Sunday, May 30, 2010

Caching in New Orleans

Special thanks to Bamboozle for a great cache, View Carre'. The kids were AMAZED. Dennis was a gracious and VERY knowledgeable host.

We then made our way to City Park and made a few finds there.

Our 10 year-old son, Sagan, got stung by a big, UGLY caterpillar.

i, however, was able to get rid of the giant arachnid on my shoulder.

The kids got to sit and contemplate in the sculpture garden.
Finds for the day are:

Duelling Oaks

welcome to city paRk

The lions sleep tonight

Shady Oak

Grand Entrance


Caution! Be Brave!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Another great weekend of geocaching

Sunday the wife and the three youngest OhmerFam members went out for a day of geocaching south of our hometown of Houma. Some memorable finds include The Art of Kenny Hill, By George, and What's That Smell?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lost Myrtle Grove Cemetery

Here's 1/2 of the ohmerfam crew posing for a quick photo before we placed Lost Myrtle Grove Cemetery (GC18XTZ) back in its hiding spot.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fishing Trip

We enjoyed a day of fishing with my brother Huey, his son Heath - it was a boy's day out as Parrish, Sagan, Gable and Me (Joel) caught 17 fish and a nice sunburn.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Contemplating our first hide - Part II

My wife decided that she'd like to get out of the house for Mother's Day and do some (surprise) Geocaching. Today's finds included GCKR59, GC18YPZ, GC22WT5, GC1BFZQ, GCQ1GH, GC24B4V and GC19N6N.

We also returned to the spot of our first planned hide. We can't wait.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Contemplating our first hide

We went for a ride yesterday, since we were both off work, and we found the perfect spot to place our first hide! Now, we're awaiting permission.

An ammo can full of goodies would do NICELY here, eh?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Custom Swag - Geocaching "Compass"

My post from May 4th shows me picking up some compass party favors from a local dollar store. These "compasses" are non-functioning, but 6 geocaching-related party favors for $1 certainly piqued my interest. i bought all five bags and took them home, my head already spinning on how to utilize them.

Now, these compasses would be welcome in any ammo box right out of the package. But, HEY! i'm a graphic artist. i have to add some FLAIR. So, my thoughts immediately fell to the compass design i utilized on the Geocaching Licenses i created (special thanks to Renzo), so i made some modifications and voila!

The first step was removing the clear plastic lens that enclosed the "compass." A #11 X-Acto blade worked nicely. The needle, which is plastic and non-magnetic and held in place by the lens was easily removable at this point.

The image for the inside was created in Adobe Illustrator, and i ganged 6 onto a 4-inch by 6-inch document. i then uploaded the file to the Walgreens website, and in an hour they printed a photo which cost only 19¢. Then i cut the circle out and inserted it into the compass case.

The only remaining step was to re-affix the "needle" and lens, then we're done! A custom swag item at bargain basement prices.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

They're HERE!

Our new custom Swag "Geocache License" cards just arrived and i couldn't be happier with the quality of the image. The tiny hands for the "sign language" decoder on the back are even legible. Bella, our beagle, was excited to see them, too!

To my Louisiana geocaching friends, be on the lookout for these in 'cache near you!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Testing out the Blackberry

I am testing my Blackberry's ability to post to this blog while shopping for swag.
Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

Amazing "Reverse Cache"

i've always loved MAKE Magazine,  and this morning i stumbled across THIS.

Mikal Hart's original "reverse geocache" puzzle ended up making a big splash when we first posted about it last October. Now Russ Weeks has produced his own version using an Arduino, an HD44780 display, a servo, and an EM406 GPS. Like Mikal's version, Russ's puzzle will only open in one particular location on the surface of the Earth. If it's elsewhere, pushing the button just gives a readout of the linear distance to the location it wants.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Our first post

We just wrapped up a weekend of caching in Baton Rouge, and we hit our 50th cache at the USS KIDD. We now stand at 58 finds, and one event cache (Thibodaux's 10 year "Lost and Found" event).

We use a Garmin eTrex Summit HC, coupled with my Blackberry running Geocache Navigator and our newly purchased TomTom XL 330 with custom cache POIs. The TomTom was invaluable in navigating Baton Rouge's MANY one way streets, making it MUCH easier to find our way to the geocaches within the city.

Good night all!