Category Archives: Geocaching

Great day.

Today was awesome. Here are all the things I did:

1. Started organizing my classroom closet. My room is going to look soooo much better when I get this done.

2. Had a hilarious moment this morning involving a very nice professor and a student with a rather macabre sense of humor. The professor, who was a retired elementary teacher, tried to say something friendly to the student. Seconds later, the student turned to a classmate who was annoying her and said — in a tone of absolute seriousness — “If you don’t stop that, I am going to take an axe and cut your head off. Then I am going to cut up your body and hang it from the ceiling in a sack,” to which I replied: “Not in here on my carpet, you’re not.” It was like an episode of The Addams Family….

3. Watched a group of students in seventh hour teach an in-depth lesson on literal equations. Best moment: One of my irrepressible freshmen started the hour laughing and enjoying the opportunity to boss her friends around. She informed me that she was enjoying herself so much that becoming a teacher was her “new dream.” Thirty minutes later, she apologized for all the times she’d disrupted class and told me she would never want to do my job, because it was awful. I asked her what had happened to her new dream. “It’s shattered, Ms. Priddy,” she replied.

4. Got all my progress reports done and turned in three days early.

5. Had Spaghetti-O’s on toast for dinner. (Don’t judge me. This is better than it sounds, and just about perfect on a Friday afternoon.)

6. Placed one geocache on Route 66 and scouted an appropriate location for a second.

Hope your Friday was as good as mine.

Emily

Odds and ends

Plans for this weekend:

1. Have breakfast at the Blue Dome Diner.
2. Go geocaching.
3. Grade papers.
4. Plan lessons.
5. Have good coffee somewhere.
6. Do something extremely creative involving watercolors, T-shirts, recycled materials, or some combination of the above.
7. Hunt down appropriate-size mirror for Brews and Bytes bathroom.
8. Attend Oklahoma Route 66 Association meeting in Chandler.
9. Do preliminary work on Tulsa Route 66 geocaching project.
10. Stock up on cache-creation materials.

Brief movie review: We saw The Artist tonight. Strange but charming. It’s basically what you’d get if Wishbone channeled Lassie and helped Batman’s butler do an intervention on a male Norma Desmond. Particularly heartbreaking for an old print journalist who didn’t have the will to survive the transition to digital.

It is now 22 days until Cubs pitchers and catchers report to Mesa, 36 days until I report to the bleachers at Reed Park, 76 days until Noise Nation reports to Coca-Cola Park, and 81 days until I report to the berm at OneOK Field.

Emily

Awesome Saturday

I stayed up until 4:30 a.m. working on a project for school, then woke up at 8 o’clock this morning and spent all day geocaching on Route 66. Found 11 caches, placed one (officially my first, and I couldn’t be happier about the location), had breakfast at Clanton’s Cafe in Vinita, traipsed all over Picher, added another state to my souvenir list (I have now found caches in six of the eight Route 66 states), found my first cache with a five-star difficulty rating, ate lunch at Eisler Bros., and still had energy left to get groceries, mix up a batch of veggie dip, cook tomorrow’s lunch, start marinating the steak for the carne asada tacos I’m making for dinner Monday, and write an Indie Tulsa entry.

Hope your day was as fun and productive as mine.

Emily

Wrapping up a long weekend

Because I was a very good girl and took care of most of my responsibilities yesterday, I had today free to do whatever I wanted … so I woke up early, spent a couple of hours brainstorming ideas for my classroom and sketching stuff I wanted to make, and then took a shower and headed out to take advantage of the absolutely perfect weather.

We haven’t really had winter yet. I’m expecting it at any moment, but I’m enjoying the warmth and sunshine while they last. The temperature today was in the 70s, so I put on sturdy clothes, grabbed my iPad and my GPS, and went out to play. I started my morning by finding my 66th cache (not on Route 66, although I wound up there before the day was out) and ended the afternoon with my 77th — an FTF (first-to-find) I snagged in a cemetery on Route 66 right at dusk.

I wouldn’t normally follow the coordinates into a cemetery that close to dark, because most cemeteries have rules against visitors after sunset, and I don’t want to give the authorities any reason to order someone to remove a cache, but I was less than 100 yards from the cemetery entrance and had about five minutes of rapidly fading daylight left when I realized there was a new listing nearby. Luckily, the hint made it a fairly quick park-and-grab, so I was back in the car and on my way out the front entrance as darkness fell over the Mother Road.

