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What Would Call this Place?

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The Big Trip by the numbers. As of today we've covered 42 states, found as many geocaches, dropped as many travel bugs (promoting Columbus Ga), and driven 125 hours. Today is day 17. 

The day was spent mostly driving across the plains. It is cattle country. It is horse country. The landscape is dotted with ranches and oil wells, vast expanses of farmland and small towns that are worth a stop to explore. 

The mosquitoes are as big as hummingbirds. We had stopped roadside to snap a picture or two of a salvage yard, and quickly abandoned that idea when the skitters swarmed. It reminded me of the commercial for insect repellent, when the test...

We Hit the Trail Today

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The show must go on
The show must go on

Once we left Colorado, we were on the Santa Fe Trail. Back in the day, it was a 19th-century transportation route through central North America that connected Franklin, Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our route was east. The first geocache of the day took us to the small town of Coolidge (Kansas). Down a dirt road to ground zero. Across the street was the old Opera House. It is a stone block building. It is empty now, but with the new roof, it has obviously been stabilized. This is why we cache. To find places like this.

Seven hours later we are in Guyman OK. The front desk...

Going Back in Time

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Time forgot this place
Time forgot this place

We've been on the road for 15 days. We've geocached in 38 states. We've dropped travel bugs in each ranging from the Springer Opera House to the National Infantry Museum. Each tells a brief history of that Columbus (GA) attraction. Each has a goal to return home to the cache in the downtown Columbus Visitors Center. At least 6 have been picked up and are moving. This should be fun.

The drive up the mountain in Mesa Verde National Park to the cliff dwellings was like getting into a time machine. The forest had been destroyed by wildfire; against the blue Colorado sky, the trees left standing looked like silver boney fingers writhing in a silent...

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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A Desert Beauty
A Desert Beauty

Two geocaches closer to home. This part of the country is desert. As we walked to the first cache this morning, I guess I was still half asleep, because of bumped into a cactus plant. My hand still smarts where I pulled the needles out.

Stopping in Unusual Places

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Today is day 13 of the Big Trip and not that we're superstitious, but we wanted to take care in our travels today as not to invoke the luck or lack of that one attributes to that which is between twelve and fourteen.

Day 12 of the Big Trip

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A Likely Place
A Likely Place

The countryside was not what we expected today. When you think of Oregon, you picture lush countryside and mountains and rich forests. The Oregon we saw was that, but it was also desert like in a lot of places, rolling plains, and lakes that were once mammoth now receding, revealing beaches made of salt.

Go West Young Man

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You are here
You are here

"Go West, young man" is a phrase often credited to the American author Horace Greeley concerning America's expansion westward, related to the then-popular concept of Manifest Destiny. It was first stated by John Babsone Lane Soule in an 1851 editorial in the Terre Haute Express, "Go west young man, and grow up with the country." So... I'm borrowing the phrase from both.

Rock “Crick”

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Eric considers new fishing options[
Eric considers new fishing options[

The morning started at 9:00 AM when Eric, our fishing guide, rolled up in his white RAM pickup truck and trailered blue rubber raft. Eric is everything you'd expect in a river guide. Thick beard, sun tanned, great stories, the patience of Jobe, and a spirit that we could all learn from.

We loaded up and headed to Rock Creek, or "Crick," as we observed. These Montana folks talk funny.

Everyone Needs a Little Down Time

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You can't keep a good dog down
You can't keep a good dog down

Today is day 9 of the Big Trip. It was a driving day to get us to Missoula, Montana. It was a laundry day. Time to change the oil in the geo-mobile. And just kick back. We called our fishing guide, Eric, this evening to set up the trip for Saturday. Rock Creek is our destination. He will pick us up at 9:00 and we'll spend the day in the zen state of mind that only fly fishing can create.

You Meet the Nicest People

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Crow Butte Merc For Sale
Crow Butte Merc For Sale

It's day 8 of the Big Trip. Twenty-nine geocaches have been found. Each getting a travel bug about our home town.

In the middle of a long stretch of road, Cibachrome (Lee) says we have to turn around; that he saw a sign on a building we had just passed that he wanted to photograph. The building is weather worn, advertising homemade ice cream and the best burgers. It is at the top of a slight incline along a road so deserted it redefines the term lonely...or isolated...or desolate...or oasis (got it?).

Cache Tracker Live
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It’s about the hunt. The numbers. About going places and seeing new things. That’s why we spend our time geocaching–using multimillion global positioning satellites to find tupperware hidden in some of the strangest places... Read More»

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