ANOTHER IMPOSTER

Finnackles here.  Getting tired of reporting how Momma is spending her work day with our four-legged creatures.  BUT, she says she cannot resist!

One night last week, her work place held a band concert and it was rain or shine.  Well, it rained, so it was standing room only for the concert!

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Guess what happened?  Someone brought in this cutie and held her the entire time!  The entire time!!

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WHY CAN’T I COME TO WORK WITH YOU MORE OFTEN MOMMA?!?!

What Happened When We Put More Sand On Our Patio To Prevent Weeds From Popping Up

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You don’t see where this is going???

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He’s so friggin cute.

Just Your Average Evening Walk…

So my community entrance got a facelift this spring and now when we got for walks, this happens…

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We cross the road into the median so she can take a dip in the waterfall.

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Good thing she’s so darned cute.

Da Beach!

Hewwwow!  Finnackles here.  These two silly gooses

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had off for some reason today and decided to take us to the beach!

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I was told that I looked like a very happy dog!  Yes in deed I do!

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Charley got super adventurous and dipped his paws in!  Way to go Chuck!!

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We walked on some trails.

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I splashed around.

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It sure is pretty.  Whatcha got planned next for us??

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Finn Says, “It’s GeoDog Day!!”

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Hewwwow!! Finnackles here, telling you about the cache I helped Momma find. Check it out GC2N6BV – The Way a Sandwich Should Be (1996-2000). Momma had me out and said she needed my sniffer to find this one. It was actually hidden with a magnet under this random sign in a strip mall.

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We looked to the right to make sure there weren’t any muggles around when we grabbed it.

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We looked to the left to make sure there weren’t any muggles around when we grabbed it.

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Anyone see what’s behind me? A Subway shop. And their slogan was “The Way a Sandwich Should Be” from 1996-2000 (apparently!  We looked it up when we got home). The sign where the cache was hidden was directly across from the shop in the parking lot.

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There’s the cache! Our log was rolled up inside there. We signed it and put it back so the next person could find it. Geodog Finn here, hoping you all had a great time looking for your caches!

Over and out!

PS – Make sure to hook up with the linky link over at Gizmo’s if you’re joining us on your geocache adventure today!  And….last but not least…I would like to thank my outdoor partner in crime today for hosting this event!  You rock Gizmo!

WW – Momma’s Shadow

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GeoDog – Park and Grab Example

Reminder – Post your experiences on finding a geocache on August 16th. Linky link. Prizes. All good fun.  And in between now and then I am going to show you some examples of geocache hunts and finds I’ve had recently, so you know what you are looking for.

I want to show you an example of a Park & Grab we found.  We were on our way home and I decided we were going to find a cache together.  There was one pretty close by #GC33DPA – The WB.  Remember on the app, you are the blue dot heading towards the green map pin.

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A park & grab is generally a quick find near a place where you can closely park and walk to the cache. The description told me it was magnetic and the hint told me it blended in well.

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My map brought me over to this lightpost area and I looked all around the base, at the screws bolting it down.  There was this panel which looks like it was screwed into the pole, but…

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Psych! It is held onto the pole with magnets and the paper inside is the log that I had to sign.  I was also told in the description to BYOP – Bring your own pen – since there was no room to hide a pen or pencil in this cache.

Now, you don’t think I did that all alone, did you?

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Complete family effort!! Geodogs and Geohubs in tow. It was well over 90 degrees that day, so I didn’t make them get out of the AC.  And no, we didn’t drive with them crawling all over like that.  Rock on Geodogs!

GeoDog Day!

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Hewwwow!  Finnackles, your Director of Parks and Recreation here, along with my buddy Gizmo, the Outdoor Woodsman Guide!  Today we are going to tell you about Geodog Day!  Oh yes, you read right.  If all of our talk of geocaches didn’t give you a big enough hint that this was coming, then I dunno what to tell ya!  Geodog Day is officially August 16th!  You have two weeks to go out and find (or give a really good effort to find) a geocache.  And, you know we are flexible…if you aren’t a dog, you can send your peeps out to find one for you. And in between now and then I am going to show you some examples of ones we have found, ok, so don’t fret.

This is a long post, so grab your comfy pillow before you hunker down…

I am going to explain how to find a geocache using the app for your Iphone.  I would imagine the Android app is very similar.  Wanna see how it’s done using your computer and a hand-held GPS?  Then head on over to Gizmo’s Blog.  His post today is for folks who don’t have a smart phone.

Ok, first thing is first dogs.  Get your peeps to turn on the phone.  Hey, just because it is a smart phone DOES NOT MEAN OUR PEEPS ARE SMART.  Let’s admit it.  Go to the Apps page and search for “geocaching.”  There is a free app and there is a $10 app.  I will walk you through the free app.  If you download the $10 app and have a problem using it, let me know and I will email you with some help.

