Saturday, March 4, 2017

What did the President know, and when did he know it??

Saturday morning Trump tweeted that Obama had his 'wires tapped'.  Obama, of course, did not tap Donald's phones but someone else may have.  The FBI??

What did Obama know and when did he know it??

Just how many top administration officials had just how many undisclosed meetings with Russian officials?  The list grows daily.

What does Trump know, and when did he know it?

All the President's Men

President Donald Trump defended Attorney General Jeff Sessions as an "honest man" who misspoke about his contacts with Russian officials during confirmation hearings, in a statement released late Thursday night by the White House.
What was the "honest man" covering up?  Did no one learn the lessons of Watergate?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

All the President's Men

Watch the DVD "All the President's Men" with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman.  Also read the book "All the President's Men" by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.   It wasn't the crimes that brought down Richard Nixon - it was the cover-up.

deja vu

Richard Nixon used warm words of praise for Haldeman and Ehrlichman in announcing their departures.

The President spoke of Haldeman and Ehrlichman as "two of my closest friends and most trusted assistants in the White House."

Donald Trump called Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn a "wonderful man" after Trump announced his departure.  "I think it's really sad thing that he was treated so badly." 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Cache Dash Splash II, Long Beach, WA

September 16th - I shopped at Safeway at 7:30am for some bottles of Sparkling Ice, NBC Cracker Wheat Thins, and Tillamook String Cheese for my son, Christopher, to take on the trip.  Christopher and I left about 8:00am for the Long Beach Peninsula.  I cut across St. Johns and the St. Johns Bridge to Hwy 30.  Mist shrouded the hills.  I stopped in Clatskanie to find a large geocache.  I drove across the four-mile-long Astoria-Megler Bridge from Astoria, Oregon to Point Elice near Megler, Washington. 

We found the WSHS 125 Cache at Chinook School.  We found a library cache in Ilwaco and then checked in at the Chautauqua Lodge in Long Beach.  I was able to get a suite on the 3rd floor.  Clean and reasonably priced (used the password).  Christopher had a bedroom and bathroom.  I had a bathroom, kitchen, dining area, living room and bedroom combination with a view of the Pacific Ocean.  We had lunch at the nearby Lightship Restaurant.   We solved the multi and mystery caches in preparation for the next day and found a few more caches.  We attended the Pirate's Pizza Event in the evening.  It was a warm September day but by evening I knew the weather was changing - and not for the better.  I saw the Harvest Moon from the room balcony.
September 17th - It was a very blustery morning.  We stopped at McDonalds in Long Beach for breakfast.   We found 33 of the 40 CDS caches.  tumbleweed2 cached half the day with Corvette Kent, Cache Finder 6000 and Sheppard4, then hopped in the back seat of my car for the afternoon/evening caching with Christopher and I.  I stopped at the Chinook Country Store at 6:15pm for sandwiches which we ate at a picnic table at Fort Columbia State Park.  We got back to the Event at the Chautauqua Lodge in Long Beach very late but just in time to get a couple pieces of the delicious chocolate cake. 
September 18th - I ate the other half of my sandwich for breakfast.  I stopped at McDonalds for Christopher's breakfast at 8:00am.  We found the seven remaining geocaches for the CDS Event.  We headed east on Hwy 4.  We stopped in Grays River at Duffy's Irish Pub for lunch.  Fascinating place.  I had a great time this weekend however Christopher did not enjoy the trip.  I like traveling alone as I only got to please myself. 

"But it's all right now, i learned my lesson well.
You see, ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself"  - Ricky Nelson's "Garden Party"

