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Side Adventures

by Brooke Burgess

     At Let’s Go EarthCaching, we each enjoy Geocaching in our own way.  Jon is definitely our ring leader and most passionate.  Maddie loves that she can hunt Pokémon during the outings.  Alex…well, he is a full-fledged teenager.  I don’t need to say more there.  Rhett enjoys being with his people, watching for squirrels and melting the hearts of everyone he meets.  Where do I fit in? 

      I’m the side adventure Snuggle Muggle.  I love that Geocaching takes you to so many incredible places that each have their own stories.  There is always something just for me in these outings… a good thrift store, wildflowers to photograph, food to try, places to shop, hikes in new parks and the list goes on.  So, I thought you all might also like to see some of the sights, restaurants, nature, and rare finds we come across in our travels.   Buckle up and join me in the search!

GeoWoodstock XVI

May 25-29, 2018

     Now if you are going to a Giga event, you know there will be plenty to do and see during the festivities.  Add to that a long family car trip, time with friends and video production and you have the perfect kick-off to summer vacation. Among all that we experienced, quite a few stops are totally worth sharing.

Great Burger Place

     We stumbled on a great burger joint in Newport, Kentucky on the Ohio Riverfront…Mad Mike’s Burgers & Fries.  A picturesque old corner building is the site for great food, reasonable prices, and a quiet Saturday hangout for families or sport buffs.  It is home to the massive Goliath Burger and all of the burgers are double patties.  Order a single patty if you must.   They also have chicken & fish sandwiches, gyros, hot dogs, wings, beer, and appetizers. I had the Big Tex with American cheese, deep fried bacon, BBQ sauce, beer battered onion strings, lettuce, and tomato.  I mean it was the start to summer vacation, right?!  The meal was fresh and the side order of home cut fries and onion rings were the perfect pair.  Stop by and try Mad Mike’s if you are in the area!


     As a retired military family, we have friends and family all over the world.  When we have the opportunity to stop in and spend some time with incredible people, you better believe we jump on the chance.  There was much laughter, lots of story sharing, perhaps a few spirited drinks, and awesome food.  I just wanted to take a moment to brag on Rita’s awesome Dutch Oven feast!  Sharing in the Southern hospitably, she replicated the meal she made for her son’s rehearsal dinner, and it was worth every moment of celebrating a wedding or Memorial Day!  Feast your eyes on the roasted chicken, corn pudding, green bean casserole, hash brown casserole, apple cobbler and chocolate cherry cake.  She has mad Scouting and cooking skills.  Wish you all could have been there!


     When in Rome do as the Romans, right?!  Our Kentucky stop would not have been complete without a distillery tour.  Boundary Oak Distillery in Radcliff, Kentucky was the perfect place.  The craft distillery has tours and tastings.  Products like their Boundary Oak Amber (bourbon), Boundary Oak Kentucky Moonshine (101 and 121 proof), Patton Armored Diesel and Cinnful 69 (American spirits), BLACKHORSE 1901 (American whiskey) and the newest addition, Lincoln Straight Bourbon are all incredible.  The staff are friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable.  In a modern venue with a down home twist, Boundary Oak Distillery is a must see in central Kentucky between Fort Knox and Louisville. Stop in and see family owners, Melody Goodin and her son, Miles.