Monday, October 20, 2014

Contest: Win A Travel Bugs CD!

Four years ago The Travel Bugs released their first CD of geocaching themed music, called Found It!

Now they have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their next album: Pimp Your Cache!

To celebrate this, the folks at The Travel Bugs have provided Only Googlebot Reads This Blog with an album to give away via this blog to one of my lucky readers.

To win, simply drop your contact info in the form below, and you will be entered into the drawing.  If you are not familiar with The Travel Bugs, feel free to watch this brilliant music video first.

If you like what you hear, you can win the entire album by dropping your info in the form below.  

You may also consider contributing to their kickstarter campaign to help support their latest album: Pimp Your Cache!  If it ends up anything like the first album, you won't regret it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gone Caching

I am currently in Rome GA for the Going Caching Mega Event (extra long) weekend.  The first of 11 events starts tonight.  I am likely going to be too busy at the events to keep up this blog.  I will resume posts and coverage of the events (and resulting shenanigans) when I get back home.

If you are coming to Rome, I hope to see you soon! (there is still time to make it - the main event is Saturday).

I will likely post updates to my Google Plus profile, so you can follow me there. But for now, I'm hanging out my "Gone Caching" sign:

Take Only Pictures...

... leave only footprints. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Going Caching: Bulldogs Of Hazzard County

Today I got up at 4:45 AM, hopped into my rental car, and headed south to Georgia.  My mission is a road trip to explore some parts of Georgia, and eventually end up in Rome, GA to attend the much hyped geocaching Mega event, Going Caching.

The theme of the day was rain.  Lots of rain.  It basically rained all day, sometimes torrential downpours that caused me to pull off the roads. Your basic Noahs Ark scenario.

I haven't got to the tornado warnings yet.  Yeah, super day weather-wise.

However it didn't stop me too much, as I found most of the caches I was going after, including the virtual at the statue of the University Of Georgia's bull dog.

My first few caches of the day were part of the Jackson County Heritage Trail.  This turned out to be an amazing series of caches - I wish I could do them all, but alas I didn't have time.  The trail started for me in Commerce, GA.  
The trail lead me to several interesting spots, including this old school house.
I had to cut the trail a bit shorter than I wanted.  When I got back to my rental car I noticed this lovely colourful sheen on the wet pavement.  Yep, gas leak.
I made a couple phone calls to the Hertz folks, and long story short, a short detour and 45 minutes later, I was back on the road with another rental car, this time with enhanced fuel capacity capabilities.
So, armed with the beast that is a Mazda 2, I decided to crank some tunes and drive around Hazzard County.
So any boy of the 80s will know the Dukes of Hazzard.  The show is set in a fictional county in Georgia called Hazzard County.  The shows first few episodes where filmed in Georgia (production moved to California in the middle of the first season), and there is a series of caches that tour these film locations.  I only did a couple of the sites.

This is the Boars Nest - the bar owned by Boss Hogg.  It is now a Baptist church.
This old train trestle was also featured in the first few episodes.
Having lived a childhood dream of driving around Hazzard, I continued on.  Along the way I stumbled across the University of Georgia's football stadium.
Also along the way I did a virtual cache at this mural.  The artwork is outstandng.
I ended up hitting the hotel early.  I have some hiking planned for tomorrow, so I need to rest up. The weather looks good, so hopefully if all goes well my next post will feature a hike to the top of a mountain.

Afterwards I am heading east to Rome GA to attend the first of many events that are part of the Mega event known as Going Caching.

Stay Tuned!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Going Caching: The Road Trip Chronicles Begins

The night before a new adventure is always an exciting time.

I am putting the finishing touches on preparations for another epic road trip adventure.

I have my bags packed, snacks acquired, GPSrs loaded, routes planned, hiking stick prepped, hat ready, boots cleaned, and music queued.

Early tomorrow I am going to climb into this car, rented for the occasion, and drive to Georgia to attend what promises to be an absolutely epic geocaching Mega event weekend.

Along the way I hope to see parts of Georgia I have never seen before.

Stay tuned, for tomorrow I am Going Caching!

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Fortunately there has been some law and order restored to my desktop.

The Mounties always get their man!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NCGO Fall Fling 2014

Today the family and I piled into the Geovan of Destiny and drove over to Hagan-Stone park in Greensboro NC to attend the NCGO Fall Fling.

The North Carolina Geocaching Organization has put on this event for the past 8 years, making this year the 9th annual event.  They bill it as a family reunion of North Carolina (and the surrounding states) geocachers.

They have a lot of events for kids. Both Zeke and Abigail loved painting ammo cans, and participating in the micro-cache toss.
There was, of course, lots of geocaching.  The following are some pictures of the day, starting with HeadHardHat walking thru the tree line on his way to the first cache of the day.

The event was held in a corner of the park known as Camp Joy.
I ended up caching with some geocachers I had not met previously.  Here is one of them signing a logsheet.
A walk in the woods is not complete until one walks on an elevated wooden walkway. Fact.
When I arrived back at base camp, Zeke tried to hide from me, with mixed results.  I think Abigail was on to him right away.
The "fun" log, in the shape of the number 9.
After a rather delicious meal, cooked by volunteers from the NCGO, Ranger TJ called out the winners of the silent auctions.
He also encouraged the signing of the "official log".
It was a fun day at Hagan-Stone park.  The kids loved it, as did I.  Here is one last view of one of then lakes in the park.

I can't wait until next years Fall Fling is announced.  It will be the 10th, so I am expecting something extra special.  Stay tuned for details!