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

WA State - The Loop August 19 - 26, 2016

Friday, August 19 - My son, Christopher, and I left Vancouver early Friday morning, heading north to Snoqualmie.  We stopped at 10:30 for breakfast/early lunch in Kelso.  The temperature gradually rose to 100 degrees!  The sun cooked my WaStatePks100 pass. 
Our goal for this trip is to finish finding 50+ of the WaStatePks100 caches/stamps as well as pick up a couple more WSHS 125 caches.  And to find at least one cache on DeLorme page 48 and any other pages we can pick up.
The Millersylvania WA State Park gift store keepers were short of quarters so I gave them eight quarters in exchange for two dollar bills.  I got a green WaStateParks backing and borrowed their stapler to straighten out my WA State Parks pass.  I brought along Markus Zusak's "The Book Thief" which I read during the trip.
We stopped for a light meal at Taco Bell in Tacoma at 4:30pm.  The traffic was so bad that we ended up heading cross country on Hwy 18.  As we traveled up the mountains on I-90 the temperature dropped dramatically from 95 to 72 degrees in less than a half hour.  We stopped at Olallie Washington State Park.  There was a brown bear warning posted on the signboard.  We spent way too much time trying to find the cache that I was not sure we could even open if we did find it.  Christopher figured out where the cache was located but was in too much pain to try.  I was wearing beige slacks which I would have stained climbing over logs to get to the cache. 

We got a room for the night at the Summit Inn at Snoqualmie Pass.  A very large fan sitting in the window was the air conditioning.  We walked over to Bobs Summit Chevron for snacks at 9:00.  We found two WSHS 125 caches.  Christopher found two WaStatePks100 caches.  We did not find the Olallie WaStatePks100 cache.  
Saturday, August 20 - Christopher and I attended "At the Summit-Breakfast Gathering" Event at our hotel.  Afterwards we drove to the Parking area for the 2016 Going Ape Mega Event.  Christopher hiked the Snoqualmie Tunnel. 
The Snoqualmie Tunnel is an abandoned railroad tunnel.  It is 2.3 miles long.  The tunnel now serves as part of a rail trail in Iron Horse State Park.  The trail is called the Iron Horse Trail.  It was closed in 2009 and reopened in mid-July 2011 after renovations to the walls, ceiling, and path were completed.  The tunnel was constructed from 1912-1914 by the Chicago, Milwaukie, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, also known as the Milwaukee Road, as part of its line from Seattle to Chicago.  In 1980 the Milwaukie Road abandoned its western lines.  Later, Washington state acquired the right-of-way for recreational use.  Today the tunnel is part of the Iron Horse State Park rails-to-trails project.  In early July 2011 the tunnel re-opened after 11 months of renovations that added a four-inch layer of concrete to the walls and ceiling, a reinforced structure, and a new and improved walking surface of crushed rock.

