Where does Franklin Barreto fit in with A’s after Jurickson Profar trade?

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — After the A’s were eliminated by the Yankees in the AL wild-card game last October, Franklin Barreto departed the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium with hope.Aware of Jed Lowrie’s impending free agency, Barreto knew the A’s starting second base job could be had. No longer blocked, the path was clear. But things don’t always work out exactly as originally envisioned.Before Lowrie even found a new club, the A’s pulled off a December three-team deal to acquired Jurickson …last_img read more

New country souvenir, Montenegro, with Geocache of the Week: Ledena pecina / Ice cave!

first_imgDifficulty:3Terrain:3.5 <> A cable bolted to the wall for hikers to cling to Stalagmites The cave floor may look different each time you visit Summer snow? New country souvenir, Montenegro, with Geocache of the Week: Ledena pecina / Ice caveToday we release a new country/regional souvenir for Montenegro! If you have found a geocache in Montenegro, you automatically receive the souvenir on your profile.Talk about cool! Montenegro is a small yet stunning country located in southeastern Europe. Some of Europe’s most rugged mountains, averaging over 2,100 meters (7,000 feet) in elevation, are found here. No need to get cold feet about this Geocache of the Week, Ledena pecina / Ice cave, located in the heart of the highest mountains of Durmitor National Park. It’s nice, nice, baby.Gorgeous Durmitor National ParkLedena Pecina is an ice cave 2,300 m (7,500 ft) above sea level within Durmitor National Park. The park is filled with almost fifty limestone peaks taller than 2,000 m (6,600 ft) that loom over pristine glacial lakes, alpine valleys, deep canyons, and thick forests with a generous amount of flora and fauna.The hike to the ice caveThe impressive entry to the cave gives the illusion it could swallow you and your entire entourage whole: it’s forty m (130 ft) long and twenty m (65 ft) wide.Thumbs up to the cave!On a sunny day, you may wonder, “There’s no way there will be any ice here, even inside a cave!” Oh, how wrong you’ll be. As you enter the cave, a steep and short decent upon a cascade of packed snow and ice is made easier with a cable bolted to the wall for hikers. Stalagmites on the cave floor reach the height of an adult person and create an impressive view for visitors.Once inside the cave the temperature plummets, so make sure to pack an extra layer if you want to spend any amount of time in there. EarthCacheGC339GRby raniformescenter_img Location:MontenegroN 43° 08.375 E 019° 02.982 To log this EarthCache, learn a little about ice formations in caves and how the temperatures mechanisms create this particular ice cave. For those courageous enough to make the journey, the reward of logging this EarthCache is well worth it:The way to reach the cave is not so easy but it’s a beautiful hike and the ice cave has to be seen! It’s a nice place out of the time. Thanks for the cache! —StefLulu72A very beautiful but also hard hike to a truly special place. We enjoyed the cave a lot and went in as far as we dared to. Highly recommended. —Antelope2014Amazing place. We spent here 8 days with a tent and big backpacks. We visited a lot of mountains but nowhere we can’t see so many flowers. Greetings from the Czech Republic. —alenka62The reward of logging this EarthCache is well worth it!From the nearby town of Žabljak, the entire trips takes about 9 hours, so pack snacks, drinks, and bandaids for blisters accordingly. The inspirational 12.5 km (7.5 mi) hike to the ice cave is also used for camping, fishing, rafting, skiing, and backpacking. The best time to make the trek is from May through September.We know geocachers love country and regional souvenirs and we do too! This year we will announce at least one new country or regional souvenir per month, starting in January (traditionally, we’ve only released five each December). The new country and regional souvenirs will be featured alongside Geocaches of the Week in each region and shared on the third Wednesday of each month. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching country souvenir: MalaysiaDecember 6, 2017In “Community”Croatia! Hrvatska! New Country Souvenirs! Ura!December 1, 2014In “News”Geocaching country souvenir: ArgentinaDecember 4, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

