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Geocaching

November 12, 2008

This is really a cool thing, and it’s free!!  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s like going on a treasure hunt.  It’s called Geocaching.

gps

gps

You go online at http://www.geocaching.com/ and enter a zip code or an address or GPS coordinates and you get a list of geocaches for that area.  Each Geocache is basically a hidden box that you need to find.  It’s free to join, and unlike the library there are no late fees.  You can read through the descriptions.  Once you pick one that looks interesting to you you then enter the coordinates into your GPS and start walking through the woods in search of the cache.   Some of the caches are compound so you first have to find one location and then there may be a riddle or some question that needs to be answered in order to get the clue to go to the location of the cache.  Something like, ‘with your back to the stonewall look at the rock between the two old aspens.’ Then when you get to the location you need to start looking for the cache.  You look in hollow logs, stumps, under rocks.  There are all different difficulty levels.  If you need an extra clue you have to decrypt the clue using a decryption key.  One cache took us three tries to finally find it.

cache1

cache1

Here is a cache hidden in an old stonewall. So you find the cache, you reach under the rock overhang and clear the leaves from the old ammo can.

Eureka!

Eureka!

There she is with the rocks pulled away.  You pull it out and open it up.

What a cache looks like

What a cache looks like

Inside each cache is a small notebook and a bag of tschochkes.  You write a little note in the notebook, the date, maybe the weather, who you are.  Then you take one of the little toys, figurines, coins, key chains, dice or whatever and in return you leave a different valueless little tschochke.

Tzotches

Tzotches

So you take one of these things and you leave another useless thing.

The notebook

The notebook

This is the notebook that you sign.

At http://www.geocaching.com/ you can then record your adventure.  Some of the caches are located in historic areas or have stories associated with them, like maybe a family lived there that was killed by Indians or Henry Ford paid for the monument.  People post pictures of their experiences.

Any reason to get outside is a good reason.  And geocaching is a great reason.

My pics from walking about and then an example of a geocache.

You know what this means?

You know what this means?

Does this help?

Does this help?

Huh, do you know what it means?  More to follow tomorrow….

Here is an example of a geocahce from South Carolina:

Traditional Cache Guarding the Hollies
A  cache by The Scout Master Hidden: 10/18/2008
Size: Small (Small) Difficulty: 1.5 out of 5 Terrain: 1.5 out of 5 (1 is easiest, 5 is hardest)

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N 34° 51.739 W 082° 15.915 [Other Conversions]
UTM: 17S E 384347 N 3858504

In South Carolina, United States [View Map]

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<!– Description written by The Scout Master: –>This is a relatively simple cache. The 1.5 diffuculty rating is due to the soon-to-be-huge muggle factor.

You are searching for a large pill bottle, 5.5 inches tall and 2.3 inches across. It contains small trade items, a pen, log, and is large enough for small Travel Bugs and regular Geocoins.Please be stealthy. The best access is to turn off Pelham Road onto Old Boiling Springs Road, between the CVS and the Hardees, go down that road a short diatance, and turn right into the area.
>>>>>FTF Honors go to….Basset Hounds!!!<<<<<

Additional Hints ( Decrypt )

Decryption Key
A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z
(letter above equals below,
and vice versa)

Zntargvp, vafvqr (Decrypted Hints)

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First Post

October 25, 2008

Welcome to Abraham’s Blog. This is my first post. It will take me a while to figure out the “dashboard.”  Have patience.  Learn to be a better you and learn to have patience.

I plan on writing about freedom, liberty, economics, business, the Constitution, current events, survival and preparation for the hard times that are coming. Unlike most people who have affiliations with a political party, I call them the way I see them. Sorry if you don’t like the truth. Sorry if the truth or the facts conflict with your preconceived notions of how the world operates.

This morning I’d like to talk about the economy. Things are going down and going down fast. It’s already a done deal that things are going to collapse and that in a few years our country will be a much different place then it was just a few years ago. We may not recognize the United States of our future as resembling anything close to the republic that we grew up in.

I personally expect the market to go down a bit more. Maybe it will be 500 points maybe it will be two or three thousand points. It’s immaterial at this point because the match has already been touched to the tinder and all that’s left is for the clapping flames of tinder to catch the larger logs of our economy as the whole thing is consumed in a funeral pyre of enormous flames and the wisps of our economic futures float freely up to the economic Valhalla of lost empires.

What really pisses me off is when I hear the talking heads on CNBC speak about how the crisis in the financial markets will spread to the “real economy.” Ergo Wall Street isn’t the real economy and where we all live is. Got that? Before we move on absorb that.

What does that say about the financial markets, Wall Street, the DOW, NASDAQ, investments, hedges, stocks, bonds, futures and derivatives aren’t part of the real economy? That really should be a kick to the balls if you have any money in the markets. Hey you with 401k’s and 403b’s wake up; that 2, 3, 4 or 5% of your salary that you defer every pay period is being siphoned off to something that isn’t “real.” That’s the big shots definition, not mine. We stopped contributing to our retirement plans earlier this year. I mean it was crazy to take $100 out of our paychecks and then get a statement that we lost $1,000. You are better off buying food and ammo. Those two items offer a greater return YTD then the market has offered.

Deflation or inflation who is to know what will happen. I say both. Deflation followed by inflation. At some point the Trillions floated by the Bush Administration in the past two months will come back as inflationary pressures. I just don’t see any way around. Thanks to Bush there is more money chasing what seems to be fewer goods. Isn’t that the definition of inflation? We just haven’t seen the worst of it yet.

Things are bound to get much worse before they get better. Don’t get me wrong the market will go up, the market will go down, but the trend for the economy for the next 5-10 years is down.

That’s enough for my first post. Keep preparing. More to follow.