bay area geocaching

This article is a couple of weeks old, but it’s worth posting for posterity:

Pleasure Hunt: ‘Geocaching’ buccaneers pursue hidden bounty throughout Bay Area as GPS-based game catches on
(from SFGate)

I think I’ve met some of the cachers in this article. Awesome that this pastime is still going strong. I need to do more caching, I really do… I had an awesome summer last year with it. I’ve completed a few caches here and there over the past few months, but not with the frequency and passion that I used to. What better excuse to get outside than to hike to a place you’ve never really explored?

What’s geocaching? Visit the official site.

(via manalang.com)

Extra! Extra!

Umm, I must be totally outta the loop.

In April, I was featured in a Honolulu Advertiser news story about Geocaching, and I’m just finding out about it. Go on, take a look. I’ll wait.

I haven’t been caching in a long time, and I miss it. It was something that I did to fill my dead time when we moved back to California. Now that I’m in school and doing a bit more work, I haven’t done a lot. Consider this a promise to myself to get back into it.

As a matter of fact, I had two cache pages printed out, sitting in my car, so I could go drop off this travel bug that I’ve had for way too long. eek!

What’s geocaching? Read the FAQ here.

Over the river and through the woods

yesterday, we finally went geocaching again. I wonder again, why did I take such a long hiatus from this activity?

We went to Sanborn-Skyline Park and took a lovely, low impact hike through the redwoods. It was pretty apparent that the recent storms had taken a big toll on the forests… lots of fallen trees, debris everywhere. But still, the majestic redwoods never cease to make me stare up in awe.

We went and found the appropriately named “Sanborn Cache”… there aren’t too many other caches in this park because of the tree cover (bad GPS reception). The park is well deserving of more activity, I think it is a well-kept secret here in the south bay. I will definitely go back there.

My faith has been restored. I’m pretty darned happy to be in California again.

El Scorcho

Today wasn’t so bad. I’ve been feeling kinda stuck in a rut lately… being at home, not really doing much. Kinda my own fault, I guess. Allergies, hot weather, general tiredness… all kept me from really getting out there. So I promised myself that today I’d get out in the world, mostly because the weather was cooler today… ^_^

I got a late start, but I drove down to Uvas Canyon County Park in Morgan Hill, to try and find a couple of good geocaches. I ended up finding only one near the creek, and didn’t go after the others because I was getting killed by the mosquitoes. One flew right into my eye, and one up my nose… bleh! I couldn’t stand it.

It’s a really nice drive up to Uvas Canyon. Quite relaxing, I’d recommend it to anyone in the area looking for a weekend drive.

On my way back, I stopped to look for a birthday gift… didn’t quite find what I was looking for, but I ended up buying a coupla CD’s at Rasputin’s in Campbell. I had just heard some snippets of a band called Hot Hot Heat on today’s All Things Considered, and wanted to find their album. Score, it was $7.99. Gotta love it. Also picked up the album “Symphony of Enchanted Lands” by Rhapsody… just cos it’s so rock. It’s dangerous to try and find a birthday gift at places where you can easily spend a lot of money on your own inklings.

Anyhoo, I happened upon a lone Del Taco franchise on my way back home… Mish had told me the other day of its existence. These places are never heard of ’round these parts. So I thought I’d feed my curiousity and pick up some dinner… complete with Del Scorcho sauce. My day was complete. I guess.

And I’m Jello, baby.

Beginning of an Obsession

This Geocaching stuff is really getting to be an obsession. I’m going on at least one every day since I’ve started. I even bought a new GPSR… threw down $248 on a Garmin eTrex Summit at Fry’s this past weekend.

I dragged a bunch of friends out on some geocaches these past few days, too. I think I got Asa hooked. He wanted to go on trip to Yosemite today with Joe to hike and find caches, but Joe ended up having a date. Priorities, priorities.

Today, K leaves for London, for The Gathering 2. It’s a gathering of game programmers and developers, of course. Registered atendees get a free GeForce4 Ti graphics card, heh. Lucky guy gets to go on some geocaches while he’s there, too. 😉