What in the name of … am I still in the Northeast?
It was Easter when we were still getting snow. Now all of a sudden Mother Nature seems to have released her hold on winter.
Spring seems to have arrived. (Don’t worry… there’s talk of rain coming in, and maybe a morning with snow showers).
I can’t complain, that’s for sure – especially with blue skies and sun aplenty in recent days.
Now, I’m sure rain will be coming soon enough. We always get some spring showers. And it’s still cold in the overnight, which includes frosted windows on the car in the morning. But that’s fine. Seeing the excellent weather is outstanding.
That also means geocaching. It also just means getting outside a bit more and trying to do more things. Softball season is quickly approaching as the season is supposed to begin the week leading into Memorial Day.
I’m also in search of my 4,000th geocaching find. At this moment, I’m at 3,838. That means, I’m 162 away, so I should have no problem reaching that goal… but it’s when I do it.
I always attempt to make my 1,000 milestones something special. For 1,000, it was The Spot (GC39, the oldest active geocache to the East of the Mississippi River), for 2,000 it was Europe’s First (in Ireland), and for 3,000 it was the final for the New York Delorme Challenge.
I’m hoping 4,000 can be at Geowoodstock XIII on May 23.
This could be easy or it could be hard, all depending. First, I’m going to, obviously, have to do some caching between now and then. But it’s the two weeks leading in that scare me. The week before, I will be heading to ASP Geobash 10, a mega event in Western New York. I’m figuring on a day of about 25-40 geocache finds, all depending.
See, the thing about this is that I need Geowoodstock to be the exact 4,000th (I will log whatever is my 4,000th find as I keep things in order and won’t change things around to make it work), and I plan on going down the Thursday night before and have all day Friday to cache. So I don’t want to make it so hard where I have to go super crazy to get it, but at the same time, I don’t want to have to skip caching the day before just to make Geowoodstock my 4,000th find.
This is going to take some planning, that’s for sure.
But the good part of this is that the weather is changing and I’m getting interested in being outside to geocache again. This past winter… I couldn’t have cared less. In fact, I went January-March without one find. And heck, my only find in December was an event.
I’m truly looking forward to hitting some megas this spring and summer, too. As of now, I have plans for four – ASP Geobash, Geowoodstock, Berkshire Geobash, and the NY/NJ Mega (which is on my birthday).
I’m also looking at going out to Seattle for the Groundspeak Block Party in August, and I’m really interested in going to the Midwest Geobash in July, but the latter two are all pending on travel and finances. Honestly, it might be more of a … do one or the other. As much as Groundspeak’s Block Party would be a lot of fun, I wonder if I wouldn’t be better off going out to Seattle in a different month for cheaper flights and just visiting Groundspeak etc. Either way, that decision needs to be made soon as I don’t want to wait much longer to buy flights.
Honestly, though? Those last two are icing. The other ones are easily done and I’m looking forward to them.
Truthfully, I’m just looking forward to getting outside and being more active. And catching a few baseball games. And playing softball. Maybe I’ll even play a round or three of disc golf. And geocache. Oh yes, there will be geocaching.
Now get outside and enjoy the warmth. Winter will be here before you know it!
Side note: I figured out how to darken the type here a bit… that makes me happy. Now I have to figure out how to make that default.
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