Sunday, January 10, 2010

Geocacher special?

Rubbermaid 7K9800CIRED Lock-its 12-Piece Container Set

  • 12 Piece set with 4 Locking Tabs for Secure Storage
  • Molded Gasket for Improved, Air-Tight Seal
  • Polypropylene Easy Find Lids Base
  • Lids Secure to other lids and containers for Easy Storage
  • Lock-Its set includes: two 1-1/4 cups; one 2 cups; one 3 cups; one 5 cups and one 7 cups.
Price: $10.50 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25.

Link offers the Rubbermaid Lock-its 12-Piece Container Set, model no. 7K9800CIRED, for $10.50. Shipping adds around $6.17, but orders over $25 qualify for free shipping. Even with shipping, that's $22 under list and the lowest total price we could find. The set includes 1-1/4-cup, 2-cup, 3-cup, 5-cup, and 7-cup containers.

Saturday, January 09, 2010


BlackStar is a freely available GeoCaching and Waypoint Management tool.

Using your BlackBerry device and BlackStar, you will be able to keep track of your current Latitude, Longitude, Altitude, Speed, Direction and the distance to your destination. This makes BlackStar ideal for Geocaching™, hiking, biking, hunting, and even flying. Best of all, it's free.

Along with it's Navigational aspect, BlackStar boasts several Geocaching features. Allowing you to list caches closest to your location, import lists of Waypoints/GeoCaches, log your find immediately online, and view the specific Cache Details. This effectively allows you to quickly access nearby geocaches, seek them out, and even log your finds online. As long as you brought your GPS capable BlackBerry, you're all set.

BlackStar is integrated with, a site intended to make geocaching with an Internet-connected phone easier, allowing you to easily and quickly access uploaded Pocket Queries.

BlackStar now supports Track Management functionality. With this, you may now record, save, and export your track as you use BlackStar. This is perfect for recording a trip, exercise, or just to see where you've been.

BlackStar 1.6.4 Features
  • Great for GeoCaching
  • Great for Hiking
  • Save the location of your campsite while hiking
  • Submit cache updates
  • Field Notes per Waypoint
  • Directional Compass
  • Integration with Google Maps and BlackBerry maps
  • Night Mode
  • GPX/LOC Importing
  • Search for 20 nearest caches
  • BackLight Lock
  • Supports BlackBerry Devices
  • Improved Storm Support
  • Track Functionality

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Tonight on Bravo - 7pm/6pm Central


STREET SHOOTINGS RAISE PUBLIC OUTCRY AS POLICE PROBE FEMALE STALKER -- AND HIGH-TECH TREASURE HUNT GAME -- After a young actor Mike, (guest star Jeffrey Hephner) is wounded and his fiancee is shot dead on the street, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) are pointed towards the surviving victim's former girlfriend, who is known to have stalked him. The key, however, might turn on their probe of "geocaching," a high-tech treasure-hunt game that could yield vital clues. As the media and public mourn the man's tragic loss, the police want to take another look at some of his acting buddies, especially one who never lets go of his Palm Pilot. Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Erika Jean's Postcard Contest!

Follow this link for your chance to win some great postcards!!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Geomate jr. update kit now available!

What it means to have an update kit

Always have the latest and greatest nation- wide cache list.

Get every possible cache for any given region.

Vacationing in Germany? Then get the cache list for Germany, or England, or Australia...

You can even customize your Geomate.jr – change the units or give it a name!

The UpdateKit

The geocaching anywhere, anytime with a Geomate.jr rocks. And the 250,000 geocaches that the Geomate.jr comes with is sure to keep anyone busy for some time. But new caches are being added every day. And geocaches exist all around the world! So if you want fresh new caches, or are looking for a geocaching adventure in New Zealand (for example), then you may want to think about an Update Kit for your Geomate.jr.


Monday, August 17, 2009

I'm still around!

And waiting for summer to end here. Should be about four to six more weeks, maybe a little more and then we'll get back to geocaching. I sure miss it.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Survival Kit Giveaway on Erika Jean's blog

"Survival Kit" Giveaway! Deadline July 20th -10pm EST

Follow the link above to get your entries in!

Don't you just hate it when your stuck in the middle of nowhere without the things you need? I know I do - Especially when I'm out in the woods Geocaching. Since I figure I'm not alone, I would like to give everyone a chance to win some items that may be helpful in a situation like that.

