On September 2, 2012, I found the final of the New York DeLorme Challenge, giving me my 3,000th geocaching find.
It was a good cache for my milestone find as it was the culmination of one heck of a challenge. I figured it wouldn’t take me too long to get to 4,000.
Boy was I wrong.
Fast-forward to May 23, 2015 – nearly three years later – and I finally reached 4,000. It didn’t go as planned, but that’s OK as the 4,000th turned out to be a whole heap of fun.
My original goal was to make a big push and have my 4,000th be GeoWoodstock. And though that would have been cool, I don’t think it would have been as meaningful.
Instead, GeoWoodstock still left me 22 shy of the milestone. So, I wanted to see if I could get a bunch of caches that day and make the trading event that night my 4,000th.
A few friends from a past GeoWoodstock – Gary and Wes – even joked they should get a cake for the occasion.
Anyway, in the early afternoon, we went out and grabbed 10 or so caches and then came back to GeoWoodstock. After the event officially ended, we went at it again, grabbing a bunch of caches throughout the area and … the one before we went back to the event was 3,999.
Off we went to the event and when we got there, I was surprised with – you guessed it – a cake. Gary and Wes had big old smiles on with this one. I also had the chance to bust out my 4,000th find pathtag, which I had been holding on for a while. I traded and gifted a whole bunch of them at the event.
What was fun was just being able to celebrate a milestone like that with several people. I’ve always tried to make my 1,000 milestones something special, and this is no different. One of my Day Zero goals is to reach 5,000 finds, so I’m hoping by 2017 (when my Day Zero ends), I’ll have a legit shot at getting there.
The event was a blast and made the weekend that much better. The two people I was traveling with this weekend each reached milestones (500 and 2,000) and one person at my night event on Thursday reached their 6,000th find at that event. So it was super fun all around, though.
It took a long time to reach 4,000, but it was well worth it when I got there. I look forward to the next 1,000 as well!
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