Me! Me! Me!
Been geocaching since Dec. '03 and it’s the one sport that will get me out walking and climbing to places where I’d never go otherwise. At the end of July DH and I, along with another couple, are heading for the Mega in Québec City.
Do you go for long hikes that require a lot of gear? It’s worth the money to splurge on a well-fitted backback with padded straps. DH is a Scout leader so backpacks are plentiful in our house. Unfortunately all of them are too big for me so I let him carry the stuff (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it) I wear my fishing vest which has ample pockets to carry my calling cards, geocoins, GPSr, pen, trading goodies, mp3 player, telephone, etc.
When it comes to caching I have a competitive streak a mile wide. We’re one of the few couples around here who cache individually, most of the others cache as couples or as families. All’s fair when searching for a ‘First to Find’ and I’m known for getting up at 4-5a.m. to check the website for new one. Then I’m on the go without waking DH. He’s the same if one pops up while I’m busy at something. I get off work at 2 p.m. so I have the drop on our biggest rival who teaches and only gets out at 4. A few weeks ago I headed straight from work to a cache in the middle of the woods dressed in skirt, hose and pumps. Scored a FTF on that one. OTOH, when we’re going for a previously found cache, we make a point of not telling the other one where we’ve found it, calling instead “Found it - it’s rectangular and dark green” and allowing the other to also find the container.
Another trait that others have noticed in me is my uncanny ability to bushwhack my way to a cache only to discover on the way back that there is a perfectly easy way to get to it. My most notorious adventure was the day I spent over an hour fighting my way to the shore through brush that would have been best dealt with by machete, only to realize that I was on the wrong side of the inlet. Another 35 minutes back to the car only to find that there was a trail about 50 feet away and I was only a 4 minute walk to the cache site. :o