Thursday, July 31, 2014
It's tree-tapping time. Can spring be far away?
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Secrest Arboretum is on the grounds of OSU's agricultural school. It includes a rose garden named Garden of Roses of Legend and Romance. Is probably a wonderful place when the roses and other flowers are in bloom. Today, it was bitterly cold with a driving freezing rain. Our second stop was at Gerstenslager-Martin Park to look for a series of caches in a loop around the park. We missed about half the caches we searched for, but it was a fun day out.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
My youthful memories of a dentist are filled with a sadistic jerk our parents sent us to visit. I remember taunts and stupid comments while at his mercy in the chair. He was a man who thought pain was a natural part of seeing him. Needless to say, I've spent my adult life hating the thought of any dentist. Beyond that, my health issues have made most surgeries a last resort type of option. I finally reached a point where I needed dental surgery for an abcess. Good or bad, it was going to happen. My dental experience of recent has been the complete opposite of the memories of my youth. Today the surgeon was beyond super. Everything happened as explained. The pain I had been told to expect either never happened or the events of my adult life have made me oblivious to the pain of dental surgery. Either way, it was great to take another step forward. My doctor gives a reassuring thumbs up.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
This is probably not the place to be at 6 a.m. if you've had a rough night.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Delta always seems to have issues in Minneapolis. This morning I arrived at Spokane Airport to a long line at the counter. A quick glance at the departure board showed bad news. I was supposed to he home in Northeast Ohio by 10:30. I hadn't reached the counter and already knew my Friday arrival wasn't going to happen. When I got to the counter, I was told Delta didn't have a jet so the Minneapolis flight wasn't going to be late. It wasn't going to happen. The person at the check-in counter was amazing. She found me a way home using a red-eye through Salt Lake City and Detroit. I wouldn't be home Friday evening, but with a littl luck I could make it home early Saturday morning. I jumped at this option. The only "drawback" was over seven hours layover in Salt Lake City.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
I decided to change the location this evening and went for a walk along the Spokane River Centennial Trail along Mirabeau Parkway. We had a solved puzzle along this trail and there were other caches to find. The puzzle solution kept taking me to a fence with the cache appearing to be beyond the fence. I don't cross fences unless there is clear information on the cache page to send me forward. I found one other cache and decided to not to climb the rocks for the last.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Since my luggage was not due until sometime late afternoon, I needed new clothes and safety shoes to wear to our site. Since I had to wait for stores to open, I went for a walk along the Spokane River on a section of state park land. Like northeast Ohio the day before, it was a cold beautiful day to be out. It was too cold to search for long, but I found one cache and got some exercise while waiting for the stores.
Not that trail....
Sunday, July 06, 2014
We made one last park visit to find a climbing cache and another 2001 hide before heading home. The climb was fun although the view wasn't amazing. We probably stayed a couple hours longer in the area than was prudent. By the time we were in Morgan County, the mild Athens weather was in the past as we tried to beat the snow home.
Our plans for today were to attend the local geocaching event before heading off for some older caches and caches in Vinton County. Before the event we took a walk to find a few caches along the water and stopped at the library for a puzzle cache. The puzzle was one of the more fun and creative geocache puzzles we have solved. The event was held at a local coffee shop (this is a college town). It was a throwback event where people gathered and socialized. We had a great time.