Looking back to April 1...
After a marvelous time with family, Lexi asked those who could to join us for a little geocaching so she could share her love and skill for it with them. Unfortunately, most everyone had pressing plans, with the exception of her "Uncle Joshy." He had expressed interest earlier in the day, so after a little clean up at the party, we headed out to see if we could show Josh how to cache. We figured we would catch a few smileys and he would want to head home before it got too late in the evening. After all, we didn't set out until after 3:00 in the afternoon...
|"Let's hide this a little better"|
|#63 was in this |
|2 people INSIDE it, |
with room to spare
|Stage 1 of find #66|
|Stage 2, find #66|
|Stage 1, find #67|
|Stage 2, find #67|
|Stage 3, find #67|
|Clever hide, find #69|
|Find #70 was a first time hide for |
the owner of the cache
|#71 - So clever!|
|The log was a tiny roll|
inside this little plastic flap
After this exciting find, we could put off dinner no longer. We had been out all afternoon, it was getting cooler and we were more than ready to sit down, warm up and fill our bellies!
|Cache and Ham|
Our find #73 was hanging quietly in a tree at the local park-and-ride. Josh and Shane made the grab, and our little ham had to have her picture taken with it. It was getting late, but, according to my count, we were so close to 20 for the day, the guys decided to grab a couple more to get the milestone. Returning to very near the statue from the second stage of a multi-stage earlier in the day, the boys found an ammo box hidden in some trees not far from a parking area.
|#74 contained a super cool travel "bug"|
|Another guardrail cache, find #75|
|Find #76 total|
Lexi was such a trooper all day long. She had attended a birthday picnic in her honor, and then spent the whole afternoon and evening out and about bonding with family while sharing her love for "treasure hunting" with her Uncle Joshy. She, understandably, slept through the last couple finds.
When we got home, the little monkey and I got into pajamas and ready for bed. Shane and Josh set about creating an account for Josh on Geocaching.com and logging his finds. This was when we discovered that I miscounted our success. We had not done 20. It was actually 19. We had logged a "needs maintenance" and I had accidentally, in my tired haze, counted it as a find. I felt just awful, and still do. Nevertheless, whether 20 finds or not, we had an absolutely smashing good time with family seeing places we would not otherwise see and learning things we never would have known. It was, without a doubt, time incredibly well spent. What we had intended to be a short trip out to share our hobby with family turned out to be so much more than we could have ever hoped for and we can't wait to do it again real soon!
Read older posts about geocaching here.