Thursday, April 29, 2010

What Happened to Takeover Tuesday?!

Ok, so I forgot about Tuesday the last couple weeks. Last week I was working 14 hour days in preparation for my unit's inspection (which my department killed btw!) And this week I just up and forgot since I missed it the week before. So here is a quick down and dirty for the last couple weeks since I still plan on posting this coming Tuesday.

I managed to keep the streak alive while up in Everett for almost three weeks! And I managed to sneak in a FTF while I was on my way to Ft. Lewis to shoot guns...they can't completely shut me out for three weeks! I had a couple FTF opportunities up in Everett except I was either driving home to sign my taxes, driving home to sleep in my own bed before going to Ft. Lewis, or working one of the above mentioned 14 hour days. Lynette even got an FTF on JT's birthday because it posted at Allen Yorke Park...she can't drag the kids out 5 miles and expect a FTF, but 0.7 miles is a whole other animal. :)

Once I was home from Everett, I got a FTF Monday morning! A cache placed by our friends WindingPath (it's about time you have one publish when I'm home!) I proceeded to get a couple more FTF's yesterday.

This weekend marks the 10 year anniversary of geocaching as President Clinton stopped Selective Availability and 24 satellites around the globe became accessible to the average Joe via GPS units. We are hosting an event in Sumner at Aversano's. In honor of the anniversary and the fact we are going to have all the FTF hounds in one place, I placed a couple caches today. They are not supposed to publish until Sunday so we may feel generous and give the party goers a heads up on where they might be located! (Stop salivating Ryan!)

That covers it. Like I said, I'll be back on Tuesday at my normal time slot. I'll give updates on the party and hopefully some pics too! See you then!

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Hey everyone! My friend Mel...aka Tall Mom on the having a giveaway on her running blog. Click the link on the right side of my blog/your screen, and check it out. Even if you don't run, maybe someone you know does, or a loved one works out in a different way. Any way it's a great deal!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tom's Takeover Tuesday - 4/13

Welcome back to another installment of my escapades! Not a whole lot new to report this week. I've been in Everett every day since the last post except for Saturday. I have managed to find at least one cache a day to maintain a streak. Today was day 79! There were some more issues with Tiki's Revenge, but I managed to get them fixed and the cache up and running within 24 hours!

No FTF's to report this week, although, I went home today to sign our taxes so Lynette could mail them tomorrow and a cache posted 1 mile from my hotel...while I was on I-405 South...

Oh well, maybe next time. I'll be here for another week and a half so hopefully I'll get more chances in my new 10 mile radius!

That's all for this week. Hopefully next week will be more exciting! See you then.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tom's Takeover Tuesday - 4/6

Welcome to the latest episode of my caching escapades! Today's episode is coming to you from *cough* beautiful Everett, WA.

There really isn't a whole lot to say this week. After last week's post I took the boys up to Mill Creek to finish our 65 day streak challenge. The reward for finding this cache is a hand made chainmail man! Here is a picture of the boys, Logan is holding it.

Lynette's Looney, Obscurely Referenced Trickery was published on 4/2. I had to move it after the reviewer said I couldn't place it on the 410 overpass as it might be a potential terrorist target and police might mistake cachers for terrorists! So I moved it to the adjacent tree. I'll show you tricky reviewer! Although the man who lives across the street informed me that the overpass was formerly a known drug drop point. Now there is a reason to not get caught up there! The bad news is our caching friends in Sumner got their fourth straight FTF on our caches. :p

Yesterday marked the unveiling to the caching community of Tiki's Revenge! That's right, I finally unleashed my weeks worth of wood working on the world for all to find! Ok, so it turns out not all could find it...hee hee. Within a couple hours of posting the race was on. The first two cachers to attempt our tikis were sent away without even finding the first waypoint after almost an hour and a half of searching. The people who did find it first (sorry Ryan) sent Lynette multiple emails/texts along the way for help. I think it took about 2 and a half total hours of search time for the first three cachers to share the FTF. Lynette made me up the initial difficulty rating after all the messages she got. :) Another caching friend (fozroc, Jay) who had to go home before finishing was out with his son (hotwheelskid,) found the first waypoint with much help, and his son pulled the tiki free of it's bark camouflage! (Oh no!) But he did go back out today and fix it which held the test of more finders. He will be meeting Lynette and I at the trail on Saturday for help finding the cache while we check to make sure all things are going smoothly.

So, now that I have said my "not much" for the week, I must sign off. Thanks for tuning in, and I'll be back next week...again from Everett as I'll be on my Active Duty time. :(