Sunday, 26 October 2014

Pumpkins, Halloween Magic competition and challenges!!!



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This month I completed a few geocaching challenges.

"North 49 Degrees Latitude Challenge"
I talked about this one in my last months blog!!

"The UBC ABC Geocachers Challenge"
In order to claim a find on this Challenge Cache, you will need to find a cache by 26 geocachers, with each geocacher's profile name beginning with a different letter.


"The Pyramid Scheme Challenge"
To be able to log the cache you have one calendar month to find a total of 21 caches that form a pyramid. Each row of the pyramid must contain the same cache type. You must find 1 of one type, 2 of a different type, 3 of yet another type and so on. Your pyramid will have 6 levels (21 caches total).
I started on Oct 1st and was done the challenge by Oct 18th. I found the cache and logged it on Oct.19th
I started by thinking I would find, 1 Virtual, 2 Letterbox caches, 3 Earthcaches, 4 Puzzles, 5 Multi's and 6 traditionals. I was having a tough time with multi's(could not find them that easy) So I switched it up and found 5 puzzles and only 4 Multi's

Halloween Magic

This month was also the Vancouver Magic Circle's Halloween competition.


Tip Top & Tootsie Trophy

The TipTop & Tootsie trophy is awarded in recognition of excellence in Halloween Magic by an Adult or Junior Member. One trick or effect of a Halloween Theme must be performed within a 10 minute time limit. The spirit of this competition is to encourage growth in the field of Halloween magic. A favorite of George Patey and Bill Eliason, for whom the trophy is in honour of.

The trophy is named after a pair of aristocrat tramp characters “TipTop & Tootsie” created by Bill and George. The trophy top is a statue given to them by their good friend Doug Henning (Cousin of Magician Doug Henning) and donated by David Wilson, nephew of Bill Eliason. The base was donated by Craig Prystay.

I competed with a pumpkin based act. The pumpkin was produced and a $100 bill was borrowed, lost by putting it into a cauldron of Zombie Virus. It then reappeared inside the pumpkin that I carved in a very strange manner. If you want to see the full routine on youtube, please check out "$100 Pumpkin"








                                                          

I was in a costume and had a cauldron and a spooky table.











As you can see by the following picture I did quite well.
Winner of "Tip Top & Tootsie"

At the beginning of next month I am heading to Chicago, and I will grab a few caches while there.

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

 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Earthcache month and Challenges



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Earthcaching:

This month on the 12th Groundspeak was giving away a souvineer if you find and log an Earthcache.
Earthcaches bring you to  cool places to learn about our earth!!


EarthCache - Large Icon EarthCache - Small Icon

EarthCache

An EarthCache is a special geological location people can visit to learn about a unique feature of the Earth. EarthCache pages include a set of educational notes along with coordinates. Visitors to EarthCaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage its resources and how scientists gather evidence. Typically, to log an EarthCache, you will have to provide answers to questions by observing the geological location. For more information about EarthCaches visit http://www.earthcache.org/

As you can see, I got mine!!!

 

 Trip to Vancouver Island

 
I had to go over to Vancouver Island to take care of some business, so of course I grabbed a few caches while over there. Found a cache that had a cool rock formation near it. I always wonder how things like this become to exist in nature.
Balancing Rock
 

 Challenge Caches

 
On the way back from the island I stopped to grab a challenge cache that I completed the requirements for some time ago. It was called North 49 Degrees Latitude Challenge
*To successfully complete this challenge, you must find at least one cache for every minute of North 49 degrees latitude. For example, for Minute 00, you would need to have found a cache between N49 00.000 and N49 00.999. For Minute 01, you would need to have found a cache between N49 01.000 and N49 01.999 and so on. Once you have successfully found a cache for every minute, (a total of 60)you could find this challenge cache and sign the log.
They could be from anywhere in the world as long as they were within the 49th parallel.
My list of 60 caches spanned as far east as the Alberta border and west to Vancouver Island.
 
