Saturday, April 23, 2011

9 April 2011 Along the Shore

We drove to Sheldon Marsh to look for birds. It was a super day for sightings. There were ducks aplenty and some special birds. I missed getting images of many, but had a great time seeing them. After Sheldon Marsh we moved along to a couple of Erie County parks to see if the nesting eagles had returned (and find some caches). At the first park, we were happy to see the nest hadn't collapsed over the winter, but there were no eagles in the nest. We moved to the second park and cached our way to a small point. While we were at the point, we spotted the nesting pair in a tree along the shore at the park we had just left.

The squirrels are like greeters at Sheldon Marsh.

Blue-Winged Teals

Green-Winged Teals

Saturday, April 16, 2011

8 April 2011 Going Home

I was flying home in late morning, but I had a little time after answering my work e-mails for a quick walk along the Spokane River on the trail behind the hotel. With the time change, the flight east is always a killer, leaving at noon and arriving home at midnight.

7 April 2011 Back to Spokane

I wanted to cache my way back to Spokane, but It was a late day before I left the office. I always enjoy the sights of this drive. I had to dodge a few rain drops and some snow at 53 degrees, but it was a fun evening.

Friday, April 15, 2011

6 April 2011 Wenatchee From My Window

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

5 April 2011 Working in Wenatchee

I drove to Wenatchee in the morning and spent the afternoon at our facility. At the end of the day, flying, driving, and work had caught up so I hunted a few local caches and enjoy a quiet walk. The downtown image is taken very near a super soda fountain. After my walking was done, I stopped by for a very tasty chocolate malt.

The Columbia is very beautiful and powerful river. This was taken very near the center of town in Riverfront Park.

It seems like there are railroads everywhere in Wenatchee. The photo above and the photo below represent a bit of the past of railroading and the present. The Whitcomb switcher saw military service in North Africa during WWII. The Whitcomb rests at the entrance to Riverfront Park in front of the Wenatchee Riverfront Railway. The BNSF below was moving freight to the east as I walked over a pedestrian bridge near the hotel.

Monday, April 11, 2011

4 April 2011 Heading West

I've been burned with some rough weather lately while traveling for work. Today there was a lot of rain clogging up traffic in and out of Cleveland. My window for a connection through Minneapolis faded as I waited to board my flight. I left the plane in Minnesota at 5:08 with a 5:30 take-off scheduled. The flight attendant gave me great advice. He had looked up my connecting flight and said it was a big plane and would take a while to load. I didn't know I could run two concourses any more, but I did. I made the flight and it left at 5:40. The best event of the evening was my bag showed up in Spokane with me.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

3 April 2011 Pizza Night

3 April 2011 Here, There, and Beyond

Last summer we walked a section of bridle trail in North Chagrin and reached a familiar area. We were across a wetlands from one of our favorite trails. At the time we both agreed that Here and There would make a fine two-stage multi. Today we walked both trails to get coordinates for the permit application. After we had the final coordinates, I started wandering up a small stream bed and thought this would be a great place for the final of the cache. Ali objected, but intense whining from me led to Here and There becoming Here, There, and Beyond. It should be a fun cache. There's multiple stream crossings, ducks, frogs, wildflowers, birds, and a few beavers to see. Just as long as everyone reads the cache page and doesn't try to go through the wetlands. :-0

Sunday, April 03, 2011

2 April 2011 Hiking Swine Creek

30 March 2011 Oops

We've had some amazing weather with blue skies and no rain. I walked out this morning to blue skies and decided it was a great day for a ride in the miata. About half-way to the office, the weather came on and said it was going to start snowing in the afternoon. Well it started to snow, but the weather report said a trace of snow was all there would be.

When I left the office, all was well until I left the city where my office is. As I moved north, the snow started to pile up and the little miata started to go where it wanted. A small car with little weight, lots of horsepower, and snow is a really bad mix. The miata and I made our way into the Chagrin valley where I stopped for these photos. I needed to get back out of the valley to make it home. I waited for a good break in the traffic for my chance. The little miata behaved perfectly and in a few minutes we were home in the garage. :-) In the end the less than 1 inch of predicted snow was actually 3 1/2 inches.

29 March 2010

27 March 2011 Looking for Ducks (and Caches)

Red-Breasted Merganser



Perry Monument

There aren't that many days along the Lake Erie shore with this much blue and no clouds. It wasn't a very warm day, and I was still dealing with a spring cold, but this was a perfect day to spend walking around Presque Isle State Park. I was surprised to see all the ice still remaining near the beach. We hoped to get the rest of the older caches at this park, but I kept us slowed. We'll be back.

26 March 2011 Dressed to Cache?

Our friends Rich and Barb were married this afternoon. We had some time between the wedding ceremony and the reception and made use of it by going caching. Our first stop was a home in Parma where we grabbed the find for the Geocachers Don't Hibernate Challenge.

Rich and Barb Exchanging Vows

Ali with the Cache

Who Could Tell They Were Just Covered in Wedding Cake?