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?
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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!
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200th Cache and Key Coin
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!
100th Cache Find Container and Key Coin TB on Cemetery Fence
Yesterday, I found my 100th cache! I was so excited! It took longer then expected yesterday, but was worth the wait. I started yesterday with 98 finds, so I only needed two more. It took 5 cache hunts to find my 99th and 100th caches, but I finally hit it with a cache called “Among the Living.”
The cache was hidden just outside the backside of a cemetery fence. The other side of the cemetery faces a major road in Raleigh, NC, but with traffic rushing by, many people probably don’t notice this cemetery. I’d never noticed it, but I don’t travel down that road very often. Since I love cemeteries, and even consider myself a taphophile, this was the perfect milestone find for me!
The picture here shows the container and my geocoin keychain on top of the fence. This isn’t the cache’s hiding place; I put it there for the photo opp.
George and I joined my parents, sister and brother-in-law, and nieces on the North Carolina coast for a few days last week, and I enjoyed finding a few caches there, as well as to and from the beach. I found some new-to-me spots, even though we’ve been going to the beach in that area for years! I also enjoyed the extra exercise while geocaching. It got me off my butt a little more while on vacation!