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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Geocaching Challenge in Virginia State Parks

Oh this is so cool! Announcement for VA State Parks:
Virginia State Parks Geocaching
Wildlife Adventure
Where High-Tech Meets Mother Nature Log onto Virginia Outdoors

All Virginia State Parks will be launching a new and fun geocaching game that will run until December 15, 2010. Virginia State Parks Wildlife Adventure will give you the opportunity to explore the natural wonders Virginia has to offer; while keeping you connected to the high-tech world we live in.

Whether you are a seasoned geocacher or brand new to the game, you will not want to miss out on this opportunity. The VSP Wildlife Adventure combines the outdoors with the use of sophisticated, but easy to use, GPS units. Each of Virginia's State Parks will have a special geocache with a collector's wildlife card inside that is unique to that park. In addition to the wildlife cards, each park will have a small supply of "wild cards" that will be set out in caches throughout the year. You never know if you will be the lucky one to find a "wild card." The game also features a fun award system that rewards you with a prize once you have collected wildlife cards from 5, 10, 20, and all park locations. There will also be a special prize for the first person to claim 5, 10, and 20 parks; limited to one person for each level.

Are you new to geocaching? First, log onto www.geocaching.com to learn about geocaching and set up a free account so you can log your finds once you have started. You will also need to log onto www.VirginiaOutdoors.com and sign up in order to claim your prizes, starting with your 5th Geocaching Wildlife Adventure cache. Once you have learned about geocaching and signed up for your free accounts you are ready to get started. Simply log back onto www.geocaching.com to find a list of all the park caches, select the park you want to visit, download the coordinates to your GPS, and print out any hints or instructions that may help you locate the caches. If you do not own a GPS unit they can be rented at all Virginia State Parks for a small charge. Park offices and visitor centers are open on a limited basis so be sure to call ahead if you are planning to rent a GPS.

Are you a seasoned geocacher? Then you already know the drill. Visit www.geocaching.com to get a full list of the game caches and pick the park or parks you plan to visit. While on the park's game cache site, don't forget to select the "nearby caches" option to pick up a few extra finds while there. Log your cache visits on www.geocaching.com just like any other cache. Also, remember to claim your reward by logging onto www.VirginiaOutdoors.com to get a unique VSP Wildlife Adventure lanyard fob. Keep going to collect more lanyard fobs and if you find all caches you might get something special.

Don't miss out on this fun opportunity to get out and explore nature either by yourself or with family and friends. Sign up today at www.VirginiaOutdoors.com and start your geocaching adventure with Virginia State Parks.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Arlington - With the Fourth Highest Cost of Living

We are number four! We are number four! Oye, forgive me while I go make a down payment on groceries. Bundle recently conducted an survey and indexed the average overall household expenses for different cities. Well Arlington aint a city, but we chuck $52,085 out the window annually. I think I will be moving to Toledo! Our at least into Falls Church.