7th Annual Ice Cream Social

It’s that time of year again………….

Ice Cream time!

This is the 7th summer of getting together for some food, ice cream and geochat.  Meet outside at the tables!

August 13, 2016

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

374 E. Chestnut Hill Road
Newark, DE 19713

May 2016 – Cacher of The Month

Caching Name: C1nn4m0n
Real Name: Cinnamon

1. How did you become involved in geocaching?
I honestly can’t remember how I first heard of it. I know that it was sometime before 2007 because that is when my account was created, but I didn’t start until 2011 full of cabin fever and needing something to do. After the first find it was an instant addiction!

2. How did you choose your caching name?
It is a name I’ve used on the internet for years

3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?
I enjoy all types of caches though my favorite are those that involve a nice hike in an awesome location or other such awesome adventure on the way to the final destination. I tend to get easily frustrated with puzzles when I can’t immediately grasp the concept. At times I will put them down for a while and when I come back with fresh eyes the correct approach is more obvious. I am always a bit disappointed when a very tough puzzle ends in something like an LPC.

4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?
Physical: GC20C8 Maryland High Point Cache – I got this one over the summer and it was a killer hike but so worth it once I got to the top and got my certificate!
Mental: GC1Q36F Time to Unwind – The entire experience of this cache was awesome and the puzzle(s) were some of the toughest and most fun yet!

5. What are your current geocaching goals?
I’m attempting to finish my D/T grid – only one block left which I hope to get sometime in November.

6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?
I can’t pick just one, I want to go everywhere!

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?
There are so many but I think that GC4K508 The Emma Giles ranks up there because it was so incredible to see those shipwrecks right outside of Baltimore. WVTim and Spring Grove runs are always a lot of fun, but the best and most memorable experiences have more to do with the fun had with the friends I’m out with than the caches themselves.

8. What do you like about geocaching?
I love that it gets me outside and works both my mind and body. I love the people it has introduced me to and the way that it’s been able to add fun to everyday situations. I also really love to cache on vacation to see things off the beaten path.

9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?
So many! A notable few are:
GC82B5: Manunka Chunk Tunnels
GC4K508: The Emma Giles
GC12QX4: Maryland’s Most Haunted: The Secret Room
GC513WZ: The Capitol – A historic Frederick Geo-Adventure
GC1PWNV: Antietam – The Bloodiest Day
GC2HN2H: Raiders of the Lost Cache

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
I love to hike and kayak, basically anything outside – even if it doesn’t involve caching.

April 2016 – Cacher of the Month

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Caching Name: hostanut

Real Name: Preston Littleton

1. How did you become involved in Geocaching?

Our daughter and son-in-law (dww9) asked Genie (LadyH) and I to go along with them to do something they thought we would enjoy. After finding 2 caches I told them that it was FUN and wanted to do more….their reply “There are NO more geocaches in Sussex County! We only found 8 caches in the first 7 months because other interests took precedence at the time.

2. How did you choose your caching name?

I was a NUT about hostas….hence hostanut. At a peak I had over 725 hostas (with over 325 varieties) growing in my yard. Besides growing hostas I was busy traveling to conventions and meetings nationwide, was vice-president and newsletter editor for the Delmarva Hosta Society, and webpage developer (would you guess it was about hostas).

3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?

Any type as long as it takes me to historic, scenic or interesting spots. Virtuals do hold a special place in my heart. I also enjoy working on most puzzles.

4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?

Some days I can’t find a D1/T1 cache and other days high Dif caches are easy to find.

Many of Rehobch’s puzzles are extremely challenging ….MENTALLY.

Caches with a lot of elevation change are becoming more and more PHYSICALLY challenging.
GC1169 Mission 9: Tunnel of Light and GC1NKTA CAM 2009- Hoye Crest were 2 of the toughest on me.

