A Great Way To Get Outdoors

If you’re tired of hiking the same trail or picnicking at the same park, then Geocaching may be exactly what you’re looking for. Geocaching, pronounced gee-o-cashing, is the high tech version of a treasure hunt. Armed with nothing but a handheld GPS unit and a thirst for excitement, you’re off for new adventures and the likelihood of finding a hidden cache.

Here’s how it works. Geocachers seek out hidden treasures utilizing GPS coordinates posted on the Internet by those hiding the cache. So to geocache, you’ll need a handheld GPS receiver. GPS, which stands for Global Positioning System, is the only system today able to show you your exact position on the Earth anytime, in any weather, anywhere. GPS satellites, 24 in all, orbit at over 11,000 miles above the Earth. The satellites transmit signals that can be detected by anyone with a GPS receiver. Using the receiver, you can determine your location with great precision. But just as important, you’ll be able to locate other things too, such as a geocache. There are a variety of GPS receiver models to choose from starting at about $100.

Once you’ve got a GPS unit, you’ll need to know where the caches are hidden (hint: they’re everywhere). When a cache is hidden, the cache’s coordinates are submitted to a website for all to see (www.geocaching.com). Enter the coordinates into your GPS and you’re ready to go. Did I mention there are more than 100,000 caches in over 200 countries?

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Armed with a GPS and the coordinates, how tough can it be? In an urban area, easy access is typically available in the way of roads and trails. But what about on a mountain? What if there aren’t roads nearby? It’s entirely possible to be a few hundred feet from something and not be able to reach it (across a river or two hundred feet below the cliff you’re on are good examples). After you try to find a few caches, you’ll understand a number of the nuances of actually finding the cache. That’s the fun part. Once you find the cache, there are a couple of simple rules. Sign the logbook and if you take something from the cache, be sure to leave something.

But what about placing a cache? That’s fun too. Just be sure to follow the rules as outlined at www.geocaching.com. Once you’re a seasoned geocacher, you’ll try your hand at travel bugs, geo-teaming and benchmark hunting.

If you have only a couple hours to search for a cache, try to find one that is close by. If you have a couple days, take a family trip and make an overnight adventure out of it. Using your GPS along with your sense of adventure, you are bound to spend more time out of doors with people you enjoy. What could be better?

Use this information and you’ll Get It Right The First Time. Get Outdoors!

Madcap Adventures for a Spring Training Hike

Welcome Creek Wilderness – our spring-time challenge in a strange and wonderful little corner of the Montana back country world, just off the blue ribbon trout stream, Rock Creek. We should have thought it through a little more, but just needed to get out and do a nearby trail. So Evie and I threw our three little furry friends, Tina, Koda, and Lucy (miniature Pomeranians) in the van. We loaded up our 13 year old boy (told him we were heading for the Welcome Creek Wilderness Cafe), and headed east up I-90, 20 miles from Missoula to the Rock Creek exit.

You head south at the Rock Creek exit on a paved road, winding your way up stream. It’s a beautiful Montana back-country drive up Rock Creek canyon. The pavement ends around 11 miles up, and a narrow dirt road leads another 3 miles to the parking area for Welcome Creek Trail #225

The madcap adventures began there. The trail leads from the parking area across a wonderful suspension “swinging” bridge over Rock Creek Across the bridge, taking a right turn, the trail follows down Rock Creek about a quarter mile, turns left and heads up the narrow Welcome Creek side canyon. Sounds pretty straight forward. Right off, the poms, apparently dying for a drink, diverted our attention to getting them down to Rock Creek’s edge for a drink of fresh river water.

Back on the trail again, we found our son had already disappeared up the trail – a positive if you’re encouraging an independent spirit and gusto for hitting the trail for your child. A parents dream gone bad when finding a fork in the trail at that first quarter mile, right after having to cross the raging springtime torrent of Welcome Creek on a narrow log bridge. Which way did he go? Was he lost in the forests of Montana!

