Saturday, October 27, 2012

Even More Geocaching

I know, I know, you are probably getting pretty tired of hearing about Geocaching. But since that is pretty much all we do anymore, that is all we really have to blog about.

To keep our cache finding streak going, we have to find at least one cache a day. The trouble though is that finding a cache is just like eating Lays potato chips, you can't find (eat) just one.

We bested our best of five finds in a day with ten finds today.  It would have only been nine since we had a "Did not find" and had to take the kids trick or treating this evening, but right at sunset we scored with our tenth one of the day.  

A lot of the caches are in old spooky cemeteries, just like our tenth find this evening, and you always have to be on the look out for ghosts and such.  Tonight we had quite a scare when we were confronted by just such a spirit.

Maybe since it is almost a full moon, he decided to come out tonight.  Luckily we escaped with our lives intact and were only scarred emotionally.
The Scream Ghost We Encountered While At A Cemetery Geocaching.
Usually, we do not run into anything that would harm us while Geocaching. Sometimes you get some strange looks from the  Muggles, but they usually leave us alone.

One of the benefits, again, that come from Geocaching is the exercise you get along with the enjoyment of a beautiful fall day.
The LivelyRV Geocaching Crew.
It was a little brisk this morning when we first started looking for caches, but it warmed up pretty good by the afternoon.  

We only Geocached for about six hours today due to having to come back to Ouabache State Park near Bluffton, IN so the kids could trick or treat at their campground.  

By-the-way, it is pronounced Wabash not O-ba-chee.  Luckily the only person we said the name to was from Alabama and she did not know the proper way to say it either.
LivelyRV Crew Trick or Treating at the Ouabache State Park Campground.
To make this event we had to jump through some hoops to pull it off.  The time for trick or treat was 5 to 6 PM and since we did not get back in town until around 4:45 PM and the RV was a good ten minutes away, one-way, we had to find someplace to buy costumes and new bags for them to trick or treat. 

At the Middlebury KOA we met a lot of really nice individuals and one friend in particular, Kathy, gave all the kids new trick or treat bags, with candy of course.  Well those were the ones we wanted to use, but ran out of time, so had to buy more.  We could have just used Kroger bags, but we did not want to look too backwoods, so spent the extra $1.99 on the new bags.
Some of the decorations at the Ouabache State Park Campground for trick or treating.
Needless to say, we made it there in time and had a good forty five minutes to trick or treat, which was good enough for the kids to get way too much candy anyway.

How did we find out about Ouabache State Park?  Geocaching of course!  There were five caches inside the park to find, which we did find.  We also found an old fire tower that you could climb and some buffalo to look at.

This fire tower is one of fourteen still standing from thirty three total which were built between 1930 and 1952.  By 1970 planes replaced fire towers as the main means to track fires, so now the remaining ones stand as sentinels reminding us of a time gone by.

We were told that this particular fire tower is one hundred feet tall.  We did not measure it, to verify, but as we climbed it while carrying Avery, both up and down, we will say that it is more than tall enough.  And when we say we, we means me.
Fire Tower at Ouabache State Park.
The kids were up it in a flash, stayed long enough for a picture, and then went back down to play on the playground.  Avery and I stayed a little longer to enjoy the view and catch my breath.  By the picture below, you would think Avery carried me up the stairs!

Ethan, Courtney, Ian, Avery, & Tia posing in the Ouabache State Park fire tower.
The view was spectacular and one could only imagine how it would look with the leaves in full fall color.  Well, so not to deprive you of such a sight, you can go here to see just that.  You will have to scroll down through the first ten or so pictures to get them, but they are there.
View of the buffalo enclosure from the fire tower in Ouabache State Park.
 The buffalo in the park are a reminder of how buffalo herds used to roam and graze in Indiana prairies prior to the 1800's.  By the early 1800's all of the buffalo were gone from Indiana.
Buffalo at Ouabache State Park.
The park usually has around six or eight buffalo in their twenty acre enclosure year round.  Since it is estimated that each buffalo needs a minimum of five acres of pasture to be sustained, the park supplements their diets with hay and grain.

Buffalo grazing in Ouabache State Park.
Before we stop for this blog, we wanted to give you one more glance of the almost full moon just after the sun had set this fine October evening in Indiana.  The iPhone camera does not do it justice compared to being there live.

Moon rising right after sunset in Indiana.
So this past week we had another successful time of Geocaching and seeing other beautiful parts of Indiana before leaving it next week.  We are also glad that the kids got to do their trick or treating for this year too.

Until next time, God bless and be happy that you have what time you do on this Earth.

Don, Misty, & Kids.

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