I have been coming to Longview and the area frequently since 2005 (or thirteen years BC [Before Caching]), and I’ve been seeing the changes over the last two decades. It’s always felt to me like a city of fifty thousand with thirty thousand extra people stuffed into it. That still makes it, Texas’s fifty-second largest … Continue reading The Run-Up To…
Worn And Torn, Metaphorically Speaking
Good news, folks! I made it back from L-Town with a minimum of muss, fuss, or trauma! It was a fun time full of highs and lows, though I must admit, it was a little different for me than most Challenge trips. Usually, with one exception, I've traveled somewhere I hadn't previously spent much time … Continue reading Worn And Torn, Metaphorically Speaking
Events, With Big And Little “E”
I pulled into a bar parking lot in Kilgore, a town a short distance from Longview. The last time I had been at that bar was over fifteen years ago, doing karaoke with my now ex-wife. This time, I had a new memory to attach to the place. I wasn't able to make it to … Continue reading Events, With Big And Little “E”
My Personal Pantheon Of Holidays
I celebrate a number of holidays that are standard for most Americans: Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the Fourth of July. I also observe a number of personal holidays that some would find puzzling, such as the birth, ascension, and death of the only Emperor of the United States. One holiday that seems to straddle the line … Continue reading My Personal Pantheon Of Holidays
Contrary to what you might think, not every day (or weekend) is full of adventure. Sometimes it's just life with a little caching thrown in for good measure. And sometimes the caching is not as much as I would like. But I got a few things of note, so they at least get honorable mentions.I … Continue reading Mister Excitement!
Your Moment Of Snobbery
A couple of days ago, I was out doing stuff and decided to grab a cache. I had already had a long day, so I went for the lowest difficulty, lowest impact one I could see in the immediate area, an LPC. I arrived and lifted the skirt to find a small, duck-taped baggie serving … Continue reading Your Moment Of Snobbery
A Toll Must Be Paid
Once the dust had settled, the Events were attended, and the caches counted, we ended up with nearly three hundred caches in total, with three (almost four) Geoarts complete. For me persoanlly, that only leaves five that I haven’t touched, two others just to the north of them, and four I’ve started but haven’t finished. … Continue reading A Toll Must Be Paid
Onward, Through The Fog!
We converged on a parking lot before sunrise, eleven of us, ready to set out and find some caches. There are a bunch of Geoarts near Granger, Texas. I'd taken a bite out of them before, but I'd never gotten close to finishing them. And some new ones had been added since. When the Scorpion … Continue reading Onward, Through The Fog!
Another day, another cache at a mural. I appreciated it being so close to home. I had a stupid work meeting that started late in the day and ran longer than usual. It was nice to just take a five-minute drive and grab it. I’d forgotten how much I missed not having to drive to … Continue reading Tangential
A couple of days ago, I grabbed a cache (shocking, right?), a matchstick tube hidden under some bricks. It was a YARN, an acronym meaning Yet Another Road to Nowhere, caches placed at dead ends, often at locations that will one day become entrances for parking lots or intersections for roads, usually blocked off by … Continue reading Justification