5. What are your current geocaching goals?
-Have FUN caching
-Continue to grab the oldest caches
-Look for caches with high Favorite Points
-Seek caches in counties that that I have not cached in.
-Continue to search for Benchmarks
-LadyH is retiring on 4/29/16 so I look forward to even more caching trips and having LadyH accompany me on FTF runs.

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

Alaska, Hawaii, and Rhode Island (Yes I need a cache in RI)

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?

I have so many memorable caching experiences and hope to make even more (including on a planned 15 state trip this summer). Caching with friends whether caching together for a few hours or on a multi day trip has given me many memories.
Family memorable caching experiences include:-The story of our grandson Nick doing GCPTWP Sandy Pt. cache with us when he was about 20 months old and walking almost the whole .8 mile down the beach to and from the cache. Nick would stop from time to time to toss a stone into the water. Lady H was fortunate to capture a picture of Nick with the stone mid-air.

-GCYN89 UP-UP AND AWAY because I was able to experience it with my step-son DEfire52 on his second day of caching and see the delight in his face when he discovered the unique cache.

8. What do you like about geocaching?

The friends I have made because of caching…….we now do other things together…..picnics, campfires, traveling, visiting and sharing our lives.

Geocaching is like a vacation guide……it takes you to historic sites, places with awesome views and places you might not know existed without caching.

9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?

– GC4NGCW The Patriarch Tree
– GC51NTF WGD 2014 – Courtyard
-any cache that I an FTF on….NOT necessarily because of the cache but because of the feeling of getting an FTF.

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?

Vacationing and spending time with the grand-daughter (singin4cache).

 

 

Northern DE Monthly Midweek Dinner Event – May

When: Wednesday May 18, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00pm
Where: Hollywood Grill 1811 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE 19803
Close to PA and NJ – Pennsylvania and Jersey cachers encourage to attend.

Northern De Monthly Midweek Dinner – April

The event will be held in Pike Creek at Pirees Piri Piri Grill

5335 Limestone Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808

in the Shoppes at Limestone Hills Tuesday 4/12/2016 from 6-8 pm.

We will have a portion of the dining room sectioned off for us geocachers. You can order as you come in and they will deliver it to your table.

Bring travel bugs to trade.

LadyH’s Retirement Party

Come celebrate with LadyH as she starts her first day of retirement!!!!!

DATE: APRIL 30, 2016
TIME: 1PM – 6PM
WHERE: R&R Grill
30739 Sussex Hwy, Laurel DE

Delaware Coinfest and Pot-Luck

Delaware Caching Committee welcomes you to the first CoinFest Event!

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 11:00 until 2:00pm
Bring your coin collection! Bring your trade items. Trading is optional! Bring an item for the potluck!!
There are 8 tables in the pavilion however, if you have a small folding table and chair to bring, please do so. That way there will be plenty of room to spread out and look at the coins.

Oklahoma meets Delaware

An Okie is coming to the Northeast and would like to meet local cachers to find out what caches he should get while in the area! Come by Iron Hill Brewery from 6:30 to 7:30 (or hang around until they close) to hang out with your regular caching buddies and to meet an Okie! Bring your personal geoswag if applicable. Since I haven’t actually been to this place I’m not sure about their facilities but we will be flexible and maybe see about a private room if there is enough interest.

March 2016 – Cacher of the Month

 

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Caching Name: MidnightsRaiders

Real Name:  Laurie & Gene Salimbeni

1.     How did you become involved in geocaching?                                               Laurie had read about it in the newspaper and thought that it looked interesting and an activity that we could do together.  After Laurie finished chemotherapy in December 2006 she received a gps for Christmas and out we went.  We didn’t know anyone who did this activity and we were so naïve as to what we were doing and how to operate a gpsr.  We started down our driveway with Garmin etrex in hand only to realize the cache was not as close as we thought.  So we hopped in our car and made our way there.  We never did find that first one as we kept asking ourselves “what the heck is a micro?”