Christopher spent the whole day walking through the 2.3 miles long tunnel. It took him four hours to get to the other side of the tunnel, and another four hours to get back.  I walked over to the Event for awhile (I was the First to Sign the Event Log), watched cachers trying to open Mr. Gadget #2 caches (bird houses, puzzle boxes, etc.) and then sat in the shade with Mrs. Gadget #2, a volunteer stationed near the Iron Horse Trail leading to the tunnel.  Christopher came out of Snoqualmie Tunnel about 6:00pm.  We joined two cachers to look for the nearby Hyak cache.  It was located in a terrible location near a drainage ditch. The WaStatePks100 stamp was missing.  Deeply disappointing.
We had dinner at Pourhouse Bar & Grill in North Bend at 8:00.  We stayed the night at Sunset Motel in North Bend.  When I called the motel I was told there were No Vacancies.  I drove a couple blocks back to the motel.  Imagine my surprise to see a lit Vacancy sign.  I did not tell the man that he had just lied to me.  We had two separate bedrooms but Christopher had the attached bathroom. 
Sunday, August 21 - We had breakfast at the Twede's Cafe (Double R Diner) "Twin Peaks"  in the heart of downtown North Bend.  Fans of 1990-91 quirky TV sensation "Twin Peaks" still visit the show's "Double R Diner" for its cherry pie and damn fine cup of coffee. I had Cherry Pie with vanilla ice cream - no coffee.  Christopher had breakfast.  Visitors can buy a map at Twede's Café to the shooting locations, almost all of which are within a 10-minute drive of café, and easily recognizable.  I drove around to the shooting locations in North Bend and Snoqualmie many years ago.  The Packard Mill is gone unfortunately.  "Twin Peaks" has returned to television 25 years later and will be filming its third season. 
We traveled north.  I realized just north of Snoqualmie that Christopher did not have his walking stick in the back seat.  We traveled back to the Sunset Motel where I found it leaning against the front door frame of the motel room where housekeeping had put it. 
We traveled north and then east on Hwy 2.  We found two caches for DeLorme page 48 on an old, narrow road.  A tree had fallen across the road in the past putting huge dents in both guard rails at the cache site. While we were stopped for another cache a truck pulling a long RV trailer passed my car heading up the narrow winding twisty road.  What were they thinking?  Continuing on we saw them turning around using a narrow side road. 
Christopher's worst WaStatePks100 cache hike was WaStatePks100: Forks of the Sky - Index Town Wall.   Christopher actually had to wait for long, fast train, before he could continue down the trail. Given his bum knee and arthritis, this was a rough trail for him, especially the last 100 feet, starting with a large pile of rocks that he had to climb over. Seeing the close tunnel entrance was interesting, though.
We got some cookies at the Rest Stop at Nason Creek (MP 81) 18 miles west of Leavenworth.  The women were raising money for the Cashmere Museum.  We met one of the women again the next day when we stopped at the Cashmere Museum to use the rest room and purchase a couple Aplets & Cotlets bars.  We had artisan pizza for dinner at Idlewild Pizza in Leavenworth.  We stayed the night at Obertal Inn - my favorite place to stay in Leavenworth.  We found three caches - one was the delightful Meadowbrook Little Free Library in Snoqualmie and two caches for DeLorme page 48 on an old, narrow highway alongside Hwy 2.  Christopher found two WaStatePks100 caches.
Monday, August 22 - We had incredible breakfast at the Obertal Inn.  I walked over to the town plaza where I captured my photo with my iPhone for the Webcam cache.  I took Christopher's photo about 9:30am for the Webcam.  We traveled east on Hwy 2.   We stopped at the Cashmere Museum to use the rest room and purchase a couple Aplets & Cotlets bars.  We continued traveling east on Hwy 2 and then north along the west side of Lake Chelan on Hwy 97A.  We stopped at the Shell Station in Entiat for snacks and drinks at 1:00.  Lake Chelan is quite beautiful.  Smooth waters until we got to the white caps at the north end.  We were able to pick up DeLorme page 35. 
