Monday, October 28, 2013
The first day of vacation was a quiet day retracing familiar steps through McKean and Potter Counties. We were searching for caches as they came with only a few older caches on our 'to-do' list.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Eva had a good night and a good day so we decided to take her for a few Lake County GeoTour caches. The dogwoods at the veterans memorials were wonderful.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Eva seemed to be having issues with managing pain during the weekend so we took her to our vet to try making her more comfortable. After the vet visit, she seemed to be a little energized and ready for a short park walk. We stopped by South Chagrin to find the Metroparks first hide in a long time. There is a natural play area near the cache where Ali walked the "tunnel" with Eva and Gwen.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Lake County which is near our home has the first Geocaching GeoTour in the area. These GeoTours are put together jointly with the sponsor and the staff from Groundspeak. They are designed to bring visitors to the area as Geo-Tourists. I don't think we qualify as tourists, but we were willing to try the caches since they were all smalls. Our post yard-work adventures this evening took us to the parking lot of the visitors bureau, a local playhouse, Wildwood Park, and Fairport Harbor lighthouse. We had fun on a quiet evening out, but I'm not really certain the attractions are going to make a geocacher set aside the gps and spend the day visiting (and spending money). We stopped at the visitor center on a Sunday evening so of course they were closed. We travel a lot and other than the visitor center at Wytheville and a couple of visitor center's in West Virginia I can't remember any of these offering information or knowledgeable volunteers that added any great ideas for my travels or were even open tourist-type hours. This one's near the local minor league baseball stadium, but if minor league baseball were your delight, I'm certain the internet would have given you all the traveling information you needed before you arrived. Our remaining stops were in nicer locations, but not the type of attractions to make either of us say we need to stop what we are doing and spend money or we need to come back to visit here later. There seemed to be some sort of contest related to the GeoTour and uploading images of ourselves with the cache. We had fun with a couple of locations, including an award-winning dramatic stage moment at the playhouse. ;-0 I'm not a big fan of taking one of our pictures at each cache and we are not active in social media so we had fun with a few photos and opted to just collect the smilies after that. We really enjoyed a chance to spot multiple cedar waxwings in the wooded area around the playhouse.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
It was Mayfield's annual Cruise Night. Streetlights don't matter cause the roads are closed. While most of the hundreds of cars are parked and on display, the street is open to anyone who wants to cruise their ride. Mayfield police turn their head and say nothing if you light up your tires and make a little noise. Every car is welcome even the new retro wannabees. I've done yard work for years on the day of the cruise and enjoyed the rumble of muscle cars heading to the cruise. This year, the yard work was wrapped up and we spent the evening walking in the village. I had a great time remembering being young. If you remember these, enjoy. If not, don't worry, we'll be back in the woods soon enough. Envoy? The answer's easy. They looked at 30-40 year-old Studebaker designs from the 60's. This Wagoneer was rough, but it is a rare surviving example of an interesting idea.
"Tonight, tonight the strip's just right I wanna blow 'em off in my first heat Summer's here and the time is right For racin' in the street"
-- Bruce Springsteen
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Our mission on a blue sky day was to walk our woods and hunt for orchid leaves. Ali had marked the location of the ones we located last spring. We were able to find those and a few new ones in a different section of the woods. There were no signs of spikes from blossoms though. :(