Molly never has off on holidays but this time she did. We thought we’d go geocaching at Rocky Ridge Park in York County. We didn’t anticipate it being so busy.
We don’t get the chance to get out hiking and geocaching as much as we used to or would like to but today we did. We enjoyed a nice short hike at Governor Dick and found several caches including one we had a 6 year old DNF on.
Sometimes there’s unnatural places that turn into really nice things. Nature reclaims them and they become awesome places to visit. Lake Grubb in Hempfield township is a great example of one of these types of places. The lake was an old iron ore mine from the 1800s. The pit has filled with water now creating a lake that from what I have read is up to 180 feet deep. Stupid things such as this interest me.
I woke up and knew today would probably be the best day weather wise of the week to take my barbell outside and complete the running version of this week’s vault WOD. It’s essentially Isabel then run 800 meters then Grace. I did the row version of this last night at too light of a weight but it made sense to try a lighter one and complete the WOD rather than get bogged down by weight.
I was given a Garmin 66s GPSr for my birthday. My girlfriend thought the larger screen would help me be able to see it. Honestly that’s the only reason I was even looking at them in the first place since I was having no issues with my Garmin 64s. The larger screen is definitely helpful for me with poor vision. Probably seems odd that I enjoy geocaching and hiking with poor vision but I love it!
We decided to go out to do a little geocaching today and it was just a strange day all around. We only ended up finding two caches but we saw the invasive spotted lantern fly at ground zero for the third attempt. We googled for an image and confirmed that it was one so killed it. Then we noticed more so we went back to parking where they happened to have an event going on so we thought there would probably be someone from the township or parks there.
Lately I’ve been thinking I want to hike back out to Wind cave and see what’s changed since we were last there for geocaching and a CITO. I had read of it before geocaching but we never got there until the cache was there. Actually I’ve been wanting to go back there since last summer but with all of last year’s rain we never made it. Wind Cave is not like the caves most people imagine with stalagmites and stalactites, it’s a tectonic cave which means it’s not formed by water dissolving rocks, instead it’s caused by faults.
I had a Garmin 62s which I liked but it seemed to be a bit of a step down from the older 60csxs in regards to satellite reception and accuracy. It wasn’t old etrex bad but it wasn’t up there with the 60csx. The 64s seems to be close to if not on par with the 60csx though The Nice thing with the newer ones its they can have the entire cache page on the device including some logs.
Continuing with the uploading some old pictures that I found.. I had stumbled on a web page or something about this area years ago but it didn’t seem like there was a legal way to access it back then. Fast forward to now after lots of work they have built the Northwest Lancaster River trail. The trail is a true asset to the area and it is great to see it get so much use.
I came across pictures while updating a hard drive and remembered this hike clearly. Some time ago. Probably 10 years ago we decided to go for a longer hike and geocaching. We were into that at the time and time allowed us to do it more than it does now. On this day we’d decided to go after one that was one we’ve wanted to get for years but never thought we’d be able to do the hike since it was something like 4 or 5 miles each way and when we started geocaching .
I’ve come across some old pictures while cleaning up old stuff on my hard drive in preparation for a hard drive upgrade so I thought I’d share some pictures and what I remember about the hike. Of course a geocache originally brought us here but it’s definitely well worth a visit for just the hike. We say we’re going to go back and hike it again every fall but it just never happens for various reasons.
I came across some old pictures while preparing to upgrade my computer and found a bunch from the neat things we saw while geocaching. A few years back we went on a two day road trip with a friend so we could get the counties and grids we need for the PA Delorme Challenge and the county challenge which we sadly still haven’t finished but that’s another story for another day.
I came across some old pictures while preparing to upgrade my computer and found a bunch from the neat things we saw while geocaching. In July 2002 miners working in the Quecreek mine broke into an old abandoned mine that was flooded. The water quickly flooded their mine trapping them underground. Rescue operations began quickly. and after being trapped for 77 hours the miners were all rescued and all of them survived.
We decided to go for a quick cache near Cove Park today. It was a near a neat area near an old dam. Nice quick walk and one couldn’t ask for a nicer day to do this. We happened to notice this woolly bear caterpillar on the trail. They remind me of he stuff my grandparents used to say. Of course things like this predicting weather is complete bullshit but still it’s was a nice memory Saw this little guy crossing the trail.
I really haven’t paid much attention to GPSrs recently since we haven’t really been getting out to geocache much. That will change in a couple of years but it just makes sense tow wait until we have a reliable vehicle to get out caching often since by that time there will likely be newer models if we want to upgrade our old Garmin 60csx. I just came across the Garmin 62S now.
