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Geocaching and Waymarking

I had a bit of a lazy day today, but not really. This afternoon, I spent some time Geocaching and Waymarking. Having received an e-mail hint from a new geocaching friend, I found the elusive ELM-MLK cache. It was nice to check that one off my list, as it had been haunting me for a while. The second cache I hunted today was Aggie Pride, which was an easy park-and-grab. Feeling good about those two finds, I headed off to re-hunt Speak: The Furry Moist Avenger, but was unable to attempt the hunt because a muggle was taking a nap near the cache location! I had a hint for this one and poked around a little bit, but I feared that if I poked too much, I'd wake the sleeping muggle, and I really didn't want to have to explain geocaching to someone just waking up from a nap.

Another thing that I did while I was out this afternoon was start finding some waymarks. This is pretty neat: it's like geocaching, except that there is no cache to find -- the location is the goal. I ended up discovering a total of six North Carolina Highway Historical Markers, which is one of the categories of waymarks. None of the markers I saw had been cataloged, so I created waymarks for them: J-96: Cone Brothers, J-22: Confederate Cabinet, J-21 Jefferson Davis, J-102: North Carolina Railroad, J-79: Sit-Ins, and J-64: T. Gilbert Pearson. It was pretty cool to find those markers and to go on the waymarking site and create entries for them. My entries were very basic -- I basically just put in the information that was on the marker itself. The approver wrote me an email telling me that, whenever possible, it's a good idea to include more detailed information about the event that is being commemorated by the marker. I agree, and will spend some time over the next few days doing some research on the topics mentioned in the markers I found so that I can beef up the descriptions on the waymarking site some more.

All in all, it was a good day to have fun with my GPSr. When it was all said and done, I came home and created a few new photo albums. I created an album called Fun with GPS, which currently has 2 sub-albums: Geocaching and Waymarking. As I do more fun things related to geocaching and waymarking, I'll try to keep these albums up to date with photographs of my adventures.

All told, it was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.


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Apr. 17th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
Was there much to talk about on April 12-13, 1865?

JD: Ok, budget report?

Cabinet member: We have no budget.

JD: Ok, scratch that, then. How's General Lee?

Cabinet member: No doubt on his way to Leavenworth, Kansas.

JD: To take the prison??!?

Cabinet member: Uhm. Yes, you could say that.

JD [with a sigh]: How's the weather in Atlanta?

Cabinet member: There is no Atlanta.

JD: Uhm. Right. Ok. Anyone for New Orleans?

Cabinet member: Well, it's there...for now. But rumor has it that a Texan's ineptitude will fix that within 140 years.

JD: Texan? [incredulous glare] Never mind. How's the cotton crop looking?

Cabinet member: The Brits like it enough, but did you see all the Gore-Tex in the latest L. L. Bean catalog?

JD [annoyed]: No. Land's End is based out of Maine. What about the slavery industry?

Cabinet member: Perhaps you didn't read the news. Lincoln freed them all two years ago, remember?

JD: [slaps forehead] Ok, anyone to make a motion to adjourn the meeting?

Cabinet member [reacting to sounds of cannon fire in the distance]: Perhaps "meeting evacuated" would be a more appropriate phrase.

JD: Right then. Meeting evacuated. [slams down gavel] RUN!
Apr. 17th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
My guess is that they talked about the events described on a nearby marker:
Near this spot on April 13, 1865, President Jefferson Davis, members of the Confederate Cabinet, and Generals Joseph E. Johnston and P. G. T. Beauregard met to discuss the Confederate military situation as a result of Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomatox. With the reluctant consent of President Davis, a letter was sent to General William T. Sherman requesting a cease-fire to allow civil authorities to negotiate a peace. As a result of this initiative, on April 26, 1865, Johnston surrendered the army of Tennessee, which led to the end of the war.
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