Friday, July 3, 2015

Top 10 Caches in Newport News Virginia

With the 13th Annual GCHR Picnic fast approaching, I figured I would put together several lists detailing the best caches around the area.  Today's list will be the best caches, based on favorite points, in the City of Newport News.


The red dot (next to the "Y" in York) is the approximate location of the picnic.

For more information on the picnic - click here


City of Newport News – top 10 caches based on favorite points earned:

1. GC1N3Y0 – I SEE SPIDERMAN – 78 favorite points - hidden by ibwacko and Nuckfuts then adopted by tax-man.  This cache won the GOLD Award for Most Creative/Innovate Cache during the 3rd Annual Hidey Awards on February 6, 2010 and was admitted to the Geocaching Hampton Roads (GCHR) Hall of Fame on February 4, 2012 at the 5th Annual Hidey Awards.   This is a great cache and is located 9.64 miles from Newport News Park.
Note from SNAP!!!: Tricky little devil of a cache but worth the 78 favorite points

 

2.  GC2A496 – This Little Piggy Went Wii Wii Wii... – 75 favorite points - hidden by seepaulgolf and adopted by chihuahuak94me.  This very popular cache is located at a shopping center Newport News Park almost 6 miles from the park.

3.  GC55KEH – Don't Let This Birdhouse Send You To The Nut House – 70 favorite points - hidden by Kemallor.  This cache is just south of the park.  This cache can be a little challenging for some cachers but do not let that scare you.  A cache does not earn 70 favorite points by being an easy park 'n grab.  Located just over 7 miles south from the park.
Note from SNAP!!!:  If you have done some gadget caches, this one MIGHT be familiar.  Well worth the visit!


4.  GC1HB4T – Ghost Train: Next Stop Boxwood Inn – 67 favorite points – hidden by Zazth@CO and adopted by BillHSKC.  With the ongoing restoration of the train station on one side and the Boxwood Inn on the other, the CO felt this to be an ideal location for a cache. Yes, the tracks here are still active just not in the same respect as they were many years ago. This area holds a lot of history and is less than 2 miles north of Newport News Park.
Note from SNAP!!!: Loved not only the cache but the area.  Plenty of history here.


5.  GC112TG – Rattle Fish – 65 favorite points - hidden by 2 Unusual Suspects and adopted by 5 Lost Marbles.  This cache is located right in Newport News Park.  This is a small cache located off a trail behind the Newport  News Information Center at Newport News City Park.  Bring your geocaching fishing gear (3ft of strong string with a loop tied on one end) because the rattle fish are in season. Be sure to use the "catch and release" method as we want to make sure that there will be a fish for others to catch. Please release it back where you caught it.
Note from SNAP!!!: Tricky little devil of a cache but worth the 78 favorite points


6.  GC3A5X2 – The Last Crusade – 57 favorite points – hidden by Scottish Calvaryman and adopted by Bad_Wolfe.  This is a multi-cache located right inside Newport News Park.  A great multi and one of four caches with an Indiana Jones Theme located in or near the park.  I guarantee you will remember this cache!



7.    GC2NAND – Very Deceptive Or Tricky – 47 favorite points – hidden by bigbearpaw.  This could be considered a Park n Grab cache but be warned – this one is a little tricky!  Located about 7 miles from Newport News Park just off of Jefferson Ave.
Note from SNAP!!!:  If you like trcky caches - this one is for you!


8.  GC15P9T – Larry’s Pawn Shop  TB EXCHANGE – 37 favorite points – hidden by Thor24.  This cache is almost 10 miles from the park and is located in Noland Park surrounding the Mariner’s Museum.  A great cache!!!
Note from SNAP!!!:  Located near the Mariner's Museum in Noland park.  A must get cache!


9.  GC1HTDK – Thanx for the ride, Lady… - 36 favorite points – originally hidden by Zazth, this cache was adopted by Ibwacko and then BillHSKC.  This is located like a park n grab less than 2.5 miles north of the Newport News Park but comes with a unique twist which 36 cachers liked so much they awarded a favorite point to.
Note from SNAP!!!: This cache brought a smile to our faces!


