Well. Here we are again. It is still January. But it’s 2011 already… it has been almost a year and for that, you have my greatest apologies. Who else is blown away by how fast time seems to fly by lately?
It’s a hard life being a blogger and an all around sweet dude at the same time. Things have been busy out here in Central Virginia! Playing some Fallout New Vegas when I can. Fringe is back on… Work’s still pretty darn good, and now I’m taking classes to maybe work toward a mechanical engineering masters with some sort of certificate in nuclear. Still traveling and exploring the mountains when the opportunity presents itself. And the geocaching…. let’s just say this blog is about to get real…
The count that pops up next my name (my new caching name is Owal Nad. kudos to you if you get that…) as of today is 159 and I am proud of every one! I can remember a road trip down to Charlotte, NC last fall (so still a good bit after my last post for anyone keeping a timeline) to visit a buddy with the gf, and hitting number 70 at a rest stop off hwy 29 after about three years of membership, and thinking it would be incredible if I hit 100 by the new year. Call it an early new years resolution or whatever you’d like, but from that day forward, things got moving and there was no looking back. I have gotten more than a handful of friends around here into the adventure as well, and that helps out a lot! And this winter hasn’t slowed me down like I thought it might. So with no further ado, here is this week’s…
I will try to make it a quick re-cap for those who may be interested (for those who aren’t feel free to scroll on through):
I’ll only hit the highlights, like dominating Old Rag Mountain on the eastern edge of Shenandoah National Park last spring, a much recommended day hike if i may say so. Or maybe the slamalamadingdong cache outside of Busch Stadium in St. Louis on a trip to see the family. Or how about grabbing the Percival’s Island Geocache along the beautiful Blackwater Creek Trail in Lynchburg because I actually started RUNNING for distance last year, and a good bit (hooray for me)!. That one is the oldest cache in the Lynchburg area from around 2001. There was also the geocaching/camping trip to Smith Mountain Lake State Park with friends, the Pandapas Pond Park and Mountain Lake Resort trip near Blacksburg, VA (this is where Dirty Dancing was filmed and yes, the Lake is now mysteriously disappeared) and a pretty awesome trip and hike up the pleasantly surprising Bald Knob. Can’t forget the caching trips to Riverside park along the James River in Lynchburg and to Rockwood Park and some other finds around the Richmond, VA area. There were hikes up Crabtree Falls and Dragon’s Tooth. And the infamous hike up Spy Rock, near Montabello, just recently in the ice and snow with about 40mph 15 degree winds at the top. This was the closest I have come to a First-To-Find (FTF) as I found the cache for the first time in its new location and that fresh log was a great feeling!!! The Nelson County Hurricane Camille Flood virtual cache was one of my most interesting local finds. Caching and road tripping to St. Louis for the holiday, detouring to add Ohio to the list! An interesting memorial multi-cache in Lake St. Louis that required us to pick ice off of plaques with a window scraper and use flashlights to find a cache at night inside of a tree in the snow! And last but not least my most recent trip to the Bahamas, via the most luxurious Carnival Cruise Lines, with caching on the road trip down the the gorgeous city of Charleston, SC and a handful of smileys in Nassau and Freeport that I shall not soon forget! I am now officially an international cacher!!
top of bald knob at Mountain Lake
Sorry for the run-on paragraph, but give me a break, it’s been a year!
BACK TO THE BLOG:
I really don’t know how to follow that last section. All the memories that just flashed through my head make me feel kind of like I just blacked out… Just please excuse the whirlwind of poor sentence structure and move on with it.