Preparing for Disaster on a Budget: Part 2

first_imgBy Carol ChurchIn part 1 of this series, we talked about the cost of getting ready for a disaster, and how some people don’t—or how they go too far. Here we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of what you can do to prepare your household and family for a disaster while not completely breaking your budget.Photospin/Alexander MatvienkoPrepare early.The key to emergency preparedness on a budget is giving yourself plenty of time to get ready. As we’ve seen time and time again, when disaster is bearing down, people panic, and prices go up. To avoid this last-minute hysteria, purchase a set of basic supplies and have them on hand year-round so you don’t end up in a pickle using Perrier to brush your teeth. If you have limited space and are unable to store water, we have some solutions for that further down.Having a long timeline will also permit those on tight budgets to put away “a little bit” every week or month to prepare. If taking out a large amount of cash all at once (since cash may be needed in any emergency) will be a problem, start saving change and small bills. Ditto for building up a simple emergency pantry: one extra can of tuna a week won’t add much to your grocery bill.Think reusable instead of short-termIn the panic before a blizzard or hurricane, people often buy up a lot of bottled water and cheap flashlights. This is only natural, but especially if you live in an area where this kind of emergency happens with some regularity, it may be time to rethink. Solar or crank lanterns and flashlights do not need batteries; once bought, you will not have make that purchase again. As far as water goes (FEMA recommends having enough for 3 days, at a gallon per person a day), consider purchasing refillable containers like an Aquatainer, or a water filter like a LifeStraw (technology here has really advanced). These items will not need to be dumped and then rebought time after time. Remember, too, that there are other ways to store water in the short term for drinking and washing, including:–In large pots, canning jars, water coolers, food-grade buckets, or 2-liter soda bottles–In the bathtub or washing machine (for washing only)Watch for sales and bulk dealsBottled water, first aid supplies, batteries, and other emergency needs all go on sale regularly, so if you’re watching, you’ll be able to stock up when the price is low. In addition, certain items go on sale at predictable times—for instance, camping gear is often cheap at the end of the summer, so this is a great time to buy flashlights and sleeping bags.Protect your food and know how to shop smart for emergency foodLosing a full fridge and freezer’s worth of food can be very expensive, not to mention unpleasant. Average estimated costs for having to ditch the contents of your refrigerator are about $150. To avoid this possibility, first, make an effort to “cook through” some of your frozen items if the disaster is one that gives some warning, such as a blizzard or hurricane. In addition, before the storm arrives, freeze water in Ziploc bags or plastic containers to take up room in your freezer and help keep things cool. If loss of power appears imminent and you are staying in your home, move the food you plan to eat to a smaller cooler with ice, then keep the fridge and freezer closed! Once power is lost, you can even place a heavy blanket or comforter around it and tape it if you want to get serious. An undisturbed freezer will keep food frozen for 1-2 days, depending on how much is in it. To ensure that your food is still safe to eat, visit How to Keep Food Safe in a Power Outage from Foodsafety.gov.As far as what food to purchase, the frugal approach is to buy or prepare food you’ll still want to eat even if the threat never comes to pass. That way, it won’t feel like money down the drain. Remember, although shelf stable food can be kept for some time, it still should be eaten every year or two, depending on the type of food.Some suggestions for food you can store longer-term include:–Granola bars–Dried fruit and nuts–Cereal or granola (eat with dried, reconstituted milk or shelf stable milk)–Canned or vacuum-packed soups, pastas, fruit, beans, and fish or meat–Jerky–Crackers, rice cakes–Nut buttersFor a disaster you can anticipate, such as a hurricane or snowstorm, it’s possible to cook a day or two ahead or purchase food that will last for a short time at room temps. For instance, try:–Homemade or bakery-made baked goods–Carrots, apples, and citrus fruit–Hard cheeses–Homemade air-popped popcorn–Tomatoes (for sandwiches, or mixed with beans or canned meats)–Dry-cured sausagesDon’t have a gas or camping stove? An inexpensive can of Sterno can heat a can of soup or beans in a pinch.Avoid ready-made “disaster preparedness” kitsThough it may seem tempting and convenient to purchase a pre-made disaster preparedness kit, the quality of the items is likely to be very low for the price paid. It will be a better bargain to buy items separately and assemble your own kit. Sites like The Sweethome carry reviews for common emergency supplies like lanterns and weather radios.Hopefully, these tips will help families prepare for a disaster without these needed preparations being an excess financial burden. Although getting ready for a potential disaster can be expensive, don’t ever forget that not preparing for a disaster can be far more so. Without light, basic medical supplies, water, or food, you may have no choice but to leave. Once a disaster is in progress, this can be not just costly, but dangerous. Stay safe out there.last_img read more