We had hiked that trail with him a couple of times before, so hoped he managed the log bridge and vaguely knew to take the left turn up Welcome Creek. Our 13 year old, Geno, with delays, ADHD, and motor problems functions around an 8 to 10 year range, and is not wilderness guide material at this point. We took the Welcome Creek turn, and herded the wild eyed poms up the trail, calling repeatedly for Geno. To our surprise and delight, we promptly ran into him, heading back down the trail. He had concluded he had covered enough trail and it was time to go back – all of a half mile on the trail.

Convincing Geno to continue further up the trail with us, we proceeded on this foolhardy adventure. We herded a band of hounds that were over and under and tangled in everything,along with a young man with limitations to his motor abilities. Taking a turn for the wilder, we rounded a corner and discovered a jungle. The trail was piled high with tree trunks and brush where fallen timber had not been cleared for spring. I had never encountered such a jumbled mess on a trail before..

Regardless, I refused to yield. Maybe this was an isolated jumble along the trail and it straightens out just around the next corner. We pressed onward. The crazy little dogs, too small to climb over many of the logs, had to each be ferried over. We then discovered Geno’s incredibly limited motor ability required helping him climb up onto and over log after log. You just don’t realize those limitations as he ambles along relatively level terrain for years. No doubt more training out in the forest, climbing hills, and over logs and rocks is in order. But we pressed onward!

Struggling under the last tree across the trail, the fallen timber mess finally ended. By then everyone was ready to stop off for lunch at that great Welcome Creek Wilderness Cafe – perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwiches just the way we like ‘em. Settling into a spectacular old growth forest grove, lunch was on – as the first raindrops hit!

Montana in June is often wet in a good year, and the weather had forecast rain. We were driven to get out and do a trail, regardless. But now the rain, the unruly poms, the massive log jamb on the trail, and the kiddo so physically challenged – the fun takes on a ridiculous scale. Following a hasty lunch, Evie, Geno and the maniacal poms hit the return trail – enough was enough. With my pack outfitted with raingear, I was compelled to do the next mile regardless of the torrential downpour.

A wonderful winding rocky trail follows right next to Welcome Creek. Long stretches of the trail follow the base of massive rock slides covered with mosses like scenes from a fairy land. Pushing on in the downpour another mile, the weekend spring training trail run was accomplished despite the weather and the faltering, stumbling beginnings. Finally conceding that the trek would be an ongoing soggy slog through tall ferns, grass and brush along the trail, even I turned back

Back at the trailhead 45 minutes later, soaked to the skin, I discovered the crew all snug and taking a snooze in the dry comfort of the van. They too had been caught in the downpour but managed to dry out in the meantime. Surprisingly good spirits prevailed in light of the ridiculous challenges thrown at us, and we hit the highway back to Missoula.

id’s Wild Fishing in Colorado’s Raggeds Wilderness

The trout literally leaped to snag our hooks as we cast them again and again into the small pools of Trout Creek as it cascaded down through the brush, waterfalling from rock to rock. No, really, that is one of those rare memories from childhood that stands out as a boggling phenomena, one of few that I clearly recall. Beyond that I don’t bank a lot on my abilities to recall a lot from years past, and this trek into the Colorado backcountry almost seems like a journey to OZ.

Trout Creek was a small side creek to the Anthracite in western Colorado between Paonia and Crested Butte up on Kebler Pass. I was 13 years old, and trekking into the Raggeds Wilderness with my buddy Steve, his dad and brother. We followed an obscure overgrown trail around Marcellina Mountain down into the fabled Dark Canyon to fish and camp, following Anthracite Creek out to the other trailhead.

My family had driven over Kebler Pass many times, and Marcellina Mountain stood tall and daunting right near the road, jutting up in the Colorado backcountry to a lofty 11,348 feet within the Raggeds Wilderness. That we were actually going to backcountry trek around that peak, hiking through the Raggeds Wilderness and down legendary Dark Canyon – a childhood dream come true.

