Who are we? We are two wacky artists from either side of the country who have discovered that we are kindred spirits- in fact, elf sisters. We both like to be outdoors and exploring, so we've created the blog to share our adventures!
Note: Here be spoilers. Well, sometimes, but you may find photos or info about the location or description of a cache. You've been warned!

Geocaching at the shore!

Blog post by Meri Greenleaf
Saturday, June 22, 2013 | | 2 Comments »

My husband and I went on vacation to Wildwood/Cape May, NJ this past week. Technically this was our honeymoon since we didn't get one after we were married eight months ago. We had a great time! While we were there we did some geocaching and found five caches.

We brought the kobold plushie that I made for Josh a while ago along with us on vacation, so Whiffy went on adventures with us. I'll post some pictures here that we took while caching.

First we heading to the Cape May Lighthouse where there were three caches nearby. (Josh and I had been inside the lighthouse before, but didn't have a chance to do that this year.)

No, Whiffy, don't try to eat the lighthouse!

First we headed to the Hawk Watch where there was the first nearby cache:

Once we found it, Whiffy had to check it out:

And Josh drew our signature goblin in the logbook:

(Although I guess he should have drawn Whiffy instead!)

After that we headed down to the beach:

Then we went to find the cache located near the WWII bunker. I'd seen this from a distance many times (usually from up on top of the lighthouse) but this was the first time I ever walked up to it. (Here are a few websites of info, albeit with pictures from before more sand was added to the beach: here, here and here.)

While we were wandering the beach, we kept seeing lots and lots of bunnies!

While walking the Cape May park nature trail we also saw an otter swimming around in the pond, but unfortunately couldn't snap a picture of it. The trail was really nice, though! Very secluded and woodsy- I'd also never had a chance to visit this before, either. (Next year definitely spending more time here!) It was getting dark so we only got two pictures here:

(The lighthouse is in the background.)

We ran out of light that day, so the following evening we went to look for another cache nearby near Sunset Beach. See? Very pretty at sunset!

After we watched the sun set, we headed to the nearby WWII tower to find the cache there:

Speaking of things to do next year, I'd love to explore this more. As it was, we got chased away by evening mosquitoes before we could look around for more than the cache.

We also looked for a cache called "What is this?" that night, but it was too dark, so we couldn't find it and I couldn't get pictures. We went back the next day, but I still forgot to get pictures. There are some that other people took on the cache page, though.

The only downside of caching is that somewhere between the tower and the "What is This" cache, I lost one of the rings I was wearing. :( We backtracked, but couldn't find it.

Hoping next year to find more caches at the shore but it was fun even finding these five. :D These pictures weren't related to geocaching, but how could I not include ones taken in Wildwood?

Lots of hiking, geocaching, and tiny churches

Blog post by Meri Greenleaf
Friday, May 10, 2013 | | 0 Comments »

Today was another gorgeous spring day spent geocaching with my dad! My injured foot has finally gotten to the point where I can hike on it again, so today's caching took us through some trails in the woods- my favorite kind of geocaching. :)

Once again we found some pretty unique caches. Despite being in a location where you'd think this would be an easy cache, the hint was "Not a bison tube in a pine tree". Nope, it was a golf ball under the pine tree. ;)

I wish I'd gotten a picture of this one where it was: up on top of a tree branch. You tugged the piece of wood under it in this photo and it pulled the fishing line, releasing the actual cache from the tree. I'm short, so I needed my dad's help in grabbing this one, though. (That happens a lot- caches aren't always placed for short people.)

I absolutely loved this cache. The hint was "This one is for the birds!" so my dad and I both spotted this one at the same time:

This one was the black letters on the white background (turned out to be a magnet).

And this one was the last part of a pirate-themed multi. This was definitely my favorite of the day! The logbook was a map.

We also came across some neat architecture. This was what was left of a manor:

And this is the tiniest church I've ever seen. (The sweet story behind it can be found here.)

It also had a guard dog:

Along the way I made friends with a frog (toad?) and an inchworm. Here are both saying "hi":

And here are some pictures I took throughout the day.

(I love the "Please keep off tree limbs" sign. I know why it was there, though- I wanted to climb on those old, huge tree limbs!)
I'm trying to learn how to use my husband's camera, so I'm hoping to get better at photography as I go. Everything was so green and pretty that I wish I could share that!