Sunday, 28 June 2015

Caching souvenir's and Magic Awards

Geocaching Road Trip


Geocaching headquarters or Groundspeak as it is also known is always striving to put little extras into this game so people are able to elevate their fun to another level. This month they started a series of geocaching souvenir's called "Geocaching Road Trip"
The fun part comes when you have to decide what caches to get and when over the next three months to receive your different souvenir's. Each one is setup so you must do a different task for each.

Jun 19 - Sept 02 - Find a geocache with 10+ favorite points
July 03 - Sept 02 - Attend a geocaching event

July 17 - Sept 02 - Find a D5 or T5 cache
July 31 - Sept 02 - Find an Earthcache or attend a CITO
Aug 14 - Sept 02 - Find a mystery cache
Aug 14 - Sept 02 - (Special Reward) Collect all other Souvenirs before Sept 2nd


So far I have received the first one for finding a cache with 10 or more favorite points.
 It was a multi cache and you had to get info from a mural to get the co-ordinates for the final. Last month (before the road trip event started) I got a challenge cache, and when a caching friend saw I had logged it, he said if I had waited to find it in the middle of August I would have gotten three of the souvenir's for the one cache. LOL!!! I have already decided on a T5 cache(or a few), an Earthcache, and a Mystery cache to get during the right dates.


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Magic Awards

So, I just recently won some more awards for my magic. A couple of competitions, and a couple of awards voted by my peers.
I recently got awarded the F.V.M.C. Variety Magician of the year, Childrens Entertainer of the Year, Showmanship award, and Creativity award, and that was just during one weekend....whew!!!

Creativity Award with
Mike Norden
Variety Magic Award with
Tony Chris (MC)


Showmanship Award with
Mike Norden
Children's Entertainer of the Year
with Mike Norden (MC)




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really enjoy competing as it helps me get creative and work on performing new things. The next competition I will compete in will be in November at P.C.A.M. (Pacific Coast Association of Magicians)
 
 

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

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Adventures and Challenges

Following the Skunk Tales!!!


I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago, to go and get some of the Skunk Tales caches. They are all puzzles and when they first came out I started working on them to solve them but had no luck. I had set them aside for the time being and thought I will work on them when I have more time(ya, who ever really gets more time???) A caching friend "The Pollywog" sent me a message saying he was gonna come over from the island to get as many as he could. He had them all solved and was wanting to grab some. I spent the day caching with him. It was a fun filled day and we found 9 of them(I believe there is 19 in total) I will one day soon go back and get the rest of them, plus there is some puzzles to complete within the puzzles. Very cool caches. Thanx again Paul for allowing me to come with you on the adventure!!!


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Up, Up, and Away!!!

This month I also took a trip to Alberta where I would stay in Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton. It was just me and my little boy again on the road, except this time we would fly and get a rental car when we arrived. I noticed there were many challenge caches(you must complete some form of requirements before being able to log them) in the Edmonton area so the plan was to get as many as possible as I have completed several different tasks that they were asking for. One of them had me searching for a specific cache here at home that was published on a specific date, which was tough as there was only a couple in the area, and the one I did was a puzzle. But I got it just days before I headed to Alberta!!!

In total while I was in Alberta for 8 days I found a total of 57 caches, 12 of which were challenge caches(I had planned to get 13 but just was not able to find the time for one of them) I also got 1 FTF while I was there, and a new icon on my stats page(More about that later in this blog)

Two of the challenge caches in particular were quite cool, one was called X-Delta Challenge where in order to complete this challenge, you must have found at least two caches on the same calendar day that are at least 1,000 km distant from each other in the east-west direction (x-vector) only. The latitude of the caches do not count, only the longitude.
The other was called Y-Delta Challenge and in order to complete this challenge, you must have found at least two caches on the same calendar day that are at least 2,000 km distant from each other in the north-south (y-vector) direction only.  The longitude of the caches do not count, only the latitude.
The cool part was that I completed both of these different challenges on the same day!!!
If you read one of my older blogs called Caching out of Country and Magic Banquets you will see that I flew to Florida for a show back in January 2014 and did some cool caches while there, but the really cool part was that I got a cache the morning before I flew back home in Orlando and later that day got one back in Vancouver. 2 caches on the same day over 4500kms apart, and 2 different countries.
Because Orlando is down on the North 28th and West 81st Parallels it is 2300km north-south and 4050km East-west which qualifies me for both these challenges using the same caches!!!