North 49 deg. Latitude Challenge
 
I am still working on a similar challenge called West122 Degrees Longitude Challenge
I still need a few more caches to complete the requirements before I can log the challenge cache. I also came across another challenge cache that looks interesting called The Pyramid Scheme Challenge 
You have one calendar month to find a total of 21 caches that form a pyramid. Each row of the pyramid must contain the same cache type. You must find 1 of one type, 2 of a different type, 3 of yet another type and so on. Your pyramid will have 6 levels (21 caches total). Here is one possible example: 



I have already started to gain caches for the month of October towards completing this challenge. I will see how it goes. So far as of Oct. 13th I have filled the bottom row with traditional caches, 5th row I have 4 out of 5 puzzle caches, 4th row 2 out of 4 Multi caches, 3rd row complete as well with 3 earthcaches, 2nd row I have 1 out of 2 Letterbox caches, and up top I need 1 Virtual cache. Read next month to see if I complete it!!! I may switch the 3rd row(Earthcache) and 4th row(multi) as it seems I have been trouble with multi caches. lol
NOTE: On Thanksgiving(Oct 13) after publishing this blog in the morning, I was able to grab a virtual in the afternoon for the top row!!!


Well that's it for this month
Keep on caching and Have an awesome Thanksgiving!!!
Chris Yuill
Magicman65
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Day trip to the states, Earthcaching and Magic competitions

DAY TRIP SOUTH BOUND!!!

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Went for a day trip down to Stanwood, WASH. for a BBQ with about 70 other Magicians and family's. It was the Meyers Annual Magicians Picnic & Extravaganza.


 It was an awesome time and on the way down and back we were able to grab 5 quick U.S. caches.

We grabbed one called "Top of the Hill" which was just a small cache but the cool part was that It had a sign nearby that had mileage to several different locations on it. Some very cool places!!       
 
 
We also got one that was at a shooting range called "Can't Miss" 
 It was hidden in plain view behind this dude, who was guarding the entrance to the shooting range!!

 
 
Speaking of BBQ's I also went to one that was called "P.C.A.M. Thank You"
It was put on by the organizers of the recent P.C.A.M.(see my last blog) and it was for all the people that helped out backstage and in front of the stage to make the convention be as great as it was. 
 
 

 Recent Cool caches

Grabbed a few really cool caches lately, as well as a cool earthcache on the way out to Mission for the P.C.A.M. BBQ. While I was at the Artesian Well earthcache, there was a guy with a pump retrieving water using the pump and a large tank on the back of his truck. He shared a lot of info on the Well and the surrounding area.
 

Artesian well earthcache
Can you see it??
I DID!!!


Speaking of earthcaches, I was looking at the caches that I own and noticed that there was exactly 100 logs on my earth cache "The Rock Garden Trail" in Glacier National park. This earthcache was a bit of a challenge to get placed as at the time, caches were not allowed in National parks, although there was a few that somehow got slipped by. Because of my involvement with the B.C.G.A. (I was the VP from 2011-2014) and our involvement with BC parks, I was able to get the right phone number for the right person, to get my cache approved from the park officials. We had traveled thru there a few years back and I thought this place would make an awesome educational earthcache. It was not a spot most people would stop at, so by putting a cache there, I have gotten people(cachers) to visit this beautiful little spot of nature. It took me several emails, many phone calls, and lots of red tape to get this one published. I am glad to say that the National park officials are now allowing more caching within their parks.
I thought it fitting to send cachers Craft40 a small gift for being the 100th visitor to log this cache. The pic below is the stuff I sent them, congrats again Craft40!!!
BCGA Parks 100 years coin and pins

 
 
 
I had to head over to the island for a quick trip, and was able to grab a couple of cool caches while in Courtenay.
 
 This was a blitz cache that belongs to a caching
friend of mine. Very well done!!! Tried to vote on it, but the blitz has ended

Hidden in plain site!!!

 Caching at work!!!

