Thursday, 7 March 2019

VEGAS BABY!!!

February Vegas Trip


On Feb 19th I headed down to Bellingham and grabbed several caches including a Challenge cache, while there before heading to the airport for my flight to Las Vegas.

The following 2 pictures are the caches I was planning to do in Vegas and the caches after I was done. As you can see I did not get all of those I planned to get, but still did pretty good. Even found a couple extra ones I did not plan on including a second to find(STF)

 










Vegas Day 1: Arrived in Las Vegas, but did not do any caching as I got there in the evening and checked into hotel and then headed out to meet up with friends to go see my friend Marc Savard's, hypnosis show.



Vegas Day 2: Rented a car and headed out caching for the day. I headed after 3 challenge caches first, but 1 of them I didn't even search for as it was a lamppost cache(easy find) but if you look at the pic you will see why I decided not to look. lol
They are watching!!!
Got a cache called "Elevator Operator" next. Good thing I had my selfie stick with me to retrieve this cache and place it back. The sign in the pic was about 12 feet tall!! See it in the top??
I then headed out of the city to Red Rock Canyon, to do some cool caches, and the weird thing was there was snow in Vegas!! Check out the pics below. I only found 11 caches this day, but it was also a 7 icon day(7 different types)


Virtual Cache



Vegas Day 3: Today I headed across the border to Arizona to grab one cache over there. I then came back towards Vegas, and grabbed several really cool high favorited caches. I even went down a power trail just to grab one specific cache that had a D/T rating that I needed.

 Can you see the cache?

How about now??


 This doesn't look possible??


 Just a normal sign post!! Or is it??



Vegas Day 4: Found several cool puzzle caches today, that used smartphone technology. Each one was a different method of finding the cache final. They all started off with using a QR code, but then you either had to watch a video or call a phone number and listen to a recorded message to find the cache.

Vegas Day 5: This morning I took the rental car back and headed down the strip for a bit, but still grabbed 4 caches.

Vegas Day 6: Today I would leave Vegas and fly back to Bellingham, but I also grabbed a cache heading back over the border back into Canada.

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All in all I found a total of 35 caches out of the 50 that I had planned on, but have only logged 34 as I need to complete a challenge before logging 1 of the challenge caches.(will complete soon) I also got 4 other challenge caches that I could log right away. I also completed another 7 Icon day (7 different Icons) Which included a Traditional, a Multi, a puzzle, an Earthcache, a Letterbox, a Virtual, and a Wherigo cache which was actually about caching for Icons. I got 3 more spots filled in on my Difficulty/Terrain chart, and I got 5 more of the most favorited caches in Vegas as I talked about in last months blog.

Las Vegas was a blast because besides geocaching, I also saw 8 shows while there for the 5 days.
I look forward to the next time I go there which will be in August when I head down for a Magic Convention called Magic Live. I wonder what caches I will find then??




Well that's it for this month,
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill
Magicman65

Monday, 25 February 2019

Caching my way into the New Year!!!

Caching the Quay


A great start to the New Year, on Tuesday, January 1st my little boy and I went caching and found 7 caches close to home, the following weekend he woke up, on a Saturday and said "Can we go geocaching Daddy?" (he loves caching with his daddy)
So we went to the New Westminster Quay for a few caches and some breakfast.

Can you see Oliver??

Virtual Cache on the Quay


Salish Sea caching


On January 12th, Oliver and I did a 8km walk and went to 18 caches, but I had already found 8 of them in 2012, but I needed the clues from inside them, to use towards finding the Final cache, we also DNF'd (Did Not Find) 3 caches. They have been DNF'd by the last few people, so I assume they may be missing. (Update: They were missing but have now been replaced)
Can you see Oliver?
 





In Magic News:

On January 17th I was honored to receive the "Leon Mandrake" award for Excellence in Showmanship and Creativity from the Society of American Magicians Assembly #95
you can read the news article here
Port Moody Magician wins "Mandrake" award

Groundhog Day Caching



 Oliver and I went and found this cool Lego cache called "Legggooo to the Woods!!" on Groundhog Day(Feb. 2nd)
It was a very cool field puzzle cache where you had to count specific colored Legos on the cache box to get the numbers for the combination lock. He loved it!!! Well worth the trip and I gave it a Favorite point!!



February Vegas Trip!!


