It’s the best laid plans that often go astray, and our 100 Geocache Challenge was certainly one of them. I started this post as a draft the day I announced the challenge, and triumphantly wrote the title as if we had succeeded.
Too bad we would not.
As it turns out, we had a surprisingly large amount to do in England. There was family to see, dogs to walk, commons to explore, long wanders to take, and so many other sights to see. Too much to do as well as finding 100 new geocaches.
That’s not to say we didn’t try though, so here’s how we went.
The Final Geocache Tally
All things counted, all geocaches tallied up from three weeks in England, the final count stood at 48. Not bad when you consider everything we had to do, and although it’s not success in the geocaching challenge, I’m still happy with the result.
The reason behind that is because I know that although those 48 geocaches aren’t 100, they’re still 48 great caches. They have taken our lifetime geocache finds up towards new goals. They have encouraged us to step out of our comfort zone, to slide in the mud, to use our minds, and to succeed in making the find.
In that 48 were geocaches we were familiar with, and geocaches we had never seen before. They were caches that challenged us mentally, and physically. They were caches that made us laugh, and groan in frustration. Basically, they covered all the bases.
And in that 48 were caches that we’ll always remember. Caches like the one hidden under a bridge that required a specialist tool (a magnet) to fish out, which required me to kneel, calf deep, in mud for 10 minutes to make the find. Caches like the one where we needed to find a tool also hidden in the woods, a massive fishing pole, to pull the cache from it’s hiding place in a tree.
There were caches that required teamwork, like the one where we needed to slowly lift a cache from the bottom of a pipe using two nails, a task that took a lifetime. And there were caches that made us love being geocachers, like the one with the incredibly pulley system suspended 15+ metres in a tree.
So no, we didn’t succeed in our 100 Geocache Challenge, but that doesn’t mean that we lost out at all.