So I was at work one day and this new cache gets published. Hmmm, its only about 7km away from where I am working, and its almost lunch time. Off I go a bit early, lol. I head to GZ and when I get there I find this outdoor front yard mini library. Very cool idea. I guess there are several of these around Vancouver. I reach for the logbook.....YAY FTF!!!
Little Free Libraries are hand-crafted structures that contain constantly changing collections of books donated and shared by people of all ages and backgrounds. Most Little Free Libraries are placed in front yards, parks, gardens and easily accessible locations. The Libraries are built to withstand weather of all kinds and hold 20-100 books. Some Libraries are located in coffee shops, in or near restaurants and community centers.
Originally designed to look like a one-room school or a “house of books,” the Libraries rapidly took on a wide variety of sizes, shapes, themes and other attributes. There is no standard size and shape. Although many businesses and apartments may have had “take a book, leave a book” shelves for years, the idea of a network of unique structure with stewards, signage and social support began in 2010.
To be officially called a Little Free Library, a free book exchange must have an official sign, number and/or listing on the Little Free Library Map of the World. More Libraries are being registered every day.


 

FVMC Comedy Magic Competition 

 
 The FVMC(Fraser Valley Magic Circle) had their Comedy magic Competition this month, and I entered it. I had a lot of fun competing. This competition you are only allowed a maximum of 10 minutes, before being disqualified. My time was exactly 10 minutes....whew. After the judges scored us, I had won by 0.4 points!!!! 
 
FVMC Comedy Magician of the year
 
 Next Month on October 12th is National Earthcache day, so you may want to grab an earthcache that day for a cool souvenir on your profile.
 
 
Well that's it for this month
Keep on caching and keep the Magic alive!!
Chris Yuill
Magicman65
 

 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Souvenir's, Magic, and FTF's


 

Souvenir's and FTF's

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So I noticed one evening a cache got published around 8pm, but it was already about 830 when I noticed it and it was farther away, so I assumed I would not stand a chance on the FTF, so I left it alone. The next morning I was up early as I had to drive my father in law to the skytrain station. Looked at the cache page and noticed it had not been logged as of yet.
FTF Prize!!!



So after dropping him off, I headed to the cache, almost 10 hours after it was published. Not only was I FTF(First to Find) but I got my "International Geocaching Day" souvenir as well!!!















I also got another FTF at a small park nearby home. It was a multi called "Wouldn't want to waste the space" I made fast work of finding the first stage, and raced up the hill to the next set of co-ords.
After finding the final, I sat down on the nearby bench, where I could see the first stage, so I got to watch the next couple of cachers looking around for it, and shortly after was joined by some other cachers coming to try for the FTF. Sorry guys, you are too late....hehehehe!



Caching Event

Went to a great event this month in the Vancouver area put on by out of town cachers LostSailRs called "Couple of California Cachers Come Cachin in Canada"


Caching event


 
 
 
 


The Socializer:  Earned by attending an Event, Mega-Event, or The Block Party.  Went to the event "GC58G5D - Couple of California Cachers come Caching in Canada"



This event was the last part of my "7 souvenir's in August" to unlock the special souvenir "The Achiever"

The Achiever:  Earned by unlocking the other 6 souvenirs in August.  All we had to do here was log our finds and check in to our Souvenir Trophy Case to unlock and lock in our achiever number.  
 