I did get one of those crazy new smart-phones. The HTC Incredible. It has basically turned my world upside-down! Annnnd, it still makes phone calls! I can attribute most of geo-caching explosion to the most amazing android application, c:geo. This really makes things a lot easier, I promise you that. Also, it’s not 10 dollars like the Groundspeak sponsored geocaching app… OK, I shouldn’t say that. I am all for supporting Groundspeak and really I have considered switching to their app, if only for the principle of it. I will admit that I have never donated blood voluntarily, I don’t give money to the stations like npr and KEXP-radio that I listen to 24/7, and I am not even a member of the Warehouse Fan Club, after all of the 15 or so DMB shows I have attended and the obsessing I have displayed over that band throughout my life. But I am ready to be convinced to help out the friendly folks at Groundspeak with my support (for those of you who are out of the loop or living in the real world and not out living under rocks… Groundspeak is the mastermind behind what geocaching is today). If I get at least TWO comments from any of you amazing blog readers encouraging me to take the plunge, I promise that I will scrounge up the 30 dollars for the yearly premium membership (and reap the benefits!) and the 10 dollars for the official android app. They’ve earned my loyalty. I also promise to make a detailed comparison of the free c:geo vs. Groundspeak geocaching app for those interested, and I know that I am…
I also promise that if said plunge is taken, I will make an effort to visit the Groundspeak HQ in Seattle before the year ends. I know that sounds ridiculous, but seriously, the Dave Matthews Band has leaked information that leads me to believe they are putting on a small music festival at the most beautiful Gorge Amphitheater in Washington State this summer, 2.5hrs outside of Seattle!
2011 is our 20th anniversary as a band and we want to celebrate by playing music together. While we are still taking the year off from touring, we have decided to plan four multi-day, multi-artist music events that will take place this summer. We will be sending out save the date emails and announcing more information soon but we wanted to share the news with our fans first.
I have fantasized about making the trek up there to see a show (seriously check out the link) for almost 10 years now. Who’s to say now isn’t the time! And if I’m headed up that way, how could I not check out Groundspeak, the site of the first cache, and the last remaining A.P.E. cache?
MUSIC OF THE DAY:
I will not again mention the incredible radio station that is KEXP-Seattle simply because I am listening to it now. It would not be fair to the other outstanding music that exists out there to send you all to the same place twice. Instead I will give a warm shout out to the Decemberists and a congrats on their new album, “The King Is Dead.” If you are reading my blog soon enough you can probably still catch the premiere of the new album, performed live on NPR and if not, check out the CD. I swear that I will try not to torrent the CD for free onto my PC in the near future…
I am going to f*@%ing Europe in MAY!!!!!
Sorry. I will try to make that the closest to foul language you find here on my pretty awesome blog, but seriously, how can I not be excited?? I am going to Barcelona for a couple nights, then to meet my sister in Madrid, where she will have been studying all semester, then we are all going on to Italy, and maybe part of Switzerland for the rest of my short two week trip. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
APP OF THE DAY?
I don’t know how many of you all dig the new smart phone craze yet, but this is blog is all about experimental, so I am going to try the app of the day section. No one has complained about any thing I have posted so far, so why not? Today’s android app of the day goes to… SketchBook Mobile, courtesy of Autodesk applications, proud sponsor of AutoCAD and other incredible engineering software. Anyway this is a pretty interesting deal. It’s like the Photoshop of Microsoft Paint meets smartphone, if that makes any sense… You can draw, touch screen style, whatever your little heart desires. I imagine that it may really start to shine once I give it a go on one of the new android tablets coming out in the not so distant future, but for now I have impressed myself so far. If you really want I can make a thang or two for the blog. I dunno…
OK. I have to go catch up on the highlights on the Obama State of the Union Address. I missed watching it live for you guys. That or it’s just so much easier to watch CNN afterwards and catch the main points in 15 minutes. Thanks for sticking with me! I guarantee that more is to come of this blog coming up. And seriously let me know what you want to hear. I ask a lot of you in this one. Am I going to keep posting about phone apps? is that too dorky? Am I going premium? Am I going to Seattle? what am I doing in Europe? Does anyone really care? Please don’t flood the comment boards here or revolt against the blog, all Cairo-style.
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Thanks for listening, and as always…