Today was all about making the most out of the time I had.
Starting tomorrow, my week will get a little hectic and busy. So today needed to be a last minute catch up, a day off, a caching day, a family day, and a Fathers Day Celebration all wrapped into one....
I woke up early today. Just after 5:30am. I got ready, dressed in work clothes and headed off to a nearby store to complete a visit before the week was over. I spent 3 hours there and then continued on towards Sacramento, CA (Approx 1 hour away) to partake in a Geocaching event for Flag Day.
I got to meet up with some old friends, and make some new ones. As always, with events, great food, conversation, and company.
Many Thanks goes out to LostSailRs for hosting, and for the Raffle Prize! I get hide a "Large" soon!
After having a great time at the event I decided I wanted to grab the cache nearby in the lot before I left the area.
I was walking over to it while some other cachers were looking... I asked them if they had any luck and they all said no. The cache seems to be missing...
Someone mentioned where they thought it might be, due to its hint, the object at GZ, and previous logs. So thinking the cache might have fallen from reach I offered to grab my cache mobile and bring over my various TOTTs.
Once I got back to GZ with all the goodies I set everything up, stepped up to make myself taller and used another one of my TOTTs to fish for the cache.
My first attempt was unsuccessful. So I tried again, this time it felt like I might have pushed the cache further... so I began to pull my TOTT back.... and wouldn't you know what was attached to the other side?! The Cache! "I got it!! I got it!!" Shouting and clapping ensued. And a picture was even taken. We all passed the log around for everyone to sign and then it was replaced - this time with care as to not go missing again.
After all the caching excitement was over, I continued on my mission for a somewhat 'day off'. I continued up the freeway to visit my Mother. We had a nice chat, and watched some fun shows before I headed off again for Sushi, time to chat with my old Boss and ultimately my trek to see my dad.
After stopping and purchasing some flowers, balloons and cards I made my way to the Memorial Park where my dad and great grandfather were buried. I placed the balloons and flowers on both their graves and spent a short amount of time just remembering my dad. It's hard to believe its been two years since he passed...
My final stop for the night before heading home was go my grandparents house. Where I think I accidentally woks up my Papa by ringing the door bell. Oops.
I spent almost an hour visiting with my Nana after wishing my Papa a Happy Fathers Day. It was great feeling, catching up with family.
Now, I back at home. Safe an sound. The thoughts of work flooding my mind once more. Guess it's time for relaxation and sleep...
GC4e1aa - I lost my taco at the beach! on 13 Jun 2014
This cache has been in my nightmares since I started Geocaching again.
I remember one day in January, taking my lunch here at this location just so I could attempt this cache. I looked everywhere... at least everywhere I could reach...
I also remember talking with GeoTabG about this cache. He told me he was able to just reach it... I think it was at this point that I said something along the lines of, "well then I won't be able to reach it from the ground!" GTG is taller than me you see... The Fae is a vertically challenged individual. She wears heels some times to hide that fact, but every night the heels come off and she is a lowly 5 foot 2 inches tall.
I've tried to grab this cache on numerous occasions since that first attempt. However, the lot always seemed so busy. Apparently, everyone likes tacos...
Today, I was coming back into Napa to check my mail. I had worked in Novato today and got finished early enough to head towards Napa instead of home, to Vallejo.
After grabbing my mail, I thought about which geocache I wanted to nab a smiley from today - and I remembered this one. I would really love to get it off my "DNR" list (Did Not Reach...), and so I decided it would be a good day to try out the crates I had recently placed in the back of my cachemobile.
I pulled up to GZ, and wouldn't you know, they were doing construction on the place! A nice big construction vehicle was parked right in front of the cache, blocking my searching from anyone peering over from the street. Now all I had to worry about was the lovely muggles from the drive through.
First, I walked around GZ once again, just to make sure there was nothing I could reach from ground level. Nope... Okay, time for the crate. I grabbed myself a crate and placed it where I thought it might be... I stepped up and moved my hand around a bit... Nope... Nope... GOT IT!! Woohoo!
I quickly signed the log, and placed the cache back where I had found it. Now, I suppose it's a good time as any to mention my footwear for today's cache hunt... Remember, I'd just come from work... in fact I was conducting interviews all day - so I had to look my best. So naturally I put on my 4 inch heels. Well, I also just happened to forget to place my flip flops in my car this morning and found myself standing on a crate, sitting on uneven grass, in 4 inch heels...
