Blog Template Musings about Geocaching: 2007-09-23

Musings about Geocaching

Thursday, September 27, 2007

My "Milestone Celebration" Event was a great success

I had never hosted an Event before. Although my friends might disagree with this, I am basically a shy, insecure person, and am uncomfortable in a large group of people. Or, I used to be that way at other social gatherings. Geocaching Events have been different.

Since I had a Milestone of my own occurring on September 26, I overcame my reluctance and posted the "A Milestone Celebration" Event about two and a half weeks ahead of time.

It was great to get a good response on the cache page by people saying they would Attend. That night, at the Peter Piper Pizza place in Rancho San Diego, more than 50 people showed up.

I had a great time, I never sat down even once, and never once thought about getting my camera out to take some pictures . . . I am grateful to everyone who attended. SlabyFam even drove all the way from Corona to Attend. I am especially thankful to my closest Geocaching friends for their gifts, including CTYankee9 who gave me a great "Flying Spaghetti Monster" Geocoin, dillweed, 3cd's, and SEPTICTANKHANK. My friend Rita hand-painted an Ammo can for my Raffle, and Hammer stone and Lady Hiker gave me an amazing petrified oyster shell.

It was a fantastic evening and I am thankful to all the people who actually made the Event a Milestone, including FlagMan who reached 4000 caches that night, fisnjack who reached 2900 caches that night, and 3cd's who reached 1300 caches.

Hosting an Event turned out to be really fun . . . I won't hesitate to host one again if another good reason comes up.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I took a little hike today to retrieve a Yrium Card

Several years ago, a great guy whose user name was Yrium started creating some "trading cards" for his Geocaching friends. When he passed away, FlagMan continued the tradition with the help of other cachers, including SD Rowdies, who is a Photoshop expert.

Recently, a new card was created for Team Adelos, our resident "Puzzlemaster." Let's Look Over Thayer (LLOT for short) made the choice of the honoree and helped with the design.

When Princess Toadstool and I cached together in 2005 and early 2006, we made a point of seeking out these cards. I have a decent collection of them, so even though it was a bit of a hike, I decided it was worth it to get the card, and maybe then I could also finally log a find on that cache—one I have been to several times.

On the way to the cache, I had to walk past the mansion and I took a few pictures near it. This was a view of Otay Mountain off to the south.

The broken windows on one of the out-buildings made for some interesting "art."

Not too far from that interesting building is the tennis court where this abandoned chair sits.

San Diego skies rarely have pretty cumulous clouds. Today was one of those days and I got a picture of the "mansion" with Mt. McGinty in the background.

On the way back down the hill, I could feel the distance I had walked in my legs, and then I even got some leg cramps—while I was walking—something that was very strange. I guess I didn't drink enough liquid during the hike. As soon as I got home I ate a couple of bananas and drank a large glass of water.

It sure was a nice day today. Although we might get some more hot weather, it is great that for now the temperatures have moderated, so going for a hike out here in the East County is once again a mid-day possibility.

I have added a new T.B. to my herd

He was a "gift" of sorts. I found an unactivated T.B. tag in a cache and finally got around to activating it today.

I named him "Bucky the Buck-toothed Zebra" and gave him the nearly-impossible goal of getting to South Africa someday . . .


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