Gotta Love Geocaching in Vacationland!

  There's DH over to the left looking for the geocache
Can't beat geocaching in beautiful places like this, huh?  That lake is Lake George.  We were up in the Lake George area over the weekend (if you read my other blog (Carole's Thoughtful Spot) you know we recently bought some property in the Adirondacks) and we were sure to fit some geocaching in along with our other activities.  This geocache brought us to a little beach down a non-descript little side road.  This is the kind of place you would never even discover if not for a geocache hiding down there.  Which is one of the very best things about geocaching when you're travelling or on vacation - you are taken to wonderful, off the beaten path sort of places you would never have found on your own!
We're going to Chincouteague, VA for our summer vacation and DH has already scoped it out and told me there's a geocache just a few blocks away from where we'll be staying.  As you're planning your own summer vacation this year be sure to plug in the town you're visiting into and see what geocaches are around!
See you in the log books! :-D

Which of These Geocaches Would You Rather Find?

This one?
Or this one??

Well at least the spider one is really unlikely to get muggled!!  (People who are not geocachers are called "muggles" (taken from the Harry Potter books where they refer to non-wizards as muggles) - so when a geocache is "muggled" it means a non-geocacher found and disturbed, destroyed or stole the geocache.  Actually, I have seen instances where a geocache has been muggled and the muggle actually signed the log book and put everything back.  Usually their log reads something like, "I don't exactly know what this is I found but I'll put it all back where I found it."  Or sometimes I suspect teenagers find them and they just write silly things.  Anyway, "muggle logs" are usually pretty funny but at least they didn't ruin the geocache.)
See you on the trails...

Geocaching by the Hudson River Part 2

(If you missed part one, it's here)
So, when I left off, we had just located a benchmark down by the Hudson River.  We climbed a small hill to get back on the trail and pressed on toward the next geocache. 

I had a comment on the previous post from Sharkbytes asking where this preserve is along the Hudson, so I googled the name of the preserve and in the search results I found some very interesting info, namely the reason there are bricks literally strewn all over this preserve.  The name of this place is Denning Point Park in Beacon, and the history of this place is actually very fascinating - thank you Sharkbytes for prompting me to look it up.  If you're interested, check it out here.
The next geocache we found rather easily and it contained a huge amount of travel bugs.
There are 5 travel bugs in this picture and two geocoins
It's pretty unusual to find that many "travelling items" (travel bugs and geocoins) in one geocache, unless it's a "travel bug hotel".  A "travel bug hotel" is generally a geocache that is a quick and easy find, usually off a major road, whose purpose is to provide a quick an easy way to exchange and move along travelling items like travel bugs and geocoins.  This wasn't a travel bug hotel, so it was surprising to find all these items inside.  There was also the usual logbook and "swag" as well.
After this geocache we walked along for a bit until our GPS pointed us toward these ruins.  Pretty neat, huh?
As we were searching we came across this - it's tough to see in the picture, but it's a big pile of rusty paperclips!!  Which to me is a very odd thing to find in the woods, however, if you click that link I shared above that tells about the history of Denning Point Park, it explains why (briefly, the "Noesting (no sting) Pin Ticket Company" which made a number of interesting items including paper clips had a plant there at one time).
That is something that I just love about geocaching - it takes you to such interesting places.  We have seen the most interesting things - everything from "glacial potholes" to giant ant hills to a pile of rusty paper clips, and we've learned so many things about local history and nature.  Anyway, the geocache near the ruins was the last geocache for the day that we found and so we headed back to our car (the trail was a loop, which is always nice, so no backtracking) and home to log our finds and check for ticks.  :-P  A very enjoyable day. 
Until next time, see ya on the trails! :-)