I Did It! 2,000!

I woke up this morning, knowing I wanted to get this done today.  I thought I was at 1,994 yesterday, but I was looking at my finds, and I had accidentally logged a cache I found last week twice.  So I had to find 6 before I found my 2,000.

The caches I found today were easy ones.  Two of them I walked a little more than a mile for.  It was cold, and snowing.  Well, not really snowing, but flurrying, is that a word?  It was 33 degrees and the wind was blowing hard.  A couple weren’t ones that I had planned on finding today.  There was a semi parked right next to one that I had planned on finding.  The Cleaning Man #5 was the first one I hadn’t planned, the other was Campus Conundrum IV.  They were finds 1,994 and 1,999.

This was at one of the caches I found today. It looks like someone had a little accident.
This was at one of the caches I found today. It looks like someone had a little accident.

The others were on the the River Parks Trails, three of which Extreme Mom had hidden.  They were Wave Park: River Parks Trail West, Not A Skirtlifter: River Parks Trail West, and Zero 217 North: River Parks Trail East.  The other cache I found was one I couldn’t find before.  I have no idea why, it was so easy.  It was Just Another Pile.

So I was up to 1,999.  As I said before, I knew which one I wanted to find for my 2,000.  TAG Cachers: adairmd.  After meeting my parents for lunch, we headed to the cache.  It was around 51 miles one way just to get this cache.  It was worth it.  I think it was cool that joytoy1963 hid a cache for me.

I'm holding my 2,000 find!
I’m holding my 2,000 find!

Below is an abandoned house that was across the street from the cache.  I wish I would have been by myself, I would have went inside and looked around.

creepy house

creepy house 2

creepy house 3

 

Now I’m on to 3,000.  I think it will be a while before I get to that number.  You never know though.  Thanks for visiting my blog!

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A 4/4 Hide

After our trip to Branson, blogged about here, I didn’t feel like going home yet.  I decided to go up Turkey Mountain and find a couple of caches.  The first one was Mountain Bike Bridge.  It was a real easy find.  Well, the reason was, M 5 and I were up there when we had talked about hiding one there.

bike bridge

It is hidden good, another one of M 5’s evil caches.  Well worth the hike up there.  I gave it a favorite point.

The other cache I found was Return to Turkey Mountain, hidden by Yogiabb.  He has a blog, Yogi’s Den, that I read often.  I recommend going over there to check it out.  I still had caches in Branson uploaded in my GPSr, so none of the Tulsa caches were loaded.  I had to look them up on my phone, and load them manually in my GPSr.  That was a mistake on this one.  I punched in a 117, instead of 177.  That put me quite a bit off.  So, since I knew there was only one other person to find this, I had to call him.  It was M 5.  He told me what to look for.  I still thought I had the right numbers in the GPSr.  I didn’t figure out until after I found it, that I had the wrong numbers.  This was a really good hide too.  I took a couple of self pictures, I finally used my small tripod.

Here I am at the cache.  I didn't realize how big my head was until I saw this picture.  I look like a troll.
Here I am at the cache. I didn’t realize how big my head was until I saw this picture. I look like a troll.

So, with that found, I drove to River Parks, to find some more caches.  I looked for a cache I had DNF’d before, just to find out it wasn’t there.  Extreme Mom rode her bike and replaced it while I was there.

While waiting for her, M 5 called and told me another cache hadn’t been found yet, so we thought.  No one had posted an online log.  It is a harder cache, a 4/4.  It was pretty close to this one, so I met him there.  We looked for a very long time, and couldn’t find it.  After we left, we found out someone had found it.  No one has since he found it.

I found five other caches that day.  Most were easy ones.  It was a fun day geocaching.  I’ll leave you with more pictures.

I climbed up this to get to the right trail.
I climbed up this to get to the right trail.
Self picture from Turkey Mountain overlooking Tulsa.
Self picture from Turkey Mountain overlooking Tulsa.
Walking on the yellow trail.
Walking on the yellow trail.
You never know what you will find up here.
You never know what you will find up here.
Now on the blue trail.
Now on the blue trail.
Found this tent along River Parks.
Found this tent along River Parks.

Thanks for visiting!

