We all know I’m quite fond of a challenge.
When it comes to geocaching thanks to the multitude of stats available, there are plenty of personal challenges should you wish to take part.
I’m currently working on filling my calendar, the 366 challenge.
To find a cache on every single day of the year.
At the beginning of the year I had
a moment of stupidity the bright idea that the earliest I could possibly finish my calendar would be February 29th 2016.
Being still a relative newby to caching this would mean a fairly epic task. Last year I was a very casual cacher, with mostly occasional weekend finds. Filling my calendar would mean finding a cache on most days for the next year.
I pondered the commitment and came to the conclusion it would be a ridiculous thing to start.
March 1st arrived and we were driving home after a busy day out.
I suddenly blurted out the idea to Mr muddy who sensibly gave me ‘one of those’ looks.
Poor long suffering husband.
I considered myself told and thought no more of it.
(Nah, that’s a complete and utter lie.)
I spent the rest of the journey home looking for a suitable cache en route.
And there was one. Close to home, and with the smallest detour, I could begin my epic journey.
I casually mentioned our proximity to a cache.
Casual in the sense of full on persuasive, eyelash batting, assault mode. That is. 😉
So I of course got my own way. We stopped. I found, and my challenge began.
According to my stats at the start of my challenge I had found caches on 66 days previously. Only 300 to go then! 😳 (What on earth was I thinking)
The spaces on my calendar vast. In fact once started I had to keep up a 110 day streak, finding a cache every single day until the day of my first geocaching anniversary.
I’ll be honest, it was a pleasure to have a break. To not have to get a cache for the sake of it.
My calendar currently looks like this;
I’ve run out of local caches (hint hint) so each day is clearly planned to ensure I travel somewhere where I can get a cache. Careful planning to ensure the cache is achievable. To drive miles for a cache to be missing or positioned way out of reach up in a tree is obviously pointless.
The devil really is in the detail.
So with a find for today I still have 126 days to go. That’s a scary thought!
I’ve wanted to give up several times, but despite his eye rolling over my antics Mr Muddy is quick to point out that we don’t start challenges because they are easy.
Pointless maybe, but easy, no.
Hopefully winter will be kind and I can still get out daily, to have got this far and then be stopped by inclement weather or illness will be a blow of disappointment.
Another concern is Christmas. My family are tolerant of my challenge but to leave them for a cache over the festive period seems a bit self centred and being as organised as I am, have run out of local caches. For now I’ll cross my fingers that a local cacher or two will place new caches before then that I can save.
Daily caching of course is no real hardship for a keen cacher but I am looking forward to caching when the mood strikes, not being dictated by the day…after day…after day.
The end of the challenge so close now but still so far hopefully it will end in success….
and then I can move onto the next challenge!