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Ok, download the free app.  Go get a biscuit.  When you open it up, it will look like this:

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You click your way through the introduction and click on the area where it will find you three nearby caches. It will look like this:

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You can click on each one, read each description, each hint, see where each one is on a map.  You select one and click on Navigate Me and it will pop up a map showing where you are (the blue dot) to where it is (the green dot).  You can follow a map  or turn your app into a compass and follow along as you get closer.

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Now, what are you looking for?  This is the tricky part – you are looking for anything really that can hide a log (a piece of paper which you will sign).  There may also be a takeaway items, but you have to leave something in order to take something.  So, leave a penny, take a rubber bracelet, for example.  The caches can be nano, or they can be larger tupperware bins.  Caches can be magnetic on the side of a lightpost or they can be hidden under logs or in the base of a hollowed out tree.  The point is to go somewhere new and check it all out.  When you find the cache, you sign the log and hide it back in the same spot you found it so the next person can find it.  Then you click on your app that you’ve found it!  (With the free app, you have to go back to the website and log your find under your username manually in order fot it to take).

That was a lot.  Go get a drink of water.

Now head on over to the geocaching website and create a free account and start playing.  I always check out the website before I head out to find a cache.  Some folks post hints and pictures, and it gives me a better idea of what I am looking for, cause I am still a newbie at this too!  And when you download the app, I just suggest that you click around.  It’s very intuitive and easy to follow.

Here I go with finding a cache.

This is me finding the Cache called “Riverhead View.” (#GC1HAY4).  The location is the Peconic Riverwalk, a place I visited in the rain for Park Day 2.0!  Very pretty!  We went for a walk there one summer day with our pups and decided to see if there was a cache around.  Click on the link for the description of the cache – you see at the top it tells me the cache is a small size and the terrain isn’t difficult and overall, the cache is fairly easy to find.

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The hint told us to bring our lunch, so I knew I was approaching the location when I saw two picnic tables.  I searched one table, but had to wait to folks to move from the other table before we could search.  We hung out down the walkway.  The idea is not to be seen by muggles, which are non-geocachers.

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The hint also said to reach under, so that I did.  There was a small, black box with magnets affixed underneath the table to a pole which holds the table legs to the cement.  We signed the log and went on our merry way.

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So, that’s it! I know this was a long post, but it is really really easy. So, you have two weeks geodogs to download the app, or follow along with Gizmo’s instructions today, and find a cache. Or give a good effort to try to find one!  I will be showing you some examples of what to look for, and how to play again, for the next few posts.  On Friday, August 16th, we will have a linky link up and join in on that. And of course, we have prizes. We will randomly draw for some prizes from your pawesome hosts!

So….get hunting!  You can befriend us on the geocaching website; our profile is hobbes706 and Gizmo’s @GizmoGeodog AND Gizmo’s Momma is JerseyGirl & Bruno.  And take the badge at the top of the page if you are going to play!

We Got Mail!

Pawesome, just pawesome.  When Momma went to the mailbox on Saturday, there was a package in it for US!  YAYAY.  It was from Lassie and Benji!  They had a giveaway as part of July’s games to support Benny and we were their Ace match up for the prize.  I love the note!

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First was the bracelet for Momma!

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Then was a sign for our door – it looks like ME on the sign!

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And then a chicken stuffie which we went crazy for!!  See what I mean?

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Thank you Lassie, Benji and their Momma!! We loved our package!

Wind Sprints with Charley

Wordy Wednesday!
If you signed up for the Christmas in July, you should have received an email by now with your swap partner. Today, Sprinkles will have all the partners listed on her blog. Stop on over and see who is participating this year!

And, I am sorry about the problem with this post! When I created it on Saturday, I accidentally set it to post on 7/4 instead of 7/24. So those of you who get email notifications saw that I had a new post. But then I set it to a future date and you couldn’t see it. Here it is! Hope it was well worth the wait!

Well, I have had enough.  Enough of summer, enough of the heat, enough of being lazy.  Finn is not a fan of the heat but Charley doesn’t seem to mind as much.  So after reading this post last week at To Dog with Love, I decided Charley and I were doing wind sprints.

Our development ends near our backyard, so I decided we were going to use three points to run towards and then head back to our starting point.

1.  The basketball hoop

2.  The bend in the road

3.  Go around the bend in the road to the left of #2 back around to #3, back to start.

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I was prepared with the Get Off Your Butt, Work Out With Your Mutt shirt from Slim Doggy.  That’s right.  Finn and Charley got it for me for my birthday.  Little did they know it meant they would be getting of their butts too.  Muh huh huh *evil laugh*

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Ok, here we go…

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I could probably add this on to our early morning walks from time to time.  I know Charley got a little warm because on our way around the loop, he just caught across the grass back to our house.  I really had no problem with that, it was super hot!

I also want to give a shout out to Jack Joseph’s Mom.  She’s been doing a monthly fitness challenge and her posts motivated me to do this too.  She doesn’t know it, but one day when there was just me in the office, I did ten burpees in the conference room.  It was awesome!

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