Saturday, 26 August 2017

Mary Hyde caches and Vegas

Mary Hyde caches

There was some special souvenir's up for grabs over the past couple of months. Each one had a different pirate type challenge to do to receive each of them.
Ahoy Me Hearties!

After achieving the 5 souvenirs' above, I was awarded the last souvenir which had a clue word hidden within it.
Mary Hydes Lost Treasure

Once you find the word, you submit it to and they will send you a reward(a prize) The Prize is a Trackable code to use however you feel like. You can attach your tracking code to any object of your choosing. You can engrave it, write it in permanent marker, or add a laminated piece of paper, a picture on your profile page, or many other ideas that you would use like a normal TB tag, but I am thinking of doing something cool with it. Watch for future blogs to see what I choose to do!!

Vegas Baby!!!

I had been in Las Vegas for 10 days. I went there for a magic convention called Magic Live, but of course I was able to do a fair bit of caching also. This year I decided to go after 12 challenge caches, plus as many virtual's as I could and also do a 7 icon day. 
Day 1: (Aug 10) Arrived in Vegas!!
Day 2: (Aug 11)
Today I went out to get 12 different challenge caches(I love challenges) but I only got 11 of the Monthly Challenge caches, as the 12th one may not have been there, according to past logs.
Monthly Challenge Caches

I also got 2 virtuals, one cool one called "Art at the Station", and 1 traditional cache
Depending on where you looked, this Virtual cache spelled it out!!

Art at the Station

Day 3: (Aug 12)
Last year while in LA and Las Vegas for conventions I tried to do a 7 icon day and just could not get a multi, so did not complete this task. (I had already finished this challenge in the past, I just felt like doing it again)

This time I got the 7 icons I was after: A traditional, virtual, puzzle, earthcache, multi, Wherigo, and a letterbox. The traditional was called "A Special Memory", a very cool one inside a wedding chapel with the same name.

They actually had a drive up window where you could get married. It has about 1150 favorite points!!

Day 4: (Aug 13)
Today I just got a puzzle cache and another Wherigo. This evening Magic Live kicked off, and it would be 3 1/2 full days of Magic!!!

Day 9: (Aug 18)
Grabbed 2 caches today, one in the morning that I walked from the hotel to, which was about a 4km round trip, and from the cache you could see the Orleans Hotel where I was staying. As you can see by the pic, I was quite hot!!

Then I grabbed another while on the strip later today, also showed my friends "Taz's Tree"  which holds a nano cache that I found 2 years ago.
Taz's Tree on the Alladin
It is a nano stuck behind this metal tree art

Day 10: (Aug 19) International Geocaching Day

We went to the Neon Graveyard this morning and took the tour.
Pretty cool history of Vegas. There is a virtual there called "Sign of the Times" that I logged last year.
As we left there we swung by the nearby museum so I could grab a cache for International geocaching day. It was hidden on this cool tubular dinosaur.
We then headed to Fremont street to eat, and I was able to grab another cache while there. This would be the last cache I would get while here. But don't worry, Zoltar say's I will be back there next year for Magic Live 2018.

Well that's it for this month

Keep on caching

Chris Yuill


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

B.C. and Vegas Caching!!

Fraser street caches

Finally finished up the Fraser Street cache and found the final(Well I did not get all the series as I had enough info to make the find) Found this near the final, pretty creepy!!

I have also been working on getting the "Mary Hyde: Ahoy Me Hearties!" Souvenirs. Here are the first three that I have earned, just gotta get two more in the collection!!

Mary Hyde: Ahoy me Hearties!

Mary Hyde: Weigh Anchor

Mary Hyde: Smuggler's Cove

Another trip to Kelowna

So I was just in Kelowna for a show a few weeks ago as you remember from my last blog. I went again for another show this past weekend. It was an awesome show for over 100 people at an acreage. Check out the cool stage I got to perform on. Yee Haw!!

Logan Lake caching

I was able to grab a few Gold Country caches during this trip, on my way to Logan Lake for a show. Gotta love ammo cans!!
Also grabbed an Earthcache on the trip called "Drumlins and Eskers"

This was the view coming into Merritt. Lots of fires burning across the interior of British Columbia, and a nasty amount of smoke blanketing the province, as you can see by this pic. Hopefully we will get some much needed rain soon.

GPS'r VS Smartphone
People ask, why don't you just cache with your phone instead of your handheld GPS'r. The screenshot  below from my phone will explain why!!! And that was with service.

Not sure why, but I like the looks of this cool tree, that I spotted while on my trip.

This was a cool looking cache, at the entrance to the Left Field Cider Company!!


Yup, it's that time of year....heading to Las Vegas in a couple of days for Magic Live. A great Magic convention with 1600 other Magicians (Well 1599 plus myself)
Below is a screenshot of the caches I am hoping to get, in between magic convention, magic shows,'s Vegas, and what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Catch me next month and I will let you know if I got all the caches I am going for!!

