Just over a week ago, for the first time in a long time, I spent the day Geocaching. The wife was off scrapbooking with a friend and the little one was spending the day with my mom. I had a HUGE list of caches I wanted to tackle but precious time to find them. the day wound up being far from what I had planned but much more.
Biggest Container Yet (Ever?)
I had made a Pocket Query a few days beforehand. So I loaded it into my iPhone and off I went. However, I forgot to check on the recent logs of the caches. Or else I would have known that many of the caches of the one series I was interested in were in somewhat disrepair. Oh well, there are plenty of caches on my 'To Do' list.
So after dropping the little one off with Grammy I whipped out the iPhone, loaded up the GC.com app, and did a search for nearby caches. Up came 'Sticking Around For The Beer'. Yup, sounds like a good cache to start the day off. It was a nice and easy walk into a suburban park and (aside from the familiar feeling of pine needles on my skin) was a nice start to the day.
Very Clever Hide
Next up were some caches in the Caching Migraine series. You see (up-to-this-point) I logged my one and only FTF (First-To-Find) on #2 in the series. So I've wanted to try some more and show that it wasn't just a fluke. This is when I found out that many of the caches in the series are in need of some maintenance. I'm not about to spend a rare day of caching hunting for hides that may not even be there. The 2 caches I did find in the series were worthy of their name. It was nice to check a couple of them off my list.
By now I was getting close to that triple digit number and I could almost taste it. But I needed a couple more so I went for cache known to be rather large. Judging from the maps I thought it was just on the outskirts of a sports field. However, it proved to be quite the trek through bush with many trails going this way & that. When I finally arrived at GZ I was slightly disappointed that part of cache that made it interesting (other than it's size) had been disabled :( On the way back to my car I realized that I had parked about 10 metres from another cache. And despite being out in the open it had me scratching my head for a few minutes.
Caching Down Memory Lane
With 97 finds I started to head towards my goal cache. On the way I grabbed a cache beside one of my favourite burger joints and met another cacher while I was there. I then grabbed a cache from my high school stomping grounds. Then I headed off to the goal cache.
I had been here once before and had left only slightly stumped because I had forgotten the tools I had known I'd needed. This time I didn't leave anything to chance. But the cache was right behind a persons backyard, with a low fence, and a muggle relaxing on a lawn chair DOH! This is going to take some stealth.
Armed with a multitool I made my way to cache in a semi crouch style walk. I carefully released the cache from its resting place. All the while watching the muggle to ensure I don't draw any attention. Once in hand I dash back to the car. A clever cache indeed! I signed log and carefully put it back. Not before taking some photos for personal reference.
I wound up grabbing one final cache before going to have dinner with the family. A great ending to a great day!