A bit about us...

We are a modern family of three, living on less than two acres with a 3,000 square foot garden that meets our produce needs and allows us to share with friends and neighbors. Our laying flock of chickens seems to expand each year as we raise chicks each Spring to replace older hens. This blog is more of a journal, if you will, for us to chronicle and share our experiences in the yard, garden and kitchen. It is our hope that along the way a few folks might learn something, be entertained, or simply enjoy sharing in our stories and the lessons we learn on a daily basis. I named the blog after the times when I am the happiest, when I am elbow deep in earth.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Another milestone, 100!

Easter is one of the holidays we alternate with Lexi's mom, so we were excited to have her this year.  She arrived in the morning, searched for the eggs the Easter Bunny had left around the house for her, and even stumbled upon a basket of goodies as well.  :-)

Easy grab for #99
Since we weren't having a big elaborate meal for the holiday, we decided to go out and hit our milestone of 100 caches found as a family before returning home for homemade pizza - Lexi's favorite meal to help prepare. We headed for Tecumseh and let her make a quick grab for our #99.

We spotted one nearby with some history to learn and made an attempt there for our big 100.  This effort turned up empty, but we didn't let that get us down.

Can you see her in there? #100
When we spotted a whole series dedicated to Eagle Scouts, we decided it was a perfect match. We dropped our first travel bug find into it as a celebration and also picked one up while we were there.

Lexi, again was eager to make the find, so we actually stayed in the car and watched while she went into a thicket and retrieved it.  She was SO proud to have done it all on her own.  What fun this turned out to be!

After logging our find and the trackable exchange, we headed home to make a meal as a family and celebrate the holiday together. It was a Sunday well spent!

#101, our first STF
We recently upgraded to a Premium membership on geocaching.com and I have begun receiving notifications of new caches in our area.  I received a notice about a cache not far from home, so we swung by after work for a quick Second to Find.  It was a nano tucked inside this cute lawn decoration outside a business.  So cute.  I am always entertained by how many of these are hidden so near so many places we come and go from and just never knew they were there!

When I explain caching to folks who are unfamiliar, I try to cite locations that they are familiar with to show them how widespread it really is and it always surprises people that caches are hidden so near places they frequent without the knowledge of those not on the hunt.  Those poor, unknowing muggles! :-)

Stage one, the data for #102
The next day, we stopped at a cemetery we had never been to out of curiosity, and surprise, surprise, there was a multistage waiting for us there.  We had some trouble locating the second stage as I believe the coordinates may be off.  We did the math required, but found the cache about 50 ft from where it should have been.  Other hunters had logged similar findings, so it was nice to know we weren't alone.  This was a case of using our "geosense" to think through where it possibly could be since it wasn't where the coords led us.  Experience paid off in that regard, resulting in one more smiley for the log!

We have begun paying attention to what days of the year we have cached on and so we will start trying for more one or two cache days to fill in our calendar.  It will take us at least 4 years to fully fill it in, since we didn't think about doing so until after leap day this year.  Oops!  That said, it's a great excuse to take a break most any day and clear our heads while seeking smileys along the way!

One at a time or 20 in a day, it's all good, clean fun.  We are thrilled to mark our first 100 and can't wait for the next milestone!  (Officially the next recognized one is 250)

To read other entries about our caching adventures, click here.

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