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

Sunday, 23 July 2017

"Man your Battleships"

Caching in White Rock

Went out caching one morning with Close up Matt.
We started working on "Battleships in Whiterock" a few weeks back, we went to 9 of the 25 possible spots to visit for clues. Today we only had to visit 4 more to come up with enough info to work out the co-ords while sitting near the HUGE White Rock!!!
Earth Cache in Whiterock

After putting it into the geo-checker it came up as incorrect. We decided to go for it anyway and upon finding a huge tree down at the location we assumed it to be, I climbed over and made the find!!(see pic below)

There's a tree in the way!!

We also grabbed a few more caches in-between all the waypoints for the Battleship cache.

This one was at the pier in Whiterock and attached to fishing line so while they were fishing in the background I was fishing for the cache.

Another Free Library cache.

Then after we had finished the Battleship cache in Whiterock we headed to Langley to do the new Wherigo cache. It took us to all of the cool new statues in town for a bit of a history lesson.

Kelowna trip

I had a show in Kelowna so and I went a day early and went to an event called "Participaction 150: Learn to geocache 101". Now obviously I did not go to learn how to cache, in fact I have taught caching to several organizations in the past including the Cub scouts, Church groups, and the B.O.W. Organization.
I went because I was headed to Kelowna for a show the following morning but their was a new souvenir for attending an event cache that weekend. So I decided to go to an event in Kelowna at Jack Seaton park.

While there a fire started nearby as you can see by the following picture, and we had to leave the event early.
It became a large forest fire in Lake Country just North of Kelowna that grew to 40 Hectares and 8 homes were destroyed. Very sad!!
In total I found only 15 caches and one event while on my trip to Kelowna.

Fraser Street caches

I have been working on the series of Fraser Street caches, getting one or two every morning on my way to work. They are some pretty sneaky hides and clever containers. I need to find a couple more to get the "FSS Final- Connection"
I will let you know in my next blog how I make out.

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

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Father's Day, Battleship's, and Events

Caching with my little boy on Father's Day

Oliver and I went out for a few caches between rain showers on Fathers day. He and I enjoy caching and its usually him that asks to go get some. lol
We grabbed 3 at one location!! Well actually 2 of them were electronic gadgets that were inside of an ammo can cache. One was called "Chill" and the other was called "Brambleweeny 57 Sub-meson Brain"
They were both inside "GB Puzzle Box II" which was also a cache, between the three caches there was a total of 144 Favorite points.

You had to figure out what to do with them after putting batteries in them. Once you figured it out, the co-ords for the cache were displaed on the screen.  Pretty cool

We also did one a few weeks back called "Whomping Willow Lane - Pipe Series III" and I had Oliver shoot a video of me retrieving it. As you can see from the "Video" (Click Link<) he did a pretty good job getting a steady shot!!!

One day a new cache gets published but with bad coordinates. 2 weeks later the co-ords are updated. I happen to notice this the next day after it got fixed. I head over to that part of town and pick up fellow cacher/magician friend Close Up Matt and together we get the FTF called "On Safari"

Also found a FTF Multi named "K de K - New Westminster to Brownsville"

I have recently been asked by the publisher of "FTF Magazine" to write an article for the magazine about some "Travel Bugs" but not just any TB's, I will be writing about the history of the "Jeep Travel Bugs"
Right now I am doing some research on the history of the Jeep TB's.
I will let you know when this happens. Also last month 3 of my pictures were published in the FTF Magazine.

"You Sank my Battleship"

Started working on "Battleships in Whiterock" cache over in Whiterock, BC with good friend Close Up Matt. You have to visit 25 different locations to look for clues to figure out the final location. We went out one Saturday and went to about half the locations as well as grabbing some other caches along the way. One cache was called "Up the down staircase". Talk about a workout!!!

Trip to island
Headed to Vancouver Island this past weekend to do a show up island in Courtenay. While on the island I grabbed several caches including a challenge cache that I had completed the requirements to back in October of 2013. It was the VLH Heinz 57 Challenge
I also got to see some caching friends at the Courtenay Fish and Game annual event. They were running the Geocaching booth, something which I did a few years back.

Event Cache and Night caching with new friends

Went to Keats94 goes to Ottawa event cache and also hooked up with 3 other caches to go and grab the nearby night cache. One of the cachers I went with "Bad Bunny bites you" left a glow in the dark bunny in the cache. How appropriate!!!
Night Cache

Canada Day

I am going to Harrison Hot springs this Canada Day long weekend with my little boy, and we will grab a few caches I'm sure, as well as in a couple of weekends I am heading to Kelowna for a show and I am hoping to grab some more "Gold Country" caches. I already got 1 of the cool gold bar geocoins as you can see in the pic. (PS, Yes you can discover it from the pic if you wish)

Oh, and in Magic News, also this month I won as Children's Entertainer of the Year again!!!
Being presented the award

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

Mary Hyde caches and Vegas

Mary Hyde caches There was some special souvenir's up for grabs over the past couple of months. Each one had a different pirate...