Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Heavy Favorites

Favorite Points for you!!!

I have found over 4500 different caches, but am still amazed with some of the caches and the containers when they are cool ones.
Check out this video link of a Cool Gadget Cache I found a couple weeks ago while in Agassiz to do a show.

Finding Favorite caches

In December when I was in Edmonton for Christmas and New Years, I grabbed a challenge cache called "Top 10 Challenge Cache" which sadly for a cool challenge cache of Top 10 favorites, it was only a magnetic light pole cache. (A favorite point can be rewarded to a cache by cachers if they feel it is a great cache)

But the challenge was a good one, it was to find the top 10 favorited caches within 20km of your home. I found and signed the log, but was unsure if I had found all of the caches need. When I got home I took a look and found there was still 4 that I needed to complete. I got the "CacheDuino" shortly after getting back from my trip and you can read about that adventure in a previous blog. The one cache on this list below called "Gold Star - Graduation Day Foundations" unfortunately is not just a simple multi. Nope, to do this cache you need to complete 10 other puzzle caches in a series to get several clues to be able to find the whereabouts of the cache and how to open it. So in other words to complete my "Top 10 Challenge" I have to find a total of 20 different caches. I started working on the 10 puzzles when I had time, and got a bit of help for a couple of them.

I started to grab all of the Gold Star caches, so I could work out the final co-ords to the multi. I got 7 of them one day, and the remaining 3 on the following day during the May long weekend.

On the last day of May, I had a day off, so I headed over to the final!! Here is my log from the cache:

     Well, today was the day. In December when I was in Edmonton for Christmas, I found a challenge cache that you had to find the 10 most favorited caches within 20km from your home location. I have already found several of them, but this cache was one of those that I needed, but as you know to get this cache you need to find 10 other puzzle caches to find all the info to get this one. Which basically meant I had to find 20 caches before I can log the challenge cache in Edmonton. I have been picking away at the puzzles over the past few months, and finally got them all solved. I then proceeded to find them over a couple of days, while collecting all the clues in them. Almost didn't find one and was about to bail on it, but did one more search further away than the Co-ords and made the find. With a bit of help from another caching friend, I deciphered the remaining clues, did all the math and got the final cords and the codes. Today I took a day off, and thought I would go make the find. When I got there, the GPS and my phone app took me away from the cache site as I was almost on top of the cache. Finally back on track, and looking a bit harder I saw the little bugger(actually quite a big bugger)(See pic)
I retrieved the container but then had to work out the field puzzle. It took me a bit, but finally came up with the right answer.
PS It is mixed, so no spoiler!!
Got the log book and signed it. Took some pics for my upcoming blog and put it all back together. Covered in white fluffy cottonwood fluff by this time(I am allergic to it) I headed back towards my car. I headed off to another of the caches that I needed for the challenge and after grabbing that one, I only have one left to get, so I can log a cache I signed over 5 months ago. Because of this log, I also completed May's challenge on "The Monthly GeoChallenge of the Month" Faceboog page on the last day of the month. Thanx again for this awesome cache and the fun and challenge it was to finally find it.

So with one more heavily favorited cache to find, my little boy and I went Sunday morning to Science World to check out the Pixar Exhibit. On the way home we decided to stop and grab the cache called "In-Tree-Ging"  (Video was filmed by Oliver)

I was finally able to log the cache I found in Edmonton back in December. The sad thing was that after all these heavily favorited caches, that had to be found to log the challenge, the container was a simple magnetic cache on a lamp post. Pretty lame for a challenge that asks you to find some very cool caches. I actually thought about not logging it, and searching out another Challenge cache that is similar.
Well, I am not sure where my next adventure will take me, but in August I will be heading off to a couple of Magic conventions in Las Vegas and Bakersfield, California. I will also be heading to Hollywood and the Magic Castle. Although I will be pretty busy with show and magic lectures, I have already planned out which caches I will be trying to grab while there. Mostly some more virtuals, several cool ones, and hopefully some heavy favorited caches!!