To get there, we followed Highway 133 around 16 miles east up the North Fork of the Gunnison River from Paonia, Colorado to the road fork below Paonia Dam. Turning right the road leads up Anthracite Creek 5 miles to Erikson Springs Campground and a switchback, the road leading up Kebler Pass. Around 5 miles past the switchback, forest Trail 836, leads east into a tall stand of aspens. Trail 836 leads to Trout Creek following it down to Anthracite Creek and the heart of Dark Canyon, connecting with Trail 830.

Our trail circled Marcellina Mountain looming tall south of Dark Canyon. North of us, the Raggeds Mountains rose tall and inaccessible as we worked our way down toward Anthracite Creek. Herein lay the wonder of the trek into this rugged backcountry. Crossing into the Raggeds Wilderness, we hit Trout Creek, receiving our fishing instructions from Steve’s dad. Issuing each of us a small barbless hook, we tied them to our lines, and were then instructed to enjoy.

Never since have I experienced such amazement. Trout Creek, true to it’s name was teaming with trout as this wild little stream crashed through the brush . With no fly or bait on the hook I expected nothing. Instead to my disbelief, every cast into a pool below a rock prompted a rush of trout, all fighting to grab that shiney treat hitting their waters. Every time – boom – a set of trout would strike, one of them seizing the prize and the point of a hook. The majority of course, were far too small to be of any use whatsoever and were all tossed back – hence the barbless hooks. As Steve’s Dad pointed out, we would catch more than enough for our dinner and breakfast down on the Anthracite.

We boys whooped and hollered at cast after cast. It was beyond unreal, falling into a category of sport fishing I had never encountered before. Working our way down the small creek through the brush we finally hit Anthracite Creek, and headed down through the fabled Dark Canyon, a deep and mysterious gorge through surrounding benchlands of aspen and spruce. The canyon narrows with rimrock cliffs and caves in the outcrops above. The narrow valley and the walls of Dark Canyon close in high above, casting deep shadows as the rock cliffs rise 1,700 feet above the river in the darker stretches. As the day waned, the trail grew dark and narrow, as it led through a deep forest of aspen and enormous spruce trees.

Following our narrow trail around 5 miles from our beginnings up on Kebler Pass road, and down into Dark Canyon, Steve’s dad knew the perfect place to set up camp on the banks of Anthracite Creek. We set up our meager sleeping quarters in a park-like setting under the towering spruce. I strung my best tarp between two trees, staking the corners and figuring a good spot to sleep on the ground with a couple of wool blankets Mom was able to spare for this adventure. Within minutes after hitting the nearby pools of the Anthracite, we had more than enough fresh trout to ccommodate our evenings dining pleasure. Fortunately for us boys, Steve’s dad was skilled at wrapping the trout in foil with butter, quickly cooking them in the campfire coals to nothing short of gourmet erfection.

The shadows grew longer with a deep, dark night settling upon us, far down in Dark Canyon, a prime Colorado habitat for bears in the heart of the Raggeds Wilderness. Despite that brief concern, our exhaustion from the days journey and excitement brought a deep, restful sleep to the bunch of us. Dawn came early even as the sun seemed to take forever to pierce into the canyon and warm us. As another of those wonderful memories of this journey into Dark Canyon, Steve’s dad had rustled up a morning catch of trout, and was again foil cooking a mouthwatering breakfast on the campfire to start our day.

We packed our gear and later that morning hit the trail for the next 6 miles of trail to follow the rest of the way down through Dark Canyon. As the day progressed we paused along the trail to pull in yet more wonderful trout, filling our limits working our way down stream. The canyon and the surrounding forests were a wonder as we worked our way through old-growth spruce and aspen, with views back up the small side canyons toward the surrounding peaks. Finally in late afternoon we straggled out the other end at the trailhead at Erickson Springs Campground where Steve’s Mom picked us up.