Silver Dollar City, Spring Break 2013

I know, I’m out of school, and have been for 25 years.  Wow, yes, 25 years.  I’m getting old.  I made a trip, with my Mom and Sister to Branson, Missouri for the first time this year.  It was Spring Break Days at Silver Dollar City.  I had to work Friday night, so we left Saturday afternoon.  It was a perfect day for driving, and anything else you want to do outside.  Looking ahead, I wish we would have went to SDC when we arrived in Branson.  We didn’t.  We waited until Sunday morning.  What a different with the two days.  We woke up to cold rainy weather Sunday morning.  We were going to SDC no matter what kind of weather it was.

We got there way before almost anyone else did.  We went in before the park rides were open, so we could eat breakfast at the park.  It was delicious as usual.  There is a brand new wooden roller coaster at the park, that my sister was wanting to ride.  The new coaster is called, The Outlaw Run.  When we got done with breakfast, the chains were still up, and rides weren’t open yet.  We walked to one of them, and there was a SDC citizen standing guard, I guess making sure no one stepped over the chain.  He asked us if we were going to ride the new coaster.  My sister said, YES!  He let us go on in.  They opened it up early.  He told us the line was so long the two days before, they decided to let people start riding early.

First Run of the Day
First Run of the Day

I don’t know who the three guys were, but here is one that made the first run of the day.  The other two are standing to his right.

My Sister waiting in line
My Sister waiting in line
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Now she’s getting ready to start.

She’s in the pink.  We weren’t prepared for the cold.  Both, Mom and Sister, had to buy extra hoodies to stay warm.  When she was done, I asked her if she liked it.  She said it was okay.  I asked if she wanted to ride it again, she said no.  She didn’t like it.  The only thing to keep you from falling out, is a bar across your lap.  When you make the three barrel rolls, you can feel yourself coming out of the seat.  She didn’t like that.  You’re probably asking yourself, why didn’t I ride it.  Well, when it comes to roller coasters, I am a wienie!  I can’t ride them.

Stagecoach outside The Outlaw Run
Stagecoach outside The Outlaw Run

This was the only roller coaster that was open while we were there.  The other coasters can’t open if it’s under 40 deg outside.  It was 38 when we were there.  I don’t know why The Outlaw Run was open, but not the others.  Maybe because this one is wooden and the others aren’t?  That’s the only thing I can think of.  We didn’t stay very long.  They were cold, and there was no shows open either.  It was weird  people were riding the American Plunge.  I think they were crazy.  It’s a water ride.  They had to be freezing!

This looks like a floaating tractor
This looks like a floaating tractor
A man of many characters. Terry Sanders and I
A man of many characters. Terry Sanders and I
Yes, even this is open, although no one was riding it.

We stayed two nights.  Of course, I grabbed a couple of geocaches.  Thanks for visiting.

Space Capsule In Talala?

Really, a space capsule in Talala?  Well, the first question you probably have is, what and where is Talala.  Talala is a small town in Northeast Oklahoma.  Here is a map of Talala.

The second question you probably have is, a space capsule in Oklahoma.  Well, sort of.  Okay, here’s the story.  Way back in the late 50’s, so I’ve heard, a bridge over Oolagah lake was being built.  As one of the cement truck was making it’s way to the bridge, it flipped over.  How, I don’t know.  It was full of cement, and was very heavy.  So, they took the truck, but left the cement filled tank.  It still sits there today.  Through the years, it’s been painted every which way you can think of.  You know people can’t let anything alone without defacing it.  I don’t know how long it’s been painted the way it is today, but now it’s painted to look like a space capsule.

I'm here with the "space Capsule".
I’m here with the “Space Capsule”.

I didn’t get a good picture of it behind me, but someone even attached thrusters, or what ever you call them, on the bottom? of it.

Of course, there is a geocache hidden here.  I won’t tell you where it is, but it’s very easy to find.  It was called, what else, Space Capsule In Talala??  I’m so glad there was a geocache here, it’s another place I would have never found if it weren’t for geocaching.

Space Capsule

In the two pictures above, you can see the cement that was left.  Enjoy the other pictures I took.