We cut across to the east side of the lake and traveled south on Hwy 97.  We had dinner at Hot Rod Cafe in Wenatchee at 7:15.  We stayed the night at Comfort Inn in Ellensburg.  Besides the Webcam cache, Christopher found three WaStatePks100 caches and a WSHS 125 cache.  I found the Webcam cache, an EarthCache, and the WSHS 125 cache. 
Tuesday, August 23 - Following breakfast at the Comfort Inn in Ellensburg we traveled west on I-90.  We stopped in Roslyn to photograph the "Northern Exposure" mural.  If I had done some research on the Internet we could have taken a tour of the shooting locations.  Roslyn is where the exteriors were filmed for the quirky 1990s TV series "Northern Exposure", set in fictional Cicely, Alaska. The concurrent use of nearby towns North Bend and Snoqualmie by the even-more-quirky series "Twin Peaks" created a brief Golden Age of television weirdness for towns in Washington State. Roslyn still offers a few places that Northern Exposure fans would recognize, such as the Roslyn's Cafe camel mural, Ruth-Anne's store, the KBHR radio station, and the weather-beaten vistas of Main Street from the show's opening credits. The best visual reminder of the show, the Roslyn's Cafe camel mural, is on the corner of Pennsylvania Ave. and 2nd St.  Hardcore fans will notice that the cafe mural has been restored to its original "Roslyn Cafe" after its modification, left for a time during the series' run to make it "Roslyn's Cafe."  
I found out after I returned home that you can visit the Roslyn Museum for a copy of the flyer including a map showing the location of many familiar shooting sites in Roslyn. You can also view the Ausburg clock created by the crew for one of the episodes and later donated to the museum. 
We ate a late lunch at Taco Time in North Bend.  We stayed the night at Comfort Inn in Marysville.  Christopher found four WaStatePks100 caches.  Bridle Trails was his second least favorite WaStatePks100 cache which he did mostly in the dark.
Wednesday, August 24 - After breakfast at the Comfort Inn in Marysville, we got gas in the car and purchased snacks and bottled water at Fred Meyer.  We traveled north to Bay View.  We took the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes to San Juan Island to find the WaStatePks100: Lime Kiln Point cache.  That was the most expensive WaStatePks100 cache at $70.35 for the ferry, $8.25 for Ferry Food, and $8.00 for hard ice cream in Friday Harbor.  It was frustrating to spend so little time on San Juan Island.  Christopher found two WaStatePks100 caches.  He was able to get DeLorme page 14.  We stayed the night at the Anacortes Inn.
Thursday, August 25 - I got up early so I had the Anacortes Inn continental breakfast on the front deck off the motel office.  Christopher got his breakfast later which he also ate on the front deck.  We stopped for snacks at Liberty Market in Oak Harbor at noon.  I photographed the Admiralty Head Lighthouse.  I called 511 and made reservations for the 9:10 ferry.  We were not able to get on the 7:30 ferry.  We had dinner at Keystone Cafe while waiting for the ferry.  Since I made reservations for the 9:10 ferry we were not stranded on Whidbey Island.  We stayed the night in the Tides Inn in Port Townsend in Room #20.  Richard Gere slept at the Tides Inn in nearby Room #10 during the filming of "Officer and a Gentlemen".  I sat on the wraparound deck for awhile in the evening.  Christopher found four WaStatePks100 caches.
Friday, August 26 (Heading home!) - After breakfast, I sat on the wraparound deck of Room #20 watching the long boats, the Washington State Ferry, and the small fishing boats.  I found the cache outside Room #10 where Richard Gere stayed during the film of an "Officer and a Gentleman".  Christopher had a late breakfast.  We headed south along the west side of Puget Sound.  We had lunch at Gear Head Deli.  Fort Flager was a very long drive from Port Townsend but well worth it.  Triton Cove was a quick find.  Christopher found four WaStatePks100 caches.  We arrived home about 9:00pm. 
We found three Benchmarks during the trip: Yelm Water Tower (SC1547), Benchmark at Ferry Terminal (TR0363, and Marrowstone Light House Chimney at Fort Flager (TR1567).   We saw a smokestack at Monroe but evidently was not a Benchmark. I discovered one trackable "Mumford the Mummy" (CBRENP) at the 2016 Going Ape Event.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Washington State Trip June 18 - 27, 2016

