On my walk back to the hotel from work, I detoured to find a cache called The Musical "Rocks", which led me to one of those only-in-Southern-California things, a Muzak speaker in the middle of a garden. I grabbed the cache and took it to a less conspicuous place. I looked inside -- and it was empty! (Except for a spider!) No log to sign means I hadn't really "found" the cache, so I went back and, sure enough, the log was sitting on the ground. I was afraid I had dropped it, but the condition it was in meant that it had clearly been sitting out for some time. I signed it and replaced it, and I got my week off to a good start. Nothing too exciting statistically, except that my overall find count increased by one, as did several sub-counts (United States, California, San Diego County, etc.) I guess it was my 100th cache in the United States.
|Smashed cache, as I found it.|
|These are some letters.|
|Sam & Me|
Another relatively rare cache type is the "Whereigo" cache. Here's my interpretation of what happened with them. Geocaching is, by design, a technology game. The technology required (specifically, general availability of accurate GPS signals) dates back to the birth of geocaching in 2000. The fundamental aspects of geocaching (find a container using latitude and longitude, sign a log) haven't really changed since then. In an attempt to modernize things, Groundspeak, the parent company of geocaching, came up with a type of geocache that would require you to solve a puzzle on your phone. Unfortunately, they did this in 2008, so the phone of choice was the Pocket PC.
|Here I went.|
|Seven types of caches!|
|Path near UTC|
So at four days, I had a new record streak, and I decided to push it to five. I found a virtual cache near Poway. It was a nice railroad-themed park, what can I say?
I did, in fact, achieve my longest "GeoStreak."
My "total cache-to-cache distance" is up to 103,469 miles, which is pretty good for only having found 121 caches. (It used to be over 1,000 miles/cache, but finds 92 through 115 were in Maryland, which brought things down.)
So nothing too terribly exciting, but it got me some extra exercise on my trip.