Shane was presented with the opportunity to golf with a coworker from his department St. Patty's Day morning. OF course, he jumped at the chance. He rarely spends time "out with the guys" like that, so I was all for it. I had some errands to run, including a manicure appointment, so I just took the little monkey with me and started the day. When we were done with our nails, we ran a couple more errands and Lexi thought it would be a good idea to do some "treasure hunting" until Daddy was done "playing with his friends." :-) Sure do love that little girl! I agreed, so we headed out.
I spotted one that I thought would be an easy park and grab for Lexi, so we drove up to this light post. I was wrong. It was not at the base like I expected. We couldn't find it quickly, so we took a few minutes for a bathroom break and returned to take a second look. With more careful inspection, we found it in that metal box that was hanging on the side of the pole, in a magnetic key holder. Sneaky! We logged our find and moved to a less populated area to avoid the prying eyes of "muggles."
|No camo, what-so-ever|
|Just as we found #45|
She thoroughly enjoyed the walk through this park and was eating up the chance to get a bit of sunshine in March. (I must say, I really did too!) Having found the only two in this particular park, we logged our finds and headed back to the car. We learned of another in a small plot of preserved prairie in the industrial section of town, so we headed there next. We hunted with no luck, but Shane joined us there to continue an afternoon of caching.
|#46 was in here|
|2 to choose from, which could we help?|
The travel bug in this cache was called Del Sol, and it's goal was to get somewhere tropical. Since we wouldn't really even be heading south anytime soon, we decided to leave it behind. (If you want to see where it has been and where it is headed, you can track it at http://www.geocaching.com/track/travelbug.aspx by entering its code: ZVFHZA.)
The geocoin, however, called Cursed Pirate's Booty Geocoin, was released 1/9/09 with the goal of visiting as many caches as possible. We could help with that! We were very close to our 50th find, so we decided we would take it with us to a few caches and leave it in the 50th for someone else to find, commemorating our achievement. Something to note: this coin was surprisingly heavy and ornate. It now makes sense why these coins are so much more expensive than the TBs. TBs run about 5-6 dollars, whereas the coins range more like 10-13 dollars. I didn't write down the code from the coin, but you can track it here: http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TB2CRBT.
Next, we headed back to more populated areas to look for a couple more. Our find #47 was cleverly tucked inside a fence post with no cap, hanging from another piece of the fence. I have learned to explore items that look out of place or loose, and this time it paid off. Shane had thoroughly combed the area for other likely spots before I made this find.
Its log was smartly attached to a bent paper clip, allowing for easier re-rolling and also easier extraction from the tube. We continue to gather great ideas for cache containers, placement and logs as we add smileys to our map.
As litter-ridden and rural as this area was, there was still some striking beauty in the area. These thistle remains from last year were just beautiful with the brilliant blue sky as their backdrop. Me being the camera fool I am, I couldn't resist a shot or two before we left.
As we were walking back to the car, Lexi informed me that every man hole cover she encountered "required" a dramatic bow. We shall see if she remembers this as she continues to encounter them on our hunts. :-)
This had been a wonderful afternoon of caching, but we decided to stop at find #48 for the day and head home to accomplish a few things before bed time crept up on us. We would need to go out soon to hit the magical round number 50!