10 caches I had on my attempt list we were able to find 5.  Not bad for rookies.  One cache had actually been muggled (stolen/missing) so I’m not counting that as a DNF (did not find) because it wasn’t even there to be found!  That didn’t stop us from looking for it though!  LOL

So here’s a run down of the finds:

Gotteshäuser – Dreikönigskirche (Frankfurt) – GC1EDD4 – This was our first find.  Scott and I together with Mom found this one.  Here’s a picture of me and mom near the cache location.

Das Garenthaus – GC10XK8 – I think this was my favorite of the caches because the area where the cache was is so beautiful. 

Watching You #2 Der Christliche – GC1DHBH – this was a fun cache and thanks to the hint we were able to make a very educated guess about the location of the cache.  We narrowed down the possibilities and BINGO!

Jüdischer Friedhof – Frankfurt – GC1533X – Great fun.  A bit tricky, but fun.  You really have to be tall or willing to climb to get this one.  I’m a climber!

Finding Max Horkheimer – GC1BW3A – This one was tough at first, but after reading the hints and a little help from Max we were able to locate it in no time.  VERY TINY!


Baroda – We tried this one twice with no luck.  After reading the log of someone who found the cache after us it seems that when the cache was replaced by a previous finder it was placed just out of fingers reach….maybe on my next trip to Germany I’ll be able to locate this one.

Eagle Eye –  This cache is probably in one of the busiest sections of the city…the bus stop in the center of the city.  We were able to do several brief searches but no real deep searching because of all the people.  I will be attempting this one on my next trip as well.  I know it’s there and now I’ve GOT TO FIND IT!

Industrial Wasteland Frankfurt Ost – this was probably the most disappointing of all the caches.  Not only did we not find it the area was absolutely disgusting and dirty with trash.  It is near an old/abandoned factory of some sort and there is a lot of construction going on in the area.  I wouldn’t try this one again, in fact I couldn’t wait to get out of there.

Simon says: Zum Wasserpark – This one has me puzzled.  I looked twice on the same day with no luck.  The park is beautiful and the buildings here are really interesting.  The cache is very well concealed because I gave the place a THOROUGH check.  Until I saw the mouse that is.  Then I didn’t stick around very long.  The mouse sighting was on my second attempt though so I’d guess about an hour was spent looking altogether.

Coo Coo for Caching Geocoin – this is the first tracking item that I’ve placed.  I placed it in my first find  GC1EDD4, and by the time I got back to the hotel to log the drop someone had already picked the coin up.  The coin is now in a new home, it’s second cache and hopefully on it’s way to reaching the goal.

And here’s a picture of the Bull and Bear or the real name Simon Says: rauf und runter – GC143X8
 – in Frankfurt just outside of the financial district area…fitting given the recent crisis in the US.  We suspected the cache was muggled, but we looked for it anyway, and it was a great photo op.

All in all it was a good trip.  Germany has THOUSANDS of caches waiting to be discovered.  I’ll be heading to the Landstuhl area in a few weeks and plan on putting a new set of batteries in my GPS for that trip.  What a fun sport.

July 19, 2008

Tourist Day

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 11:37 pm by Jenn

Today we spent the day like tourists traveling out of Baku to Gobustan to see the petroglyphs and mud volcanoes and do a little geocaching.

We were on a tour that was arranged by the Embassy.  The group was larger than I thought it would be.  There were 18 adults and a handful of children.  I was so excited to get started on the trip.  I borrowed a GPS unit (eTrexLegend) from our neighbor because ours hasn’t arrived yet.  I programmed it with the location of the cache and watched the miles count down as we left the city of Baku and headed toward Gobustan.  

We went to the petroglyphs first.  The petroglyphs are ancient carvings that were discovered in Baku around 1940.  They date back to the time somewhere around the 12th-8th century.  Around 6000 carvings have been found. 

Before we were able to start our tour we were drawn in to the wedding celebration that was oddly enough taking place here in the dirt!  The bride didn’t look to happy about us crashing her celebration (maybe it was because her white dress was becoming begie), but the family/guests sure didn’t seem to care.  It was interesting to watch.  They danced in a big circle around the bride, clapping and singing.  I don’t know if the groom was present or not, if so he wasn’t easily identifiable (no tuxedo).

Most of the petroglyphs that we saw were of animals, people and boats.  There probably wasn’t much else going on back then to report on.  There was a gathering scene which was interesting because it was very near the musical stone (you hit it with a river stone and it makes musical tones) which makes sense that people would gather in this area to dance in celebration of whatever needed celebrating such as a successful hunt.

Other scenes were of pregnant women, animals and boats

The scenery was really beautiful.


I can’t post all of the pictures here, but I will upload them to a web album (that will take me a few days) for you all to view if you want to. 

Out of no where came a rain shower and while I thought it was refreshing, not everyone felt the same and we headed back to the vehicles and made our way to the mud volcanoes.

Now my MAIN reason for wanting to go on this trip was to search for the geocache that is hidden at the mud volcanoes.  I wasn’t sure if being on a tour would be the best time to do this because of time, amount of people, etc.  Thankfully we were in a private vehicle so we didn’t have to leave with the rest of the group. 

The mud volcanoes were interesting.  I assume there is some sort of gas that is pushing this mud up and making it bubble and erupt.  Note the gas gave a small popping sound when one of the guys put his lighter to it (maybe methane?)

Here is evidence of a recent eruption

and couple of mud volcano pictures.

Ok so, after I took these pictures it was time to do some geocaching.  I started the Tales from the Trails blog so that Scott could give his buddies a blog address and they wouldn’t have to sift through all of my banter and knitting related news to find what they were looking for.  I will make a link from my post on this blog to that blog when I post there.

On the way home we stopped to take pictures of the oil literally oozing out of the ground here.  CRAZY!

So that’s it for this first adventure.  I’m sure there will be many more to come.  One thing we did decide today is that we probably won’t be auditioning for the Amazing Race anytime soon!  : )

First Attemp = DNF

Posted in Journal, Overseas tagged , , at 11:30 pm by Jenn


Our first geocache attempt (Mud Volcano Cache #GC16BJJ in Azerbaijan) was a bust or in geocaching terms a DNF (did not find).  But we had a good day, saw some beautiful sights and found what we think would be a great location for a cache near the entrance to the petroglyphs.  Hopefully our cache containers and goodies will arrive around the same time as the GPS and that way we’ll be able to place a cache AND finda cahce on our next trip to Gobustan.  Stay tuned.

July 12, 2008

Hello world!

Posted in Journal tagged , at 9:56 am by Jenn

We are starting this blog site as an online journal of our adventures while geocaching.  This is a new hobby for us so check back to see how we are doing.  We are currently living overseas and hope to discover many treasures in the next few years.  Our goal when we return to the states is to find at least one cache in each of the 50 states.  What a wonderful way to get out, explore and see the country/world.

We are sjsmart on geocaching.com.  Hope to see you on the trails.

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