It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about geocaching.
And that’s probably because I haven’t been doing it much. With all the other things going on in life, I haven’t really been out finding things. Part has been the weather — I’ve definitely turned into more of a fair-weather geocacher — and it’s also part because there’s not much locally I haven’t found. It makes no sense to waste gas money to travel 40 or more miles to get a micro.
So, I try and budget time for a few caches whenever I go somewhere.
As long as all goes well, that will change this weekend. Me and a few friends are going to do an old-fashioned geocaching day. It will include 20 or so caches (as long as all goes well) and an event. We’ll leave early enough to cache before the event and leave with time to hit a few more on the way home and make a fun day of catching up and caching.
I miss days like that, so hopefully it will be good to do.
The reality is, my mind has been pretty much wondering about employment. That’s why I try and mix things up, whether it be blogging, caching, the new homebrewing obsession, photography or something else. The mind needs to wander. Life isn’t grand right now, that’s for sure. But as long as I can keep my sanity, I’ll hopefully get through all of this.
Geocaching is one of those activities that help make you forget about life for a while. You get out, get a little exercise, enjoy nature and find some plastic boxes in the woods, or whatever else has been hidden.
The event is one I’ve wanted to attempt for a couple of years. In its third year, it’s held on a frozen lake. They fish, they grill, they play croquet (hell yeah!) It’s also a chance to get outside, breathe some fresh air and enjoy life a little.
Saturday’s weather forecast seems perfect for this — 27 degrees and partly cloudy. I just hope the crazy weather we’ve had yesterday and today won’t mess it up. It’s been rainy and today could reach the 50s.
We did have two weeks of frigid temperatures, so hopefully the ice is thick enough to withstand this unseasonably warm wave. It would stink to not be able to actually go out on the ice! Tomorrow is supposed to start the decline in temperatures with a high around 40 and it keeps dipping to 26 (with a few snow showers) on Friday and then 27 on Saturday.
There will be the caches, too. Though several are park-and-grabs, there are a few of bigger sizes, which is nice. I even did the planning the way I used to — somewhat in-depth, to hopefully help us grab a whole heap of caches.
There might not be a ton of snow still, but there will likely be enough to make it feel like caching in the winter. Snow poses its own set of difficulties when caching, especially when caches are low to the ground!
But, it’s nice to get out in the winter, too. There should be photo opportunities this weekend and it will be fun to catch up with a few others I haven’t hung out with in a while.
And we’ll get some smileys to boot.
Everybody needs a way to get away and escape reality. Hopefully this weekend will allow me to do so.
Now to figure out where the heck I put my GPS so I can load it and be ready!
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