Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Cool caches

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Chicago trip:


Had to fly to Chicago for a training seminar recently, and was able to also grab a few cool caches while there. Even had 3 muggles come search with me and they were quite excited to see how to cache, and what it really was all about. (Found out later, one of them has a geocaching acct, but does not cache lots)
One of the caches that we visited while there was a Virtual cache know as "The Bean"
It is made of 110 tonnes of stainless steel and looks like a giant kidney bean.

The "Bean" at night

The "Bean" during the day






























Chicago Theatre


 
 
 
Some recent caches!!!
 
This cool cache was called The Chicken Channel"

This guy was guarding the cache "Find the Bunny"
 
 
 
 

Cool caches

 
Was recently going thru some geocaching pics, and came across a few cool ones that I liked, so I thought I would share a few with you-Enjoy!!!
 
 
 
Cool Earthcache while on tour
 
 
My beautiful wife caching in her wedding dress
 

I can park here

Fairy hotel
 
 
Caching with my friend Brett


Cool tree
 
YUP....it's there!!!

My little boy with the FTF!!!
 
 


On route to the terrain 4 FTF!!!
Climbed up a cliff to get an FTF on a terrain 4
and this was the size of the cache!!!

Cool structure(Earthcache)

Cruising along


Can you see it??

Cool cache in front of Scouts Canada camp

Scouts Canada camp

Cache near the sasquatch

Cool cache container(Very tricky, lots of DNF's)
 
 Well that's it for this month
Keep on caching
Chris Yuill
Magicman65
 
 
 
 
 
 


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