My son, Christopher, and I attended the 15th Annual Columbia River Gorge Geocachers Picnic at Rock Cover in Stevenson, Washington on Saturday, June 18, 2016.  The Event lasted from noon to 4:00pm however we had to leave about 2:15pm as we had many miles to travel this afternoon.  I have attended eight of these Events since 2006 including this Event!
We traveled I-84, I-205, I-5 and then Hwy 6 to Raymond.  My goal is to find a cache in as many DeLorme Atlas Ninth Edition c. 2008 pages as I can especially pages 61 and 48.  I found two Traditional caches on DeLorme page 71.  We stopped at McDonalds for dinner.  We stayed the night in Room No.: 9 at the Golden Lion Motel in Raymond, Washington.
Sunday, June 19, 2016 - Following breakfast at McDonalds in Raymond, I purchased an Annual Discover Pass at Grayland Beach State Park.  I found several caches along the coast on DeLorme page 70 and then an interesting cache called "Chain" on DeLorme page 57 northwest of Aberdeen on the way to Ocean Shores.  The highlight of the day was a visit to 1898 Grays Harbor (Westport) Lighthouse.  We had a tour inside but did not climb the 135 metal stairs to view the clamshell Fresnel Lens in the Lantern Room.  I found four Traditional caches and one Virtual.  We stayed the night in Room No.: 401 a fantastic two-story suite at Comfort Inn and Suites in Ocean Shores.
Monday, June 20, 2016 - Following breakfast at Comfort Inn and Suites, we reluctantly left our two-story suite with the sounds of the ocean.  I found seven caches - five Traditional, a Virtual and a Mystery cache.  Several caches were very interesting: the enormous shark head entrance to the building, twin phone booths in Amanda Park, Merriman Falls at Lake Quinault, Kalaloch (Virtual), and Sweetest Spot in Forks.  We had ice cream bars at 1:30pm at Amanda Park Mercantile, late dinner at Pacific Pizza in Forks and stayed overnight in Room 208 at Olympic Suites Inn  in Forks.  It evidently was an apartment complex turned into a motel.  Rather strange but quiet nestled among  the trees.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - We had breakfast at the Forks Coffee Shop.  Every since I did the four local "Twilight" caches I have wanted to do the multi "Twilight" in Forks.  We saw the Twilight sights in Forks and then went to La Push for the rest of  the Multi including the treaty line.  Before leaving Forks we stopped at Sweet Stuffs for ice cream.  We drove northwest to Neah Bay and then east toward Port Angeles (DeLorme pages 27 and 28).  I found four Traditional caches, a Multi and a Virtual.  We stayed the night at the Quality Inn Uptown in Port Angeles.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - Following breakfast at the Quality Inn Uptown in Port Angeles we drove east covering DeLorme pages 29 and 30.  The car was filthy after traveling gravel and dirt roads so I put the car through a Car Wash in Sequim.  We traveled though downtown Port Townsend and Fort Wooden State Park.  We stayed the night at the Guesthouse Inn and Suites Hotel in Poulsbo.  We found at least one cache on DeLorme pages 30, 31 and 44. I found four Traditional Caches.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Following breakfast, we drove southeast through Goblindust county.  We rode the Bainbridge Ferry at 2:05 from Winslow to Seattle.  Our car was loaded on the left outside lane so I had a view of the city while crossing.  We headed east from downtown Seattle on I-90.  We stopped at Scott's Dairy Freeze Ice Cream in North Bend for food.  I was able to find a cache on DeLorme page 61.  I found seven Traditional Caches (three were Goblindust Caches), one Puzzle Cache about "Twin Peaks" and one EarthCache on The Stuart Range.  We stayed the night at the Quality Inn in Ellensburg.
Friday, June 24, 2016 - Following breakfast at the Quality Inn in Ellensburg, we headed south along scenic Hwy 97 where I have an EarthCache.  I found two caches.  We went to the TC 2016 Meet & Greet at the Richland Community Center at 6:30.  I won a Steam Punk Coin.   We stayed at a great Choice Hotel in the Tri-Cities - clean, great view, quiet and quick access to the Freeway.
Saturday, June 25, 2016 - We did the Tri-Cities 2016 Geocoin Challenge.  I got the two hand held GPS and the Garmin Nuvi for the car downloaded with the caches at the GPX Station.  There were two multis and the rest were Traditional Caches.  There were several problems: the map was inaccurate showing the location of the caches, stamps were missing right off, the finals for the multis were posted, and the locations were incredibly boring.  When I went to get my Geocoin about 6:30pm I was told that I did not have a completed passport.  They were confused and so was I.  I was given the Geocoin but decided that I would find a couple more Tri-Cities 2016 Geocoin Challenge caches the next day.  We ate a delicious dinner at Mexico Lindo Y Que Rico Mexican Restaurant in Pasco.
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - Following breakfast, we found two more Tri-Cities 2016 Geocoin Challenge caches in Richland.  They were by far the more interesting of the Challenge caches.  We had lunch at the Moose Creek Cafe and Bakery in Dayton.  I really wanted to have lunch at Weinhard Cafe & bakery but it was closed.  I drove to the SE corner of Washington State to Camp Wooten.  We headed north toward Lewiston and Clarkston and then to Pullman.  We took a webcam photo and found the cache at the huge (live) Grizzly Bears at Pullman.  Altogether I found six Traditional caches and a webcam.  We stayed the night at the Quality Inn Paradise Creek in Pullman.  I was just too exhausted to go any further.  We ate dinner at Birch & Barley next door to the motel.
Monday, June 27, 2016 - Following breakfast at the Quality Inn Paradise Creek, we got gas in the car and washed the filthy beast.  We drove to Palouse to find a cache and then west to Saint John where I needed a cache for the A-Z Washington Cities Challenge.  We  had huge scoops of delicious ice cream at Spikes Inc. in Ritzville.  We found a cache at Moses Lake and then headed south on Hwy 17.  We wound our way through the labyrinth of Tri-Cities.  Altogether I found four Traditional caches.  We headed west on I-84, popping over briefly to Maryhill for a cache.  We got home at midnight! 

During the trip I found 71 caches - 64 Traditional caches, one webcam, three Virtuals, one EarthCache, one Multi and one Mystery, and found caches on 11 DeLorme Atlas pages.  I reached my goals of finding at least one cache on DeLorme Atlas page 61 (unfortunately I didn't get to DeLorme page 48 which I also needed) and finding a cache in Saint John, Washington for a challenge.  It will take me a week at least to recover!