Monthly Archives: April 2013

Updates on geocaching, some camping and more.

It has been a hard month to sit down and get a blog out. Busy month helping to complete the house sale here, and purchase a home in Florida (not mine). It was my mother and I that took a trip to Florida to move half the house first and will be making the final trip soon. While in Florida we did some camping….my mother’s first. Even as a child she had never been camping before. Did do some cabin stays in West Virginia many years ago (I was very young) but otherwise no actual camping inside a tent or anything close. She enjoyed it quite a it though, which I was surprised. Granted we did leave before some rain moved in and the weather was quite nice. Additionally, we stayed at Little Manatee River State Park which is a very nice park with full updated facilities (aka restrooms/showers). The site was quite and secluded enough for sleeping but open enough to be safe and have a little interaction with fellow campers (mostly RVers of various sizes). Lots of wildlife too. In the camp site itself, we share space with small family of spotted skunks (that’s right…skunks, but don’t worry, no spraying occurred). We saw a decent sized turtle (I actually saw two), a deer, rabbits and a few other small mammals. The great take away is that my mom says she would entertain camping again. Sounds great for the future in case I want to do some family related camping trips.

Also while in Florida (and both on the drive down and back) did a tiny bit of geocaching (and one munzee). Main objective was to add as many states as I could that I had not found caches in before. Only added two: North & South Carolina. Florida I already had and Georgia I missed due to darkness both ways. Maybe on the next trip, although timing may preclude me from that again (darkness during travel through Georgia). Outside of the trip I have completed some personal goals like getting another CITO* and as of this writing, only a couple caches away from being the most caches found in a month and making 2013 my most productive (most finds) caching year (88 in 2010 the previous record). I’m also way ahead of the personal goal of making it to 400 (currently 365) by September 2013.

Also got the bike out and did a quick ride and tested the bike out. It needs a bit of work on the gear controls, or complete replacement…which may just have me looking for a new bike. I’m sure I’ll be taking full advantage of the weather and flat terrain in Florida to do some biking because I certainly haven’t done so here.

Right now, things are still on target to be in Florida by early next Month. Probably will still be busy, but in part that will be because I’ll be out and about A LOT caching, kayaking, biking and filming and photographing the whole time.

*Cache In, Trash Out, a specific icon event that is designed to be for events that have volunteers cleaning up trash and other items from the environment, whether a park or just roadside.

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March Monthly Summary and Recap

March 2013 is the first real month back caching for me since September 2011. I did have three finds in February, as I was still not sure I wanted to return to Geocaching at that time.
Now that I’m back, I like to keep track of my progress, in part because I’m just that big of a geek, but also because it may just keep me interested for a more consistent basis. So lets dive right in:

  • 44 total caches found & attended (this is a new all time record, replacing April 2010)
  • 16 days cached (previous record was 14 days in April 2010)
  • of the 16 days cached, 11 were new unique calender dates
  • I reached the 300 finds threshold on March 9, 2013.
  • Broke the old consecutive days with a find of 5, getting six days in a row from March 5 to March 10.
  • I added two new icons (cache types) never found before. Wherigo & Webcam
  • So far, 2013 has the highest cache find rate of .5165 on 3/31 & .0808 all time find rate of the same date.
  • On the way to achieving goal of 150 unique days (March started at 108 and ended at 119).
  • Also added two new Difficulty/Terrain grid blocks, 2×4.5 on 3/25 and then 3×2.5 twice on 3/31.
  • The finds this month moved March from a cumulative rank of 5th to 2nd, from 19 total to 63 total.

I also attended two events this month, one not really that social, at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in DC (first ever event cache I attended in DC). The other was a nice little dinner meet in Rockville, MD. I’m hoping I can also make the April event (it is every first Wednesday of the month, but April is my last month in Maryland).

Some of the statistics and increase in cache finds was thanks in part to the ever increasing number of new caches in Maryland. Even to go out and get nearby caches isn’t that hard. I’m far from finding all the caches around home, work, etc.

One observation, at least for this month, the first real full month since I last cached in late 2011, Small cache size and Micros have really taken over. Regular sizes are really becoming more and more rare like the large size.

There may be more to tell, but that is pretty much the jest. It is my first monthly summary. I’m also working on a page just focused on firsts in caching adventures. April may not be as eventful.

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