ook! I hope everyone has been enjoying Thanksgiving and Black Friday! In case you missed it- my list is available online or you can just send me cash.
Yesterday, I was lured out of my lair with promise of a beautiful day and a chance to create some GeoArt. As many of you know (and have already completed) there is a puzzle series in western Indiana (around Brazil) called “Back Home Again” put together by a tireless group of wonderful cachers in the area. When all the puzzles are solved and the caches found you end up with the outline of the state of Indiana in smiley faces on your personal map- that and about 125 caches. While this isn’t new, its I nice way to showcase Indiana Trivia in a series of puzzles at various degrees of difficulty. So ProfessorZoom & Bruce packed up the MINI and headed out to help me with this. Actually ProfessorZoom had solved most of them, some with Bruce’s help since he used to teach 4th grade, I came along for fortune & glory.
If you didn’t spend any time Thanksgiving day outside you missed a simply lovely day. The three of us even spent some time topless (the MINI is a convertible). As we started out we learned a few things that I thought I would share-
- On something like this where none of the caches are in the published location, double check your coordinates, ProfessorZoom & Bruce are blaming computer errors (they used to blame me) for the coordinates that “transferred incorrectly”
- Bring a snack and lots to drink (we did, and it was nice stopping for a bit for a quick bite)
- Plan out your route so that there is a minimal amount of doubling back (we just headed out on a lark)
- Notice patterns- We spent a bit of time looking for caches that did not fit the pattern- if after 20 caches that are all within 5 feet of the road, your GPS says the next one is 3o feet down an embankment in a cave, you just might have put the solution in wrong.
- Beware of the “View Carre’” dilemma. When I was close to my 800th find I was in New Orleans- ProfessorZoom & Bruce were crunched for time and while I wanted the epic cache “View Carre’” to be my milestone, They didn’t have time to find three more caches before logging it. Yesterday it was #2,000. So while it would have been nice to have a memorable cache for that milestone (thank you Groundspeak for no longer marking milestone every 100 caches)- I have a memorable day, not a significantly memorable cache
- Be patient and know when to say when. It was a great day and we did have fun, did we get all of the caches in the series? Not yet, but for the group I was with, it wasn’t important.
While not a fan of the whole power trail thing (Some people still remember when getting 100 in a day took some effort & planning, even with over saturation), it is nice to see cachers putting in the effort to give us puzzles to solve and caches to find. Will I be back to finish the Back Home Again series? Yes, but I won’t say when- I’m still a little frightened when I get in that neck of the woods.