IroquoisArcher
Finished the Rock Run trail in a day. It is by Moshannon Park kinda close (20-30 miles??) to John and Normas camp. Is a figure 8 with one side 5+ and the other 8+. RRT is marked in blue and the ANF (Allegheny Nation Forest??) is marked in yellow and they share a large section of the larger, south, loop. Late start from home to there so decided to only do the north (5+) loop and then pick up my pack at the car and camp for the night. You have to hike in approx. 3/10 mile on the ANF trail to where it meets the RRT. When did the north loop the directions I was using said now you did 3.9 mi. so had .3 in and .3 out so you had to do just a very small section of the south loop...only they didn't mark the turn around point. With different searching did 14+ miles that day. Good thing was where the south section of the RRT and ANF seperate I see a mailbox with a Smurf sticker on it. Immediately think it is a cache and turns out it was! My second cache found. First one was in the cemetary my parents are buried in and it is located about 15' from their graves (person didn't intentionally do it either). Still had lots of time so decided to do some more geocaching. Got another 3 finds around the lake and then left the next day for Pittston and over a few days got 4 more finds.
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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Vonfoust
Very cool Jon.  What is in these caches?  Do you add something when you find them?  What's teh protocol?
When I look at the smiles on all the children's faces, I just know they're about to jab me with something.
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IroquoisArcher
Couple things. The "cache" I thought I found (Smurf mailbox) turned out to be just something that people hiking the ANF could sign, it WASN'T part of the geocaching site (www.geocaching.com).
Geocaching is where anyone can put out a container, from a cylinder the size of your fingernail (nano...is magnetic though...at least the ones I've come across) up to whatever size. Ammunition containers (.50 or .30 metal ones) are common. Another is camo'd pill bottles. When someone places it (OP) they use a gps and post the coordinates at ground zero...GZ). Others try to find them. They are hidden where ever/however the person wants. I've had a nano in a cemetary stuck under a metal bench, guardrails, woods, etc. I've found 2 that one was 2 1/4 years from the last find and another just shy  of 2 years. They can also make puzzle caches where they give coordinates to the first place and then make a puzzle of the numbers to give you coordinates to the second (Sunday it lead me to a plaque on the Penn State Behrend campus for first which lead then to a cemetary which then lead to a park where had to go to the coordinates found from the headstone in the cemetary...clue had been to find Ebenizer! and had to solve from 2 birthdates and death dates for the last coordinates) which then lead to the woods in a park and had to go to them and it was a plastic ammo. container. All the caches have paper in them so you can sign your name and then log it to your account on geocaching.com. One I did last week was a 8 step puzzle where each one gave you 2 number/letter combo and had to do all 8 (was stretched out over a mile) to get the coordinates for the 9th and final. It went up a knife ridge with sheer drop on one side and sloping other side that was steep too and without many trees. Path was maybe 3'-4' wide. And yes I was crawling on my hands and knees to get to that ammo can and write my name. Haven't done one like this (yet) but they also have them where they send you to say a nature preserve and you have to use the gps to figure out length and width of a pond or something! I'm going to try one that hasn't been found for 4 years. Is underwater covered by rocks. Water is about 15" deep and putrid smelling they say. Container was waterproof last time anyone posted on it. People kept saying they got wet but smart me is going to use hip waders and shoulder length rubber trapping gaunlets!
One today was again on Penn State Behrend campus and I got a $50.00 parking ticket for not having a permit! Went to the office and same girl who I had seen 2 times last week asking for a permit and said I didn't need one where I was searching as it was off campus was nice and said even though it was off campus certain areas were owned my PSU but since she hadn't told me that she let it go.
So far I got my 168th find today since 8/15. Sounds like alot but highest one I've seen has been over 50,000!
Nope, don't get anything for it but is another way for excercising.
BTW a gps won't give you the exact spot but ones nowadays usually put you within 10'. After a few you can get to the area and "see" where a cache would/should be and find it quick. Others I still haven't found after 5-6 tries but others are posting a week before that they found it.
Unlike DIY though the site is more or less like other sites...some people feel they are a god and know more then everybody else and if you ask a question they rip you a new one.
If you want to to geocatching.com and set up an account and then you can put your address in and select a 10 or more mile radius and it will list a map with colored dots of various ones and you can click on that and get the name of the cache, coordinates and description plus read who has logged finds. 10 mile radius around my place has over 900!
Couple pics. from the knee crawling one. Doesn't do it justice. I was laying on my belly holding the phone over the edge taking pics.
BTW the last entry is mine with "you're nutz!"
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When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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Vonfoust
Very cool.  My kids and my nephews had my Mom out driving around for geocaches a couple years ago.  I never really did understand what exactly it was they were doing but my Mom loved it. 
And I probalby wouldn't go near that one you put pictures of.  That is nuts. 
When I look at the smiles on all the children's faces, I just know they're about to jab me with something.
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woody meristem
Boy those little chicken legs must have been shaking. Neat spot nonetheless.
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IroquoisArcher
woody meristem wrote:
Boy those little chicken legs must have been shaking. Neat spot nonetheless.

Chicken legs shaking? Woody everything south of my belt line was shriveled up!! Nothing was big enough to be able to shake!!
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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kdornski
IroquoisArcher wrote:

Chicken legs shaking? Woody everything south of my belt line was shriveled up!! Nothing was big enough to be able to shake!!


his toenails are still stuck in the rocks LOL

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IroquoisArcher
btw, here is a pic. of one of the things needed to get coordinates for a find. Sent this to my son at Notre Dame and he at least gave me the answer to "A" which was 233 (he said everything after 233 was basically garbage and didn't mean anything and basically canceled itself out). He said it cut out before he could see "B" so gave me a site to go to (www.WolframeAlpha.com) and try and figure out. Luckily the guy who posted this has a google checker where you can fill in the values you come up with and see it it is right or if you have to start all over again.
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IroquoisArcher
kdornski wrote:


his toenails are still stuck in the rocks LOL



And toenails? All my fingernails AND toenails were chewed off before then!!
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