Effective Tips to Choose a Travel Agency

Summer occasions ought to be pleasant notwithstanding when you are still on the readiness time frame. There are decisions on the best way to orchestrate the great excursion for you and your family. Some of you really would prefer not to have grieved about reservations and exchange so you can utilize a travel office to do the arranging.

Voyaging industry has turned out to be so refined at present that has changed our clamorous undertaking of going into an oversimplified work. The cause is that this area is prospering enrolling and having a few travel directs that take care of consistently detail of their client while voyaging. A travel specialist helps his clients to make his travel arrangements, controlling him about the place and needs that can emerge to him. Here, are some basic strides to enlist a dependable and solid travel office to get appropriate administrations and to maintain a strategic distance from any risky circumstance.

Trustworthy organizations;

Offices of a critical status likewise do make a difference while orchestrating get-aways. Increasingly an association is respected the better administrations it can introduce you. Too, it will likewise give you a portion of the best pleasantries that you have once expected. You can look for their past clients for their assessment about their offices. A legitimate organization will dependably be clear with their cost and administrations.

Ensure they are affirmed;

Before selecting any travel organization, make certain they are very much confirmed and authorized. See, in any case, that even with the correct accreditations, you are not guaranteed the best cost or the most very much mannered administration. You are just ensured the organization is legitimately confirmed to benefit your travel prerequisites.

Analyze costs;

Seek on the web and think about the costs travel organizations offer. They will have distinctive costs. Warily checking the benefits of every office can settle which will be a more lucrative decision. Never remain for the arrangements they promote. There may be hidden charges so make sure to let yourself know well on the bundles they introduce. Address the client delegate for clarifications on specific arrangements. It is not adequate to depend all alone investigate, especially when you are going surprisingly.

Arrange framework

The best part of the best organization is their system framework. Their correct co-appointment with all the related individuals is the primary piece of them. For example because of obnoxious climate conditions the flight is deferred, they’ll not quite recently advise you but rather the vehicle operators and lodgings also about your late onset.

Traveling Nurse Agency – Choosing The Right One

At the point when a voyaging attendant is confronted with the choice of picking the best voyaging medical caretaker office, it is not generally a simple choice. The voyaging medical attendant might ponder which qualities will be vital for their vocation. Maybe the absolute most essential calculate picking the best voyaging attendant organization is support. By this I mean, that the organization gives predictable encourage and help to its representatives. It is imperative for the setting out medical caretaker organization to be keen on your prosperity as an attendant, not just pursuing a commission. As voyaging medical caretakers can work 24 hours a day, it is essential that the voyaging nursing organization can give this support all day and all night.

It is prudent that you select a voyaging medical attendant organization which has a solid notoriety and strong posting of potential employments. The better voyaging medical caretaker organizations will pull in a greater amount of the better occupations. The voyaging medical caretaker office ought to likewise offer focused compensation and extra bundles these will regularly be shown on their site.

A regularly neglected nature of a voyaging medical caretaker organization is regardless of whether they give negligence protection. Who will care for your interests in the occasion you commit an error? Further to this, how much will you need to pay for the negligence protection. Great voyaging medical caretaker offices will likewise offer repayment for your travel costs this is very essential as it is very simple to burn through cash on voyaging when you go from task to task.

As far as how to start hunting down the correct voyaging medical caretaker office, make a rundown and directly down every one of the qualities you are looking for. When you have made the rundown, get on the web and begin contrasting the organization’s sites. Particularly search out tributes from medical attendants who have worked for the voyaging medical attendant organization. While reaching offices never be hesitant to make certain inquiry you feel might be essential. Next, it is critical to call up the office face to face and talk about what you are searching for-on the off chance that you don’t feel they are receptive to your inquiries, don’t trouble you require that essential level of correspondence and support.

Settling on the correct voyaging medical attendant office is a critical choice. On the off chance that you pick a decent voyaging medical caretaker office early, you will think that its simpler to look for some kind of employment as time advances, as they see your level of duty and your qualities they will put you forward for more work. It is additionally well worth conversing with different medical attendants who work for the office to check whether they are happy with the level of support.