10.  GC2MEJV - Cuisses de Grenouille – 32 favorite points – hidden by bigbearpaw.  How often do you see a park n grab cache with this many favorite points!  Just under 5 miles from the park this P&G is located just off of Jefferson Ave.
Note from SNAP!!!: Another cache that made us smile!

Stay Safe & Keep Caching!!!


Suffolk Nana & Papa - - - or just plain ol' - - - -  SNAP!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Geo-Art in Virginia

So, you are thinking of coming to the 13th Annual GCHR Picnic.
Good, we welcome everyone - the more the merrier!
You want to know some of the best caches in the area to find while you are here.
Great!   Over the next several weeks I will be publishing blogs with exactly that information.  ou can get to all of this information by clicking on the "13th ANNUAL GCHR PICNIC" page on the right hand side of this blog near the top of the page

Today's we will cover the Geo-Art that is in our area as well as those in the state of Virginia.

Closest to the picnic is:
Star Trek Geo-Art, (GC5DK78) created and maintained by Kemallor.  This geo-art contains 61 individual caches.  This series can easily be accomplished in one day once you have all your answers and have mapped out the best route to take.  Most of the caches are micro pre-forms and should be simple park n grabs.  Please read the rules on each cache page but most of all - Have FUN!

Note from SNAP!!! - a really fun series that can easily be done in 4 hours depending on traffic


Just south of Star Trek is:
VTCC Geo-Art, (GC52E1Z) created and maintained by Kemallor.  This geo-art contains 21 individual caches.  This series can easily be accomplished in just a couple of hours once you have all your answers and have mapped out the best route to take.  Most of the caches in this series are small home-made bison tubes.  Have FUN!

Note from SNAP!!! - another nice series, plan your route, very fast series on the weekend



For more of a challenge
Head east from the picnic and cross the Coleman Bridge in Gloucester:

Just north of Gloucester is the Beaver Trail Geo-art surrounding Beaver Dam Lake, (GC50FDG) was created and maintained by the Rivahcntrygeocachers.  This geo-art contains 50 individual caches a few of which are water caches.  This series will take most if not all of one day to accomplish.  Make sure you have all your answers and proper coordinates mapped out.  It is suggested that you take two cars, park one at the rear entrance and then go back to the main entrance, park the other vehicle there and start your hike.  There is a great variety of sizes and containers in this series.  Have FUN!

Note from SNAP!!! - use the 2 car method and bring plenty of water.  Beautiful hike.



Head an hour south-west from the picnic and head towards Suffolk:

 SNAP!!!-land Geo-graffiti, (GC503GY) created and maintained by me - a.k.a. - - - SNAP!!!  This geo-art contains 100 individual caches and is currently the largest Geo-art in Virginia.  Once you have your answers and all the corrected coordinates, just do the series in numerical order and everything should work out fine.  I have seen this series done in 4-5 hours but plan on 5-7.  Please read the rules on each page.  Most of the caches in this series are pre-forms.  Have FUN!

Note from SNAP!!! - kinda biased here as this is our series but can be done in 6 hours.



That is all the Geo-art in the area but Virginia also has:

 Tobacco Heritage Trail, (GC568W2) created and maintained by ththider.  This geo-art contains 60 individual caches.  This series is about 2.5 hours west of Hampton Roads or just East of I-85 in Brunswick county.  There is a good variety of caches in this series and they are located along a very nice Rails-to-Trails hiking/biking trail.  Along with the 60 caches in the series there are other caches along the way in addition to 5 bonus caches to go along with the series.

Note from SNAP!!! - a 2 car method would work great here also.  Lovely hike.  Very nice variety of hides.


Another hour or so west:
Virginia Star, (GC5A6VA) created and maintained by Nocona 1.  This geo-art contains 50 individual caches.  This series is about 3.5 - 4 hours west of Hampton Roads or just East of Danville, VA.  This series is in rural Pittsylvania County on the Ringgold Rail Trail where the old Richmond & Danville Railway ran. You'll pass through wooded areas, through wetlands and over a five arch stone bridge, all on a 5.6 mile long, finely graveled walking/biking path.  I can't really give you an estimate on how long it takes as this art is next on our to-do list!

