Jan 042011

I really haven’t paid much attention to GPSrs recently since we haven’t really been getting out to geocache much. That will change in a couple of years but it just makes sense tow wait until we have a reliable vehicle to get out caching often since by that time there will likely be newer models if we want to upgrade our old Garmin 60csxs.

I just came across the Garmin 62S now. Though I haven’t even seen one in person if I were to pull the trigger and get a new GPS now this would likely by my choice. It appears to have taken the good from the old 60csx and added to it instead of creating something completely different. It keeps the same form factor which is the best I’ve seen in a gps for what we use it for. I really don’t want to depend on a touch screen in the woods or that wheel thing Garmin tried. It also seems like it has the same screen as the 60csx which I found very readable with a magnifier. For those who don’t know I am legally blind and have poor vision. The biggest plus this seems to have over the older models it includes the full cache details. I can’t even begin to count how many times the write up or a recent log would have been very handy out in the woods when we’re searching for a cache that has gone missing. I don’t mind the DNF but we get obsessed and spend hours searching.

I am anxious to read other peoples’ thoughts on this unit. If Garmin did it right it could be the perfect gps. Hopefully it retains the older model’s dependability and accuracy along with excellent battery life. The old model was also pretty much unbreakable. I’ve dropped mine more times than you can imagine and it still works fine. The only thing it did is popped the microSD card loose once in a while.

According the the description it also includes 1.7 gigs of memory built into the unit which would be great. A great plus would be if they overcame the map block limitation all of their older generations had.

Mar 182008

Last Saturday we did some caching in the coal region of PA.  That’s always an interesting area to visit for me.  Growing up I went to the mountains with my grandfather in the Hazleton area and some of the older people there were miners at one time.  I learned a lot from them and enjoyed their interesting stories.

Odd thing is is the one cache was in an area where the PA DEP had filled in the strip mines but not to the original contour of the land.  It was just pretty flat so at the one edge the bottom rock was showing on a steep incline.  We weren’t thinking.. We should have taken pictures of it.

 Posted by at 12:31 PM
Jan 072008

I just saw that Garmin is releasing a new gps.  From what I read they may have actually improved over the 60csx.  I think I will be getting on as soon as I can.  I’m looking forward to playing with it.

The best thing about it is the fact that it seems to support paperless caching better by having the cache writeup and previous logs right on the gps.  That means we wouldn’t have to use the ipaq for caching which would be a good thing since Molly has a habit of letting the battery die completely in it.

Garmin Colorado 400t Handheld GPS Unit with US Topographic Preloaded Maps

Aug 062007

Last week was Molly’s vacation and we had wanted to work on the Pennsylvania Delorme and all county challenges. We were able to hook up with Geometeacher from York and had a great two day trip in western Pa.

We got to see some pretty cool things. One of the caches we did gave you a view of the I 80 bridge over the Allegheny river. I had been over it and never realized how height it actually is. It turns out it’s 270 feet above the river according to the cache page and was the highest bridge east of the Mississippi when it was built 40 years ago.

We made it across I 80, went to Ohio to add that state and got to Pittsburgh and got a room. Not bad for a day. The next morning we went southwest then east towards home.

Wednesday we stopped by some really interesting places. The first that comes to mind is the site of the rescue shaft from the Quecreek Mine accident in 2002. It’s hard to imagine how they were able to know where they were underground and rescue them from above. I couldn’t begin to imagine what was going through the miner’s heads. I’ve always wanted to visit this area but had no idea there was a virtual cache here.

It was too bad we didn’t get to visit the sight where flight 93 went down. We really didn’t realize we’d be as close to it as we were but next time through the area we are going to try to stop by.

We were pretty surprised how route 30 winds up and over the mountains out in that part of the state. I guess we are just used to it being a highway in our area and east towards Philly.

We also did a cache called the coffee pot. It was at a a coffee pot shaped structure along Lincoln highway. It’s always interesting to see these odd shaped buildings.

One of the last caches of the day was the Len Miller bridge one. I have been wanting to do this one for years. It’s a really nice place. I would love to return to that area and explore some.

I really feel lucky to live in Pennsylvania because it has a lot of history and diverse geography. You just really don’t know what you may find.

May 052007

Friday we tried to place a cache on an island in the middle of a creek but we just weren’t going to be able to make it work. It was way too close to another one. We had fun trying though. Molly wanted to try to avoid the mud that sucks your feet in so waded downstream as the water got deeper. Finally she ended up having to swim while I held the gpsrs above the water. I couldn’t beleive how warm the water was.

Today we went caching along the south eastern Lancaster county boarder. We still love the southern part of the county. This is probably my favorite part of the county. There’s tons of history and not too many people.

We did a couple of caches near Octoraro Lake. We’d never really checked it out before. It’s a really nice area actually but it’s ashame how much trash there is. People are slobs. They just through trash on the ground where ever they are. There was even a pile of trash a few feet from the trash can. I can’t understand why people are so damn lazy.

We also went to a a cache on the Alexander King Nature preserve. That place had some interesting history. An earlier finder posted directions to a couple remnants from when they made charcoal for Hopewell Furnace (I think.) It was a ncie walk in the woods. I’m always interested in checking out old stuff like that and I consider us lucky to live in an area that has so much history.

Feb 232007

York County Geocaching Society‘s Fourth Thursday was a great time last night. We have to be thankful in this area for all the DoverDoggs do for caching. They plan these monthly events that so many people enjoy.

They had the meeting at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse in Hanover Pa. That food was good! I want more. There’s a bunch of caches in that area that we haven’t found but we got too late of a start to find any yesterday. We’re already looking forward to the next time.