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Saturday, September 19, 2015

A Visit to the Home of Bush's Baked Beans....and Duke, of course

I tried to get to the recipe but couldn't
We enjoyed our recent trip to Tennessee. Of course, this meant looking for geocaches along the way. We decided to visit Pigeon Forge for a while before continuing on our trip to Athens, TN to visit family. As we were headed south off of  I-40 we suddenly came upon the town of Chestnut, TN. Suddenly there was the sign and a huge factory. It was the Bush's factory. We just had to stop along the way. There's a nice little museum, gift shop and a restaurant. Up and down the road are some nice caches worth your visit. I didn't see one dedicated to this famous site nor to the dog that wants to sell the secret family recipe. The closest cache to Bush's was JCPS Chestnut Hill 4 (GC39MRJ). We tried to get the secret recipe but gave it our best shot.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Claustrophobia Anyone?

Welcome to the Big Water Bottle
One of my favorite local caches is Grande Garrafa de Agua (GC5300Q), located near the Palladium Shopping Area in eastern High Point, NC. This is located close to where I live. When I read the cache description I thought I might be getting into a tight situation. When I drove into the area my GPSr almost zeroed out, signifying that I was almost over the GZ. But this is open fields and a road. I'm looking for a regular size cache. How could it be?

This is pretty much one way right now
It was what it was. The GZ was near a rain drain along the road. It had to be one of those claustrophobia caches. I head for the lowest ground around. Sure enough, the drain pipe. Out with the flashlight. I didn't want to bump my head nor did I wish to crawl and get my knees wet. Hunched over I could probably make it. There was a little light at the end of the tunnel. Or was that really the end of the tunnel? I set out after storing my GPSr so it wouldn't end up in the water. After about 100 feet I came out into a box-like area with a manhole cover over head and a little light. There were several options now. Straight ahead or off at an angle to the left or right? I chose to go straight ahead. I pushed on, even with the pain in my back. Finally, another box-like area with a drain overhead. I could hear a vehicle pass overhead at times. What if I were to get stuck in here? What if I were to pass out and no one knew where I was? May this wasn't such a good idea. No one knows here I am. Maybe I should re-think this. But then, I'm almost there. On I went, just a little further and there it was. I found my pen, got the container opened, signed it and began my trek back to the open world. I must admit, it's better to have this one off of my cache list and behind me. Thanks to the cache owners for the adventure! Now what?

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Garden City Beach, S.C.

Man, it's been a while since I've posted. Here's another run at recording my geocaching adventures.

On the hunt
Street Fishing
This summer's family beach vacation was fun. We went to Garden City Beach south of Myrtle Beach, S.C.. Littleman2010 announced he wanted to go caching. He hasn't been interested in it in a long time. I guest being at the beach and wanting to do something different got a hold of him. He and his uncle took off with me to find a few caches in the area. We had a good, hot, sweaty time just south of Garden City. One cache that he liked a lot was Le Petit Nichoir (GC2JF38). The picture shows you just how obvious the cache was and how easy to find it was. We hit several more easy caches so that Littleman's attention wouldn't wane.

A fun thing happened to us. We were staying in a rented beach house a block from the beach with a backyard backed up to the inlet waterway. The tide would rise and fall. In the evening the water would come up, flow back through the street drains and then flood the street up to six inches. Littleman2010 took advantage of the opportunity to do a little fishing. Note the clothes pin as a hook.

Better off geocaching. More catch there!

Our view from the back at high tide