Outdoor Activities

I had the day off for MLK day, so I got together with one of my best geo-buddies to go find some geocaches. On the way to meet up with her, the morning was very misty-foggy. As I was driving down FM 50 near Brenham, I saw a Bald Eagle flying low over a pond just to my left. I always get so excited about seeing these majestic birds so close to home and over the last couple of months, I have seen 3 of them. I was driving so I didn't have a chance to try to snap a picture.
Photo by Suzzanne Britton
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We headed northeast to an area where there were caches that neither of us have already found. The fog was beginning to lift and it turned into a gorgeous day. Our first stop, a cemetery. The wind was whispering in the pines and birds were everywhere. I could have just sat there for a long time soaking it all in.  A "V" of Snow Geese flew overhead heading south. Wrens where about as were some Robins. I saw a tiny bird with a bright red stripe on its head and it was flitting around in the cedars right in front of me, but not holding still long enough for its camera debut. I looked it up later and found out it is a Ruby Crowned Kinglet. A new one to add to my life list! Such a cute little fellow!

We started on a series of caches and then took a break for lunch on the Lake in Conroe. It was a little breezy, but nice, so we sat out on the patio.  I created a Sight on Sighter Game and we put out a few Munzees along the way heading home.  We stopped by the military tank that has twice eluded me and I FINALLY got to log that one and even completed a locationless cache on terracaching.com. 20 caches found along with a couple of Munzees for the day. We didn't do much pre-planning, so no letterboxes today.

I got home and started a couple loads of laundry. I know, ugh! While they were washing and drying, I went outside with my tablet to edit and publish my field notes as logs.  I just couldn't stand going inside any more than I had to. The Barred Owls across the road were carrying on a little early and I love to listen to them. Henbit and Spring Beauties are already blooming in the yard. Hopefully, Spring is on its way.

Scavenger Hunts

The first round of Munzee Clan Wars of 2014 has started. There are just over 300 clans this month and I am in the DudeClan this time with other Texas Munzeers.  I was able to get out at lunch and deploy 3 more Munzees around Downtown Bryan and one of them is a Mystery. If you scan it, you can get anywhere from 5-50 points.

Clans consist of up to 10 players who band together to play. Individual points are added together to try to earn special clan "weapons" which are special Munzees that can only be earned as part of the clan wars.  For more info on Clans, click here.  New clans start and end near the beginning/end of a month. Players can join, leave and change clans only during that time frame.

Because of the GeoGearHeads Podcast, I learned about another location-based game called Sighter. There are now a few of them in Downtown Bryan as well. It is a Photography Based Urban Treasure Hunt. Use the app for Android and Apple. Open it and it will show you the nearest sights. Arrows will show you the direction and distance of the sight.  As you get closer, you will play the cold - warm - hot game until you can get there and snap a picture of the item.  Since there are none in my area from other players, I will have to wait to describe that part of it.  When you create a sight, make sure your GPS is on and locked on location. Take a picture, type in a hint and you can type a secret about the location as well and submit. It's that simple.

I have a couple of letterboxes that had the stamps taken from them at some point. Now I had to disable the boxes so I can re-carve the stamps. Tiny details are getting tough for me lately. Time for an eye exam.

A note to geocachers:
Rubber stamps are NOT swag - especially from a letterbox hybrid! DO NOT REMOVE them!

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