Geocaching is for really cool people P.E.R.I.O.D.
Nov. 3, 2020 1:29 pm

I recently went on a Geocaching hunt in Marinette County. I was doing research for small article on what Geocaching was, so I decided it would be best just to go out and do it. Roughly, there are around 250 caches here if my calculations were correct and I think I'm hooked.

My first thoughts on Geocaching: Ugggh, I don't know how to do it. I don't have a GPS. I don't know how to use a gridded map. I am not good with coordinates. My last thought of what kept me pushing forward was the thought of actually finding a hidden treasure! So dramatic, I know.

I am telling you my steps in order of importance, yours may be different. I don't know, I don't know how your brain works. Type A or type B? Personally type A over here for Awwwwesome!

Step One: Download an app called "GEOCACHING" Seriously folks, it was that easy.

Step Two: If I remember correctly I had to create an account. It was either with my email or facebook account. The best thing was they didn't even ask me for my blood type. Some registrations are far too in depth, but this app just got straight to the point.

Step Three: Goooooooo!

Other steps you find may be helpful. 

  1. Gas up your car. 
  2. Locate your car. 
  3. Call a buddy to go with you, adventures are better with other people. 
  4. Bring a snack or two. 
  5. Have a pencil/pen to sign your name.
Wear shoes that can get muddy, you never know where your feet might take you that is in the direct opposite of where the actual Geocache is located.

Now what is a geocache? A geocache is basically just a fancy name for a treasure. Something hidden in plain site that someone wants you to find, but then put back as you found it. The ones that I found were called micro caches, meaning small. There were some I didn't have time for that could be in a treasure box, or a coffee can, or hidden under a fixed object. But what each geocache has is a clue or two. Click your finger on the cache in the map on your app (wordy, I know) and it will lead you in the right direction. We all know Siri doesn't lie with directions right?

My first find was awesome. It took us a while to find it and of course, just as I tapped out, I looked for about 10 more seconds and yelled "I found it!" My buddy and I had walked past it at least two times.

The second one was equally as cool, with the same tap out, only to look for a little longer and find it again. I won't tell you where or what, but I found it, so that makes me really cool.

So after you find it, you sign your name on a little sheet of paper about the size of paper that a troll would write on and date it. You can see the others that have come before and made it out alive as well, then you mark it in your account on your app. I can't explain much more, you just have to go and try to find one.

Easy peasy. I rate this form of entertainment E for easy and exciting. Also C for clueless, because you do look silly looking around trees and around signs in the middle of nowhere. We had a dump truck pull up next to us asking if we needed assistance. One of the caches (which we did not find that day) was hidden at a cross roads of two roads on a gravel road in the middle of Egypt. I think the man asked "mam, do you need help with something." I replied that we were geocaching as I flicked my hair back and winked. Pretty sure he had no idea what I said and just nodded and waved. Thinking about it now, I should have said, "yes we are looking for a geocache and I need you fellas to take a few minutes and help us find it." Rookie mistake.

Author: Allyson Bickel

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Feb. 13, 2019 9:46 am

DUN-GOOD RIDERS: (snowmobile and atv/utv trails) Trails are in excellent

condition. We're grooming trails everyday of the week. Great year for all the riders. Still a couple of wet spots on Spur Lake Road trail, but they aren't bad. This is on the Spur Lake trail, where you turn off Spur Lake & head towards the Florence trail. The spring water is coming across the trail so it's wet & slippery along there. EVENT: Sat. Feb 16th, Club Ride will leave the Dun-Good building on HWY 8 at 11:00 AM for a tail ride to visit the Pemenee River Riders 2md Annual Brat Fry. All are welcome. Snowmobiles, atv's & utv's are all allowed on this ride.

IRON SNOW SHOE: Date of Report: February 11, 2019. Trail Conditions: Excellent. Snow Cover: 20 inches plus. Area Report: We had another awesome weekend of riding on the Iron Snowshoe Trails. I am not sure if Mother Nature is blessing us or punishing us, but BRING IT ON!! After receiving 15+ inches of snow last week, we added another 3 inches last night, and looking at 9 to 12 tomorrow! More blessings coming the end of this week also! Our groomers have been out non-stop to keep up with all this snow. Trails are in very good condition today. Our groomers will be out every day/night after this next snow (Tuesday). Stop by the Crooked Lake Fish-O-Rama this weekend. We would love to see you all. Happy...Happy...Happy Trails!!!

EVENTS: All Season Long: The Bunny Hunt - Find those bunnies in the trees or along the trail. Valuable coupons and prizes are inside! For more information, ask any of our business sponsors...

Saturday, February 16 - Crooked Lake Fish-O-Rama - @ Fire House in Crooked Lake

Saturday, February 23 - High Falls Radar Run. Register 8:30. Race 9-4. @ Boat Landing 3 Road and snowmobile trail

February 23rd - N.E.W. Low Buck Vintage Riders for the 1st Annual "Sassy Sara's Safari" vintage snowmobile ride...Ride leaves 11AM...for more information contact Jungle Jims.

February 23 - Vintage Snowmobile Run - Leaves from Thunder Lake Bar and Grill - for more information, contact Thunder Lake Bar and Grill

KUMALONG SNO-RIDERS: (snowmobile only) All trails are open and being groomed. Club ride this Sat. 2/16, contact the club for all the details.

NEAR NORTH TRAIL RIDERS OF ATHELSTANE: (snowmobile and atv/utv trails). The Near North Trails were all groomed this past weekend. After the snowstorm the groomers will be out again and the trails will be in perfect to excellent condition. The Amberg Wildlife area was also groomed. ATV's and UTV's allowed on trails. Watch for the signs.

PEMENEE RIVER RIDERS: (snowmobile and atv/utv trails). Trails are open, groomed and are in excellent condition. Watch for logging in the area of Barlow Lake and Forest Rd 1003. Use caution in this area. EVENT: Saturday, Feb 16th, 2nd Annual Brat Fry Fundraiser at the Pemenee Riders club building in Pembine. Stars at 11:00. Club ride will leave the building at 9:00 AM, ride to Dunbar and back to the Brat Fry in Pembine. All are welcome, snowmobiles, atv's & utv's. See club's Face Book page for more info.

RANGER CITY RIDERS: (snowmobile only) - Our trails are in excellent condition. Our whole trail system will be groomed for the weekend. Come ride as the trail conditions are excellent thought Marinette County ! Remember RCR clubhouse parking lot is a designated park and ride. As always please enjoy and ride safe.

PLEASE NOTE LOGGING OPERATIONS: Our north end of the East Trail between Marek Road and Forest Road 404 is currently being logged. The trail does have snow cover and rideable through the small section of logging.

RIVER ROAD RIDERS: (snowmobile only) All River Road Riders trails are open. Trails are in very good condition. 3" of snow Sunday night. And 6" last night and it's still snowing! Grooming operations are ongoing. EVENT: Lake Noquebay Fish-a-Rama, February 23, 2019. Lake Noquebay Sportsman's Club, HWY X & Maple Beach Rd., Middle Inlet WI. For more information, contact the Noquebay Sportsman's Club (715-923-8690) or contact the River Road Riders Snowmobile Club.

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