Monday was the final day of my vacation, so, of course, I needed to make it a geocaching adventure of sorts. The road took me back to Binghamton for the second time and besides a couple of stops at some stores, there was some geocaching to be had (and dinner at Cracker Barrel!)
We hit 11 caches that day, dodging rain here and there (nothing major, but a little every once in a while, then the sun would come out).
I also picked up a rubber stamp that day, which proved to be very important. I had wanted to be able to do some letterbox hybrids. So while at AC Moore, I found a softball stamp. Thought it fit, so I grabbed it and a thing of ink. Now, I’ve gone from paperless back to paper caching. I think it’s easier to do a route if you have everything out in front of you. Though it takes longer to print and you have to have the ink/paper, I feel it works better.
We get to the one park where we’re going to hit three caches and I see one is even closer. In the same park. I don’t have it printed, however. But, I had my PDA with me, so I checked. It was a letterbox hybrid! So, I made sure the stamp and the ink were in my cache pack and we set out.
Ahh, but detours happen, no? We started one way and all of a sudden we’re going further away. Argh!
Maybe seeing this should have given me the head’s up, no?
We turned around and found the letterbox and I happily put my stamp in the log book. We then headed toward the second and third caches. In this park, there are signs with exercises and all, so I’m sure people use the trails a lot. But, the park also runs next to some private property. We went past two gates and it was quite original on how the owner wanted to keep people off his property.
We got both of the caches in that area. One took a pretty decent hike down and up a hill and the second ended up being a 50mm ammo can, which is always welcomed. I grabbed a micro geocoin that had been there for a while to help it along. From there, it seemed the final cache in the park was on the edge of the park, so after dodging some rain (and hail!), we got back to the car and went to a parking lot up front. We were barely 125 feet away, so we found it quickly and signed the log. I also thought it would be a good spot to place this guy:
From there, we found a bunch of others. A couple of micros and all, but it was starting to get cold, too! The one I was super pumped about was getting one I had DNF’d before — Vestal is Gore-gous too. We were ready to call it good, but I decided to go back one last time and see if I could see something. I did as something looked slightly amiss. I pulled some rocks away and whammy! There it was. Rescued a TB there, too.
Something else was pretty cool. Not sure if this is done all over, but it seems in the one area here, when someone reaches, 1,000 finds, someone releases a Golden Ammo Can in their honor. I found my first of these on this trip and it was pretty cool. Here’s what it looks like:
This hide also turned out to be a little harder than it should have. I looked at the location three or four times and didn’t even realize it was there. So awful!
One that I’ve wanted to do is also one called “What is this made out of?”
The cache is somewhere on this:
Needless to say, I didn’t find it. I’ll look again next time I’m there, but I looked pretty close and couldn’t figure where it might be. Rather nuts, I must say.
Anyway, a quick (well, somewhat) stop at Cracker Barrel for dinner was next. We waited about 10 minutes to get dinner, then they served us at different points, so it was longer than expected. After filling up the gas tank, we went for one more. It was in a park I’ve cached before, but it had a TB I really wanted because it had something to do with my college alma mater.
It was a good, long walk after dinner. Found the cache, signed the log and grabbed the TB. That ended the day with 11 finds and, also, ended my vacation. Argh. It was back to work the next day.
Overall though, a great short vacation with a lot of caching. I did some more caching since, and I’ll catch up with those reports soon.