This past weekend, I got out on a sunny but cool Sunday afternoon. The goal was simple, to find some spots to place a few geocaches in a local state park.
Several of the spots are for a geocaching challenge the parks in this region are doing this summer (launching Memorial Day weekend). Others are for me to place as there are some good spots.
I did this solo, which I don’t always do when it comes to caching. But it was nice, nobody was around, and I needed to get this done.
And it was nice.
But it also made me realize that I want to do some caching soon and take advantage of the expected good weather. So off I went.
For the day, I hiked around the park and logged a bit more than four miles, according to my FitBit. I explored parts of the park I had never really been to, finding good spots for geocaches in each of those spots.
It really is a cool park. It’s great for walking, the elevation changes aren’t bad, and it’s scenic.
Spoiler alert for some local cachers – I also found what I thought would be a good spot for an event and contacted the park today. Though there is a nice picnic area at the parking lot, my idea for this event is to get people out to walk some and see some other parts of the park. We’ll see how it goes.
But it also made me realize I need to cache more. I miss getting out to places like this and finding caches. I am not a massive fan of caching solo, as I think I’ve mentioned here before. It’s just not as fun. Of course, much of that is based on urban-style caching. If there are caches out in the woods, or on a trail and I feel like I can do it without being watched, I’m OK with it. That can actually be fun in a solo capacity.
I’ve been peeking around for some upcoming summer trips. I think I’m going to get the Empire Pass this year (free admission into state parks) and see if I can investigate some, even if it’s a solo trip somewhere. It should make for some good photography and hopeful geocaching. I need to push myself a bit more to hit up more than the quickies. After all, it’s about the journey, right?
How about you? Any spring/summer geocaching plans?
(Note: For those who like certain aspects in geocaching, there should be a couple of “surprises” in the featured photo at the top!)
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