While most of these products will probably not help you actually survive in the middle of the jungle, desert or tundra - they may help with that unexpected sudden downpour, random scratch or just make you feel a bit more comfortable while out in the wilderness.

The giveaway "Survival Kit" includes.. IMG_0495 IMG_0493 IMG_0494

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Houston heat emergency declared amid record temps

Houston’s relentless heat wave prompted the National Weather Service today to declare a “Heat Emergency,” a designation that air temperature and humidity is a potential health threat for all people and is particularly dangerous for high-risk groups.

The emergency designation is expected to last through Friday, said Houston health department spokeswoman Kathy Barton.

Barton said the health department has accordingly invoked its heat emergency plan, which involves working with Metro to bring people to designated cooling centers, such as libraries, and generally urging people to take extra precautions to stay inside.

It is not uncommon for the weather service to declare a heat emergency in Houston, though it didn’t happen last summer. Such an emergency is declared when the heat index, a computation of air temperature and humidity, reaches 108 degrees on two more consecutive days.

The index reached 108 Wednesday and is expected to reach that level today and Friday. Houston's actual temperature hit 104 degrees Wednesday, the hottest it's ever gotten in June.

State electric regulators, meanwhile, will consider a request by consumer groups and a Houston lawmaker for an immediate ban on electric service disconnects because of the continuing heat wave.

The abnormally severe heat -- yes, even for Houston -- is not expected to abate through the next 10 days or more, according to the National Weather Service.

"Today and tomorrow both, we have the potential to set records," said Matt Moreland, a weather-service meteorologist.

A high pressure area, which more common in July and August, has parked over most of the state for weeks. It has prevented rainshowers from reaching the area, plunging Houston into a moderate drought and keeping the official weather service rain gauge at Bush Intercontinental Airport from getting measurable precipitation all month.

High temperaures Friday and through the weekend and much of next week are predicted to be near triple digits, and overnight lows will be near 80 degrees. Isolated showers are possible, but no major rain systems are expected to move into the area.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

104-degree day sets record

And how about some rain? Houston's still waiting for it

The temperature in Houston on Wednesday reached a ridiculously hot 104 degrees, easily eclipsing the previous high for the day which was 99 three decades ago. The last time it was this hot in June was, well, actually never.

The previous hottest day for this month was 103 degrees on June 30, 1980. This has been the seventh hottest June in recorded history.

Don’t expect much relief in coming days. Thursday’s high is expected to be around 101 although some isolated showers could provide a break from the heat, the National Weather Service said.

But while Houstonians tried to beat the heat by desperately secluding themselves indoors, meteorologists are used to the area’s wild weather.

“When people talk to me, most just want to know when it’s going to end,” said Brian Kyle, a Weather Service meteorologist in Dickinson who said it was just another day at the office for him. “It’s summer, and it’s hot and sometimes records occur.”

After Wednesday, Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport will have gone 31 straight days without rain. The longest period without measurable rain was from January to February 1904 when Houston went 40 days without the wet stuff, according to the Weather Service.



June 24, 2009, 7:14PM

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Slim rain chance enters long-term Houston forecast

Sorry to post local weather conditions, but as I feared, the Houston summer has put a dead stop to any geocaching for us. - Marc

A slim chance of rain may be possible next week as a high pressure area that has blocked thunderstorms from hitting Houston moves away.

But the rain chances remain very slight, according to the National Weather Service.

Today and the next 10 days are expected to be dry with high temperatures near triple digits and the lows in the mid to upper 70s under sunny skies.

But the weather pattern that has allowed the mercury to rise for nearly two weeks and brought near drought conditions to the Houston area could change in the middle of next week, said Scott Overpeck, a weather service meteorologist.

Overpeck said a dome of high pressure over much of Texas has kept rain storms away from Houston, but there’s a slight chance it may move toward the west.

“That would be a window to allow some rain to come in,” Overpeck said. “I wouldn’t put too much stock in that.”

Houston’s weather is in contrast to much of the rest of the country. The east and west U.S. coasts have been cooler than normal, spring storms have continued to rake the nation’s midsection, Chicago is having a record cool June so far and some Midwestern crops are struggling to grow in too-low temperatures.

Overpeck said the drought that has parched southwestern Texas may soon find a foothold in the Houston area if no rain arrives.

So far in June, the area has recorded a trace of rainfall, which is about 2.5 inches below normal for the period. For the year, the area is about four inches below normal.

