Sunday, December 11, 2016

GeoSnippits Reboot Winner!

A few weeks ago, Torran decided to enter in on a contest featured on one of his favorite geocaching podcasts, the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast. The podcast features the husband and wife team of Amy ‘HeadHardHatress’ and Andy ‘HeadHardHat’. Their shows usually feature tips, trick and basics of geocaching. Every week they have a contest for some neat geocaching prizes provided to them by awesome caching stores; such as GXProxy, and Coin and Pins.com.


In Episode 180 of the GeoSnippits Reboot podcast Amy and Andy announced that Torran was the winner for the week. Shortly after, a package full of all sort of goodies arrived at our door. The package included a whistle, carabiner clip, pathtag holder and a trackable trek tag provided by GXProxy. Also, included in the package was an official GeoSnippets trackable patch. This patch is pretty awesome. Not only can you turn whatever you attach it to into a trackable, but it glows in the dark.


If you get a chance, check out the winning episode here and be sure to listen in to find out how you can win some really cool geocaching swag. Thanks again to Amy and Andy. Keep up the great work! Until the next adventure, Happy Caching!

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Parawan Gap



Back in May of this year, we decided to go for a family drive to the Parawon Gap. The Parawon Gap is a physical natural break in the  mountains formed by an ancient stream. It allows easy access to the other side of the mountains and is ripe in history and native american petroglyphs. 

The area has been made into a nice stopping place with parking, picnic area and paved pathways from one side of the gap to the other. Petroglyphs are highlighted all along the walkway which made it easy for us to take our son TNT Lando along with us. 







After exploring the location and on our way back to the car. we decided to power up the cell phone and check to see if there was a geocache around. Sure enough not far off the beaten path there was a cache. Torran had wanted to put the stroller to the test, so he guided it towards ground zero and found the cache easily. 





This was a very nice, easy paced adventure for us, especially with a newborn. If your looking for a place to go with the family that doesn't take a lot of time to get to and will give you a full round of history, natural wonder and a geocache, go check out the Parawon Gap.


Thanks for taking the time to explore our blog. We hope it helps inspire you to get out there and discover your world. You'd be surprised what you find. Until our next adventure, Happy Caching!









Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Shinob Kibe Trail



On the morning of March 19, 2016 Torran set out with Joe Teton, Zer0 and Ranger Dale to explore the Shinob Kibe trail down by Washington, Utah. 

The trail was a good hike up the Shinob Kibe mesa which climbs about 650 feet. The pathway up was clear but had slick areas where loose stones could cause one to become off balance. Combining that with steep slopes made for a cautious climb up the side of the mesa. Even halfway up the views became spectacular.

Along the way, Joe Teton pointed out the various geological features which gave us a new perspective and appreciation for this hike.
















In the days of old, natives would use this natural wonder as a place of refuge. Evidence of this was pointed out to us by Joe Teton who has spent many years studying various aspects of Southern Utah. 

Once we had reached the plateau, the hike became much easier and we were able to find the Shinob Kibe Cache quite easily. The views from the summit were amazing. We took our time exploring the mesa even finding an ancient native medicine wheel.  


We found another cache while atop the plateau and gathered waypoint finds for a multicache which also sits on Shinob Kibe. 














All in all, we had a fantastic morning enjoying the sun, the views and the fellowshipping. The way down did prove semi-treacherous as the loose gravel continued to unbalance our boot steps. Luckily we all made it down safely with a few finds and a handful of memories which is really what geocaching is all about.


If you get a chance, check out this fantastic hike. It is well worth the effort. Thanks for visiting our blog. Let us know about your adventures and share some of your favorite hikes so we can go and explore them.

Until next adventure, from Torran, Tatterhood and TNT_Lando... Happy Caching!
























Friday, October 14, 2016

TNT_Lando's First Geocaches




In March and April of 2016, we introduced our two month old son to Geocaching. As you can tell from the pictures he was completely enthralled with the adventure. His first few cache finds included one in St. George and another one that Torran had placed out many years ago. Little does TNT_Lando realize that this is only the beginning. There will be and already has been many adventures ahead.

Happy Caching!


