Hopes, Dreams and more Muddy Boots.

  

This time Last year as a fairly new blogger and cacher I wrote about my hopes for 2015. Check them out here if you are feeling nostalgic. 

As 2015 reaches its conclusion it seems the perfect opportunity to look back on some of my favourite adventures of the year and to start planning great awesomeness for the  year ahead. 

My biggest wish had been that 2015 would be a year of geoadventures. 

It certainly was.

I was hoping for thrills, spills and a dash of adrenalin with my Tupperware. 

Awesome Cache owners you did not let me down. πŸ˜ƒ

The best bits:

My children have explored places which I’m sure have made others question my parenting credentials. πŸ˜‰

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This is still one of my favourite days out. We had so much fun. Here’s a recap.
I’ve discovered incredible, secret places that have taken my breath away. I’ll share the secret with you here. Don’t tell everyone though…

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I’ve scaled heights, whilst simultaneously taming Lions. πŸ˜‰

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I’ve even ventured underground through a teeny tiny little hole in the earth. It was terrifyingly amazing!
Muddy exit

Oh and let’s not forget, I went well and truly out of my comfort zone (and nearly froze to death in the process.) for a wild camp. 

Is it strange that I’m considering booking it again? πŸ™ˆ

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In short I’ve been spoiled with amazing experiences. The thing is now, I’m hungry for more!

Blogging:

I also wanted this year to grow in blogging confidence. It’s safe to say that’s been a big fat fail. 

I’m as surprised as anybody that I’m still here occasionally blogging away. My soul still withers and dies a little more each time I hit publish. 

I am purely kept going by kind friends, and now also a little virtual world of support, of people who strangely seem to value what I have to say. 

If you read, comment, share or join in with the utter nonsense that comes out of my mouth, I really do sincerely thank you. It absolutely means the world to me. 

My biggest achievement here is that I am now mostly ‘out’ as a blogger. *cringe*

It’s also meant I’m slowly killing off Muddy Mum. I have a name and I’m no longer afraid to use it.    (It’s Clare, just in case you’ve missed that bit. Would be embarrassing to have to ask at this stage right?)

I’m also still very much toying with the idea of self hosting. To stamp my little muddy corner of the web with a little more personality. 

All that’s currently stopping me is the thought of it makes my brain spin. I’m fairly tech savvy but that’s purely from being a bit geeky and a love of staying up too late fiddling around on the net.  I’m sure I have a steep learning curve ahead of me, A T5 if you will. In fact I’m pretty sure I’ll need ropes and a harness. πŸ˜‰

Should Mud and Nettles disappear in the not too distant future…sorry I broke it! 

Geocaching:

2015 was also the year I Went from very casual cacher to weirdly obsessive. Not helped at all by the very daft decision to try and fill my Geocaching calendar.

As challenges go it was a ridiculous one to start. Especially when I only had 66 days filled previously.  I’m stubborn though so as much as I resent it,  I’m still hanging on in there. 

Check this out though, it’s looking good right? 

  

I’m a geocaching badass! 

Well As badass as a thirty something year old woman who spends far too much time hunting in bushes for Tupperware can possibly be. πŸ˜‰

I’ve also succeeded in hiding my own caches. Again, I want more. Honestly, the random stuff I buy thinking ‘That’d make a cool cache!’. 

It’s not really helping though when it’s all still sitting in my bedroom. Only Mr Muddy can find those and well, I managed to turn him muggle. πŸ˜‰ 

Once the calendar is out of the way however,  I will be scouting out hiding places once again. Exciting! 
I’ve learnt that favourite points really are subjective. I no longer look at The amount of points a cache has. 

It invariably leaves me feeling disappointed. 

In fact whilst visiting the Peak District this year we completed one of the countries most favourited trails.

I thought it was pretty awful. I may even have had a teeny tiny Instagram altercation with another cacher who did it around the same time I did. They loved it. As did Mr Muddy. Different strokes for different folks. 

Once the calendar is over I’m very much looking forward to returning to casual caching. A shift from quantity to quality. To seek out those special caches and rather than sticking them on watch or a bookmark, getting organised and finding them. 

Road trip anyone? 😁

The great outdoors:

But above all else to continue to encourage my children to embrace and enjoy an outdoors lifestyle. 

As they grow ever older their love and devotion to gadgets, minecraft, YouTube and Netflix deepens. (The fruit did not fall far from this tree!)

I endevour to instill In them a natural longing to enjoy the great outdoors, that they too may walk into woodland, coast or countryside and instantly feel peace, calm and contentment. 

To ensure they appreciate the amazing world around them and that they continue with their thirst to explore it. 

If I can inspire that in them and anyone else who also may happen to read this blog, then I will be a very happy bunny indeed.

Oh and one more thing. I really must keep away from my geocaching stats page. 

It gives me rather silly ideas. 

Wishing you a wonderfully wild New Year. 

Love Clare x 

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22 thoughts on “Hopes, Dreams and more Muddy Boots.

  1. I just feel so lucky to have been along for the ride. Your posts have inspired me to keep blogging. They have made me jealous on occasion, made me nod in agreement sometimes and even moved me to tears. But most of all they make me smile and laugh. Thank you Clare :)9

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    1. Thanks Paul. What a lovely comment. I’m now beaming much like the Cheshire Cat. πŸ˜€

      Thanks for sticking around, long may our geo-nonsense continue!

