August Caching

For the past two Augusts that I’ve been geocaching, Geocaching.com has offered special challenges. Once again, I fell short of getting all the virtual souvenirs available. Graduate school is taking a lot of my free time, but I hope to be finished in December.

One of my favorite finds last month was a virtual cache called New Hope Valley Railway. I’ve had my eye on it for a while, but

North Carolina Railroad Museum

North Carolina Railroad Museum

probably wouldn’t have taken the time to do it if it weren’t for the August challenge. (The virtual cache is about 20 miles from home.) Since it was over the holiday weekend, my boyfriend (not a cacher) went with me, which added to the fun! I’d highly recommend this virtual cache!

Working Toward 366 Days of Geocaching

desk_calendar_1Last Friday, I found (much to my joy and relief!) a cache on my lunch break! That means that May is the first month where I’ve found at least one cache on each day.  I still have a long way to go to fill in all 366 days (including Leap Day, February 29) of the year, but it’s a start. My next cacheless day is June 6, which is a Friday. I’ll keep on caching, though, since I’m only 8 geocaches away from 500 finds!

What geocaching goals are you working on?

 

 

 

Clipart from Clipartheaven.com

Post-Semester Caching

I made it out for a Sunday afternoon of caching, no big plans other than to get some mileage on my travel bugs and enjoy being outside for a change. I invited my boyfriend to join me, but he took a pass, and I actually enjoyed the time to myself. (Anyone else ever feel this way?) Before sunset, I actually hit a new milestone (400 finds overall) and found 11 caches for the day. All 11 were “park-and-grabs,” but it was just what I needed, after the stress of the past few weeks and the rain of the past few days. All of them were a couple of counties over from my homebase, so I did explore an area out of my comfort zone, which added to the enjoyment of the hunt.

Thanksgiving Weekend Caching

November’s been unexpectedly busy, especially with graduate school and (sadly) my dad’s Halloween stroke. (He’s doing better, but is still in rehab for the stroke.) A quick trip to the beach to be with family for=Thanksgiving has provided a welcome (though somewhat guilty) break from work, school (though I’ve brought homework with me), and visiting Dad. The weekend away has also provided opportunities to find a few caches, which has been fun! I even traded travel bugs in a fun geocache I found this morning in the Swansboro, NC, area, which provided a small thrill I’d forgotten about! Here’s hoping December will bring time for a few more caches!

How Did Your 31in31 Go?

August was a challenge–31 Days of Geocaching, in fact. Cachers across the globe were challenged to find a cache a day throughout the month of August.

I was hoping to make a run for this one, but life intervened! My dad had a stroke at my parents’ home in Alabama near the end of July, so the first week or so of August, I was with my dad in the hospital, where I needed to be. Then my grad school class started a couple of weeks ago, and it needed some time and attention. Meanwhile, there’s FT work and all the day-to-day stuff that gets in the way. I did manage to find a total of 37 caches on 15 days in August, so it could’ve been worse!

How did you do in August? Did you complete the streak?