What Are Some Hobbies You Do?

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Turtle's Comment
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You're just so clever! A rare find indeed.


G-Town's Comment
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I’ll try and post some new truck model photos today...for you new folks on here, I’ve been modeling HO scale trucks for over 30 years.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Turtle, thanks. Never thought about doing cache hunts, I used to do that with my son when he was younger. We were Old School, actually using a Magellan Handheld. Im told that people now use their devices... what a change in the world as we know it. I first learned the skill in BSA as " Orienteering" followed up by Land Nav and grid coordinates courtesy of Uncle (lensatic compass with the radioactive logo anyone?).

It would be a great way to occupy sometime, and get in those steps that I otherwise might not... Thank you!


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Adam J.'s Comment
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Gee.... I though I was the only one has done geocaching. I enjoy it as a way to kill time. Granted I am not on the road yet, but when I travel or work I am always looking for them. There is also another game called Munzee. I think you can Google it for more info.

Interesting. I don't remember this thread but it's a good idea.

Often my days are so busy there simply isn't time for a hobby. I eat, shower, harass y'all on TT for a bit, then get some sleep and prepare for the next day.

However, when time allows I really enjoy something called geocaching. You can Google it or go to geocaching.com to get more details, but basically it's an outdoors-based global scavenger hunt of sorts. It's totally free, though there is a premium version for $30 a year that gives you a few more features. But it isn't necessary.

There are literally millions of "caches" hidden worldwide in open public spaces. Some can be as simple as a paper log for you to sign. Others can be a box full of little trinkets or gifts that you swap for one of your own. Some can be within a hundred yards or so from where you sit right now at the truck stop. I'd almost bet there is.

The idea is to use your phone, tablet, or handheld GPS to search for and navigate to the cache locations. Once found, you simply sign the log and leave it right where it was for the next searcher. Then you log it online as found and move on to the next one.

There's no winning or losing in this hobby. Just some adventure and stealth, plus getting you outdoors to see places you may never have seen otherwise.

I urge anyone who likes adventure and exploration to look into it and give it a shot. It can be done by any age group and by someone of any activity level. Many caches are wheelchair accessible as well.


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Turtle's Comment
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As with most things nowadays, there's a app for geocaching too and it uses your phone's gps. That's all I use.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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I like to play my guitar. I like my new job. Don't have a lot of time for maybe playing but maybe when I go solo. Heck during a live load or unload might be able squeeze in a few minutes. As long as you make your appointments on time and drive safely should have time for a couple of songs. I like read. I also like to write songs. But that's for another discussion day.

Bird-one's Comment
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That's interesting G-town. Back in 2014 while taking some night classes at ccbc in Baltimore, lived there briefly. I worked during the day at MB Klein. Probably the largest model train provider in the world. Couldn't believe just how many different scales of trains they had. Ever do business with them?

I’ll try and post some new truck model photos today...for you new folks on here, I’ve been modeling HO scale trucks for over 30 years.

G-Town's Comment
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Just happened to see this...

Thanks for the reply Brian.

Indeed I am familiar with MB Klein. One of my High School jobs in the 70’s was working for the now defunct chain called Allied Hobbies. Klein was one of their suppliers.

Small world.

G-Town's Comment
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I’ll post some trucks later...

But my base hobby is HO model railroading with a special interest of intermodal and of course trucking. Needless to say my ability to devote a lot of time to this is limited.

Here are some of my works in progress of rail cars...the flats aren’t quite done, specifically load securement (tarped machine load, aluminum ingots, and structural aluminum). All of the loads are scratch-built from various materials. Tarp is a heavy duty trash bag.

The green Garvey Grain is one I was commissioned to do by a friend of mine portraying an actual prototype he photographed in Cajon Pass. The graphiti is hand done using artist pencils. The finer stuff are commercial available decals.



Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Jason's Comment
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If you like to read; check out https://www.royalroad.com/home otherwise known as Royal Road Legends. It's where new, indie, web novelist posts their stuff for free. Another is fictionpress.com but their search engine isn't as robust.

Soak up a lot of hours this way.

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