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.
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!
I went caching for a while this morning, driving to the city of Holly Springs to look for a few new finds. It was a pretty successful morning, logging 6 finds between Holly Springs and nearby Apex. While I was out and about, I stopped to fill up the gas tank, about $25 worth. It got me thinking about (not for the first time) about how expensive caching can be! In addition to gas plus wear and tear on the car, there’s the Geocaching premium membership, the app on my iPhone, and the bag of travel bugs in my car. All are optional, even the iPhone app, as I chose to get the $9.99 version instead of the freebie. (I don’t have a handheld GPS receiver YET, but I want one!) So, while I drove around earlier today, I thought a lot about my different financial goals, and how I might need to put myself on a geocaching budget, especially if I want to save for a GPS receiver! Stay tuned!
Yesterday, I had my biggest one-day total of 17 found caches, mostly in Randolph County, NC! Then today, I found my 200th cache! Hurray! And in pure coincidence, it was near a cemetery, just like my 100th cache. Now, I love old cemeteries, so it feels like serendipity. In both cases, DNFs got in the way of my making those milestones earlier.
In addition to lots of finds this weekend (17 yesterday and three today), I also dropped three travel bugs into caches. I’ve become quite the TB hoarder, especially of my own. I’m still on a caching roll, and want to help my little TB build up some mileage. I discovered yesterday, though, that it takes time to log all those TBs for every find on the road. (I like using my iPhone app to log along the way.) I finally started selective TB logs on the road yesterday, because it was taking so much time. Now, I’ve dropped several TBs already, though only a couple of them have moved so far. I just need to be patient, and stop being a TB hoarder! Let them go! Does anyone else have the same problem? (I do have a geocoin attached to my key chain (see photo to the left with 200th cache), and having that helps! I’ll definitely hang on to that one.)