Overpeck said Houston is experiencing a typical July weather pattern that arrived a month early, but it’s not uncommon for Houston to have a scorching June.

“It’s summertime,” he said.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Damaging storms battered North Texas overnight and drifted southeast, but fell apart before providing any relief to the even-hotter-than-normal Houston area.

As for the Houston area, National Weather Service forecasters see more of the same ahead. The high temperature is expected reach into the high 90s today, and with humid air blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico, heat index readings should be in triple-digits.

The forecast doesn’t change through next Wednesday: Highs in the upper 90s, overnight lows in the mid-70s and heat index readings easily over 100 degrees.

In fact, Sunday through Wednesday, the heat index is forecast to approach the 109-degree mark.

The heat index is a measure of what heat feels like once humidity is factored in.

There's nothing new about summertime heat in Houston, but normal high temperatures are around 90 degrees this time of year, several degrees below forecast highs for the next week.

No rain is forecast over the next week for the immediate Houston area, continuing several weeks of unseasonably dry weather that began in April.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

I'm here...

I just haven't had a chance to make any posts. I haven't found a geocache in almost a month now.

And I have been to Corpus Christi twice in the past two weeks but I had no time to go geocaching.

There has been some really hot and humid weather and there has been some pleasant weather as well in the past month but I wasn't able to take advantage of the latter.

Now that it is June in Houston, the pleasant weather is gone for the next 4 months.

I have been going to the other blogger's sites and reading their updates. I do have a post to write about missing caches, I just need to find the time.

Thank you for visiting and I'll post when I can.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

EasyGPS Helps PC and GPS Device Plan Trips Together

Steve Horton

May 14, 2009 8:17 pm

Ah, trip planning. If you'd like to set your itinerary of points of interest, landmarks, and destinations on your PC rather than struggling with a GPS's touchscreen, then EasyGPS is a nice, free solution. It works with numerous models of Eagle, Garmin, Magellan and Lowrance GPS receivers. It doesn't work with TomTom, nor does it work with the GPS receivers embedded in many popular mobile phones.

EasyGPS works fine with the tested Garmin Nuvi 200 standalone GPS; all I had to do was enter the model and plug it in to a USB port, and sending and receiving waypoints was simple. One issue is that entering new waypoints to transfer over requires knowing the longitude and latitude of the waypoint. A roadblock to this issue is that Google Maps doesn't give up its longitude & latitude easily. Simple paste this into your Web browser when centered on a desired location, and then a popup will appear with coordinates for EasyGPS:


The Nuvi 200 doesn't support route transfer at all, though, as it's a 15 month old model. Newer GPS models do, though, and EasyGPS works with those models. Waypoints easily transferred to the PC and back to the GPS, though.

One bug I found in EasyGPS occurred after dragging a route between multiple locations and hitting Undo. The route disappeared from the map, but so did all the waypoints associated with it. (The waypoints were still listed; I just couldn't see them on the map.) I had to restart EasyGPS to get the waypoints to appear on the map again.

EasyGPS can also come in handy for geocaching, which is the sport of hiding a cache of objects at a specific latitude & longitude and having other enthusiasts go find them. EasyGPS includes a couple of geocaching functions, but publisher TopoGrafix also promotes its GeoBuddy software for more specific geocaching uses, which has a GUI similar to EasyGPS.

Hikers and other on-foot travelers will love planning out their routes with EasyGPS, but it's also useful (and free) for those of us who use GPS to drive from one place to another.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Low cost, child friendly geocaching GPS launches

Low cost, child friendly geocaching GPS get launched
LBS provider Apisphere is launching today its first consumer, hardware product, geomate.jr, a low cost ($69.95), single purpose GPS unit dedicated to geocaching.

The goal of this new product is to offer a geocaching experience out of the box and is particularly targeting kids. Geomate.jr has 250,000 geocaches preloaded, covering the entire USA. The device has a black and white screen with indication of the direction of the nearest geocache and its distance. Menus have been kept to a minimum to make it simple to operate.

Running on a SiRF StarIII chipset with 2 AA batteries, this device has an estimated 12 hours battery life. Moving forward Apisphere will sell a cable and software ($24.95) in order to maintain an up to date database or go geocaching out of the United States.