GPS Adventure Maze

About a month back some caching friends from Vancouver island Brett and Leifa AKA, The GO! Team, were in the Vancouver area and I got a chance to go grab some caches with them. We got talking and they said they were going to go to the GPS Adventure Maze that was in Edmonton right now.(It travels around the country) I asked when they were going and found out I would be there at the same time. We made a plan to meet up and go do it together. I already did it some years back at "The Best of the BAD" Mega event in the Drumheller, Alberta area, but was not able to log it as it was no longer an event, but it was still open for people to do it. (We missed logging it by a day)(this cache would give me a new icon, on my stats page)
On Sunday May 31st I met Brett and Leifa and we proceeded to head into the Maze(Basically it is a great introduction into the world of geocaching for new people that wish to find out more about it.)
Thanx again Brett and Leifa for allowing me to tag along!!!
Leifa, Brett, and I

Oliver and I ready for the maze



Oliver found the cache
 

You get to search for some caches in the maze as well as read, and do some cool stuff that is associated with Geocaching.



After doing the maze we hung out in the science centre and checked out some of the other exhibits. Oliver was amazed by the cool stuff in here.

Mmmmmm Tasty!!!



They had a body science exhibit, a science experiment lab, and a space exhibit. Very cool and interactive stuff. We eventually said goodbye to The GO! Team, and headed on our way back towards Fort Saskatchewan, but grabbed a few more caches on the way.



One of these was a challenge cache called "200 Consecutive Days of Caching"
I was able to log this one as I had previously did 400 consecutive days of caching from Jan. 1/13 till Feb 4/14
The last one I grabbed that evening on the way back to where I was staying was just a simple traditional cache called Box-O-Geoart. I found it very quickly but it would turn out to be a bit more challenging than I imagined. As you can see from the picture, it appeared to be a decent sized box with not even a lock on its hasp.
But when opened there was 48 little micro caches
with magnets on a blackboard made of metal. Inside one of them was the logbook. Now to find it.


 I ended up opening 43 of the 48 containers before finding the logbook. Yikes!!! I was then able to leave some artwork behind for the next cacher.

Magicman65 leaves his mark!!!
The following day I was planning on heading out to Elk Island Park and then to Jurassic Forest with my little guy. I awoke and noticed that a new cache was published in the area(Yes I set up notifications when and where I travel) It was out towards Elk Island park.....awesome!!! So we had some breakfast and headed out for the day, we grabbed a few caches on the way out, and then grabbed the new cache as a FTF!!!(First to Find) We then headed into the park.

 



Saw a few Buffalo on the way thru the park. Grabbed a couple of caches while in the park also. This guy was coming down the highway like he owned it. lol















We then headed to Jurassic forest where they have very large animatronic dinosaurs. Very cool technology as they come alive as you walk along the boardwalk.
After leaving the forest we made our way towards Edmonton for supper. We passed thru a little town called Bon Accord where I have performed several times at a bar/night club when I used to live in Edmonton. We grabbed a cool cache in town near the skating rink. Not sure if this kind of cache would get published in BC as you can see by the pics (Bit of a spoiler if you ever are there to do this one, sorry)






As you can see it is in a very dangerous spot, but it did have a tag on the side with the GC number on it to identify where the cache was.











The following morning it was raining so we decided to head to West Edmonton Mall to shop and go to the waterpark. Oliver loves waterparks!!! We had a great time and bought a few things while there, and then headed back to Fort Saskatchewan.
The next day we hung around town and grabbed a few local caches, one was called Lamoreux Letters
which was a Letterbox cache. (Letterbox cache is another form of treasure hunting that uses clues instead of coordinates) I had already came by this one a couple days before but could not see it, so I emailed the Cache owner to see if I was doing something wrong. They gave me a bit of a hint in the right direction. The cache page said go to a specific Landmark, reset your trip odometer and travel down the road 2.05km. I used my GPS and set a waypoint at the Landmark and went 2.05km. But on a GPS the distance is "As the crow fly's" or better known as a straight line from A to B!!! However the road had a couple of slight turns in it making the travel by car distance different than GPS distance. DOHHHH!!! Met up with a couple other cachers while on this road also.
Lamoreux Letters

There was three challenges that I got, that all had similar requirements to log it,
End of the world challenge and 100 in a day challenge and Geocaching 101 Challenge
Basically with all of them you had to have found 100 caches in one day. Since Jenna(Angelcheeks) and I did a day of caching where we found 200 caches, I was qualified to log all three of these caches.

