The Kays

July 30, 2007

Hazards of GeoCaching

Filed under: Geocaching,Phil's Thoughts — Phil @ 5:15 am

Yesterday we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and go geocaching. We were brought to this really interesting little community – Kettleby. Javen and I were ahead of the girls as we took off to find the geocache. I saw a wooden box mounted on a pole and thought the cache might be hidden inside.

BIG MISTAKE.

No geocache, but a real, live hornet/yellow jacket nest. I jumped back as quickly as possible and yelled to Javen to move. He didn’t really pick up on the danger very quickly and stood still for a few seconds. That was all it took. He got stung 3 or 4 times. Not a pleasant situation.

He’s alright and now we know he isn’t allergic to that type of sting and I’m pretty sure that next time I yell to move, he’ll do it.

July 28, 2007

Our Trip to California (Part Five) – Wrapup

Filed under: Phil's Thoughts — Phil @ 7:34 am

All in all it was a great trip to California. We had fun with family. We did have a bit of time to relax. The kids loved swimming in the pool. I wish we had more time in Santa Cruz to spend some time on the beach and ride more rides. I was glad to be there for Daryl and Sam’s wedding. I had good times with my brother Dave talking technology most of the time. I’m glad that my mom was able to watch our kids so that Cindy and I could spend some time together on our anniversary. We got to see some really cool things. The kids had a blast and were really good most of the time.

I was just reading through the posts and noticed that Cindy mentioned that I might write about Fry’s.  So I will.  Fry’s is a great place.  I often find a deal that I can’t pass up.  This time I decided to look for a cheap camera to take geocaching and not have to worry if it gets beat up.  I found a 5 megapixel camera for $23.  AND it came with a free printer.  Yes, they are both cheap, but that’s what I was looking for.  A good little camera and really cheap.  Cool.

The biggest disappointment – I really could have stayed longer. But I guess that’s common with a lot of vacations.

July 26, 2007

Our Trip to California (Part Four) – 100th Geocache

Filed under: Geocaching,Phil's Thoughts — Phil @ 7:54 pm

This was a milestone for us that I decided to post a separate point for it. In May, we started geocaching. Essentially, you go on to a website and get the coordinates for a “cache”. You then use a GPS to find the cache. A cache is a little container that may only contain a logbook to sign, or it may be big enough to have little “treasures” in it.

I had a goal to try to find 100 caches in 100 days. Well, we blew that away. Due to our really getting into this, we were able to pick up our 100th cache in Dublin, CA in 60 days total. I don’t expect to keep this pace up since we have picked up most of them near our house. Plus, it will be harder to get out there and search during the winter.

We’ve found caches in New York, California, and in a few different places in Ontario. Its a great hobby. Thanks Dave, for the GPS and the new activity. Cindy found #100 (she found #1, too). Dave was along for the ride. Check out the pictures of this milestone.

July 25, 2007

Our Trip to California (Part Three) – Boomers

Filed under: Cindy's Thoughts — Cindy @ 7:58 pm

Yesterday we were all sitting around in the hotel room wondering what to do. Nothing had been planned except for a trip for Philip to Frys. (I’m sure he’ll write about that later.) Wanting something active for the kids to do led me to think along the lines of batting cages and miniature golf. A quick search of the yellow pages didn’t help, so I called my brother-in-law, David. He knew exactly where we should go. Long story short, Breanna took us with her newly acquired license to Boomers. Boomers is a family fun place with: Go Karts, 2 Mini Golf Courses, Bumper Boats, Laser Tag, and a TON of arcade games! I got to experience some fun I’ve never had before. I really loved the Bumper Boats and Laser tag. Kendra liked the Bumper Boats and Go Karts. Javen liked the Bumper Boats and Go Karts and the games.

Kendra thought that I should explain what the Bumper Boats are. I think that is a good idea since we all liked it. Bumper Boats are huge inner tubes with built in seats and a motor/squirter controller. The boats were floating in a circular three feet deep pool. At the center of the pool is a fountain. The object of Bumper Boats, motor around and squirt as many people as you can. The first time we road the boats we got kinda wet, but the second time we were drenched!

The arcade games were the type that you would win tickets. The tickets could then be traded in for prizes. There was this neat ticket counting machine. Some kids would put in a LONG strip of tickets they had won and the machine would start sucking in the tickets rapidly.

We all had fun and were glad when Philip was able to join us for a round of Mini golf.

As usual, the pictures are in our Photo Album.

July 23, 2007

Our Trip to California (Part Two) – Anniversary Trip

Filed under: Cindy's Thoughts,Geocaching,Phil's Thoughts — Phil @ 12:57 pm

Sunday, July 22, 2007 was our 12th anniversary so we decided to park the kids with grandma and head off on a little trip of our own. We decided on heading north to see what lay above San Francisco. After Church and the figuring out who drives what vehicle so that grandma could take the kids back to Dave’s apartment, others had rides to go to the Oakland A’s game and we had a car for our drive, we took off.

On our way to our destination, we drove up the East Bay and had a good look at Alcatraz and then later San Quentin prison. That’s a nice way to start a drive. It was, fortunately another bright and sunny day. After about an hour and a half, we made it to Santa Rosa.

