Day Trip to Whidbey IslandSo as you can see from my last "blog", I have been planning to head to the States to do a day of caching. I headed down on a Friday morning and thought I might stay over night and cache my way home on Saturday. I had a list of about 50 caches for the trip, but several of them were just to fill in empty spots if I had the time to grab them. My plan was to get some very specific caches for challenges, or with lots of fave points as well as several Earthcaches.
|Whidbey Island Bluffs|
I did about 400 km round trip by car, but, I also did a 6.5 km round trip hike, plus another 2 km hike in hard terrain area, and in total, I logged a total of 8 Earthcaches, 1 Multi-Cache, 18 Traditional's, 2 of which where needed for a challenge cache. A total of only 27 caches, but with a total of 920 Favorite points on them. I was also able to sign a Challenge cache but need 2 more caches to be able to log it, and I was also able to log a Challenge cache I got while I was down in Las Vegas in February because the 8 Earthcaches I found have now put me over 100 Earthcache finds.
I also found a cache that was hidden in March 2001, which helps fill in a blank on my Jasmer chart.
Jasmer Challenge: One of the oldest and most popular geocaching challenges is the Jasmer Challenge. To complete the challenge, you must fill your Jasmer grid by finding caches placed in every month since geocaching began in May 2000. Popular in the United States, the Jasmer requires geocachers find one cache hidden each month since geocaching began in May 2000. To give you a sense of the breadth of this challenge, there are less than 120 caches hidden in 2000 that are still active. I still have 9 in 2000 and 2001 that I need to find....Geocaching road trip, anyone?
At the beginning of April, Oliver and I did a cache in a Library (which you can see in this "Video")
It was for the April Geochallenge where you needed to find a cache in a front yard or at a business or inside a Library. During this day trip, I actually found 4 caches that would also qualify for that challenge. One was a front yard Free Library, one was at a roadside Market shop, one was at a roadside Ice cream shop, and the other one was inside a greenhouse at a plant and flower shop.
So after my day trip, I was looking at my stats for geocaching (Yes, I'm a bit of a nerd) on "My Geocaching Profile"
I noticed that during this trip, I did the "Most Well Rounded D/T Day" which means I found 16 different combinations of Difficulty and Terrain caches. Way cool as I wasn't even planning that.
Now I am looking forward to the next time I can do a day or weekend trip just for caching. Road Trip anyone??
Other Road Trips
Headed out to Tsawwassen for a show but got into town early, so I went and grabbed a puzzle and traditional cache on the way into town.
"Boundary Bay Earthcache"
I then headed into town and grabbed several other caches. It was such a beautiful day and the sun was shining, so I just had to get out there.
I have already started looking at caches I would like to get when I head to Edmonton, Alberta in July, for my Nephew's wedding, then in August not only will I be heading to Las Vegas as always for a 4 day magic convention, where I will be there for 10 days, but I will also be taking Oliver to California for a trip to LEGOLAND!! After Vegas and LEGOLAND, I have a show in Saskatchewan that I will be flying to but will be sure to grab some caches, near the hotel and venue. Also the Gold country events will be in September and I am looking forward to heading to the Merritt, Lytton, and Ashcroft areas for it.
GeochallengeSo the Geochallenge from the "Geocaching Vlogger" for May is to find a cache involving a Mural or a cache by a mural. I have found several mural caches in the past. Usually you have to get some info from them such as counting objects or using word within them and then change that info into letters and each letter is represented by a number which helps form the cache co-ordinates.
"Lest We Forget: Veteran's Memorial Mural" for the challenge!!
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