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Be Jamin’

Waze on the iPhone. Highway 130 traffic.
Waze on the iPhone. Highway 130 traffic.

For some reason traffic was jammed in Puna Wednesday morning. Luckily I wasn’t stuck in it but got a screenshot via the app Waze which crowd sources traffic data. It’s a pretty good app, I don’t use it for navigation though as the interface is frustrating. It also really sucks power on the device so make sure it’s plugged in when running it.

If you ever want to check it out you can do it on the web for the Big Island at:


Geocache Thursday

On the trail to the Petroglyph Cache
On the trail to the Petroglyphs cache in Puako

Geocaching Thursday with the boys in Hilo and West Hawaii. Found one geocache at the Panaewa Zoo. Repaired a cache we found missing before. The cache owner moved to the mainland so we did a little volunteer work putting a new cache in this spot.

The boys explore the geocache in Puako.
The boys explore the geocache in Puako.

Then on to West Hawaii were I created a brand-new geocache (also fell and got some nice slices on my hand and knee on the a‘a lava). Then lunch and finally a geocache in Puako near the petroglyph park. After finding the Petroglyphs cache we watched a pod of whales offshore with one jumping out of the water. Sorry, it was a bit too far out for a photo.

A beautiful day to be out, some light drizzles in Hilo and blue sky with scattered clouds in West Hawaii. If you haven’t tried geocaching visit the site, learn, get a gps and have some adventures.

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Where is the world is Steve Fossett?

Steve FossettMissing since September 3rd in a single-engine airplane Steve Fossett went down somewhere in Nevada. Once can only assume he crashed as an intact aircraft would have probably been spotted by now unless he went into water. From the many crashes I’ve covered for newspapers I predict it will have been a crash on land. Water crashes/landings usually leave floating debris, especially if it’s a lake there’s no place for the debris to drift to.

The story of Fossett’s disappearance has gone to the back-burner of the news, more important stuff like cheating at football, the new iPods and Britney Spear’s train-wreck MTV performance have eclipsed it. To their credit has launched their Mechanical Turk with Google Earth imagery so folks online can help participate in the search. Click here if you want to give it a try.

I tried it, went through about 20 images and because they have coordinates to link to Google Earth you can double-check stuff. But I wonder if the Google Earth images (not the Mechanical Turk images) are pre or post Fossett’s disappearance because I found what looks like an impact site. Or could be a camp site or a tree as it’s hard to tell. Look to the left of the Google Earth marker I placed. There are no similar disturbances around the area and it’s on the wall of a ravine leading to a dry lake bed (something Fossett was looking for).

Impact Site

You can check it out yourself. Open Google Earth and put these coordinates into the Fly to box and hit return: 38.62575465347857,-119.1491102196017

In any case check out the Mechanical Turk and and do a couple of searches. I sent my report in via the comment box reporting a finding at the mechanical turk page. It’ll be interested to see how he is finally found. Most likely by hikers sometime or by someone looking for a future plane crash.

More info here:…