GC56RYK - "The Lannisters Send Their Regards" on 12 Jun 2014
FTF @ 2:44pm! Woohoo!!!
Today is my only day off for the week. So I slept in until after 9am. When I did get out of bed, I kinda just lounged around the house, until I got hungry. I finally got ready for the day and went and bought some lunch at Habit Burger in Vallejo.
After lunch, I decided I didn't really want to hang around the house all day anyway, so I went to do some caching in nearby Crockett. I found a total of 6 finds today in Crockett, which brought me up to find 1,100!
I was about to head home, while talking with GeoTabG through Google Hangout and he suggested I go try the cache that published this morning. He then proceeded to tell me two people couldn't find it already.
I decided it was kinda on the way home anyway, so I directed myself to GZ. When I got there, I began searching in all the places I would hide a cache. I came up empty. Cars were passing by, I'm sure I was getting looks. I tried to look as inconspicuous as possible.
I took another minute to read the cache description and hint - hoping it would help me come up with something I had not thought of... I'm not sure if it was the hint, or if it was just dumb luck... but right after reading the hint I decided to check something else out. I reached up, and felt around--- "FOUND IT!" I was so excited I nearly dropped my phone.
I pulled the log out, and it was clean! What an awesome way to end a caching day! I ran back to the car because, in my excitement, I forgot my pen... I signed the log, and placed the cache back exactly how I found it. Thanks to ZombieMozart for the new cache near home - and the FTF opportunity!
The morning started off fairly normal. Got up, got ready for work (maybe a little slower than normal due to my bee sting from yesterdays FROGS event), and ultimately got to work.
The day began to change when I was unable to leave my store for lunch. I've done this before, but today, for some reason, I got a terrible headache because of it. I began to spend a little more time in the office, away from the noise and the customers just to keep my head from pounding out of my skull.
My closing manager finally came in to relieve me. It took all I had to give her the rundown of the day, and ask if there was anything else she needed from me before I left. She said all was good on her end - So I left. I got to my car, closed my eyes and tried to relax, just for a minute... I think it made it a little worse - because all the sudden I began to feel nauseous too.
I got onto my phone and messaged my good friend GeoTabG. I told him how I was feeling and that I might try to grab one of my rainy day caches today because of how I was feeling.
But then I remembered I still had not grabbed this cache, in AmCan on the way home... I asked if he would take pity on me and help me find the cache quickly. He graciously agreed and gave me a fairly full proof hint - so I could grab the cache, and go.
It took a little longer than expected to get to ground zero because of the traffic from Napa to Vallejo. But after a few red lights, and some moments of pain from my headache I made it to GZ.
Even with my hint from GTG, I still began my search in the wrong spot. So, I used another hint... 4Woodys mentioned they left their signed cup at GZ when they couldn't find the actual cache - so I began to look for that instead. It worked... I found their cup - grabbed it, and saw their name. Then, as I looked down I saw the cache! Right where their cup was! It was practically on top of the cache!
I grabbed the cache container, signed the log, placed it back inside and put the container back where I found it. For those brief moments I forgot about my headache, my nausea, and my bee sting on my foot from the day before...
It's the small things in life that make all the difference. And the moment I found that cache all the pain went away... That was until I got back in the car - my nausea got worse, and my head started pounding harder...
I spent another 10-15 minutes getting home to Vallejo... thanks to traffic and all... but I'd like to thank the three people who made that momentary relief possible - The cache owner, for hiding the cache, GTG for helping me make a quick easy find, and 4Woody's for placing their cup right where I needed it to be!
I am now home again, I've rested for about 4 hours - finally ate some food, and drank some water - and I'm ready for my day off tomorrow, to begin!
This has been quite an adventure. And I wouldn't change any of it for the world.
I stopped geocaching for the majority of 2012 and 2013 and I wish I could take it back and start again.
Today marks my 1000th find since I started in 2009 and it has been a whole lot of fun. I've made a ton of friends along the way.
I drove across the country to be here today and it was an experience that was well worth it.
I'm so grateful for this crazy thing we call a hobby to bring me closer to community, nature and to learn so much about myself and what I can do as a person!
Thanks for being my 1000th cache milestone! Can't wait for next year!