Space capsule 2

Space Capsule 3

Sunday River Parks Geocaching 3-3-2013

So on Sunday, I got out early, and found a cache that I had been saving, because it was a high difficulty.  I thought it was at a different place than it was.  When I got to GZ, it was in a tree.  I thought, by looking at Google Maps, that it was on the bank of the creek.  I was more visible, and River Parks was busy.  I didn’t spend as much time as I thought I would on this one.  I got lucky and seen a little part of the container.

The Pedestrain Bridge on the West Side of the River
The Pedestrain Bridge on the West Side of the River

Then it was on to another cache that I had a DNF on.  I still couldn’t find it.  It’s across the Pedestrian Bridge, and it was windy and cool. As I got to GZ, it started stinking.  It smelled like a room full of guys that had just eaten a lot of beans, if you know what I mean.  The last time I looked for this one, it stunk, but not as bad as thins time.  Quite a bit of water was running out of the pipe this time.

I think this was the source of the stink!
I think this was the source of the stink!

I couldn’t look to long, the smell was just to bad.  I moved on.

I had to meet my parents for lunch, so I met them.  After that, I went back to caching.

As I found the rest of the caches for the day, I noticed I was following my caching buddy, M 5.  He was on his bike though, and was quite a way ahead of me.  I found eight more.  Two of them were in rocks.  It seems Extreme Mom loves hiding caches in rocks.  Today though, I walked right to the exact spot she hid them in.  It was like out GPSr’s were in perfect alignment.  On my way from one cache to another, I don’t remember which ones, I noticed two Bald Eagles standing in a sand bar.

Bald Eagles
Bald Eagles

It’s hard to see them in the picture, but they are there.

The last cache of the day, I have to admit, I had to use my PAF option.  That’s Phone A Friend.  I had to call M 5 for help.  I finally found it.

I had a fun time finding more Extreme Mom caches.  I still need to find some others she has hidden along River Parks.  Those seem to attract muggles though.

Thanks for visiting.  For more pictures of the Saturday and Sunday, visit My Flickr Page.

Saturday River Parks Geocaching 3-2-2013

I’m at 1,970 geocache finds now.  Closer to 2,000, but not as close as I thought I would be.  Today is a gloomy day, so I thought I would catch up on my blog posts.  I hope this will make you happy Sharon!  Sharon is a coworker who told me I needed to update my blog more often.  I need to anyway, while I can still remember what happened on certain days.

Last weekend, I made another trip to River Parks.  Extreme Mom hid some more geocaches.  I found some of them Saturday, and more Sunday.  So on Saturday, as I was driving down Riverside Pkwy, I went by the rugby field, and there was a game going on.  I had to stop, and watch.  It was my first rugby match.  I can say, I have no idea what the rules are.  I thought it looked fun though.

Tulsa Rugby
Tulsa Rugby

I stayed probably 15 or 20 minutes.  I have no idea who was winning, I didn’t see a score.  I did hear someone say the other team was from Kansas City.

Okay, on to the geocaching part of the post.  From here, I went to the pedestrian bridge.  My first stop was at the bridge, I made a quick find, and took a picture.

On the Pedestrian Bridge
On the Pedestrian Bridge

Th Pedestrian Bridge is an old railroad bridge that crosses the Arkansas River in Tulsa.  I was on to another cache hidden in the rocks.  This one didn’t take as long as the other one did, the one written about here.  This time, anyone walking by could see me.  I wonder what people thought of me jumping from one rock to another.  I don’t care, I found the cache.

I seen a guy riding a unicycle.
I seen a guy riding a unicycle.

I found four more caches along the trail, all of them hidden by Extreme Mom.  There were two others, but it was getting dark, so I decided to walk back to my car.

It was a fun day walking and geocaching.  Oh, and watching my first rugby match.  Another thing, I almost got hit by someone playing disc golf.  I was watching them, so I knew it was coming.

I hope you enjoyed my Saturday.  If you want to see more pictures, of both Saturday, and Sunday, visit My Flickr Page.  I’m going to back date this so I won’t jumble the posts in one day.

2,000

Well, I’m getting close to 2,000 finds.  I don’t know when I’ll get it, but it will be soon.

I plan on finding TAG Cachers: adairmd for my 2,000th find.  joytoy1963 was nice enough to hide a cache named for me, so I thought I’d choose that one.  Thanks joytoy.

That’s all I have for today.  I’ll make a blog post when I do find it.