Met a few local cachers I have not run into as of yet, and some from out of town including the Event hosts!!!
 At the event we got talking about souvenir's(since it was the month of souvenirs) and I mentioned that I had a Texas souvenir, but had not yet cached there as of yet(I have been there, but was not into caching then). It was because I logged a travelling cache that was listed as a Texas cache. LostSailRs(the organizer of the event) asked what a travelling cache was. I was explaining and someone else had mentioned that there was only about 6 travelling caches left in the world. They are no longer allowed except for the ones that are already out there and active. I thought this was cool as I have found 3 of them.
Traveling caches I've found:

GC2179 "Bernies Travelling Geocache"

GC8E37 "The corps of discovery" (Found at island spirit, and this is the one that I got the Texas souvenir from)

GC6ADF "Traveling little known parks finder"

Upon further investigation into the travelling caches, I have found that there is still about 30-40 active caches that are travelling including one that is in the Fraser Valley area, which I will now have to go and find.lol
 

Speaking of the Fraser Valley:
The Fraser Valley Magic Circle had their annual picnic this month at out past presidents house. It was nice to see a great turnout with most of the members and some spouses showing up. It was an awesome BBQ with lots of food and chatting.

Monday night magic(CMOTY)


Third Monday Magic(FVMC) this month was the Children's Magician of the year competition. I had originally entered as I came in second in the Vancouver magic circles competition of the same name, but then pulled out two days before as I felt I did not have enough time to set up for the routine I was gonna use. Instead I got to be a judge, but next year I will be ready!!! It was a great night with several performers competing for this coveted award.

Team Cache

 Back in April of 2011, some caches placed by TEAM KFWB GPS were put up for adoption. Since these were caches that were originally published in February of 2003(geocaching was started in May/2000 ) they have become pieces of history for geocachers. The Mid Island cachers(of which I am a member) decided to adopt some of them. Then they were dispersed to some of the members that would be able to take care of them. I was asked to adopt one, so I did. The plan was simple, take over the cache and go check on it and make sure it is still in good condition or fix it up, to keep it active. Unfortunately I was unable to get to it right away as it was quite away out on some back roads, that were not accessible at certain times of the year. We were finally able to get to the cache site in December of 2011. The cache could not be found anywhere but I came prepared with a whole new cache in an Ammo can fully loaded. PS Most cachers love finding ammo cans in the woods, versus micros.


This was the note I post in a log on the cache page: CODE OF SILENCE GEOCACHE
Drove in from the Horne Lakes side today, despite a wrong turn which led up the mountain to a dead end and having to turn around without rolling the truck, and having a tree across the road to hurdle over with the truck, plus a wee bit of snow on the road, we managed to reach the cache site. We looked for some time and could not find any tagged tree to start from, but found the only stump with orange paint. We did not however find the origanal cache box or contents. We placed a new container(ammo can) under the stump with the orange paint. It is in plain view as I don't think anyone will spot it unless they are there caching.(pics will be posted) If anyone does find the origanal cache container please let me know, I would like to place it inside the ammo can to keep it safe. This cache is a very historic cache and I will make sure it stays active.
I will be editing the cache page with some new coordinates to help out and to stay on the right road to the cache. Have fun and good luck!!!
Magicman65

 
 
 

This is a pic I took in Dec/2011 of the new cache in place. And the lower pic is the ammo can loaded with a huge log book and lots of SWAG(stuff we all get)
Cache in Danger!!! 
Recently I received an email from a friend and fellow cacher, Slimshadysr. He was out that way caching and told me the area around the cache was scheduled to be "Harvested"
He removed the cache for me and held onto it so we could find a better location. Just recently he was back down that way and was able to place it in a new safer spot. Many thanx goes out to him, and I would do the same for anyone else.
 
 
Well that's it for this month
Keep on caching and keep the Magic alive!!
Chris Yuill
Magicman65
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 

Monday, 11 August 2014

PCAM, Alberta trip and Chickens???

 
 
 
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I Love FTFs!!!!

At the beginning of July I got a few FTFs. I was at home, when a couple of new caches got published. I headed out the door. The first one was at the Dairy Queen down the street. The second one was down on Barnet hwy. It was a blitz cache named "Wicked!!". I raced there and as I reached GZ I found the very cool caching container. I took pics of course but will not post them on my blog so as not to spoil the surprise.
 

Another cache came out awhile later but I decided not to go after it as I was already busy with other things away from home. We got back home after being out for awhile and I noticed this new cache was not logged yet. Out the door I go in hopes of another FTF. Well the cache was over 2 1/2hrs old and I still was the first to sign. YAY another FTF!!
 
