Welcome to my World of Wonderment

Our planet is a neat place, full of weird and unusual people doing weird and unusual things. One oddball thing I like to do is geocache. What other activity is there that makes people travel hundreds of miles to climb a mountain, wade a river, and fight a Bigfoot, just to be the first person to sign a piece of paper rolled up in a 35mm film canister stuffed in the knot hole of a tree? I can't think of any other sport that has such a great mix of technology and the wonderful outdoors. A lot of geocaches are placed in a beautiful setting, or hidden in a challenging or unique way, or in a historical setting. Geocaching allows the finder to share in some of the hiders favorite places, and along the way you get to meet some interesting characters, and occasionally learn something new. While this blog is primarily a geocaching blog, I also use this place to post the occasional funny video or weird news story, or as a platform to rant or rave about something I really have to share. But for the most part this website is about you, the weirdo walking around in circles, talking into your GPS unit like it's a phone, pretending your taking pictures of a phone booth to find find the tiniest micro-cache, or circling your car around and around a light pole in a parking lot trying to retrieve a cache without even getting out of your car.


Ortolan Update

I get a lot of people finding my sight by looking for information about Ortolan. As I mentioned in my previous post, it is probably one of the weirdest meals ever. It's a small bunting that is force fed in the dark, then drowned in a type of cognac, then eaten with a napkin over your head, "to hide from god" the horror of eating such a bird whole. Well as Jeremy Clarkson (best known from the great BBC show Top Gear) says in the following video, "It's probably no crueler than boiling a lobster to death."

I think the napkin goes over the head so other diners don't see you spitting out pieces of a whole bird. I would still like to try it. Without the silly napkin on my head.

ortolantweetie.jpg picture by djhobby

I thought I saw some cognac, I did, I did.