Sunday, May 01, 2016 is gone

I decided last month not to renew and the hosting company finally deleted it. It was one of the last local geocaching sites.

Central Oregon
Southern Oregon

All once represented by their own websites and all are now gone. does still exist. I'm not sure when it started, but it was after all of these.

I decided to keep the domain name and just have it point to this blog. As for this blog I decided to change the name back and maybe even post a little. I'll be in Alaska and Canada later this month and should have some adventures to share.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Last Day of 2015

Another year has gone by. This was my second full year of living in Portland. Again I ate at a lot of food carts and took in lots of blazer games. Geocaching wise it was a disappointing year, but there is potential for 2016. Highlights of the year include:

  • Booked a cruise to Alaska for 2016
  • Ate at numerous food carts in the #1 food city
  • 3rd season with Trail Blazers Season Tickets 
  • Timbers win MLS Cup
  • Star Wars!
Of the 10 caches I found I decided that I could list the best:
The first two are more for their locations then their micro caches. The last was just unique. Overall it was a good year. Here is to hoping that 2016 brings me to some more interesting places and maybe a few more geocaches. Thank you for those who hid the caches found this year. I hope to see you all on the trail in 2016.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Christmas Tradition

In keeping with tradition I found a cache on Christmas day.

Party Cache #1

Nothing exciting or special. It makes 10 total for the year.

In a couple of days if I don't forget I'll do my recap of the year. With just 10 finds I don't think I'll bother with a list of the best caches.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

MLS Champion Portland Timbers

Today the Portland Timbers won the MLS Cup making them the league champions.

A couple of my friends even got married at the game.

I went to 3 games this season, and one last season. I haven't always been a fan of soccer, but I have come to appreciate it more over the last couple of seasons. It won't be replacing my Trail Blazers any time soon.

Here is a picture from earlier in the season.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Blog changes and Alaska Cruise

I decided its time to quit whining about geocaching. I changed the name of this blog and I'll continue to post from time to time, but most of it probably won't be about geocaching.

I created a new blog to focus on coin collecting

I've already made a handful of videos and will be posting them on there. If videos about tokens and coins interest you I invite you to take a look.

I do have some other news of sorts. My sister and I purchased my mom a cruise to Alaska, and we're going too. The trip is planned for May. I don't have a passport so I applied for one last week. We're still planning off boat excursions. I'll probably find time for a geocache or two I'd imagine.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Am I done geocaching?

A few weeks ago I was sitting at lunch and looked on my phone app to see if there were any caches close. Sure enough there was one within feet. After lunch I stopped and found it quickly, but did not have a pen on me to log it. Now fast forward to earlier this week. Same place for lunch, pen in hand, cache was signed, went to log it and....

Stick Me!

This might be the cache. I let my premium membership lapse and this is a premium only. I can't see it on the map or log it.

There seem to be a lot of premium only caches in Portland. Actually the cache map looks pretty nice without so many of those puzzles and challenge caches. I never made any of my caches premium only. I guess I always wanted my caches to be found by all. I know some people thought it might help with caches being muggled and trade items being pilfered. In this age were anyone with a cell phone can find a cache it might make more sense to have caches for the more devoted geocacher.

Anyway my membership was canceled when paypal couldn't pull money from an old closed account. I'm not sure why paypal couldn't figure out that I have a new account and credit card active with them. It doesn't matter I suppose. I saw that it wasn't going to renew and I chose not to renew it. I didn't really pay attention to how many Portland caches it would wipe off the map.

With just 9 finds for the year (10 if you include this one) this might just be the final nail in the coffin

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Happy 4th of July

237 years ago yesterday my 7th Great Grandfather Capt. Samuel Ransom died in the Revolutionary War. He left the Continental Army to go defend his home from British and Iroquois in the Wyoming Valley of what is today Pennsylvania. This battle was latter commemorated by a poem Gertrude of Wyoming. This poem was a favorite of Rep J.M. Ashley who introduced a bill in congress to create the Territory of Wyoming which latter became the State of Wyoming.

Just to remember that war is hell... the next year, George Washington, who was still pissed off over the whole thing sent an expedition to destroy Iroquois villages and winter supplies. This expedition included my 6th Great Grandfather Capt. Ira Stephens the son-in-law of Capt. Ransom.

I hope you enjoyed your history lesson.

In more current times I found a geocache today

The Atomic Penguin