FamilieRyan

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About FamilieRyan

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  • Location N29 43.150, w095 45.800

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  1. TEXAS Status

    I went out to the park today to do maintenance on the "A".  I only managed the east half of the "A" - the going is very tough and the waterway down the middle of the "A" was deep enough to prevent easy crossing.  The terrain is a lot more thorny that it was a couple of years ago - the fire helped clear the path for thorns to grow.  By using the pictures I had from the previous maintenance run, I was able to locate all of the caches and get them set for the next finders. I wore brush pants (with thorn guards and they worked very well.  The thorns didn't penetrate the pants, saving me from many scrapes.  The thorns do make the going slow as every step is a chore!  Here's a detailed status of the caches: A5 - wet, thorny terrain.  Soda tube was on a tree that had fallen.  Using the picture from the cache page, I found the tube, all was in great shape.  Reattached to another tree and will update a new photo to the cache page. A4 - Low thorns, lots of them!  Cache was still attached to tree, but it had fallen so I reattached to a new tree.  All in good shape, new picture will be uploaded to cache page. A7 - Pure brutality.  Lots of thorns, particularly the last 200 feet from the pipeline right of way.  Ammo can is shot, so I connected a micro to the ammo can with a new log.  Good to go, new picture will be uploaded to cache page. A2 - Thorns lighted up a bit.  There are two containers at this cache - one was fire damaged but I left it.  The other is still in great shape.  Reattached containers to a new tree, new picture will be uploaded to cache page. A1 - Original tree at GZ was gone, but the cache was right on the ground - dry and in great shape.  I reattached to another tree - good to go.  New picture will be uploaded to cache page. A3 - even the right of way was difficult due to mud today!  Not too bad on the way to this cache.  Found it where it should be and reattached it more securely.  Good to go and new picture will be uploaded to cache page! All in all, the terrain on the northern part of the "A" is tough - lots of thorns.  Be prepared for a long and tiring day - not sure if you can do the whole series in a day anymore - the thorns make it difficult and more importantly tiring!   Have fun out there!
  2. GBP TEXAS - soda tubes on tallows

    I am the owner of the "A" in "TEXAS".  Did you check each cache page for the pictures i put up showing the exact location of the cache?  I did that so folks could tell if something had changed in the area or could look around close to GZ if the area had flooded or maybe the trees (especially in the "A" where the fire hit a few years ago) have deteriorated.  I use rope (or string) to attach most (if not all) of the caches because I think zip ties will break from growth or from exposure to the sun.  Soda tubes are by far the most resilient containers (metal ammo cans are also very good) as long as people put them back together tightly.  I have had issues lately with a large ammo can that had lots of water in it because a finder didn't put the cap back on - I can't fix those kind of issues. The ammo can on A7 survived the fire so I left it out there as a reminder of how hot it got at that time - it's not from lack of maintenance.  If there's a leak or something that is different and I'll check on it next time I'm out there. This was the first DNF on the caches out there for the "A", so I wouldn't necessarily go out and do maintenance until I know there are issues.  If you looked at the pictures and the cache is definitely not there, that would be very helpful to know - too often I go to a cache that is DNF'ed and it's still there. I have added a note to the cache description on A1 to let folks know that I will provide replacement containers to anyone heading out in the case that caches are missing.  I also added a note to each page reminding folks that there is a picture of the exact cache location for each "A" cache.   I also have another plan to help with replacement caches - stay tuned.   All being said - I am going on a maintenance run tomorrow (2/7/16) at 7am, leaving from the east parking lot.  Anyone can join me if they'd like - haven't been out slogging in the park for a while.  Message me if you'd like to join.   Larry
  3. Where is the challenge this year?
  4. Good day picking up some puzzle caches today!

  5. FTF#3 - Fine Tasting Fish

    Unfortunately I am out of town!
  6. How Smart is BigBender? Flash Mob Event

    I really wish we could make this event!  It looks like there will be a lot of fun! 
  7. 10 Years! Baytown, TX

    I'm pretty sure - I can tell by the Red Sox hat!
  8. 10 Years! Baytown, TX

    The picture titled "Criffree and unknown standing".  The standing guy is FamilieRyan Dad, the people sitting are cookcachers and Cachin Shark!
  9. 10 Years! Baytown, TX

    Larry - AMESOME event!  We had a blast!  Great turnout!  Thanks so much for hosting!
  10. WWFM VI - Katy

    Maybe this?
  11. WWFM VI - Katy

    FamilieRyan Mom wants to do some dancing like on Oprah!
  12. West Houston Meet and Greet

    LGNE - I am sorry I was out of town and could not attend!  Sounds like a great time was missed.  Thanks for hosting the event.
  13. SETX Gang Spring Fling

    This sounds like a lot of fun.  Hopefully the travel schedule will calm down so we can attend!
  14. GeoWoodstock VII

    cool! do geocaching companies come and sell merchandise there?
  15. GeoWoodstock VII

    We haven't been to one of these mega-events before.  What goes on exactly?? There must be some cool stuff if there are that many people going!