Monday, June 27, 2016

.: GEO-ADVENTURE :. Caching the Valley of Fire



With the new year underway and our life starting to get settled since our move, Tatterhood and I decided to tag along with Joe Teton and Anyatoo on one of their regular tours to the Valley of Fire.


The Valley of Fire is located to the northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. The weather when we went was rainy and only a few weeks later there was a super bloom that took place in a lot of these places. Despite the weather, the temperature was nice... seriously how could I complain knowing that normally we're under 3 feet of snow back in Canada.


This was the first time that Tatterhood and I had gone to the Valley of Fire so it was pretty amazing to see. As a bonus there turned out to be quite a number of virtual geocaches (that's where there isn't a physical cache, you just take a photo and answer a question or two about the area). All of them took us to some amazing views or some historically interesting locations.


The petroglyphs were really interesting as well. I wish I could truly know what the ancient peoples of this area were trying to convey.


We did happen on one physical cache while in this area. It took a bit of hiking through some washes, which didn't stop an 8 month pregnant Tatterhood. It was a fun adventure and I highly recommend visiting the Valley of Fire... though make sure you do it in the winter time. In the summer you would surely melt like the witch in Wizard of Oz.

There is still much more here that we need to explore so we will be back for sure, especially now with our little cacher. TNT_lando.


Till the next adventure, remember that memories don't just happen, you have to get out there and make them or as Tolkien put it;

"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."













Friday, April 15, 2016

:. 2015 ROUNDUP .: Disneyland


In March of 2015, we were invited by our niece and nephew to go to Disneyland with them. Figuring it would be a once in a lifetime journey, we booked flights and a hotel. We departed on March 15th, flying from Edmonton to Las Angeles where Tatterhood's dad, Joe Teton, met us at the airport and drove us over to the beach where everyone was hanging out. We spent several hours relaxing before heading to our hotel in Anaheim. 

The next day, we took a shuttle over to Disneyland. It was decided that we would spend the first day at the California Adventures side of the park. The very first ride we got taken on was the Tower of Terror. Walking up to the tower and standing in line, Torran loved all the Art Deco architecture that surrounded him. So much so, he had to borrow a camera to take pictures of it all for his Minecraft ideas. The ride was pretty intense for our first ride. Torran was in a mild state of shock afterwards, becoming as white as a ghost. After a few swigs of cola and a long rest on the curb, we headed over to Cars-Land where we rode on Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. This ride was hilariously funny and easily became a favorite. 
Some of the other rides we went on that day was the Mermaid Grotto, Goofy's Flight School, the Carousel, and then Torran's new favorite ride; Cars Racing. Through a fast pass, single rider and a stroller pass; he rode this ride three times. He secretly loves to drag race, which is a cool part of this ride. Afterwards we explored Cars-Land some more and Bugs Life. The final ride of the night was Star Tours. Joe Teton and Torran loved that ride, however, everyone else got nauseous. As soon as we all got back to the hotel we crashed for the night. 
The next day, we headed back to the park, this time to explore the Disneyland side. First up was Pirates of the Caribbean and then the Haunted Mansion. Both rides were classics. Another highlight was the Indiana Jones ride. It was a lot of fun, though we were lucky to get fast passes for this one otherwise it would have been a long line to wait in. 


Thunder Mountain also became a favorite of ours. We rode that one a few times with everyone. It was a blast.

There were only three rides that weren't so great. The first was the submarines. Our first issue with this ride was the proximity of the wall to the windows of the sub. As the wall passed by, it seemed to make everyone nauseous. Also the story was pretty boring, Tatterhood's brother Baconater fell asleep with his forehead pressed against the porthole. He had a nice red ring on his head afterwards. The second disappointment was the Roger Rabbit ride. The lines were insane and it didn't help that someone puked while waiting which stank up the enclosed space. Once we finally got on the ride, it was short and really wasn't worth it. The third ride that was not our favorite was Autotopia. This under powered go-cart adventure was more like a Sunday drive on a straight road. The only humorous part was when Baconater got the car that had a broken steering wheel. Since the cars run along a single rail to keep them on the coarse, the car bounced back and forth on the track. He was not impressed, but the rest of us laughed our heads off. 

