Sunday, September 27, 2009
The fall rains have set in. When all this rain stops we'll start to see some brilliant colors. Rain or no rain, the caching must go on. Actually, there was a little break in the rain this week and I was able to stay pretty dry. The Piedmont Environmental Center near the High Point City Lake is close to where Wendy, our oldest daughter, lives and has been on my radar screen for some time. The night before I had been cooped up too long in the rain and feeling the stress so I headed out to try to find one of the caches in the PEC at night. I enjoyed the night hike but came up empty-handed. The next morning I hit the same trails in the daylight and found every single cache on my list. These are a series of caches, most put out by the same cacher, scattered along the nature trails that run along the City Lake. I really enjoyed the hike in the woods, the solitude of the hike and the regular size caches. I was able to drop a number of my Ecuador signature items as I went. Along the way I saw deer and signs of beaver activity. One of the caches along the way had been muggled. It was near the beaver work. The only think left was the lid to a regular size lock n lock which had teeth marks on it. I suspect the cache had been beaver-muggled. Can beavers be muggles? Check out the caches here. You'll get a great hike and find some nicely stocked caches for trading. My favorite two of the day were Crushing Claws - Challenge of the WDC! (GC1KHNW) and Glistening Scales - Challenge of the WDC! (GC1KHQJ).
Sunday, September 20, 2009
In 1839 the brothers became American citizens and choose the last name of Bunker. This is also the time the brothers started dating a pair of sisters, Sallie and Adelaide Yates. A few years later the twins married the two sisters and all shared a large bed. Within 9 months and one week of the marriage each sister had given birth to a child. Over the years 19 more children would be born to the sisters. Over time, the two sisters began to fight and would often put Chang and Eng in the middle of their fights. It was decided that the family would split and two houses were built in White Plains, a small community in Surry County, North Carolina. The two houses were about two miles apart and the twins would spend three days in one house with Sallie and then move in with Adelaide for three days before starting the cycle all over.
Chang passed away on Jan 17, 1874. When Eng woke up and realized his brother was dead he began to get sick and died within 30 minutes. It is often said that Eng was scared to death of the thoughts of his brother being dead. Today many people have attributed his death to shock.
The sisters kept their body in one of the cellars for a year after their death to prevent grave robbing. They were then buried in the lawn at Chang’s house and in the 1920’s were moved to the church that they are at now, which the brothers had donated the land for.For more information on Chang and Eng, do an Internet search. There is plenty of information out there.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
We left North Carolina for our two week trip to Lima for meetings. One of the worst things to do with a geocacher is put them in meetings. I need medication to cope... We got up every morning for some exercise before the meetings. One day we went around the huaca, a large 12 acre pyramid in residential Lima. There weren't many places to hide a cache and expect it to be there very long. Even the place I've selected might prove to be short-lived. Early in the morning the muggles are running, walking their dogs and generally moving about. I hope that some of the Lima cachers and the tourist that come through town will enjoy the "No More Sacrifices" (GC1Y7MF) cache, due to appear in a day or two on geocaching.com (today is 6 September 2009). It is just a short walk from Ovalo Guttierez.