2.     How did you choose your caching name?                                                  The first part was the name of our doggie Midnight.  The second part Gene came up with at random.  We are usually called “The Raiders” or when we are not together Mr. Raiders and Mrs. Raiders; and we’ve had quite a few FTF runs at the midnight hour!

3.     What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?                                                                                      Mr. Raiders likes those that are physically challenging.  Mrs. Raiders enjoys really well thought out hides and caches where the owner was creative with the name or container.  Virtuals and earth caches are almost guaranteed to take you to an interesting location and puzzles are mostly fun for the brain cells.
4.     Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?                                                                               Where in the World is Six-Pac GC2HP5W had a mental challenge that Mrs. Raiders worked through and a physical challenge that Mr. Raiders took on.  He needed rope climbing gear to get to the cache.

Another fun physical one was High & Low GCQNG5 – this one was a 3 stage cache that involved tree climbing, an easy 2nd stage, followed by some crawling around in the Wind Cave to find the secret room and hiding spot of the cache.

The now archived Russian roulette series was by far the most mentally challenging for us.  We learned a lot about how things can be hidden on the cache page, source code and more.

5.     What are your current geocaching goals?                                    Well we had a pretty ambitious list for 2015 so taking it a bit easy for 2016.  We want to reach 100 hides (we’ve done this with our new CLUE TOO series GC68VG9).

We want to find more Cache across America caches (we have 19).

We want to find more MD counties and DE & MD Delorme grids.

Lastly we want to continue our consecutive monthly FTF streak.  We are approaching 3 years with our streak of 32 months.

6.     Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?    Finish all 50 states in the US.  We have Hawaii and most of the Midwest to do yet.  Also we would love to go to New Zealand.

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?                         So many…. High & Low GCQNG5 in the Wind Cave; caravanning to our first GeoWoodstock in Warren, PA and getting the AGT and other interesting caches along the way; going for GC: Nocturnal GC15MAJ;

Hosting WWFM Star Wars event GC47TAK where we had over 80 cachers and tons of muggles as we battled on the planetarium sidewalk with our light sabers as the traffic went by; going to Mt. Washington summit and getting the webcam cache and adding our painted rock to the 9/11 memorial cache GC1D9A.  Really, we could go on and on.

8.     What do you like about geocaching?                                              Mr. Raiders likes the adventures and physically challenging caches.  Mrs. Raiders likes the stats, the maps, the friends, new places to see, socializing with other cachers and group nighttime caching!!!

9.     Do you have some favorite caches in the area?                           Mrs. Raiders really enjoyed Litepolz GC186JH that she did with her sisters– Green Eyed Gal and Delaware Girl and non-caching sister Tag-along-sis.  Such a simple, yet tricky hide – wait a minute calculate that again, are you sure that’s where to go?

We also enjoyed the virtual GCH92R Tomorrow’s House from Yesterday – 2

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?                                  Mr. Raiders enjoys photography, rugby and trail running.  He has run in the 26+ mile Megatransect in Central PA and was a finisher in the physically grueling Super Spartan Race in NJ.

Mrs. Raiders – How would there be time for any? Besides, geocaching can be incorporated into everything.  Like doing puzzles? Geocaching’s got it.  Want to kayak or bike or hike? Go geocaching. Want to visit a historical place – bet there are caches hidden there.  Want to hang out with friends? Create or attend an event or just plan a caching adventure.  Want to see our beautiful National Parks? – You guessed it, plenty of earth and virtual caches.  Want to have fun with our grandkids MaddieSal TheScienceGal and MisterMan – bring them along caching so they can find a “treasure”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAM 2016 Kickoff Event – North (GC6B4D7)

The Maryland Geocaching Society
invites you to the CAM 2016 Opening Day Kickoff Event

at
Wegmans Market Café
21 Wegmans Blvd
Abingdon, MD 21009
on
Saturday, March 26th
7.30–8.30am