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!
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?
Last 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?
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!
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.)
I’m dealing with my first bout of poison ivy in decades! Ouch! As “luck” would have it, one doctor though I had shingles at first. Yesterday, I went to my regular doctor’s office, and they think they original shingles rash is poison ivy, but that a new rash on my back looks like shingles! Life can be a little crazy that way, but I’m already thinking about my next cache finds. I just might stay on the pavement for a while, that’s all!