I decided to take a quick trip to Las Vegas in February for a little getaway. I went to see several shows, and also grab several caches. When I travel, I don't just go for every cache in my path, I always seek out ones that have several favorite points or specific caches such as Virtual caches or challenge caches, or caches to fill in my difficulty/Terrain or other charts, or cool looking puzzles. I have already got most of the Virtual caches in Las Vegas from other trips as you can see in the pic below.

So this time I decided to go after some cool challenge caches, where you needed to have found 100 of specific kinds of caches called, Virtuals: Challenge of the Century, Earthcaches: Challenge of the Century, and Mystery/Puzzle: Challenge of the Century. The cool thing is 2 of these challenge caches had a 5/5 difficulty, terrain rating, because of all the 100 caches you would have had to find and the possible difficulty and Terrain ratings they had.

These were the caches I had planned to get while there. Several Traditional's, Puzzles, and Challenge Caches, plus 3 Virtuals, 1 Earthcache, 1 Letterbox cache, 1 Wherigo, 1 Multicache, and 1 DNF'd cache.(from a previous trip) A total of 44 in Vegas and area that I will be trying for, plus several on route to the airport in Bellingham.



The following pics show the 24 most favorited caches in Las Vegas and area:

As you can see, there is only 9 out of 24 I have not found of these highly favorited caches. I am hoping to change that during this trip. Wish me luck!!
Plus I may try to do another 7 icon day while there. (Get 7 different Icons in one day) Have done this a couple of times already. Looking to break past the 7 icon day and go for more at some time.


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So, it's Monday morning and here I sit at the airport in Las Vegas waiting for my flight home, putting the finishing touches on my blog before hitting the publish button. Next months blog I will let you know how I made out with the caches I had planned to get here in Sin City!!
Vegas was a blast.....More about my trip in next month's blog.


Well, Back to Reality...........



That's it for this month,
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill
Magicman65

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Travel Bugs and Souvenirs

Caching souvenirs

So recently Groundspeak (Geocaching Headquarters) has been giving virtual souvenirs' for doing certain things, such as finding caches with more than 10 favorites, etc. This months challenge was to move some Travel Bug's around and you will get points toward the newest souvenir.

From the "Geocaching.com Blog":

Introducing the next challenge in our four month series “You might be a geocacher if…” From December 3 at noon UTC through December 31 at noon UTC, use the Friend League to individually earn points towards the “Trackable Lover” souvenir. Keep reading to learn December’s challenge below!

In December, you might be a Trackable Lover if…
You’re all about getting those digits; you can’t see a tracking code and not log it! You own several trackable t-shirts, bring your whole (very organized) collection to every event you attend, and take the extra moment to look up the trackable’s mission.




As you can see by the pics, I have gotten all 4 of them.

Panama Eh!!

So, speaking of Travel Bug's, there was a TB, I activated in Panama back in Feb, 2011 and then he traveled back to Canada with me. He is a wooden person key chain from Panama.
Panama Eh!!


He traveled around BC for awhile and then he headed to New Brunswick over 4000 km away. In Feb. 2012 he came back to BC, and a few months later headed to California. From California he got brought to Australia over 11,000 km away. WOW!!! While there he moved around a bit, and then a newbie cacher retrieved him from a cache in December of 2012. That cacher hung on to him until just recently in December of 2018 it was placed into another cache. 6 years that cacher held onto it. Wow, I assumed I would never see my TB again.

Another cacher has been moving him around from cache to cache and now he is logged into an event.
Many have discovered him, but unfortunately when a TB get dropped into an event, they sometimes become lost within the system. Lucky someone has retrieved him and hopefully he will start moving around again soon.



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The End is Here!!!


The End of 2018 that is, and the start of 2019. So as we say goodbye to another year and Hello to a New one, Groundspeak has rewarded us with 2 more geocaching souvenir's. (See pics below)


My little boy and I went and found 7 caches on New Years Day, as it was a sunny beautiful day. I really enjoyed his enthusiasm, as we found a cache and then he was like, "Let's find another Daddy"
Happy New Year to all!!!





Well, that's it for this month,

Keep on caching!!

Chris Yuill

Magicman65

Monday, 12 November 2018

Seattle Trip

Caching for FTF's on Barnston Island

Went and grabbed a couple of FTF's with my little boy, on Barnston Island called "Barnston Island-From the Ferry" and "Barnston Island - Centre of Centre"
 We needed to take a ferry to grab these two FTF's
Have never been out here before, so it was nice to check it out. We will come back next summer.