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  2. I don’t think I’d even know how to get to my geocache stats page. I’m sure if I did it would just be a large emoticon of disappointment!
    Hope you don’t break things if you go self hosting (I never seem to be able to comment on them) because I love mentally storing up all your adventures then trying to bully S into taking me on them too!
    Of course, I also whinge about you – “I can’t believe she’s found another one (hundred!) today” – geojealousy is such a curse! πŸ˜‰
    To a year of exploration, in whatever sense! Have a good one 😊

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    1. Your stats are on the geocaching website. Click on your profile. At the top is a bunch of words all shoved together pretty much, and stats are there ready to be opened.

      That is the other main reason that’s stopped me going self hosted before. Some blogs are a faff to comment on and tbh it often means I don’t bother. πŸ™Š

      Hope you have a fabulous NYE x

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  3. My mother has just discovered geocaching and won’t stop talking about the numerous ‘adventures’ that await our family in the new year. I must admit at first I wasn’t particularly convinced but having read this I’m beginning to think it might actually be good fun! Looking forward to reading many more of your posts 😊

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    1. πŸ™‚ The majority of caches are just straight forward, but some really do take you on an amazing adventure. I like those ones the best. πŸ˜‰
      Thanks for following, I’ll look out for your posts too.

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  4. Badass indeed!! Of the blogs I read regularly, yours is one of the ones that I look forward to seeing the most. Kindred spirits maybe? Give the self-hosting thing a whirl. I did it for a bit and if I can’t break it, you can’t. Only stopped when money got tight a few years back. I’ll give it another go someday when the time is right. Above all, keep getting your kids outside. You don’t realize how much the enjoy and appreciate it until one of them is 18 and, like my youngest, proclaims that she wants a tattoo. What?! Once the initial shock wore off I asked what she wanted a tattoo of, she says “A tree.” Why a tree? Her response: “Because all of our best memories have involved trees, hiking, camping, caching, just being outside.” Brought a tear to my eye. Maybe I should join her. Keep ’em coming Clare!

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    1. The beauty of the Internet making it easier to find like minded folk. πŸ™‚
      I’m sure I’ll take the self hosted plunge one day, once I work out where to begin. πŸ˜‰
      Your daughter sounds like absolute treasure, you did a good job there Mr B.

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  5. I’ve loved reading your blog in 2015, particularly your tale of underground caching. Best wishes for 2016, totally agree about getting the kids outside even if I do appear to be fighting a losing battle on this one!

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  6. ‘Appy New Year! πŸ˜‰ I definitely think your blog is inspiring and love following all your adventures and look forward to one day in the future doing family geocaching, wild camping, etc myself as you make it look like great fun! I’m definitely going to post the urbex stuff up this month and am getting together with some old friends for some new adventures! πŸ˜€
    I’ll be about for a helping hand when you make the leap to self-hosted, you won’t regret it! πŸ˜‰ Here’s to a fun filled, adventurous 2016!

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    1. Thanks Mands. πŸ™‚
      Nice to see you back again, missed your posts and I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to.
      Here’s to 2016 being full of happiness, good health, adventures and another dash of happiness for good measure! 😊

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  7. Oh how I’ve missed reading your rambles in the insanity of the holidays and all the crap going on. Long story…
    Either way… I’ve missed my blogging world. You are a fun and amazing blogger. I love your passion for all things outdoors. Your marathon achievement wows me. Tried to comment on that but it said comments are closed. ) I’m so to have found your blog!

    Welcome to 2016!

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    1. Welcome back!

      The marathon was great, the last mile or two a bit challenging but so much easier doing it with a friend. I close comments after a couple of weeks as it keeps the spammers at bay.
      Glad to have you back. πŸ™‚

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    1. πŸ™‚ That’s so kind of you to say.
      Thank you so much for reading and especially for leaving such a lovely comment. Chuffed to bits! πŸ™‚
      Wishing you a super new year.

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    1. Thanks! Happy new year to you guys too. Hope you’ve had a good Christmas. Have you been caching much? I know you guys appreciate the warmer weather more – maybe you’ve been hibernating? It’s all I want to do at the moment I must admit.
      This morning involves coffee and blankets. It’s meant to include caching and accounts. Oh dear!

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      1. We’ve done a little caching in December but have yet to blog about it. Had a super, if busy Christmas and a wonderful New Year which we spent over on the I o W with friends. My new Muck boots arrived this morning so we will be off caching again soon. Never realized wellies could be so comfortable (my friend loaned me hers and I loved them).

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  8. Hopes, dreams, and, more muddy boots…sounds a little like my own plans for 2016! Already looking forward to your next cache placements…maybe Stella and I should add that to our to-do list? Must try and meet up too! πŸ™‚

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    1. *Waves from across town* I’m gathering plenty of containers just need to find nice places to put them. I like a cache which is unique and also takes you to a nice place. (Hopefully!)
      Yes a meet up sounds fabulous. Let’s see if we can come up with some dates. I also know firestars who blogs/runs a website in town and one other blogger who lives near Asda but doesn’t blog very often any more. Lovely to think we have a little community of bloggers.

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