We did a cache called Railroad Service in Fort Sask. which was at the Old Railway station. This is now a museum/visitors centre. When I lived here several years ago this was an active train station, now the trains bypass the city of Fort Saskatchewan.




The last day here we headed out and grabbed a few caches on route to the airport including one earthcache called Alberta's Leduc #1











This was the last cache we would grab before heading off to the airport to fly back home. with 730KM on the rental car, it was a great trip with my little boy, and we had a lot of fun. What will my next adventure bring???







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

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Lots of Caching



The last month I have done a fair bit of caching not only by myself but also with friends.
Also found a few really cool caches, as well as I have been working on completing some challenge caches.
We (Angelcheeks and I) took some new people caching in Mundy park. They wanted to learn how to do it and have since made an account on geocaching.com and have been caching regularly. Very cool when you can get people starting in this awesome game.


 
I went to an event this past month that had a geo101 class and also a G.S.A.K.(Geocaching Swiss Army Knife) seminar. I have been using G.S.A.K. for some time now, but have probably not been getting all the use out of it that I can. This course really helped me get more use out of the program.
 
Before the event since I was in the area I finally went and got the ABC challenge cache that I've been wanting to get for some time.
 It was on this tractor in front of
the A.B.C. Restaurant. A very fitting place for a cache about ABC's


Got another Moving cache also this month, that makes 4 I have found so far. Need to keep searching for more.

Caching with the GO team
My friends Brett and Leifa were in town this month for a couple of days, and I was able to go out and grab a few caches with them. We chatted lots about geocaching and an upcoming trip were we will be able to hook up and do a very cool cache sponsored by Groundspeak called GPS Adventure Maze
The Go Team! and I
 
Cross section cache
Found a cool cache called Cross Section Cache, which is at a city yard where they have a cross section of a city street. Very cool to check it all out.


 

Tiny book Library's

 
I did a couple of caches this month that were inside a library. Not just any library, but some really neat ones that are called "Little free Library's."
As you can see by the pics, these library's are out on the street.
You can take a book and/or leave a book.









Magicman65 Tribute cache
 Got a text from Brett of The Go Team!! telling me to search out a specific cache. Upon checking it out, I was honored to see it was a tribute cache to......ME!!!! Very cool when you impact others lives that they feel you deserve something of that nature. A great big THANX goes out to "The Go Team!"
It is a puzzle cache where you have to do a magic trick right in your own home to get the
Co-ordinates. I don't want to spoil it so you can check it out at: Tribute cache





 

Can you spot the cache??
 
I will be flying to Edmonton at the beginning of June with my little guy, and as you can see by the pics above, I do a lot of caching with him. I have a bunch of challenge caches that I will be getting and also will be going to the Telus world of Science to do Groundspeaks GPS Adventure Maze. The cool part is I will be hooking up with The Go Team!! from Vancouver Island to head in there together. But more about that in next months blog.




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

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Memorable caches





 
Bolt Cache
 
I have been caching now for just over 6 years and have found caches of all shapes and sizes from a small bolt cache to Canada's Largest Ammo Can. #geocaching


Made in Canada Eh!!
 





 

But it's not usually the size or shape of the cache that makes it memorable. It's most likely the place or the journey to the cache that makes it exciting. I am excited to share some of my more memorable caches that I have found in the past. Trust me when I say these are not all of cool ones I've found, as you can see from the banner above, I have found over 3400 caches and these few are just some of the awesome ones I've found!!!

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 Original Stash
This was a very cool and exciting trip with friends C2C2C & Toby and Me and my wife Angelcheeks, to go to the place that started it all. That's right the first ever geocache was placed at this spot in Beaver Creek, Oregon, and now they have a Tribute Plaque in its place.

On May 3, 2000, a five-gallon bucket was placed right at this very spot by Dave Ulmer containing a Delorme Topo USA, 2 CD Roms, a cassette recorder, a "George of the Jungle" VHS tape, a Ross Perot book, 4 $1 bills, a slingshot handle and a pretty notorious can of beans. The coordinates were then listed on the internet and modern-day geocaching was born.


 
 
Original Stash Tribute Plaque




















The A.P.E. Cache
On this same trip we did a hike up a mountain in the Snoqualmie pass to get a cache know as The A.P.E. cache
It is no longer there, as years later it was stolen. We would revisit this spot a few years later as part of a Mega Event.

