Random thoughts, rants, raves and photo opportunities

2007 - Caching Challenge: Clear Water Park (GCZDA7)

Caching Challenge:  Clear Water Park (GCZDA7) by bflentje 

I believe in the principle that hiding a geocache on or near, or masquerading as, electrical equipment is generally speaking, a pretty bad idea.  But here's a geocache where I've built the electrical hazard message right into the cache container.  This geocache is part of my Caching Challenge series and has had pretty good feedback.

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Again, I want to emphasize that there can be danger on and near electrical equipment.  With the exception of this one hide, I do not support the placement of geocaches anywhere on or around electrical equipment.

2006 - Ground Zero, New York City, NY

This photograph was taken on Tuesday, June 13th, 2006.  While on a family vacation to New York City, we had the privilege to stop by the World Trade Center site to pay our respects to those lost on that fateful day back in 2001.

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2006 - Ladder Company 10, New York City, NY

While touring around Manhatten on foot, we stumbled upon Ladder Company 10, located less than a block from the World Trade Center Complex.  The Ten House was effectively THE first responder following the devastation on September 11th, 2001.  Many of the original FDNY firefighters were killed on that horrific day.  The fine gentlemen manning the station now went out of their way to be kind, answer questions, and let the kids snoop around.

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2006 - Lair (GC5D2D)

Lair (GC5D2D) by ka0atu

My brother Chad and I took a break from turkey hunting today and decided to go hunt for this historical cache.  Driving up the Minimum Maintenance Forest Road was no problem for our high clearance vehicle as we found parking near the trail gate, which is as close as you're going to get while driving.  The hike to the top took quite the effort but knowing what was in store above made it all worth it.

Upon arrival, we tiptoed our way into the opening slowly as there are rumors that critters have been known to camp out inside..  big critters.. as in mountain lions and bobcats.  Luckily, the Lair was vacant for us today and we were able to explore around at our liesure.  We scored the geocache with little bother and took some time to run through the historical logbook.

Once we were finished within the cave, we headed for the summit to check out the view.  Spectacular.  The majestic view was gorgeous and the only thing that could have made it better was if summer were upon us rather than the drab, brown, look of spring.

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2005 - Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Our first trip to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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