The Bee Hive

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Saturday, July 12, 2008


The boys and I went to Beeville and did some more geocaching today. It was a fairly quick trip, though, because Zach had an awards banquet tonight in Refugio. We went after three of them, but because I ended up not looking at or printing out the GPS coordinates or clues for one of them, we only found two.

Our last geocache stop was at this cemetery, where Mathieu and I looked at some old family graves, while Zachary honed in on the geocache. I told Mat who they were and a family story or two about some of them.

Aunt Lela, my grand-mother's sister died when I was a baby. But she is still remembered today in so many family stories. She was very witty, with a really wonderful sense of humor and fun. She contributed many original sayings and jokes that continue on in the family to this day.

Jake, her only child, died when he was six years old.
Henry Ryan would be Mathieu's great-great-great-great-grandfather.
And a shot of the second found geocache of the day.

After that we drove by the park where the new walking trail is. I can't remember the name of the park at the moment, but they have been really developing it lately, and are still doing more to it. It looks pretty nice, and I hope we can go there in the late afternoon one day soon.

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At 7/13/2008 8:45 AM, Blogger Norm said...

I found your blog from a Google search on geocaching. It looks like you family are having a great time with it. My wife and I have been geocaching for just over a year now, and we are having a blast.

If interested, we are on blogger too at The Northwoods Geocats

Stop by and say hello. We have a log to sign, just like a real geocache.

At 7/13/2008 10:01 PM, Blogger Keith Petrus said...

Okay Wanda, I tried my hand at geocaching and I stink. I looked for the Calaboose cache in Skidmore and was unable to find it - although in my defense, I do not have a GPS. I plugged the coordinates into Google maps and did my best to figure out where the cache was located using the satellite view. Any tips? Do I absolutely have to have a GPS navigator of some kind?

At 7/13/2008 10:14 PM, Blogger Wanda said...

I'm assuming that your clicked on Norm's site, above? On his site, he had directions (or a link to some - I forget which) for finding caches w/o a GPS. This included Google maps like you used, but also other maps, if I remember correctly, since some may be more precise at times than others. I think.Also he answered questions about 'Do you truly need a GPS to find caches?'.
I'll email you...

At 7/13/2008 11:30 PM, Blogger Keith Petrus said...

Thanks or the hint Wanda. I'll try again tomorrow (and I'll take a closer look at Norm's site).

At 7/16/2008 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I love your Blog and am going to read up on geocaching. Sounds like fun! Course you are always doing fun things.
Love all the pics. The grands are all growing so much. Gees, I can remember when Matthieu was a little baby.
Shabree is beautiful!!
Have a great day. Think I'll go check out the link on Norms blog.
{{Da Bee}}

At 7/16/2008 7:29 PM, Blogger Mrs. G said...

Geocache I have to try.

At 7/31/2008 10:18 AM, Blogger Keith Petrus said...

Well, I've looked all over the equipment by the calaboose and cannot find the geocache. I may need Zachary to give me a hint. Or maybe it has gone missing. I did find the caches at the park and over by the baseball field.


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