Our last day at the park was more subdued. By this point we were all exhausted from the previous days. Our goal was to visit all of our favorite rides again in both the California Adventures Park and the Disneyland Park, which included the Cars Ride, Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, Thunder Mountain and a number of others. We also had some time to check out a few rides we hadn't been on yet like the Golden Zephyr and the Tiki Room. Near the end of the day we caught the Parade through Disneyland. It was fun seeing the kids excited to see their favorite characters. 
Interestingly enough, when we initially decided to go we both thought, 'It's a once in a lifetime trip. We'll never go back.'. However, after going and experiencing it all, we both thought for months after we got back, 'When can we go back?' It truly was an incredible place and we intend on returning to it soon, especially now that we have a little guy of our own. Can you say Stroller Pass?!


Monday, March 21, 2016

-TB SPOTLIGHT- Catch Me A Fish




Welcome back to another TB Spotlight where we take a closer look at Travel Bugs we've discovered during our Geocaching adventures. This week we look at a travel bug that we found on our drive home to Alberta from Michigan on July 27th of 2014. It was located in a cache in Minnesota called 2 Above, Louis Below which was a pretty neat cache that we drove up to down by the St. Louis River.



In this cache we found the 'Catch Me A Fish' travel bug and decided to bring it along with us on our journey home. 'Catch Me A Fish' was released back on July 7th of 2013 by its owner Dada Joka. According to Dada Joka, this travel bug was created by his son, who is an avid fisherman. The current goal is for the bug to travel to as many fishing communities as possible and at each new state or country that another lure is added to the chain, minus the hooks. As you can see there were several additional hooks attached when we caught this bug.

On April 7th of 2015, after not finding a cache in a while, we decided to re-release this bug at one of favorite locations in St. Albert; UA The Cache Effect. As of today, Catch Me A Fish has logged over 6400 miles.

Best wishes to Dada Joka for sharing this cool bug with us. We hope it continues it's journey around the world.

Monday, February 22, 2016

:. 2015 Roundup .: Surrey, BC

Welcome back! In an effort to share the many adventures we've had since this blog went on hiatus, we've decided to create a series of posts dedicated to our 2014 and 2015  adventures and geocaching trips. 
As was mentioned in a previous post, one of the requirements for immigrating to the United States was a medical. In order for me (Torran) to get that medical, we had to have an American Certified doctor do the examination. This doesn't seem like a big deal, however, in Canada there were only five approved doctors. All of them except one were located in eastern Canada. The one not down east was located in Surrey, British Columbia, which is the province to the west of Alberta. 

On May 3, 2015 we landed at the Vancouver International Airport and rented a Jeep Patriot to drive over to the Holiday Inn Hotel in Cloverdale. It was a nice little community and we were able to find the hotel with no issue. After check in, we headed to the larger community of Langley for dinner. There we ate at the Cactus Club which had some pretty good food. 

The next day we decided to head south and cross the border into the state of Washington to visit our niece and nephew. The drive down was gorgeous. We soaked in the mountains and vast stretches of green trees. It didn't take us too long to find where my in laws lived. We only got lost once. After visiting for awhile, we all went out to dinner and then on a ferry ride. After we had returned from the ferry, my nephew wanted to find a geocache with me. So we looked one up using the geocaching app and headed for the cache. It took some looking but we were able to find it. Once it got dark we said our goodbyes and headed back to Canada.

In the morning, Tatterhood and I headed for Surrey to get my medical. The process was fairly quick and the doctor was very friendly. Though we had to travel around to a few other facilities to get other tests done, the whole experience took less time then we expected. With time to kill before our departure flight, we decided to go on an excursion to Fort Langley. 


The fort itself was pretty awesome, like taking a step back in time. Surrounded with large trees, the fort seemed tucked away nicely at the edge of the nearby town. After we had thoroughly explored Fort Langley, we drove down by the river where we had lunch at a little cafe. If ever we go back to this area, we will definitely be going there again to eat.


Once we finished up with our late lunch, we drove back to Vancouver and caught our six o'clock flight home. This leg of our adventure was over, however the next one was only two weeks away in Montreal.