The first one we ever found
I turned thirty last week and I wanted to find 30 geocaches for turning 30. I planned 42 for us to look for, because sometimes one has been stolen (referred to as muggled in the geocaching world) or is just beyond our capabilities when we get there. I figured that would get us to at least 30, if not more. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a few important things into account when planning a geocaching marathon weekend.
We usually look for pretty easy geocaches, especially when Little Miss is with us. However, when one multi cache takes us more than an hour and we only have about three hours to find eight, it probably isn’t the best use of our geocaching weekend and maybe could wait for a different day.
2. State Parks Are Busy On Holiday Weekends!
I love that my birthday is the day before the 4th of July but when geocaching, crowds are not your friends. Half the park being shut down to regular visitors due to a Civil War reenactment and having to forfeit seven geocaches on that side of the park does not help either. Double check with places you plan on going ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
3. I Do Not Do Well In Temps Above 85!
I love geocaching but I do not like too much heat. I would gladly geocache in the rain, but bump the day’s high up to 90 and I’m wilting by about noon. Starting super early (like around 7 am) and finishing up at noon would have been much more successful on my end. (I know there are geocachers who would tell me to suck it up. I’m just not that girl!)
4. Avoid Taking Those Who Would Hold You Back
Little Miss loves geocaching but only has energy for about 3-5 quick ones before she’s done. Her patience level is not where ours is. Also, for a couple of geocaches we had a college friend of mine along. Not a bad thing, but geocaching marathons are not where you want to interest newbies.
5. Sleep is Important!
Last weekend, we were going going going for four days straight. Late to bed, early to rise, makes Charyse cranky and leads to her demise! We spent time with people who we don’t usually see for four different events and I think that’s more important than struggling all night long trying to finish my geocache goal. Marathon weekends work better when the weekend is dedicated to just geocaching to avoid exhaustion.
So did I make it to 30 geocaches? Well, no. We made it to 21. Do I feel like the weekend was a bust? Goodness, no! I had a blast, between a day spent with just my little family, a day of geocaching and BBQ, visiting with college friends at my alma mater, time with just Sergeant Lobster while Little Miss visited Grandma’s house, a rodeo with church friends, and a graduation party for my cousin. Not too shabby for a girl who usually stays home all week!
Not sure what geocaching is? It’s pretty awesome but I’m not going to explain it here. Go to the Geocaching website and watch the video: http://www.geocaching.com/guide/