Hello and welcome to my first Geocaching Adventures post. Geocaching is a puzzle for the mind that you can physically engage in and I am hoping to employ it to better my physical fitness. Today it served its goal, if I hadn’t gone on my Geocaching adventure I wouldn’t have found a new park and I wouldn’t have come close to my step goal, instead I beat it. I found three caches on my adventures yesterday, all of them were nearby my home base location and they brought me up to 39 finds. I will do my best to detail the adventures to find the caches without giving away spoilers but just be warned there may be a few spoilers.
Steps Walked On Caching Adventure: Approximately 10,600 steps*
I get this number by subtracting my end step count from my best recollection of the starting step count, in this case, around 3,100.
It’s my birthday and I can cache if I want to!
To start off my day I went looking for a large cache that I could drop off a trackable in. The “It’s my birthday and I can cache if I want to!” cache fit the bill and was the closest one in the area that I thought would be big enough. It was a little bit of a trek from my place given that half the way there was no sidewalk but as I found on my journey today people in my neighborhood don’t really rely on sidewalks that much. At first when I arrived in the area I wanted to search an area that was nowhere near where my GPS was taking me. After a little bit of thinking, and looking behind me, I found an area that matched what I was looking for. From there it wasn’t hard to find the cache. It was quite large, either the largest or second largest cache I have ever found.
While I was there I dropped off Herman. Here is a picture from the beginning of Herman’s long adventure with me that started off with a ride along in my patrol car.
It took me quite a while to get Herman back on his path because I had meant to take him to New Mexico on a trip and he got left in the wrong bag then stayed in that bag for a while. Now he is back off on his journey to see how far he can go. I was a little puzzled because people posted after I picked him up of their seeing him… Maybe I just don’t get how those functions of Geocaching work. In putting Herman into the box I felt sad, I get connected to stuffed animals and toys. Plus, how can you argue with that smile and one eye 0).
In Herman’s place I picked up Love Tag. Love Tag has a cute idea behind it and since I was recently engaged I feel like it is fate that I found it today. Here is a picture of Love Tag from when I got home.
From there I went to find Mini Micro which was a distance from where I thought it would be. This cache was located in a beautiful park but like all things tree related it was a bit sticky with sap. If you plan to go after this one I would either bring gloves or something to remove sap from your hands because there is about 0 chances that you won’t get sap on you. I took a couple of pictures of the park because I was quite surprised by that there was a park in the area.
Pants Preferred Park: Plural Perch
I swear I was able to keep my pants on for this adventure but it was hard 😛 This one was quite questionable at first. I started to walk towards where the cache indicated the trailhead was an I could have sworn a sign at then end of the road read “No Trespassing” but instead as I got closer I read “No Turning around”. As soon as I found the little path to the side of the large white wall and found the gate I knew I was in.
My adventure through this park was quite amazing. There were wooden bridges and walkways along with primitive trails, IN THE CITY! I am going to have to go back there on a walk with my Wolf Pup (fiance). While I was looking for the first waypoint I was quite saddened as I stumbled upon a doggy grave. Just the thought of a beloved pet passing away makes me sad and it was obvious that this pet was beloved as they built a beautiful grave.
After finding the first waypoint I made my way as rapidly as I could to waypoint two. I found it but as I was writing in it I noticed I was sitting right next to stinging nettle. I managed to get the cache without getting stung by nettle. Before I go I will leave you with one last picture from the park, I can’t wait to return.