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I first wrote about the 366 day geocaching challenge in February 2012, when our stats page showed that in more than 5 years of geocaching, there were still 73 calendar dates out of 366 when we’d never found a single geocache. So starting on Leap Day 2012, I set out to fill in all the blanks.
A year ago today, I failed to find a single geocache. But last winter I kept working away at the other blank days until we had just one blank day left: November 28.
Aside from the 31 days of geocaching challenge in August, we haven’t done too much hunting for geocaches in the past 6 months, although we hid more than 20 new caches in August and September. So it’s a good thing something brought this challenge to mind late last week. When I checked my calendar, I realized I’d forgotten to set a reminder!!!
Anyhow, with that major oversight remedied, I did a little planning around the fact that I had to take the vehicle in for servicing today. I located a few geocaches we haven’t yet found within reasonable walking distance of the dealership, so I packed a small bag with 2 GPS receivers, a pencil, geocaching gloves, etc. and as soon as I dropped off the vehicle I headed out on foot.
I was so happy I found the very first geocache I searched for…a clear tube (known as a preform) in the center of a thick bush and buried in leaves and snow.
Then I found a second one (a micro in a spruce tree, otherwise known as MIST – one of my least favourite kinds of hides, but when you’re walking, you can’t be too particular). Then I failed to find a third one (also a MIST), so I decided to call it quits for today, with my primary mission accomplished.
As for our next big milestone, that’ll be find #4000 (about 200 finds to go). Are you currently working on any geocaching milestones or challenges?