The A.P.E. Cache


Risky Rock
This cache had a high terrain rating. It was called Risky Rock
It was quite the hike with some climbing slippery rocks and a bit of leaping, but in the end you had a beautiful view of Comox Lake.
Risky Rock
Flotsam Cove
This next cache was quite the adventure. Its a cache called Flotsam Cove
I was planning a trip to Ucluelet one day and noticed that this cache had been published days before but was not found as of yet. I thought, no prob, while I'm there I will quickly go there and grab the FTF!!! Ok....truth be told, not quite as easy as that....It is almost 5 years old now and has only been found 5 times. (at the time of writing)
Here is my log on the cache:
YAY FTF!!! Found this morning at 11:01am
WOW, what can I say...found what I thought may be an easier spot to start from just up the road from the suggested starting co-ords. Parked the car, only 750meters to the cache...cool, off I go with my little geo-dog. get about 400meters down this wide decent path and BLAM!!! There is a wall of logs, stumps, brush, and dirt in front of me. Do I go back and find a different way? NOPE!!! Climb up and over very carefully with little dog under arm, on to other side which looks like a digging site of some sort. Walk down the road and find the next trail. Only 300ish meters to the cache from here, no problem...ya right....1hr and 10mins later of the roughest, narrowest, steepest up and downs, windy, confusing, poky sticks, mossy logs, skinny little goat path I have ever seen, I pop out onto a beach that is just beautiful. I wander down the beach and make the find. Awesome...oh wait, I have to go back the same way...on the way out I made some wrong turns and got turned around a couple of times even with my waypoints. Once I even started to backtrack and I look on the ground and there is my cellphone laying there, glad I made that mistake, must have popped out of its case, ooops. All done and said it was an awesome cache in a fantastic place with a beautiful view. T4TC

Flotsam Cove

Play with me
I actually visited this next cache twice. The cache was called Play with me
I was the FTF, but one day a couple of weeks after our wedding in Panama, we were in the Comox area doing a wedding photo shoot as we did not have a photographer with us during our wedding.(Although we did have a gentleman who was at the resort offer to help us out and use our camera and shot a ton of pics for us) After the photo shoot we were passing this cache and I thought since my wife Jenna(Angelcheeks, is her caching name) had not found it yet, and was still in her Wedding dress we should get the cache, for another quick photo opportunity. (This pic made its way into FTF Geocacher Magazine)

A wee bit overdressed
End of the Road
While we were still living in Courtenay, one evening a cache called End of the Road was published. I was known in the Valley as a cacher who loved to go after the FTF(First to Find the cache)
My good friend Tom (C2C2C) decided to make a cache in hopes that I would be the FTF, then he asked several other caching friends of mine to meet at the cache in the dark woods before it got published and hide to scare the crap out of me. Even though they were there before me, the cache was not opened until I opened it, so I could be the FTF!! It was a great night!!!
My log on this cache:
YAY FTF!!!! This cache popped up and when I read "Something special awaits the FTF on this one!!!" I assumed a scratch ticket, an FTF pin or a New Geocoin, NEVER did I assume that 15 or so of my good friends would be waiting at the cache site in the bushes to scare the #%&$ out of me!!! So when we got to the parking lot at the trailhead and NO vehicles were in site, I thought right on!!! A huge Thanx to C2C2C and all who helped orchestrate this EVIL but FUN "Event"
I shall change my pants now!!!


Island Paradise
This cache got published, and it was a 5/5 which is the most difficult and highest terrain rating a cache can get. We decided not go after it as it was my wife's due date and this particular cache was out on a small island in the middle of a lake. The following day some friends called us to ask if they could borrow our canoe, and my wife said "Let's all go!!" We loaded up and headed to the lake together for this Awesome 5/5 Cache
This was my wife's log:
Poor magicman looked so sad when he realized there is only so much you can ask of your pregnant wife two days before her due date.
Once we realized what we were up against, I decided an adventure might be just what I needed to kickstart the process so I suggested we go for it.
My Log:
YAY FTF!!! Found at 1:51pm Didn't think we were gonna go for this one right away, as any day, any minute my sweetheart is going to go into labour. Some freinds called and said they were wanting to go get it(C2C2C and Toby & Me)
I looked at Angelcheeks and she said lets all go!!!! We went prepared with everything we thought we would need and some things we did not need. Got to the first stage and my hunch was right, got the second co-ords very quick. Had to make a few trips to the spot with the cache as my special equiptment was not capable of taking all of us at once. Once we were close to the cache as a group we headed after it. The co-ords had me about 8metres away from GZ when all of a sudden Angelcheeks came up with the find. Although our legs got all scratched up, we were not in too rough of shape, and we were excited to have been first to find a 5/5 cache. T4TC and the adventure.