Well, that's it for this month,
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill

Monday, 14 May 2018

Geocaching turns 18 years old!!

Happy Birthday Geocaching!!

GPS, or Global Positioning System, was developed by the US Department of Defense. This satellite navigation system was intended for military use and therefore the signals were scrambled, limiting accuracy for civilian use to about 100 meters. On May 1, 2000, President Clinton announced that this scrambling, known as Selective Availability (SA), would be turned off. Civilians were then able to enjoy accuracy on the order of 10 meters.
On May 3, 2000, Dave Ulmer proposed a way to celebrate the demise of SA. He hid a bucket of trinkets in the woods outside Portland, Oregon and announced its location in a posting made to the USENET newsgroup sci.geo.satellite-nav. This announcement is remarkable for laying out the essence of the hobby that is still in place today. It's all there. The container. The trinkets. The log book. The rule of take something, leave something, sign the logbook. Dave Ulmer invented geocaching in one fell swoop in that newsgroup posting.
Within a day, the original stash had been found. Within days, more stashes had been hidden in California, Kansas, and Illinois. Within a month, a stash had been hidden as far away as Australia. The hobby was fast on its way to being a worldwide phenomenon.
18 years later and there are over 3 million caches hidden worldwide!!!! #geocaching

I found my first cache find on 09/07/2008 and have been caching now for almost 10 years, and writing this blog every month since 2012!!!
I was fortunate enough to visit the original spot on July 1/2010 where this momentous cache was placed. The original container is no longer there, but it has been replaced by the "Original Stash Tribute Plaque"
Magicman65 at the Original Stash Tribute Plaque

Original Stash Tribute Plaque

That same weekend we found the A.P.E. Cache and went to Geowoodstock VIII

 The A.P.E. Cache

Geowoodstock VIII
This was my log from the Geowoodstock event:
This was my first Mega event, and I must say it was AWESOME!!!! Had a ton of fun, met a load of interesting people from all over. Met MNT-MAN(He was our BC cache reviewer at the time) Saw lots of interesting stuff and grabbed lots of interesting caches on the road to get here. All in all a very cool trip. Thanx to all that made it happen, and I was glad to have done it with some great friends from BC. T4TE

Was at a Lego convention with my little boy last month and I purchased an engraved Lego mini figure and keychain. It is now trackable on
 PS Feel free to discover this!!! #lego

Gold country caching

Cache for Gold - Merritt

The weekend of May 11-13 was the Gold Country Events.
I went to the second of three gold country events in Merritt. I got to town early to check-in for the event and saw some familiar faces from Vancouver Island, and the Vancouver area.

Some new caches were to be released and coordinates were given out as they were not published yet. I shared a first to find with Kylekite, which is very weird because we just shared for first to find on 4 caches back in Coquitlam about a week and a half ago. Lol
Last time I was through this area there was so much smoke it was ridiculous with all the fires that were burning in the Logan lake and cache Creek areas and this time, no smoke but flooding everywhere.

The Fraser river was flowing fast!!

They had to move the event in Merritt before it even started, because of flooding and two of the bridges where closed.
After the event was over and I went to get the FTF on one of the new caches, I then went to leave town and one of the bridges that was closed had opened briefly, which was good, that I got through as it was only an hour long trip to the next event in Lytton versus 2 1/2 hour roundabout trip to Lytton through Logan Lake and Ashcroft.

I did several caches along the way trying to collect the rest of the stickers I need for the gold coin from gold country.

I got to Spences Bridge and met up with some other cachers from the event this morning in Merritt, I grabbed a cache with them and then I then continued on down the road heading to Lytton grabbing a few more caches along the way. I got a cache called "A wise man once said...." 
It was in a yard and there was a bunch of art and sculptures made out of many different objects.
My new ride!!

