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?

 

 

 

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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?

Most Personal Geocache Finds in One Day

climbing_to_goal_1Last week, George and I went to West Virginia on a short geocaching vacation. On Sunday, our driving day up, I found 25 caches in three states! 25 caches in one day is a new best for me, so I was excited–and exhausted! I was shooting for 24 finds in 24 hours, and found 25, one extra just to make sure I made it! I also got two new state souvenirs, an added bonus. In time, I’d like to beat that number, but for now, I’m still glad for the 25!

I know of other cachers who have found more than one hundred in one day, often working in pairs or teams. It sounds like more eyes help. Do you cache with others? What’s your best in one day?

 

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The End of a Streak

As of yesterday,  I’d found  at least one cache for 28 days in a row. Today, nothing. I searched for two previous DNFs that others have found since I looked, and came up short. Work and life prevented me from looking further, so the streak comes to an end. Consecutive day streaks are tough, so I’m not fretting about it. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the time caching takes up, and how I’ve been pretty obsessed with it the past few months. There hasn’t been enough time for other things, like reading, exercise (other than walking around looking for caches!), and trying out new recipes. So in a way, I’m relieved the streak has ended. No more pressure. I’ll be setting some other geocaching goals. Stay tuned!