Note from SNAP!!! - As stated above, this is the only geo-art we have not done in Virginia but we here it is a great series and a very nice hike.


One more Geo-art in Virginia is:

Miles of Smiles, (GC3P9QW) created and maintained by fishercacher.  This geo-art contains 55 individual caches.  This series forms a huge smiley face around the City of Waynesboro, VA.  Just off of I-64 and just east of I-81 in the western part of the state.  I think it took Nana & I about 5 or 6 hours to do the entire series but we were not in a big hurry.

Note from SNAP!!! - the first geo-art we ever did - Great town, great series!


 I look forward to seeing all of you at the picnic.  Please stop by my booth which will feature local geocaching information as well as handouts for GSAK.  GSAK is a very nice program that lets you have numerous databases all in one program and has plenty of add-ons for all sorts of geocaching information.

Till then....

Stay Safe & Keep Caching!!!


Suffolk Nana & Papa - - - or just plain ol' - - - -  SNAP!!!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The final recap of our "GeoWoodstock13 and more" trip

If you have been reading the last 7 blogs you know all about our 9 day trip we call our "GeoWoodstick and more" trip.

Each day of the trip we had a mission or Target we hoped to achieve.  As it ended up, we achieved each and everyone of our Targets.

We found quite a lot of older caches and managed to fill in quite a lot of squares in out statistics.

During the 9 days we found a total of 158 caches.
1 MEGA event (of course)
1 CITO event
5 events
2 Multi caches
10 Lab caches
8 Earth caches
8 Mystery caches
12 Virtual caches
2 Web Cams
109 Traditionals

then add to that 4 Benchmarks!

What a trip - we also added Ohio to our state finds!

We had a glorious time and even though we found that many caches - - - both Nana & I are in agreement on the best cache of the trip:    GCT297 - Train Trestle Falls

There was another cache though that deserves a great mention - - GC799B - - Tie a yellow ribbon - - it is a virtual located at an old church but the surprise is the Oak Tree that is on the property.  The tree is over 600 years old and the circumference is over 18 feet.

Nana & I had a glorious time and it was a shame to have to return to work!
Hope to see everyone at the Picnic!
Don't forget the upcoming 13th Annual GCHR Picnic coming up on September 5 this year.  I will be there with a booth full of local information on geocaching, geocaches and local info.  I will have information on GSAK.  GSAK is a wonderful database-like program for organizing all your geocaching information.

Hope to see y'all out on the trails and maybe at the upcoming picnic!!!  Check out the new page just for the picnic on the right hand side of this blog!!!  It has links to a bunch of stuff I am writing.

Till then....

Stay Safe & Keep Caching!!!

Suffolk Nana & Papa - - - or just plain ol' - - - -  SNAP!!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

The LAST day of SNAP!!!'s "GeoWoodstock and more" trip

For those that are just joining us, Nana & I have had this 9 day geocaching trip scheduled for almost a year with daily TARGETs we hope to do each day.  Here is a recap of the previous days.

Day 1 Target - travel to GeoWoodstock13 - accomplished
Day 2 Target - Events prior to GeoWoodstock13 - accomplished
Day 3 Target - GeoWoodstock13 - accomplished
Day 4 Target - Train Trestle Falls (GCT397) - accomplished
Day 5 Target - State Game Lands #109 (GC184) – accomplished
Day 6 Target - The Spot (GC39) – accomplished
Day 7 Target - NH #1 - Mines Follies - accomplished
Day 8 Target - Sleepy Hollow-1 - accomplished

We really didn't want to wake up.  This was our last day of what had been a fantastic trip.  Geocaching, historical sites, plenty of Earthcaches, Virtuals, even a Webcam or 2.  We drove on the beach at Lake Erie, managed to find 2 caches in Ohio and color that state as "found".   It had been great but here was dawn of our last day.  Hopefully a few more finds before heading all the way back to Suffolk, Virginia.

We slowly packed the car and headed towards today's target cache.

But first we found this great Earthcache, GC2C1D8 Potomac Marble - an earthcache about rocks, what more could Nana want.  I can answer that, she wanted to take the rocks!  Nope, can't have that!!!