Well I had an [Earthmate PN-40 “Delorme PN-40](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FVLTNA?ie=UTF8&tag=deth&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001FVLTNA">DeLorme “Earthmate PN-40 “Delorme PN-40”) which I liked a lot. It had good accuracy from what I could tell but I never really got the chance to use it. The first time I got very short battery life. I returned it and they repaired it. The second time I got it back and it just didn’t power on. Then I received it again and If I had to guess I put the batteries in backwards and it didn’t work.
Garmin’s customer support rocks. My 60csx was 2 years old and for no reason wouldn’t acquire satellites. We were on our way to Philly to visit my family when this happened and it was during vacation so it cut down on our geocaching but this stuff happens. On our way down the turnpike I thought many times of throwing the GPS out the window but didn’t I left it sit at the window all night and still had a blank satellite screen in the morning.
Last Saturday we did some caching in the coal region of PA. That’s always an interesting area to visit for me. Growing up I went to the mountains with my grandfather in the Hazleton area and some of the older people there were miners at one time. I learned a lot from them and enjoyed their interesting stories. Odd thing is is the one cache was in an area where the PA DEP had filled in the strip mines but not to the original contour of the land.
I just saw that Garmin is releasing a new GPS. From what I read they may have actually improved over the 60csx. I think I will be getting on as soon as I can. I’m looking forward to playing with it. The best thing about it is the fact that it seems to support paperless caching better by having the cache write up and previous logs right on the GPS. That means we wouldn’t have to use the ipaq for caching which would be a good thing since Molly has a habit of letting the battery die completely in it.
We attended a geocaching event held by Phideo over the weekend that was held at a place we’d never been to before. It was just one of those times when geocaching brings us to a great place we’d never been to before. It was held at Strawberry Hill Nature Center & Preserve. It was really a nice place and I was thankful they allowed us to geocache there. We are lucky enough to have to return for more caches too!
Last week was Molly’s vacation and we had wanted to work on the Pennsylvania Delorme and all county challenges. We were able to hook up with Geometeacher from York and had a great two day trip in western Pa. We got to see some pretty cool things. One of the caches we did gave you a view of the I 80 bridge over the Allegheny river. I had been over it and never realized how height it actually is.
We went to the Hazleton area caching and had a blast. I think we found 25 caches and had 3 DNFs. Blew off some the hiking ones to save for another day but I do want to do them. It was nice to go through some areas I’ve been to but not in about 10 years. We got two boxes of the Senapes Pitza and ate one almost immediately. I finished the other one the next day.
Friday we tried to place a cache on an island in the middle of a creek but we just weren’t going to be able to make it work. It was way too close to another one. We had fun trying though. Molly wanted to try to avoid the mud that sucks your feet in so waded downstream as the water got deeper. Finally she ended up having to swim while I held the GPSrs above the water.
Last Saturday we went geocaching along the Conestoga trail in southern Lancaster county. I just love that part of the county! It’s more rugged that NW Lancaster where we live. This picture just doesn’t do the place justice at all but here it is. Suzies HoleThis photo is of Suzies hole near Pequea in Lancaster County Suzies hole near Pequea is an area where the pequea creek runs through a gorge.
York County Geocaching Society‘s Fourth Thursday was a great time last night. We have to be thankful in this area for all the DoverDoggs do for caching. They plan these monthly events that so many people enjoy. They had the meeting at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse in Hanover Pa. That food was good! I want more. There’s a bunch of caches in that area that we haven’t found but we got too late of a start to find any yesterday.
I know it’s not exactly new anymore but I thought I’d post my thoughts on it. I picked one up last August after my old Magellan Meridian Color was wearing out. After falling on some rocks near the Appalachian trail on NJ in a down pour the screen fogged up. I figured it was time for a new one. Molly needed a GPS because her etrex legend was falling apart and I decided it would be easier if we had the same ones.
These days, any package can raise alarm1 This is unusual. A cache was discovered there was no overreaction. They even put the cache back in its hiding spot and probably did a better job at it than some cachers do. Over all I think it was a pretty positive article considering some of the others out there. edited post to remove dead link. ↩︎
We took part in an adopt a highway today for the York county geocaching society. Makes me wonder why we even have to to this.. I mean why do people need to just throw trash along the side of the road. We found a propane tank and a pretty big truck tire among other things one doesn’t just fall out without you noticing. There were some other bigger things but I don’t remember what they are.
Yesterday we did a short hike and some geocaching at Governor Dick Near Mount Gretna.