We took a tour of the Charles Schulz museum. We saw lots of Snoopys, Woodstocks and other characters. It was really neat to see how many other comic strip artists were influenced by “Sparky” Schulz and paid tribute to him in their own strips. We ate some “hockey pucks” (ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies and completely covered in chocolate) at the “Warm Puppy Cafe” and watched the Californians try to skate on the rink. We then bought a couple trinkets at the gift shop and got our picture taken by the webcam.

Cindy and I then decided to go geocaching. We found 8 more and brought our total to 99! One more and we hope to find it as a family to celebrate 100 in California. The caches gave us a nice tour of Santa Rosa Junior College.

We then went back south and stopped in to see the Redwoods at Muir Woods. The drive into the woods was amazing and seeing the huge trees was awesome.

Since we were just north of the Golden Gate, we decided to head on down 101, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and entered San Fransisco. We got lost very briefly and then made our way back east across the Bay Bridge.

We finally got back to Dublin and ate at Appleby’s. We sat next to Larry Allen.

We had a great day. Pictures are now available in our Photo Album.

July 22, 2007

Our Trip to California (Part One) – While we're here

Filed under: Phil's Thoughts — Phil @ 9:39 am

Okay, so its been a really long time since I have written anything, here is the first part describing our (current) trip to California.

Ever since we got the word that my nephew Daryl was getting married, we’ve been planning on taking the whole family out to California to attend the event and have a vacation. A bonus was that Javen was selected to be the “ring barrow” so that sealed the deal for all of us to go.

On July 17, 2007 we all packed into our PT Cruiser and headed south. We picked up a couple geocaches along the way (including one cleverly hidden in a fence post) and arrived later on in Rochester, NY. We met Jennelle (a former roommate of Cindy’s) at Roberts Wesleyan College and she took us the rest of the way to the airport. We really appreciated her help and keeping our car for us while we are gone.

Everything went smoothly at the airport and the kids loved their first airplane rides. They traveled really well including having a long sleep during the second leg of our trip from Cincinnati to San Francisco. My brother Dave then picked us up late at night at SFO and brought us to our hotel.

We’re staying at a hotel that features “studio suites” that include a fridge, hotplate and microwave oven although we haven’t used them as much as we should. We’re eating out a lot. I mean eating a lot out. I mean eating a lot. Out.

Wednesday, July 18 saw us deciding to see a bit of Dublin, CA. You can guess how we did that – geocaching. We picked up 9 more and saw some sights including the library, a couple parks and the BART station. Urban geocaching is quite a bit different from what we’re used to. Things are hidden more cleverly and generally take more time to find. We’re starting to get the hang of it, though. The kids got a little tired, so we took them back to Dave and Patty’s place and my neice Breanna took them to the pool for a swim. Dave, Cindy and I went out and picked up a few more caches. We were almost at 90 by the end of the day and that has Cindy motivated to try to get to 100 while we’re in California.

Thursday, July 19 started slowly by us playing some family games in the hotel. That afternoon, Dave and I went to SFO again to pick up our Mom and Dad. We didn’t do much more that day other than eat out a lot, help Dad rent a car and then went to sleep early.

Friday, July 20 was an exciting day. We drove to Santa Cruz and visited the Mystery Spot. At the Mystery Spot Javen grew taller than Kendra, Cindy was as tall as a 6 foot dude from England and we all stood at weird angles. (Pictures are available in our Photo Album.) The tour guide was great although she kept trying to get us excited which was really hard for a tour full of Canadians and Brits. We all got bumper stickers and that was great. We had planned to maybe look for a geocache in the area, but for some mysterious reason, my gps wouldn’t work.

We then took off to the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk where we ate themepark food (corndogs and chili cheese dogs) and took in the sights. I got to take Kendra on her first roller coaster ride – a wooden coaster called the “Giant Dipper” that was originally built in 1924. She was really scared, but she said it was a fun scared. Javen was just a little short to ride a lot of the rides, but he did get in quite a few including one that both kids rode twice that kept taking them up into the air and dropping them. We picked up another geocache and then we walked the beach so that everyone could put their feet in the Pacific Ocean. It was a really good time. I wish we could have stayed there at log longer, but we had to be back in Dublin by 6 pm.

Then it was time for the Wedding Rehearsal and Javen was anxious to practice and meet the flower girl, Chloe, because everyone kept bugging him that he would have to either kiss or marry her. The rehearsal went off without a hitch and Javen was all prepped to go. We then took off to Chevy’s for the dinner and ate a ton of Mexican food. Thanks, Dave, for letting us come along.

Saturday, July 21 was the big Wedding day. Daryl and Sam had a great ceremony even if it was late due to Sam’s limo being really late. Javen looked really sharp in his tux and vest complete with brown Chuck Taylor shoes. He did everything he was supposed to perfectly including he and Chloe almost stealing the show with their cuteness. We went to the reception, ate a lot more good food and talked a lot. Since we’re teatotallers we expected cider for the toasts, but it was the nastiest tasting cider I’ve ever had. Oh, maybe that was champagne. The kids had a lot of fun in the jumping castle that was provided to help keep the kids occupied.

So far, we’ve had a great time. We have a few more days left in California and we’re still hoping to pick up our 100th cache here. I know this writing might be kind of rough, but I’m whipping it off at 7:30 in the morning before everyone else wakes up and I expect I may touch this up a bit later on or add more posts to provide more detail.

Pictures are available in our Photo Album.

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