A very pregnant Angelcheeks and an empty log book



A view for Giant Pickle
The cache A view for Giant Pickle would prove to be a fun challenge. You see it was a newly published cache with a terrain 4 (5 being the highest) We decided to go for it. It was mostly uphill and cliff climbing the whole way. The added factor of our 8 month old and our small dog just added to the thrill of getting to the top for the awesome view and to be the FTF!!!

On the way up to "A view for Giant Pickle"

Double Bubble Toil and Trouble
This yucky but cool cache is in the heart of Seattle, just off of Pikes street Market. It is called Double Bubble Toil and Trouble. Many people have been unable to find this cache as it is quite tricky and sticky. I studied this cache from home and looked at every one of the over 300 pictures for this cache, and I found 2 pics that might help, but in the end it paid off and the find was made!!!
It is at and ON the famous Seattle Gum Wall. Anyone hungry???
 
Cache in hand!!!




















Goose's Brain Twister
I was in Orlando, Florida some time back to do a show and was able to get this cool but tricky cache, called Goose's Brain Twister. It had a difficulty of 4 1/2 stars(out of 5) so I took that as a challenge to find it. I found it quite quick but it was a plastic waterproof matchstick container down at the bottom of a square pipe not much bigger than the container. It was down exactly 4 feet, 3 1/2 inches. I knew this for sure as I had nothing to use as a retrieving tool(I sometimes carry a telescoping magnet with me, but that would not have worked at all in this cache as the pipe was metal and the container was not) I went to the nearest drug store and bought a roll of duct tape and several wooden rulers and as you can see by the picture of the rulers taped together and the matchstick container stuck on the end by a chunk of duct tape, I was successful!!! YAY!!!
My log on the cache:
In town from BC Canada for the night to do a show in Lake Mary. Needed to grab a few caches. This one was first on my list. Found it quickly but the retrieval had to be figured out. Canadian ingenuity prevailed. T4TC



Ridgemont Mystery Cache
This cache was called Ridgemont Mystery Cache
I always look at places before I go there to see if there are any caches not been found yet. I was getting ready for a trip to Fernie for shows. I noticed this one and watched it as people looked but could not find it for 5 days. When I arrived I did a bit of searching, then I stepped back for a minute and all of a sudden I spotted it!!! Yay FTF!!! Actually I was the OTF(Only to Find) as the CO archived it shortly after as people were tearing up the area, while they did not need to. Look at the pic and see if you can spot it, it's in plain view. Shoot me a message or comment on my blog if you are able to spot it.



BOO!
This cache I got while travelling home from some shows. The cache is called BOO! Now this picture itself was taken on a different trip thru here. I actually found this one late one night in the dark about 2am. A lot of times when I am on tour after my last show, I will start heading home instead of spending the night, and I will cache in the dark. It is right near the road, but you have to climb thru the fence to get to it. The Tomb stone is fake with the cache behind it. There is talk in the cache page of the area being haunted, so the night I got it, I took a flash picture with my digital camera and as I looked at the screen, I saw something on the screen that should not have been there, and I freaked out a bit. After I realized it was the camera strap that had swung in front of the lens I was a little less freaked but still got out of there quite quick. lol



Bloody Fingers, Dirty Diapers
This cache was very cool!!! Actually it was quite cold as it was underground.     
The cache is underground midway in the Snoqualmie Tunnel in the Snoqualmie pass, Washington which is 2.3 miles long(3.7 km)
This was a fun adventure as my wife, Dayton, and Oliver(our littlest) hiked 45 minutes one way thru this cool decommissioned train tunnel with a ton of history. Then we hiked back thru it the other way!!! You can read the full blog of this adventure if you want.

Bloody Fingers, Dirty Diapers
 
 
Houston - We have lift off
Found this cool cache just recently, called Houston - We have lift off. It looks just like a pipe attached to a sign post, but if you want to see how to get at the cache,(Spoiler Alert!!!) click the link and watch the video.

Houston - We have lift off
 
 
 


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