GC172 - Backyard Stash - hidden in January of 2001 this was today's Target Cache!!!  There were three parking coordinates on the cache page and I am not sure but I firmly believe I picked the one set of parking coordinates that were the farthest away from the cache!  Anyway, it was a lovely walk through the woods and we actually passed right by (within 10 feet) of parking coordinates #2 spot.  <DRAT!>   Shortly we happened upon GZ and once again, it took us far longer than it should have to find the cache.  We took the long march back to the SNAP!!!-mobile knowing we had only a few caches left on our list.

The last two caches on the list took is to a small park with a lot of history.  GC330F - Small park for a big battle is a Virtual cache in this little park.  The other cache in this same park is named after one of the Generals who dies in the battle that took place here.

Although we spent a lot of the day traveling home we did manage to find a grand total of 4, count 'em four caches today!   2 Traditional, 1 Earthcache and 1 Virtual.
Hope to see everyone at the Picnic!
Until next time...

Stay Safe & Keep Caching!!!

Suffolk Nana & Papa!!! - - - or just plain ol' - - - SNAP!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Day 8 of SNAP!!!'s "GeoWoodstock13 and more" trip

For those that are just joining us, Nana & I have had this 9 day geocaching trip scheduled for almost a year with daily TARGETs we hope to do each day.  Here is a recap of the previous days.

Day 1 Target - travel to GeoWoodstock13 - accomplished
Day 2 Target - Events prior to GeoWoodstock13 - accomplished
Day 3 Target - GeoWoodstock13 - accomplished
Day 4 Target - Train Trestle Falls (GCT397) - accomplished
Day 5 Target - State Game Lands #109 (GC184) – accomplished
Day 6 Target - The Spot (GC39) – accomplished
Day 7 Target - NH #1 - Mines Follies - accomplished

We had spent the night on the edge of New Paltz NY.  This particular town was on our to do list as my relatives (from many, many, many, generations ago) founded this little town.

Nana & I spent the morning touring the historical sites and then spent an hour or so walking on the Rails to Trails path that went beside the river finding a few caches.
The actual size of the gunport
The graves at the local church showed many names I recognized from my family tree.


We had visited the town many years ago and it was nice to see how well maintained the older houses were.

Notice the size of the gun port in the fort wall!  I sure hope that whomever is attacking is coming straight at us!

We eventually left town and headed out for the target cache of the day.  Southward we drove until we reached the community of Sleepy Hollow.

GCAE - Sleepy Hollow-1 - this cache was hidden way back in November of 2000 which allowed us to color another block in on our stats.  The parking cords were right on and it made really short work the walk to this cache.  Once at GZ our minds seemingly played a game with our eyes as we wandered here and there and couldn't really find anything that looked like a cache.  It wasn't until I mentally slapped myself and stopped for a minute or two before I realized I was practically standing on top of this huge geo-pile!  Voila!  The cache!  Amazing how things just seem to blend into the scenery so well.  Favorite point awarded not only for the cache but also for the amazing scenery.

A short while later we ran into an amazing cache.  I truly think this virtual amazed me the most of any cache we found on this trip.  For no other reason than the size, the huge tree, and according to the info at GZ, the largest Oak Tree on the East Coast!

GC799B - Tie a yellow ribbon - a virtual cache in Bernardsville, NJ.  If you are anywhere near this town this Virtual Cache is a definite cache for your to-do list!!!
Look at how big that tree is!  Nana sure looks small!
GCB748 - Pickletown #1 - a nice little virtual that indeed, did have us scratching our heads until we walked the park one more time and found the invisible answer that was needed to prove we were there.

Although we spent a lot of the day touring family history we still managed to get further towards home and still managed a total of 12 caches, 10 Traditional and 2 Virtual.  Not really that bad.

Papa at the tree
Day 9's blog will cover the last day of our trip - did we manage to find the target cache for the last day???  Until then...

Stay Safe & Keep Caching!!!
http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC5CQ70_13th-annual-gchr-picnic?guid=3b75522e-5e95-4afc-8125-59b071afc3bd
Hope to see everyone at the Picnic!
Suffolk Nana & Papa!!! - - - or just plain ol' - - - SNAP!!!