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Yesterday was an excellent day. A warm windy day, we headed up to near the Wisconsin border to get pumpkins, produce, cider, straw, etc as well as see animals and such. The place is Von Bergen's and they have a huge setup there for adults and kids. Not to mention cheap pumpkins and produce. We got nearly 100lbs of pumpkins. Photobucket
And some particularly neat looking ones at that. We also stopped by a place just down the road for fresh eggs too.

We then went to geocache. Our intended first choice turned out to be a bad one as the park was taken over by "Trail of History." Some sort of reenactment thing. So we were off to another trail right by the border. Then we stopped by a Dog 'n' Suds for root beer, a coney dog and onion rings.

Can't beat a warm, if windy, October day in the country.
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Yesterday was an excellent day. A warm windy day, we headed up to near the Wisconsin border to get pumpkins, produce, cider, straw, etc as well as see animals and such. The place is Von Bergen's and they have a huge setup there for adults and kids. Not to mention cheap pumpkins and produce. We got nearly 100lbs of pumpkins. Photobucket
And some particularly neat looking ones at that. We also stopped by a place just down the road for fresh eggs too.

We then went to geocache. Our intended first choice turned out to be a bad one as the park was taken over by "Trail of History." Some sort of reenactment thing. So we were off to another trail right by the border. Then we stopped by a Dog 'n' Suds for root beer, a coney dog and onion rings.

Can't beat a warm, if windy, October day in the country.
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Went geocaching today--a good deal warmer than last weekend!

Some pics )
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Went geocaching today--a good deal warmer than last weekend!

Some pics )
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I'm an old school geek.

I recently fulfilled a desire I've had for a long time. I got a GPS receiver. I've wanted one since I first heard about them. I'm a map geek like my dad--I was always the navigator of choice on trips. Navigating for my dad requires nerves of steel as well as map skills. Heh.

These days there's two basic GPS choices divided by whether they're primarily designed for use in a car or on a trail. I got one that will do both but is designed for the trail. Hand-held, rugged and water resistant. Though it will also function like Mapquest in the palm of your hand.

One of the reasons I got the GPS is that Hex and I have been hiking on weekends in forest preserves and natural areas around here. And I've found that when hiking, I'm much like I am driving--I like to not have to worry about getting lost. It is certainly fun and good practice to keep sharp about direction and where one is, but a backup means taking bigger chances.

In looking into a GPS I discovered a new geeky avocation--geocaching. Nuts like me hide waterproof containers with a logbook and sometimes trinkets for trading. They then post the coordinates online. Other nuts like me go out to find them.

All the more reason to go hiking.
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I'm an old school geek.

I recently fulfilled a desire I've had for a long time. I got a GPS receiver. I've wanted one since I first heard about them. I'm a map geek like my dad--I was always the navigator of choice on trips. Navigating for my dad requires nerves of steel as well as map skills. Heh.

These days there's two basic GPS choices divided by whether they're primarily designed for use in a car or on a trail. I got one that will do both but is designed for the trail. Hand-held, rugged and water resistant. Though it will also function like Mapquest in the palm of your hand.

One of the reasons I got the GPS is that Hex and I have been hiking on weekends in forest preserves and natural areas around here. And I've found that when hiking, I'm much like I am driving--I like to not have to worry about getting lost. It is certainly fun and good practice to keep sharp about direction and where one is, but a backup means taking bigger chances.

In looking into a GPS I discovered a new geeky avocation--geocaching. Nuts like me hide waterproof containers with a logbook and sometimes trinkets for trading. They then post the coordinates online. Other nuts like me go out to find them.

All the more reason to go hiking.

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