Caching Trip to Seattle for 3 of Clubs Magic Convention

I went to Seattle for the weekend of October 19-21st for a magic convention, that I was helping organize with the FVMC and NWRF, the convention was a blast with about 100 other magicians
On my trip down I got one Virtual Cache called Suzzallo Library "Harry Potter Room". It was a very cool library on the Seattle Campus of the "University of Washington"
As you can see, I dressed up for the photos that needed to be taken to claim the Virtual. (PS dressing as a wizard was not in the requirements, I just thought it would be cool)


I also was able to grab a couple of Challenge caches on my trip, one that I had to post a note as I need one more specific cache to complete the challenge. I also grabbed a cache a the "Erratic Graffiti"

I did another cache a week before at an Erratic, but as you can see it was slightly larger!!
 Can you see me?? Zoom in and Look in the shadow, down below in the center.


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On the way home from the Convention, I gave a ride to a couple of magic friends who were also cachers. We stopped on the way home for a couple of quick grabs at a rest stop. One was pretty cool, as it was a tree growing thru a fence called "Straddling the Fence"
 
Check out the pics above and see if you can figure out how this happened?


Back home

Can you see it???

I went to look for a cache called "Stairway to Heaven" in East Vancouver, but my phone app had me going back and forth and up and down the stairs. (*Spoiler Alert: The cache is in the picture above) This cache is at a very cool set of ancient steps that also has an earthcache at it called "Hyaloclastite". I had done the earthcache over 3 years ago, and had looked for this cache also at that time but did not find it. Looked again and DNFed it once more.
I came back a few days later after my recent search, and after reading some logs and getting a bit more info, today I made the find. The good thing about DNFing this cache and then finding it, is that I am now also entered into the Geocaching Vloggers, Geochallenge of the month.

I had to pop over to Vancouver Island just for a day, and was able to grab a total of 6 caches while there. I visited Cathedral Grove, and grabbed a couple of caches while there. I was there in the early morning and it was nice and quiet. I thought about my Dad, and how much I miss him, as I visited here for the first time when I came out to my Dad's place in Port Alberni for the first time and he brought me here.





Well, that's it for this month,
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill
Magicman65

Monday, 8 October 2018

Great Trail Treasure

The Great Trail Treasure Adventure

So a new thing called the "Great Trail Treasure hunt" recently came out where Canadian Geographic has hidden 100 caches along the Trans Canada Trail. Right up a geocachers alley!!

The Great Trail Treasure Hunt is an adventure that gets Canadians exploring the longest recreational trail in the world. The Great Trail spans an unrivalled variety of landscapes and terrain — from urban to remote wilderness. It’s a national treasure we can all use and enjoy.
August 26, 2018 marks the first anniversary of the unification of this 24,000 kilometre network. To celebrate, Canadian Geographic Travel wants you, your family, and friends to get out there on the The Great Trail and win some great prizes.

 I was fortunate enough, well actually skilled enough to find one of these treasures after only 2 real clues were given. The put out a total of 5 clues for each box, the first is what section of trail(this could be upwards of 10 to 50 miles of trail), and the 5th is the coordinates, if you have not figured it out by then. I found this one as the 3rd clue came out and was first to find it, which means I will receive a $100 gift card from Mountain Equipment Co-op, and a years subscription to Canadian Geographic.






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FTF!!!
Happened to be off one day in the middle of the week and a cache that was published the night before was still not found when I checked in the morning, so I was able to head off and grab the FTF on "Quiet Smiley Stop for a Friend"!! Got another FTF a few days later also.

I was also finally able to finish my Alpha-Numeric chart when I found a cache called "6 :My Way or the Highway"

I went to Mission for a show recently and while there I noticed a cache nearby called The Big "M"
I assumed it was in the parking lot of McDonald's but when I got near, I realized it was something else.


 It was a cool huge metal Letter "M" that stood for Mission, BC 

Trip to Seattle for 3 of Clubs Magic Convention

I am heading to Seattle in a couple of weeks for the 3 of clubs Magic convention. I have already mapped out the caches I plan to get. I will not have a lot of time to cache, so I have picked out the ones of interest.




As you can see from the pics of my maps I am only after about 23 caches, that I will try to do on my way down and back. I am on the organizing committee and co-hosting the convention, so I will be busy during the time I am at the convention. 
I will let you know how my Seattle trip goes next month!!







Well, that's it for this month,
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill
Magicman65

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