Geocaching

The first time ever I went Geocaching was a couple months ago, back in November, during a family trip to Florida.

One of the days, we decided to do a day trip to a park called Bok Tower Gardens, and the information of the park said it had 6 geocaches hidden throughout the park.

I had heard of geocaching, knew more of less what it was, but had never tried. So I thought it could be a cool activity to do with the kids in the park, since they tend to find boring any parks that do not contain a playground area.

It was fun and it didn’t seem so hard. We found all the 3 caches we looked for, and hubby and the girls really enjoyed. And so did mamma, of course, but I’m the workout/exercise/walking geek of the family, and geocaching is a way to put a purpose on your hiking, right? 😉

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But then, I never tried again.

Until today!

Close to my office there is a trail that goes through some woods, and I saw in the geocaching map that the trail had a couple caches hidden there. Things are still slow in the office today (will pick up probably next week) so I decided to go for a long walk in the trail, and once there, why not try to look for the caches?

I looked.

Then I looked.

Then I looked some more.

And I found nothing.

😦

So today’s attempt made me realize it may not be as easy as I though on my first day.

I tried to find 2 of the caches there were apparently in the piece of trail I was walking at.

The first one I looked for I left with the impression I found the right spot, just was not able to spot the cache itself. The trail was all wet, and there are lots of mushy leaves covering everything, as well as moss on the tree trunks. Then, after back at the office and reading the logs for that specific cache I also realized it may be a non-traditional container. It did gave me a better idea on how to look for it, so I’m sure going back there some other day. Probably a drier day, though, for my clothes’ sake.

The second one was on a side trail and I must confess I started getting tired of walking around on wet woods all by myself. I’m still planning to find that one too. But again on a drier day, and maybe with some company to add to the fun.

Anyway, I wish I’ll have a better luck next time.

And as a note to the 2 caches I did not find today: Watch out! I’m going to come and find ya….

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The things we do for a book, take 2 – returning the book

About four weeks ago I told about my ‘little’ walk to get a book at the public library: The things we do for a book
Well… 4 weeks is the amount of time I can keep the book, meaning this week (more precisely tomorrow) I’d have to return the book back to the library.

So today I decided to go again, walking again, to return it.

My intention was to bring fully charged batteries with me this time as not to miss the chance to take a shot of the blue heron again, but when grabbing my camera, the batteries were out again and when I replacee them with my extra pair I realized they were almost running out too. Well… just almost, so there was hope, all I needed to do was not to even turn it on until I saw the heron.

But I saw none! 😦

No blue herons today.

Just a geese family:

A family of geese
A family of geese

The walk itself was a but shorter than last time, since I did not have to come back for my card.

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Today I was prepared: card, wallet, coconut water, camera (with little but some batteries) and the book of course.

The one thing I did not had on my way there was a little container. Why would I need that?

Because the trail was FULL and I really mean FULL of blackberries everywhere. Yummy, plump, sweet, tart and delicious blackberries.

Berry paradise
Berry paradise

So on my way to the Library I picked a few, but felt sad that without a container I would not be able to take advantage of such abundance to take some for later. I could only pick the ones I would be able to consume right there and right at that moment. And I did have a few.

Then, on the way back, about 60-70% of the entire trip, I started to feel the cruelty of the hot sun and decided to go for my coconut water.

While drinking my hydration pack of refreshing coconut water, looking at its little tetra-pack container I realized that once the water was gone (and it would be very soon) the water carton could easily become a berry container. Yay!

2 hours after leaving my office, I came back with a extremely red face, all sweaty, but happily carrying a little carton filled with black berries to munch after lunch.

Then, in spite of having a meeting only 20 minutes later, I went for a quick shower in the locker room and then to grab something on the cafeteria that was just about to close (I may have been their last customer). Needless to say I skipped the meeting :s

But for a great reason!