2023 Spring Camping Trip: Day Two

Last night after I posted the blog, I went for a walk. There is a nice creek alongside the campground and they have swimming and water activities there in warmer months. I don’t know if it was running high from snowmelt or if it’s usually as high as it was last night. I looked at my phone to see if there were any interesting geocaches in the area – lo and behold there was one right in the campground, just 300 feet from where I was standing.

I made quick work of it. That electrical plate you see isn’t screwed on – it’s attached by magnets and pulling it off of the box revealed the log sheet behind it.

After that, I went back to the camper for the night. We just had hot dogs and mac & cheese for dinner and watched Venezuela vs. the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic. I’d been watching that a lot and my original intention was to watch all of the games in order, but it just wasn’t possible. I still enjoyed it, despite Edwin Diaz’s injury. It’s a huge blow to the Mets to lose him as a reliever. He really has been instrumental in many of their wins. However, I also know that the next generation of baseball fans isn’t going to appear out of thin air and I think the World Baseball Classic is a great way to spread the love of the sport around the world. I loved watching underdogs like the teams from Czech Republic and Great Britain.

Today was a drive, drive, drive day. In Virginia, they aren’t allowed to put geocaches at the rest stops (Boo!) so I didn’t get any finds there. However, the rest area in West Virginia on I81 has some of the best geocaches around. There’s a geocache named WVTim that makes these excellent gadget geocaches. We’d been to this rest area before and found two of them. While I was here today, I did find two more, but unfortunately, it wasn’t his. There were two of his geocaches at the rest area I found but couldn’t access the log sheets. That’s what a gadget cache is – you usually have to solve the puzzle of how to open and/or retrieve the log sheet from inside the geocache. These two were birdhouses. One was broken and I alerted the geocache owner that I think the log sheet can’t be accessed. See the birdhouse on the top right? Pulling on those rings in the right combination should release the log sheet. Unfortunately, on the other side of this, there was one of those pulls that were broken, and I think that was the one I needed to release the log sheet.

The other one here was where I had to figure out a combination. It was titled ABCs of geocaching. I figured ABC = 123 but that didn’t work and I couldn’t think of anything else. So those two were “DNF”s or “did not find”. I did get an earthcache and micro cache in the same rest area – great break on the day.

There were a number of these along I81 in Virginia. The one next to the gun store was a bit disturbing.

Before getting to the campground we decided to eat at Cracker Barrel for dinner. We just didn’t want to make dinner after a day of driving. We are at another KOA and had to check ourselves in because 6PM is considered “late” right now. Tomorrow we arrive in Murfressboro for a couple of days, which is only about 4 hours from where we are staying tonight. I just enjoyed some tequila and watching the USA vs. Cuba in the World Baseball Classic tonight.

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  1. We got a couple of WVTim’s gadget caches several years ago when we visited WV. Very clever. I would love to see a collaboration between him and Trycacheus (who did so many of the Gilby gadget caches)! The only time I ever eat at Cracker Barrel is when we are traveling…