6th Annual Ice Cream Social

It’s that time of year again………….

Ice Cream time!

This is the 6th summer of getting together for some food, ice cream and geochat.  Meet outside at the tables!

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday August 15, 2015

374 E. Chestnut Hill Road
Newark, DE 19713

Delaware State Star Kickoff Event

Saturday, July 11th, 2014
Abbott’s Mill Nature Center
15419 Rd 620 Milford, Delaware
8:30am – 10:30am
We hope to see everyone there to enjoy the new state star!!!

Delaware was one of the 13 colonies participating in the American Revolution and on December 7, 1787, became the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby becoming known as The First State.

The Delaware State Star is made up of 51 Unknown/Puzzle caches. You will need to solve multiple choice questions about “The Small Wonder State” for puzzle answers and cache coordinates.

A Desert Rat Lost in Delaware

Where & When

July 3, 2015
Wyoming Park, Wyoming, Delaware
6 pm to 7pm maybe longer (that’s 1800 to 1900 hrs for you military or international types.)

In town visiting family in Delaware for a week. The day of the event is my second to last full day in Delaware before heading back to my desert home of Southern Utah. I have not had the opportunity to meet many geocachers from Delaware so I’m hoping to change that.

June 2015 – Cacher of the Month

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Caching Name: Crafty Wolf
Real Name: David and Janet MacDonna

1. How did you become involved in geocaching?
While Janet was in Vet school, our neighbor in Stillwater, OK introduced us. He took us and group of friends on a puzzle cache adventure around town. (Painted Walls GL1B167Q). We were intrigued enough that he took us on a few more the next day. We then decided to create our own handle and started caching on our own once David found an App for his old phone that worked.

2. How did you choose your caching name?
David loves wolves and Crafty was Janet’s Girl Scout Camp name. We find caches together so we combined them to form our name.

3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?
Typically “traditional,” but it depends on the location and what is around. All are fun however some of the puzzle ones are very complex.

4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?
There was this one puzzle/ multi in Oklahoma that was very frustrating. We got the clue wrong 2-3 times and one time ended up by this abandoned house and a police officer stopped us for loitering. We still were FTF! (Philosopher’s Journey GC2Q3GA)

The most exhausting physically was one off a bluff lookout on the Illinois River. We canoed all day on the river then hiked 3 miles to the cache. We were sunburnt, dehydrated and with cramped muscles—however we found the cache!! (SparrowHawk Vista – Illinois River GC5D81)

5. What are your current geocaching goals?
Have fun and continue to cache. Try to cache a little more frequently. Hide more caches.

6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?
New Zealand

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?
There was a cache on an island the middle of Lake Boomer in Stillwater OK. David walked out on the semi frozen lake during his lunch break from work. Janet was waiting for the call from Stillwater Police that David was rescued from falling through the ice; however, David made it safely to the island and back!

8. What do you like about geocaching?
Love seeing different places and the thrill of the find. Like how caching gets everyone outside and has a reasonably low cost to get and stay involved. How almost any age can participate and that it is really fun getting new people involved!

9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?
UD’s Solar system, Mike Ott’s Route 9 Series

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
Skiing, walking and hiking with our 2 Alaskan Malamutes, game nights with friends, and cooking.

Kayaking The James Branch Water Trail

June 13, 2015
Start Time: 9:00am
End Time: 9:30am
Location: Records Pond State Boat Ramp

Grab your kayak or canoe, and all your other gear and lets go for a paddle.
Event is a meet and greet for 30 minutes to discuss Water Caching, Safety, and help for novice paddlers. Then we push off East on the James Branch Water Trail.

April – Cacher of the Month

 

Caching Name:  Evanspack

Real Name:  Jan Evans

 

1. How did you become involved in geocaching?
In 2006, when my son was a young teenager, I tried to find a hobby that we could both participate in. I had heard about geocaching and thought this might be something we could do together as a family. We cached together for the first couple months, but he soon lost interest. I did not!

2. How did you choose your caching name?
I wanted a name that would include both me and my son. A pack of Evans’, so Evanspack was created!

3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?
I prefer virtuals, although they are quite a challenge to find now. I like that virtuals take you to some cool location! Since there are not many virtuals around, I will try to find a traditional that takes me somewhere historic!

4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?
Some puzzle caches have become a real challenge for me. I will work on puzzles off and on until I am completely stumped. Sometimes I will write the CO for help.

5. What are your current geocaching goals?
I would like to become the number one cacher in Delaware! No, I am kidding!
Here are my real (which are all attainable) goals.
1. State Stars
2. Oldest cache challenge
3. 30 earth caches in 30 days challenge
4. 30 State challenge

6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?
I have always wanted to do the ET trail! It is a rite of passage for all geocachers I have heard!!

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?
I have had quite a few. Caching with 12 women, in three days completing 4 states comes to mind. I have gone on a lot of crazy caching trips with my caching friends!

8. What do you like about geocaching?
I like that you get to see a lot of unique and interesting locations that may have gone unnoticed if not for a geocache.

9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?
I like Mike Ott caches, he will always take you on a nice hike in a nice area.

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
I like to run in the early AM!

November – Cacher of the Month

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Caching Name: Geoliottis

Real Name: Chris Gigliotti

1. How did you become involved in geocaching?
A friend from work introduced me to it, about 7 years ago, after she learned I had bought a GPS. I couldn’t believe that caches existed and were all around me without my knowing!

2. How did you choose your caching name?
My son came up with the name. “Geoliottis” is just a play-off of our last name. I went under “csgig” for a while after I first started, but changed it after he gave me the idea.