Low cost, child friendly geocaching GPS get launched
While geocaching is becoming more mainstream there was so far not such simple way to go geocaching. Warren Hewerdine, director of marketing at Apisphere believes that his first customers will be “the existing geocachers buying the product for their friends and relatives in order to introduce other people to the activity”. The second layer of customers are likely to be the existing outdoor community that could know about the activity but do not practice today.

In terms of distribution Apisphere has already signed an agreement with outdoor chain REI (107 stores in 27 States across the USA) where the product is already available, as well as on its website Geomate.jr will be also sold directly through the official geocaching website, Apisphere expects further deals to be made in order to enlarge the distribution of the product.

Geomate.jr was born from the idea developed by Navit Innovations, a start-up founded in 2007 by former SiRF employees Warren Hewerdine and Robert Harvey, and acquired by Apisphere in August 2008.

Link to story

Official Site
Buy it at REI

Darcie Gudger's article on the Geomate Jr.

CNET review of the Geomate Jr.

Friday, May 08, 2009


With this one, I got the last of the ones in my area to grab for lunch. :-( I'll have to drive further for any others. Or to a different part of town. Between the distance and the weather, my lunchtime grabs are about done.

I parked too far from this one, Mykawa Road Hideout. But it was windy here and I didn't mind the walk. The cache was nestled in some trees and difficult to find. Actually, I found two bottles first but they have been there for many years as the trees have grown around them and they can't be moved.

Still a nice hide. Signed log.


Another in the Sims Bayou Adventure series, I think I have one more left to do for it but it is farther away. I didn't care for this one too much because of where I had to park. My vehicle was out of sight from me and in this neighborhood, it could probably be broken into or disappear in a second.

As far as the geocache itself, Sims Bayou Adventure #3, I like the hide very much. Signed log. It was very warm and humid today with no wind around this one, too many trees.

Thursday, May 07, 2009


Darn GPS wouldn't settle down today. I briefly looked where I thought it, Sims Bayou Adventure #10, might be but it was heavily covered by weeds and I was afraid of sticking my hands in them. I looked around at some other obvious spots but nothing. I went back to the one spot I feared but then spied it. No weed whacking needed. Great hide! Signed log. I'm getting near the end of this great series.

And while it was warm and humid in Houston today, it was also pretty windy which made it tolerable. Also, on this hide, there is an elementary school across the street and the kids were outside running and playing and laughing and that was a nice background noise.

The cache is hidden in the picture above.


Got to go out for lunch today. This one, Sims Bayou Adventure #9, had me baffled for abit. I looked in the obvious place first but didn't look hard enough. My GPS was jumping all over the place today and I was having trouble finding ground zero. No muggles about but there definitely could be at times I imagine. The cache is still in good shape. Signed log. All except for one cache that I didn't care for (documented below), this series has been really nice.

The cache is hidden in the above pic.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Lunchtime grab?

I had plans to go out today but the free KFC deal caught my attention instead. I think you have until sometime later today to print the coupon.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


A squirrel guarded the cache, Sims Bayou Adventure #4, for a second but he went on his way. Signed log.


Nice hide. In the Garden I couldn't get the log out.

Can you spot the cache?

Monday, May 04, 2009

Lunchtime grab? DENIED

Weather was fairly nice today, warm but low humidity. And I needed to get away from work.

I was hungry so I drove through Sonic to get food before I went hunting. As I waited, I fired up Geocache Navigator on my Blackberry and got the following message -

"Thank you for using Geocache Navigator. Your free trial period has expired. Please visit from your computer to learn how you can continue using the application and your data collected during the trial."


Went back to work and visited that site. Turns out May is National Fitness Month and they have their software for 50% off! Regular one year subscription is $39.99, on sale for $19.99. So, I did the yearly subscription. If you are using the free trial of Geocache Navigator, you might want to take advantage of this great deal!

Saturday, May 02, 2009


We had to take the youngest BadAnimal to the RediClinic today (he's had a sore throat for a couple of days (so have I, I think it is just allergies) and we wanted to make sure that he didn't have strep throat) and it was going to be a long wait and there were no seats available for me so I decided to take a walk.

I checked my Blackberry and saw there was a close cache, Among The Trees, nearby. As I got to ground zero, I stepped on a 3' or 4' stick that disturbed a water moccasin on the other end. I could have just as easily stepped right on this snake or very near to it. I took a quick pic with my Blackberry (zoomed in) and let it be in peace.

