Tuesday, September 25, 2007

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Saline

We're preparing for our weekend trip, so we did errands first - took back cans and bottles, started laundry, went downtown to the Federal Building to put a hold on our mail. began packing for real and also doing some mental packing - deciding which things we can take back to TC and which should stay here for the next 2 weeks. Reminds me of the old George Carlin routine about his "Stuff":

Sometimes you leave your house to go on vacation. And you gotta take some of your stuff with you. Gotta take about two big suitcases full of stuff, when you go on vacation. You gotta take a smaller version of your house. It's the second version of your stuff. And you're gonna fly all the way to Honolulu. Gonna go across the continent, across half an ocean to Honolulu. You get down to the hotel room in Honolulu and you open up your suitcase and you put away all your stuff. "Here's a place here, put a little bit of stuff there, put some stuff here, put some stuff--you put your stuff there, I'll put some stuff--here's another place for stuff, look at this, I'll put some stuff here..." And even though you're far away from home, you start to get used to it, you start to feel okay, because after all, you do have some of your stuff with you. That's when your friend calls up from Maui, and says, "Hey, why don'tchya come over to Maui for the weekend and spend a couple of nights over here."

Oh, no! Now what do I pack? Right, you've gotta pack an even SMALLER version of your stuff. The third version of your house. Just enough stuff to take to Maui for a coupla days. You get over to Maui--I mean you're really getting extended now, when you think about it. You got stuff ALL the way back on the mainland, you got stuff on another island, you got stuff on this island. I mean, supply lines are getting longer and harder to maintain. You get over to your friend's house on Maui and he gives you a little place to sleep, a little bed right next to his windowsill or something. You put some of your stuff up there. You put your stuff up there. You got your Visine, you got your nail clippers, and you put everything up. It takes about an hour and a half, but after a while you finally feel okay, say, "All right, I got my nail clippers, I must be okay." That's when your friend says, "Aaaaay, I think tonight we'll go over the other side of the island, visit a pal of mine and maybe stay over."

Aww, no. NOW what do you pack? Right--you gotta pack an even SMALLER version of your stuff. The fourth version of your house. Only the stuff you know you're gonna need.

We were very efficient getting things done, so we had time to head over to Saline to do some caching. We went back to Colony Park and we are still totally stumped by this hide. There's nowhere it can be. We've decided to ask for a hint. There were other successes, however:

Found it 9/25/2007 You found the old rail road (Traditional Cache)
This was a quick find on our second day visiting Saline. Don't think we've ever seen an old RR where the ties and tracks were left in place. Traded sigs and left a glass lady bug. Thanks for the hunt.

Found it 9/25/2007 You found Tour de Saline - Brecon Park II (Traditional Cache)
After spending a couple of hours over the past couple of days searching Colony Park, it felt good to find our first "Tour" cache. Signed the log and copied the numbers before we went for our next one. Thanks for the series. (We think)

Found it 9/25/2007 You found brecon park travel bug lodge (Traditional Cache)
Found it after finding another cache in the park. There is no log book so we signed the 3x5 card in the cache. Thanks for the hunt.

Found it 9/25/2007 You found Tour de Saline - Mill Pond Park (Traditional Cache)
Of the Saline parks we have visited thus far, this is our favorite. It seems to have everything including a Cross Country course. We found it quickly and after signing the log we traded a geopin for a bat. (BTW, the locs on one side are broken and the log book is damp.)

Found it 9/25/2007 You found as high as the sky (Traditional Cache)
We enjoyed the park. This was a fairly quick find, signed log and left our mini card. Thanks for the fun.

Found it 9/25/2007 You found Saline Parkside Cache (Traditional Cache)
This cache needs work. The contents are damp and the coords are about 35 feet off. It is not a particularly nice area. TNLNSL.

Found it 9/25/2007 You found Tour de Saline - Risdon / Peoples Park (Traditional Cache)
I found rrob’s cache in this park three years ago. I brought a couple of friends along to show them what caching is all about and how much fun it is. Well, these two guys figured this was the dumbest thing they’ve ever done. To them, the only reason to go for a walk is to beat on little white balls with a stick or to shoot small animals who are trying to get away. Different strokes. This was an easy find and finding a regular container was welcome. We traded sigs and left a pack of Crayolas for the next child who finds the cache. Regretfully, we ran out of time for today and had to leave Saline but we will be back, hopefully to finish the series.