3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?
I mostly prefer traditional caches. I won’t pass up a multi, but I don’t go looking for them. I will do a Virtual if I discover I’m near one. I typically find myself frustrated over puzzle caches…something I’m trying to get over!

4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically or mentally?
Although not physically challenging, every year we do the FSC Challenge and mentally pressure ourselves into getting it done over a two or three day period. We’ve been out in the dark using flashlights to get the last few in an area that we wouldn’t be able to get back to, or would not want to drive the distance, just go get one or two caches.

5. What are your current geocaching goals?
Other than getting numbers, my only other goal is to get one in as many states as I can.

6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?
I totally want to do the level 5 caches that you can only get to by kayak or boat. We rented a paddle boat and got one at Killens Pond last year and had a blast. I know DE has a lot more of them, but I don’t have a kayak or boat. One day…

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?
Definitely “A Devilish Hole” in the Poconos! One of my first several caches. We set out for a hike, not really knowing how the GPS worked. Walking off the beaten path in a true forest. We were so turned around we crossed the same creek three times, ruining four pairs of shoes. If took us over two hours but we wouldn’t stop until we found it…and we did. WAY more work than was necessary!

8. What do you like about geocaching?
I love the fun my family and I have every time we discover some place new, that we probably would have never discovered, unless we were caching. We’ve lived in DE since 1998 and we are constantly seeing and learning new things about De while caching.

9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?
I found one in Ocean City NJ called “A Chase around Ocean City” It was at a large gazebo and the container was a silver bison tube. The fun part was that there were a total of 25 containers hidden in various spots in and around the cords. If you found one and it wasn’t the right one, there was a note inside telling you to keep looking or asking “does this look like a silver bison tube?!” I found 14 before finally getting it right!

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
I’m actually pretty boring. We are involved in year round travel softball with our daughter, so that keeps us busy. Our son does baseball and soccer. Not much down time between all that and work. We also really enjoy watching sports on TV, and reality shows.

September – Cacher of the Month

 

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 Caching Name:  Scrapple-ers

Real Name:            John and Dawn Tomeski

1. How did you become involved in geocaching?
In April 2006, John’s brother, #1Papabear, came to visit from NC and said, “I have this cool new hobby for you to try, I think you’ll like it.”

Our first adventure was actually in Redden Forest, when they allowed caches, we got muddy and walked all over the woods and had the best time EVER, and we were HOOKED.

2.  How did you choose your caching name?
We live in Bridgeville. It is home to an apple orchard and a scrapple plant, so we did a little play on the name.

3.  What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?
Traditional are the most favored, but we LOVE virtuals because you learn and see so much more with them. NOT fans of puzzles.

4.  Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?
We like the physical challenges. We did one in NC that we had to walk on a guide wire (tight rope) over the top of a pond to get the cords and cross back to climb a tower about 150 ft high to get the cache. THAT WAS AWESOME!! Some of us had a little more difficulty crossing on the wire, when things start to jiggle and wiggle, ya kinda lose your balance.

5. What are your current geocaching goals?
We would like to travel a little more and find some unique caches. And maybe place a few more caches.

 6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?
Well, we’ve been mainly in the Mid-Atlantic states, I think we’d like to just head west and see wherer the GPSr takes us.

 7. What is your most memorable caching experience?
We have experienced so many different caches, there are some really challenging ones out there. We’ve been on a tightrope, in wells, under streets, climbed trees in the middle of a highway, kayaking, crossed a river on foot, and did the BLING trail in a day (can we say exhausting?) It really is hard to pinpoint one cache specifically.

8. What do you like about geocaching?
We love the adventure and the really great people we’ve become friends with. It is a great sport/hobby that anyone can do. We love travelling and getting off the highway.

 9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area? 
The kayak caches are really the most fun to us.

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
We are crafters, we make a lot of different wood crafts and small furniture.
John and the older kids (KATnissT and BMXer17) are fire fighters.
Brad (B.A.Tman) is going into 1st grade and plays baseball and ice hockey.

January Geocacher of the Month!

Mike Ott has been named the Geocaching.com Geocacher of The Month!!

http://blog.geocaching.com/2014/03/announcing-the-january-geocacher-of-the-month/

CONGRATS MIKE!!!!!

 

Timecachers Novels

Glenn (dinobalz) has written 2 books about American History.  The great thing about them is they use a form of Geocaching to “Discover” the details of history. They use a high-tech GPS to locate history beacons (see below).  Both novels are great to read and have just enough drama to keep you interested, while enlightening you to US history.   You don’t need to read them in order, you can read Pursuit of Liberty first if you want.

From Amazon:
Timecachers is a high-tech adventure story that transports present-day characters to the Cherokee Indian Removal of 1838.  Although the story should appeal to everyone, it will be especially interesting to a younger, technical audience.  It will also appeal to those who wish to learn more about Cherokee culture.

Pursuit of Liberty Follow the Timecachers on a chase through colonial Boston! For the last year, the Timecachers have been fulltime field test engineers of the LANav, a revolutionary navigational device capable of navigating through both space and time. When a malevolent engineer from a rival company steals one of the devices and accidentally transports himself to 1770, Adam, Sal, Alice, and Tom must follow him through a series of time beacons, taking them on a chase through the tumultuous and rebellious days of colonial Boston.

Link to books at Amazon: Timecachers

They are both available in paperback, and for Kindle, and Kindle Apps for PC and other “smart” devices (Phones etc.)