Emily

Productivity

I accomplished all of the following on Sunday:

1. Sketched a rough blueprint for the herb garden I plan to put in the front yard this spring.
2. Went to lunch at the Rock Cafe. Came in to find them slammed, so I wound up busing a couple of tables, getting our drinks, and bringing an extra fork to a customer who mistook me for a waitress. Love those only-on-66 moments. 🙂
3. Downloaded the geocaching app from Groundspeak and used it to find two caches while we were in Stroud.
4. Took Song and Riggy to the dog park. We had gorgeous weather this weekend, so they made lots of new friends.
5. Cleaned the bathroom.
6. Laid out the paper.
7. Made a valance out of burlap to go above that Roman shade I installed the other day at Brews & Bytes.
8. Blogged.
9. Fixed myself a pan of alphabet soup.
10. Graded math papers.
11. Recorded grades.
12. Planned lessons for next week.
13. Scanned and sorted Trip Guide ads.
14. Posted a review of a new record store on Indie Tulsa.
15. Scheduled three weeks’ worth of tweets and Facebook posts for church.

The goal — which I met — was to clear my schedule enough to be able to spend today geocaching. This unseasonably gorgeous weather can’t last forever, and I want to take advantage of it as much as I can.

Emily

New project

I need another project like I need a hole in my head, but Blake Ewing, who is basically Tulsa’s answer to Joe Edwards, is pushing to revitalize the Route 66 corridor through Tulsa and help businesses capitalize on their Mother Road connection. He’s trying to find ways to get Route 66 travelers to come through town on the old road instead of bypassing Tulsa on I-44.

It’s a small contribution, but I’m planning to use one of my hobbies — geocaching — to support that effort. There are plenty of caches in Tulsa, but very few along the Route 66 corridor. Ron and I scouted several good possibilities this afternoon, but I’d really like to get the businesses along 66 into the spirit of the thing.

With that in mind, I am officially requesting assistance with this project: If you own a business on Route 66 in Tulsa, and you would be willing to host a geocache on your property, please post a comment and let me know how to reach you.

For those unfamiliar with geocaching, it’s basically a sort of treasure-hunting game in which participants use GPS devices to locate hidden “caches,” which are waterproof containers that are placed outdoors, camouflaged to match their surroundings, and contain a log for finders to sign. Larger caches also include small souvenirs, toys, or trinkets for trading.

The advantage of hosting a cache, of course, is that it brings additional traffic onto your property, which is why I’d like to place as many as possible outside businesses along Route 66 here in Tulsa.

If you’re interested, all you need to do is comment on this post, telling me the name and address of your business and the best way to reach you, and I’ll do the rest. (To reduce the risk of your cache being found and vandalized by “muggles,” or non-geocachers, your comment will not appear on this post; instead, I will contact you privately to arrange for placement of your cache.)

If a Route 66 business owner outside of the Tulsa area would like help placing a cache, I can do that, too, but someone who lives in your area will have to be responsible for registering and maintaining it.

Emily

FTF!

Thanks to my little sister, I have a new hobby this week: geocaching. In the past three days, I have hunted for 13 geocaches and found nine, which I think is a fairly decent batting average.

In case you aren’t familiar with it, geocaching is a game in which you use a GPS device to hunt for hidden “treasure.” The treasure consists of a (hopefully) watertight container in which you will find, at a minimum, a piece of paper for logging your visit. More elaborate caches contain a logbook, a pen or pencil, and a collection of small objects for trading purposes.

Cache locations are posted online at Geocaching.com, where you can search by ZIP code to find caches in your area, along with GPS coordinates and clues to help you find them.

When someone posts a new cache on the site, it’s considered kind of a big deal if you are the first to find it. I figured it would take a long time for me to score an “FTF,” but someone posted a new cache in my area the other day, so after calculus this afternoon, I fought my way through trees and brambles and spiderwebs and barbed wire and copious amounts of poison ivy to find it.

Being new to geocaching, I’m not entirely sure what to expect from each terrain rating, but I figured something rated four out of five stars for difficulty would take a little effort. As it turns out, I could have approached the cache location from the opposite direction and had a much easier time getting to it (I think my route took me through some five-star terrain), but that’s OK. The woods were pretty, I was well-equipped with sturdy boots and a cap, and my efforts were rewarded with an FTF and a cute little green plastic dinosaur — not to mention a chance to burn off about 400 calories without really thinking about it — so I really can’t complain.

Hope you had fun today, wherever you were.

Emily