Finding a cache isn't worth getting bitten by a very poisonous snake. This did scare me and I was VERY VERY thankful that my kids were not with me. Geocaching, I'm finding out quickly, is not the safest of hobbies (snakes, spiders, thorns, bad people, etc.). I was just wearing tennis shoes and shorts, I didn't expect to go geocaching.

I'm going to insist that we all wear long pants and perhaps have walking sticks too if/when the next time we go.

If you attempt this cache, please be careful.

And always be aware of your surroundings wherever you go!

This is my second water moccasin that I have seen while geocaching. I don't think I have ever seen one in my entire life out in the wild and now I have found two within a month or so. Argh.

Is that really a water moccasin? From this site -

"If the water is close, then they will often dive for it, even if the threat is between them and escape. I have had them rush around me and over my feet to get to the water. This may be a source of some of the Water Moccasin's rumored (but non-existent) aggressiveness. Most other aquatic snakes will usually flee away from the threat even if it drives them away from the water.

However, if a Water Moccasin is caught out in the open, it will coil and display by opening its mouth wide exposing the white lining of its mouth (hence its second name cottonmouth). I believe that this behavior serves two purposes, as a threat and as a practical defense of its head. It would certainly be difficult to grab this animal by the head without being bitten.

Be advised, though the Water Moccasin is not aggressive, it will readily bite and bite from a Water Moccasin can be very serious. Their venom is very destructive to the tissue around the bite and bite victims often get nasty bacteriological infections like gangrene."

Friday, May 01, 2009

Opossum Update

Not on Opie or the babies unfortunately (see stories below) but on new possums.

My wife told me she thought she heard a noise behind the clothes drier out in the garage this evening and asked me to come check it out. I moved some wood we have beside it and underneath the drier hose leading out of the garage were two young possums. They aren't as small as the ones I had rescued the other day but they're not near as big as Opie.

I noticed this morning that most of the cat food was gone in the garage and saw a bunch of slobber in the cat bowl too (they're messy eaters!). I wondered if we had new visitors. Now we know.

I'm happy.

I'll try to get a picture of them. I just went out to try to get that picture but they're not in the same place. :-(

I just went out to see if I could see them, it's 1:45 am, and I caught an adult possum eating the cat food. Hmmm, we have more than we thought.


Another easy park and grab, Sims Bayou Adventure #8. Mosquitoes seemed a little less thick here even though it was only about a block away. I still maybe had time to grab another but I was tired of the mosquitoes and was ready to be rid of them. I liked this hide. Took none, left two. Signed log.


This one, Sims Bayou Adventure #7, was an easy park and grab. The mosquitoes were still very bad and they followed me into my vehicle. I think this was my first bison tube. Signed log.


Went for some lunchtime grabs today, first time in two weeks. First one was, Law Park - YAMS #5 .

This one is very near a park and a bayou. I was able to travel down a sort of road that wound into the weeds and trees just about 100' in so nobody could see my vehicle from the street which made me a little nervous (remember, I'm still not in the best part of town). I couldn't drive all the way to the cache because of recent rains. Alot of garbage around this one, large, dumped items, you'd need dump trucks to perform CITO. The actual cache is just a couple of steps into the weeds and trees. I took 2 items and left 3. Signed log. Oh yeah, the mosquitoes ate me alive!

The cache -

Me not too happy about the swarm of mosquitoes. Looks like I killed one on the right-side of my jaw, note the smeared blood.

The road leading to the cache -

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Darn garnit

As my oldest son used to say when he was little. :-)

I go out for a lunch find or two for the first time in two weeks and it starts pouring down rain. Argh.

So I drive to McD to get some lunch and head back to the office. Of course it has stopped raining now. I check the radar and the rain was only in that small section of town. Argh. Wasn't meant to be I guess.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Work, weather, chores - Oh my!

Work has been crazy lately. My co-worker had bypass surgery a couple of weeks ago and so my work load has more than doubled with a couple of unforeseen projects.

We've had an exceptionally rainy April (I think we broke a record for rainfall) which kept me from caching either because it was raining or because it left areas flooded from the rain.

Chores. Well, there is always stuff to do at home. Unfortunately too much stuff to make time for geocaching.


Here are some pics from my Blackberry (almost all the pics on my blog are taken with my Blackberry) of the rain this morning. Sorry I don't have any comparison pics for you but trust me, the water is very high.