Easter Break

Did everyone have a good Easter holiday? I did…sort of. I was suppose to be off work, my first holiday off in years, but that didn’t happen. Naturally someone called off, go figure. Why someone that calls off all the damn time gets scheduled so much, and on a holiday of all things…well there’s a reason she’s called Chief Bitch! I guess it wasn’t so bad, because I only had to do the first half of the shift, then got to get on with my plans.

I told my parents I was working so I wouldn’t have to deal with either of them or their families. My plans were to cache with my man, which we still got to do, just a late start. Caching Gods were not good to me! I had a very unsuccessful day while my man was finding them all! Not normal, not normal at all. I still had fun though and got to spend some time with him, which is always wonderful! I spent today caching too! We had a lot more success! My man didn’t get to join but I got to meet some new cachers and hang out with the older group. They came my way, so that made it easy and fun. I finished up the more difficult ones around my house. I wish someone would pay me to travel the world and geocache, how fucking awesome would that be??

Before my caching adventure today, I called the Chief of the department I just interviewed at to explain about the ticket I forgot about. She was totally cool and understanding and said I wasn’t the only one. : ) How awesome is that? She was really really nice about it! Said letters are mailing out today and they should be to us by the end of the week. I’m still nervous! I was informed before my interview that I should be proud to make it this far. My old instructed was shocked to find out I have an interview because he said they never hire without 3-5 years experience and I have 1 month and 1 year exactly! I guess I should be proud, but I will be even more proud if I landed myself the job. Last week, after the interview, I wrote out a nice thank you card and mailed it to the Chief too. I hope that helps. I told her I was honored to interview with her and appreciated the time. She should have gotten it today at the very latest. Now I’m just trying to keep myself busy until that thing shows up!

This week is two days of Critical Care Paramedic, including a test I am suppose to be studying for, then next week is the FINAL!!!! Holy shit!!!! FINALS = Fuck I Never Actually Learned Shit : ) After that I hope to be back in the blogging world! I miss being here, reading your stories, and posting my own. So if I vanish for a while, I’m preparing. But I promise to post as soon as I get my letter. Have a great week all!

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Geocaching Adventure

I recently met some geocachers, most have been caching since long before me. Others started about the time I did or after me. Either way, it was completely awesome to meet some new people that love caching like I do! What brought meeting these new people? Well…boredom when I started a 5am shift at work and 14 new caches placed that same morning! How wonderful! It gave me something to get out of the building and the hell hole of that job and I had fun. Cached alone and meet people out doing the same. It was great! Started talking and had a blast.

Then recently a new cache was hidden…ok, 3 weeks prior, but no one had found it. Can you believe it, 3 weeks with no find…not one?? So I started reading and this is what it said:

I made this multi fairly quickly last night.  Mainly because of one cache I made a few weeks back. This will probably be the most evil little nano multi you have ever done.  Good luck and Happy Hunting.

Nanos? Uh! I hate nanos but what the hell? So off I headed, with my man first. Read the logs and one person found stage one but that was it. Most people won’t log DNFs, but those that did equaled 9. Crap! Oddly enough I found stage one in very little time. Crazy!! Coordinates were off by 20 feet, but I got it. For the record, this cache had a difficulty rating of 4.5 and to make matters worse, owner said coordinates were off too! Shit! But I found one, talk about some camo! It was a tiny piece of bark that went into the tree and I only found it because the color was slightly off.

So with the numbers, headed to stage 2 and started looking…nothing. It was getting late so my man said it was time to go. That’s ok, it was getting really cold anyway. So headed back the next day…still nothing. Two days and about 7 hours into this damn thing and got nothing. So I phoned one of these new caching friends I meet. He hadn’t been to it before but said he’d gather a group and head out. So we meet there and had a group of about 9 looking. I asked where their GPS said stage 2 was, started with that area since mine before got nothing and within 3 mins I found it!! Crazy!! I actually found it!

For your entertainment…stage two…

So off to stage 3 we go. Spent almost an hour looking, then some other cachers joined us. They drove by, recognized a few cars there and knew what we were looking for. So we all searched, everywhere! Nothing! We were about to give up then started breaking down everything about it. Still nothing. So finally we said, ok, time to move on. I didn’t want to give up so I gave it one last look and guess what…I found that one too!! Completely crazy!!! I couldn’t believe it! I found all 3, weird!

Stage 3…

It was awesome! Meeting new people and FINALLY solving this! Was so glad to have this one done! Plenty of new friends too! And my man thinks it’s great because if he can’t join me, I have other friends I can go with. How cool is that? So we are planning another day soon to go caching and I can’t wait! It’s keeping me occupied and busy, which is a good thing right now.

Geocaching, Keeping Me Busy

So…I’ve decided I want to find every single geocache in the world! I’m taking up a collection to support this…you in? Haha! How cool would that be?? Seriously, getting paid to cache…freaking awesome!! I found several on vacation, my man loves going with me. And I found several more today that were hidden while I was gone. That is what has kept me going at work too, it’s what gets me through my day! I love when people hide new ones for me in town, I’ve hidden a few that I keep up on, and I go around stalking new locations that could use a hide. It keeps me busy when stuck at hell which makes my time there better, thank god!