Cache for Gold -Lytton

Day three of the events but only day two for me

Today was the wrap up event in Lytton in Caboose Park, so I got up this morning and went out and grabbed a few caches nearby that I did not get yesterday when I got to town. The event was a good one, with some mini events that took me around town on a scavenger hunt with some other cachers (Momma and Baby Bear)

Had a great time at the event and even won a couple of prizes including a cool geo coin that is a limited addition coin.

On the highway heading towards Hope from the gold country area, there are 7 tunnels that you go thru along the way.

Some are curved and longer and some are quite short. But there is a cache called "The 8th Tunnel" in an awesome location.
It is a tunnel that is about 100 metres off the road on a short hike thru the woods, that does not see any Vehicle traffic . The 8th Tunnel was part of the old Trans-Canada highway that included the Alexandra bridge used in the 1950's before the new highway and tunnels were built. Below in this blog, you will see that I did some caching at the Bridge also.

The Fraser Canyon Highway Tunnels were constructed in the late 1950s to about the mid 1960's as part of a Trans-Canada Highway project. There are 7 tunnels in total, the shortest being about 57 metres (190 ft); the longest, is about 610 metres (2,000 ft) and is one of North America's longest. They are situated between Yale and Boston Bar.

In order from south to north, they are:
Saddle Rock,
Sailor Bar,
Hell's Gate,
Ferrabee and,
China Bar.

The Hell's Gate tunnel is the only tunnel that does not have lights, while the China Bar tunnel is the only tunnel that requires ventilation. A project at the Ferrabee Tunnel was to install warning lights that are activated by cyclists before they enter the tunnel. This was required because the tunnel is curved. Later on, the China Bar and Alexandra tunnels got the same warning lights as they too are curved.

Grabbed a cool new virtual called "Water Under the Bridge to Nowhere" where I met up with a couple of other cachers Hugh and Hughling

from the event also heading home, so we teamed up and grabbed several caches together. Left the bridge and grabbed a few more on the way back into town. A great 2 day trip!!!

Well, that's it for this month,
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Day trips and Magic

Bellingham April 15/18

Today I went to Bellingham, Washington with another caching friend to do some caching.
We got a total of only 21 caches although I only logged 19 as I had gotten 2 of them already, but the main goal today was not to get a ton of caches but it was to get 7 or 8 different Icons.
We first got a traditional cache (we would get a few more of these as well) then we went to a virtual cache that I had already got a few years back on a trip thru town. We then hit up a cool puzzle called "sushi.glue.sides" I had no idea on this puzzle when I looked at it originally but my caching partner knew exactly what to do and I am now armed with the app for this kind of technology.

We then did a very cool Wherigo called State of the Solar System
It was a nice walk as the sun was out and the cool thing was this week groundspeak was giving out souvenir's for the solar system, so this was the perfect cache to get.

The Sun on a sunny day!!

After the nice walk and stopping in a shop or two along the way, we headed over to the University of Christi where there is a webcam cache. I have already done this cache a few months back on a trip down to Seattle, with a magician friend. But it was the first webcam cache for her.
At the fountain

Next we grabbed a multicache, followed by a very cool letterbox cache called "Geo Post Office and TB Transfer Station"
It was a locked cabinet on the side of a garage and was very well organized as you can see by the pics.

Awesome cache and definitely a reason why it has 245 favorite points.
Next we did another puzzle but this one was also a challenge cache called "An Uber Icon Day Challenge Washington State"
I have done 7 icons in a day already here in Washington state on October 14/17 but I also completed another 7 icon day during this trip. We also found a couple of benchmarks while here also which gave us bonus points.
We then headed east of town to grab another Virtual since I had already found the previous one. It was called "Triplin' the Rock Fantastic"

It was in a park and had a ton of very cool sculptures. We spent a good 30 mins just wandering thru looking at all the artwork, and sculptures. Check out the map and some other pics at this "Link"

We then went nearby to grab an earthcache with some waterfalls. Very cool stone bridge.

