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  1. Kayaking on Lake Houston

    April 22nd proved a great day for kayaking, geocaching events and brand new geocaches. Team 150% and mcguyvertwo set out a bunch of new caches. Then mcguyvertwo hosted a breakfast at the launch point for the other events. Team 150% (Josh and Annie) hosted a hot dog lunch on an island in the lake. Finally MsPatt hosted a CITO event so we could all get a souvenir for the day. There was a small chance of rain but the weather cooperated wonderfully. We paddled north and at the north end of the run a front came thru with a great north wind to blow us back to the start. On "The First Annual Paddle Lake Kingwood for a Dog!" GC72KX7 are 20 pictures of the events and the search for the geocaches. If you are interested there are these pictures plus some more. It was a nice outing.
  2. Austin at Bull Creek

    We had a good Thanksgiving in Austin. Lots of turkey, way too much football and a little geocaching. We found four puzzles and one traditional. The attached picture is our grandson Luke at "Le Tresor de La Salle". Thanks to his persistence we found the cache. Grandpa kept insisting in searching the wrong place while Luke spotted the right one and finally talked me into trying it. This is in the Bull Creek off Hwy 360 (Capitol of Texas Hwy) in north Austin. There are lots of good caches in this area.
  3. Some photos of our recent Bike and Barge and Geocaching trip to France and Belgium.
  4. Collapsible kayak?

    They have a foldable one at REI on Westheimer. It looks like it is made our of core-plast. (the plastic stuff that looks like cardboard). Not nearly as cool as this one but it is something a little different.
  5. Kayaking on Lake Bastrop

    A postscript to this adventure. The kayak adventure got more expensive. Red light cameras may be gone in Houston but they are alive and well in Elgin. I drove to the event from Austin and that flash at the edge of town caused a chill. Now the ticket has showed up. That's $75 down the drain for being in too big a hurry
  6. Kayaking on Lake Bastrop

    A group from Houston attended the Kayak event at Lake Bastrop last weekend. We were in one group , B5 - searchingsimpsons, Team 150%, mcguyvertwo and Benttandem while in Bastrop Buddies were mspatt, georeyna and rambetta. B5 started on the south end of the lake and Bastrop Buddies started on the north end. We all met later on the north end. Butch, the husband of rambetta, was kind enough to lead B5 in a car shuttle from the south to the north end. We had a great time and found 15 kayak caches. Here are a few pictures. More pictures are on the cache "Don't be Stumped" GC6MDGE.
  7. Longest since last find

    I should have waited for the February update. Today I found FTFC #59 - Deja vu GC1K8WW. It was last found by Texas Writer in January of 2014. It was muddy but not a bad walk in the woods. If someone else should go for it, be smarter than me and take a fresh baggie and log. I left some fresh paper but the next rain will probably get it too.
  8. Hairy trees

    There is a cache in Austin where you have to stick your hand in a mass like that to get a container.
  9. Critters seen while caching

    No pictures but from the look of my hand I found at least four @#$%%& fire ants.
  10. I tried biking from the equestrian parking lot up to I-10 today. The HIGH WATER sign wasn't kidding. It looked like a mile or so of the trail was under water. I turned and went west from the parking lot and that was OK. The ditches were full but the trail was dry. It turned out to be a pretty good day for wildlife. On the way to the soccer fields on the west edge of the park a coyote crossed the path in front of me. I doubled back down Westheimer Parkway to the baseball fields and picked up the trails that lead on out past Hwy 99. I spotted two cottontails, a couple of rosette spoonbills, a flock of ibsis, several great egrets and one fairly large alligator that seemed to be stalking a great egret. I have noticed that after a good rain bird watching gets really good out here. As I was riding, I got to musing about the old saying "Does a bear go in the woods" (this is the family friendly version). My thought was - does a feral pig go in the woods. My answer would have to be no! He goes on the bike trail! This usually isn't a problem if you are paying attention and the scat is dry. If, however, it is wet and you are not paying attention, your bicycle wheel can spread it around in unwanted places. The pigs can be a real hazard. If a bear was around, he would probably do the same thing. G B Park is a great place to ride but it does benefit you to pay attention in even the quietest and most secluded places.
  11. 2015 TXGA Challenge in Lubbock - March

    The local bicycle club used to rent a tour bus for trips to places like Colorado. I don't think the per person cost was very high. You would still need a motel room.
  12. The obligatory Congratulations thread

    Congratulations to Cook Cachers for hitting 4000!
  13. Roll Call! Who's going and when?

    We plan to leave Friday morning and get there around 12 or 1. Staying at Comfort Inn. Buckeys at 8 sounds good.
  14. Lab caches in Bastrop?

    I feel kind of dumb. I have clicked on all the links I can find on these lab caches and I still don't have a clue as to what I should do. Do you download something? Is there any kind of a printout? I am pretty much at a loss.
  15. SETX Hunt Team T shirts 2014

    I would go for grey. I wear last years shirt in the summer and black may make me look slimmer (a vain hope) but I am less likely to expire from heat exhaustion in grey.