So who’s with me? Lets just quit our jobs, take up collections, and geocache the world!! : )

Geocaching and GPS Devices

I’m currently doing anything I can to keep my mind occupied. I’m SO hungry! Starving!! Surgery isn’t until 5pm therefore I’m dying of hunger! Ok…so I’m not “dying” but I am VERY hungry. To keep my mind off the hunger I’ve decided to blog…again. You getting tired of hearing from me, aren’t you? Sorry. This will be the last until after I recover. Today I’ve decided that I’d like to share a few things about geocaching. Recently I had a fellow cacher contact me because they couldn’t find my cache. They are new to the geocaching community and I decided I would help them out. A few e-mail exchanges later and they found it. I found out that this new geocacher is using a smart phone, nothing wrong with that, that’s how I got started, but if you really want to get into this sport I suggest you look into getting a GPS device.

You can go to the Geocaching website and search GPS reviews or visit the Guide to Buying a GPS Device page as well. You can also use the trusty google and see what’s to be said on there. In all my time reviewing, I’ve found Garmin to be the most popular device. I’ve also seen many cachers on the trails using a Garmin device. There are several other options out there, but around here Garmin is the most popular. I am currently caching with my iPhone and two Garmin devices. I use the iPhone geocaching application to look up information and hints on the caches but I use the GPS device to get me to the cache.

The first device that we use the majority of the time is the Garmin eTrex10. We have the older version but it works great for us! It’s small, reliable, durable, and waterproof. It gets us very close to the cache then we use a little geosense and hints to find the actual cache. No GPS will get you exactly to the spot because you don’t know how good the gps device is that the person placed the cache with and even if your device is the same it won’t read perfect. The eTrex gets us very close and has a great battery life. I love this little guy! Another advantage to this device is it’s relatively cheap making it great for people just getting started or anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot.

The second device we use is the Garmin GPSmap 60CSx which they don’t make anymore but here is their comparable device. This is also a great device, durable, reliable, and waterproof. Battery life is also great on this device however it’s larger than the eTrex. For guys this may not be a problem, but women’s pants have crappy pockets! I can’t get this device to fit so I prefer to carry the eTrex when we’re doing short caching and not carrying anything with us. However on longer trips and times when we are carrying more stuff this device is great! It’s slightly more accurate than the eTrex but they both get us relatively close and we just search from there.

The advantage to both these devices is when we’re doing a random, not planned, geocache adventure we can enter the caches right into the device. We can also plan the adventure and upload them into the devices before we leave. Either device is great! There is a reason why I decided to do a little review on the devices is because today in the mail I received a flyer from Cabela’s for their father’s day sale. My father will be receiving nothing more than a card from me, but on the flyer they had a section of GPS devices for sale. So check it out, there will be plenty of sales this father’s day. Find the device that is right for you.

My Favorite Geocaching Pictures

Here are some more pictures from our geocaching adventures.

The old school house, found 1 here.

The classic container…yep, I’ve hidden one that looks like this too.

Seen far too many “birdhouses” out there…poor birds are probably getting really confused lately!

Stumbled upon this one. Accidental find here.

Seen far too many of these, they are so small we usually pass them up every time!

Not gonna lie…we geocache on the job. We call it “Street Familiarization” or “Road Training.” Best part is…the boss joins in! Too bad we found all the ones in town, now we’re bored.

These guys can be tricky if the sun isn’t just right.

Cool old working telephone booth. This cache was called “Superman.”

The hint for this one is “yes, your hand goes in there.”

My cousins just love caching!

Beautiful view of yet more water in our area.

My cousin found the one we all passed up. As you can sort of see (or not) here, this was not an easy find.

This one was located in front of an urgent care…I love the heart in this cache, it just seems fitting.

Geocaching

As promised, here are a few geocaching pictures from our adventures. From time to time I will add more pictures, but here are a few I had on my phone, there are a bunch more on my computer!

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You never know what kind of speed limits you will find.

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Looks like the class clown made it high in the political system…I’d so do this!

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The last originalcovered bridge in our state that is fully functional.

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Firetower with a beautiful view!

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That’s a long way up!

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And this is the reward when you get to the top.

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Just beautiful!

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I love my area.

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It’s even more beautiful on a clear day.

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Overlooking river at one of many parks along the water.

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Another park, off another river. Great fishing hole.

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Another park on even more water.

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A wonderful vacation. This cache took us up a slick, steep hillside to overlook the entire town!

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More water.

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Another view overlooking the town.

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A small park that over looks the town with many caches in it.

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The other side of this park is level with the town.

I have many pictures of caches we found and the people I found them with, I will upload more pictures when I’m back with my computer. More views and examples of caches soon to come!