This past month(July) also marks the anniversary of me living on the mainland one year now. I have been doing quite a bit of caching since I've been over here and a lot of fun and different unique hides. Here are some pictures of some different cool Hides Since I've been here.
Project APE Tribute





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We also went for a family outing one rainy Sunday to Granville island. Only grabbed one cache while we were there but also stopped in this cool shop that makes and sells brooms.
Regular Brooms

Cool looking brooms

Nimbus 2000??
 

Pacific Coast Association of Magicians(P.C.A.M.) Magic Convention

August was a busy month with the PCAM convention, which was an awesome 4 day event with shows, competitions, lectures, and workshops.....OH, and a lot of fun seeing old friends and making new ones, and hanging out. Of course with this convention as always, I offered to help backstage, and wherever I could. I also competed in the Comedy magic category, although I did not win I had a great time with an act that my wife and I came up with that I have never performed before(all new) and will probably never repeat it, as it was just for this competition.
Here is the YouTube link to my act, Fresh Food!!!!


Caching for Souvenirs


        August has some souvenirs from Geocaching.com to give away. Seven different souvenirs for collecting different kinds of caches. The first 6 are for getting different kinds of geocaches and if you get all six you are rewarded with a seventh. So August 1st, I was at the PCAM convention but got up early and went out and got the first 3 of 7 souvenirs.

The Sightseer:  Earned by finding a Multi-stage Cache.  This was the 1st cache I grabbed towards earning my 7 souvenirs of August. I would grab three different souvenirs today.(Aug.1st)  The cache was a simple two stage Multi called "GC1CYEM - Titleist Nest"




The Collector:  Earned by finding a Wherigo, Webcam, or Letterbox Hybrid Cache.  For this one I did "GC1QPCH - A Walk in the Park". It is a Letterbox Hybrid cache. This would be the second cache of the day for me.




The Explorer Souvenir:  Earned by finding a traditional cache.  This would be the third one I grabbed today. "GC469DG - EBG-13"  Most people would naturally grab a traditional cache first, but I wanted to get a couple others out of the way and grab this as a bonus on the way out of the park.




 
Last year at this time in August, they had the 31 days of August where you could get a souvenir every day of the month.
Of course I got all the souvenirs because I was already doing every day of the month for the year as a goal and I actually extended the year and did 400 days straight of at least one Cache a day, so it was a no-brainer for me to get all 31 souvenirs in August. Actually I got 34 souvenirs in Aug 2013, as I also got the "Geocaching Block party event", and the "Geocaching headquarters" souvenir on Aug 17th/13 and the "Going Ape Mega event" on Aug 18th/13


I also headed off to Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta for a week with my little guy.  Lots of Caching to be had also.
 
 
 
Came thru Jasper National park and got some traditional caches and a cool earthcache . This would also give me another souvenir to add to my souvenirs of August.
 

The Nature Lover: Earned by completing an Earthcache or participate in a CITO Event.  Stopped at "GC23ZAM - Cold Sulphur Spring - Jasper National Park" A very cool but stinky(Because of the sulphur) Earthcache.
 
 
 

 

The Puzzler:  Earned by solving and finding a Mystery Cache. While driving thru Edmonton, I grabbed a quick puzzle cache called "GC3ECWM - Crooked Luck" which earned me my 5th souvenir. Just need an event before the end of the month and all will be complete.
 
 
While in the Edmonton area, was able to grab a Virtual cache as well. I love Virtual caches although they are getting tougher to get as they are not allowed to be made anymore. I think they need to be brought back. They did try something else like it but it did not work out and they abandoned the idea. (although it gave me something to do while I was up in the Yukon) Read about that HERE!! 
"Something on a stick 'YXD'"





Well that's it for this month
Keep on caching and keep the Magic alive!!
Chris Yuill
Magicman65