We then headed back into town where we found a couple of benchmarks to complete our Icon finding day and then stopped by a local pub for some food and refreshment to celebrate our finds. Then we headed toward home and grabbed several traditional caches and another letterbox on route. All in all an awesome day of caching and fun!!! Look forward to doing it again soon.

FVMC Bombs Away Magic Competition

I performed last night in the Fraser Valley Magic Circle "Bombs Away" competition
This is where the Fraser Valley Magic Circle members dig out a routine / prop / trick that they own but have NEVER PERFORMED it before for any audience!

The person that does the best job - based on a panel of experts AND the audience will be crowned the winner! And guess who brought home the trophy!!

Bombs away trophy

Well, that's it for this month,
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill

Monday, 12 February 2018

Alberta trip and the New Year!!

Fort Saskatchewan (Dec 25-Jan 1)

For the last few years that I have been going to Fort Saskatchewan, the town I grew up in, I have tried to get a cache at the Fort water tower called "Landmark 1956", but have always came up empty. This trip in -30C weather, I finally found it.

I also got a cool Lamppost cache while in town called "100 Ave Cache"
Usually most lamppost caches are a switch plate or the skirt at the bottom, which I have found many of these kind, but as you can see by the pics, this one was a bit different!! Very Clever!!
Check out the 3 pics below:

I also grabbed a cool cache called "Jorunn's Hide"

Can you see it??

Can you see it now??

How about now??

When I travel, I always like to seek out Challenge caches or other cool caches. Went and signed a challenge cache called Top 10 Challenge Cache when I was in Edmonton. If you look at my top 10 cache list in the pic below, you will notice one called Gold Star-Graduation Day "Foundations"
To get this cache, you need to do 10 other puzzle cache in the series to get the co-ords for it. So my top 10 caches, is more like 20 caches to complete. lol

Also while in Alberta, I got my Last day of the year souvenir!!

And back in BC the next day, on the way home from the Airport, I got my New years day souvenir!!

Cacheduino adventure

This cache has been on my watch list for some time as it is one of the top 10 favorite caches within 20 km of my location. I did one like this back years ago when I lived in Courtenay, over on the island. You retrieve the box, which is the actual cache but it is locked. You have to get it to the right destination so it will open. Sounds weird, I know...when you press the button on the box, a screen read something like "4.57 KM away" but no other info, no direction at all. You have to make some calculated guesses and have a little luck on your side. I was hoping to grab it sometime back, and messaged the cacher who had the TB tag at that time, which you need as it has the location of where to get the cache box from. The cache was shortly disabled after that. I then waited and watched the cache page until it was up and running again. I kept missing the TB tag, so I did the next best thing and messaged Skinaglow60, the cacher who had retrieved the TB tag with the info as to where the cache box was located. She had already gone and picked it up. We figured out a time that was best for both of us to meet up, chatted for some time over coffee, and then headed out for an adventure. We enjoyed each others company and we even grabbed a few more caches on the journey. I was glad to get this cache off my list and in the process I have gained a new friend. Thanx again to Skinaglow60 for allowing me to tag along, we will have to get together again soon.
The cache box open!!!

Latest FTF

I got a notification for a new cache the other day so I headed out to grab it. Got the FTF and then after getting back home I got a call from the Port Moody Police. Someone must have spotted me putting it back and called them. One of the Officers went and retrieved the cache and took it to the police station. My licence plate was recorded, so he called me to ask what I was putting on the sign. lol. After explaining, and he knows what caching is, he said he will go put it back. Too funny!! He said he may sign it before he puts it back.

Magic Awards Night

The Fraser Valley Magic Circle had their awards banquet the other night, and they have some cool looking awards. As a complete surprise I won the "Celeste Evans" Magician of the Year Award!!

Well, that's it for this month,
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill

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