"When you go to hide a cache, think of the reason you are bringing people to that spot.
If the only reason is for the cache, then find a better spot."
.... Briansnat


Monday, January 14, 2013

The Year in Review... and Looking Forward

It's the start of a new year. As numbers geeks we make geo-goals every year and then check back at the end of the year before making new goals for the upcoming year.

If we were keeping score, we missed a lot more goals than we made. Since all that really matters is having fun, this past year was a super year for us geocaching.

The winter was unusually warm, but we got to enjoy a bright, snowy day geocaching in January.

We had enough snow so the attendees at our Winterfest event had a great time.

In April, we spent a Saturday on Cattaraugus County New York completing the Amish GeoTrail.

The early May weather didn't give us sunshine and blue skies, but we got to enjoy a mini-vacation while returning east for Ali's nephew's graduation from college. The return trip gave an opportunity to find a few caches along beautiful Pine Creek and to inch a small step closer to completing the Legacy of Conservation Geo Trail.

May was also the month we enjoyed our favorite mega event, ASP Geobash.

We made three trips during the summer to Clarion and Venango Counties as we worked to complete the Clarion NCT Geo Trail. Our journeys included hiking and biking with a few tunnels included.

We also continued our newer-ending quest to complete the 100-cache North Country Trail Geo Trail. A few caches each time and a few visits were the best we could complete this year, but one of those journeys included a wonderful holiday hike on the NCT near Kinzua Reservoir.

For the late summer, we enjoyed the amazing Seaway Trail GeoTrail.

Adding Arizona as a new state with caches found was an unexpected and happy surprise.

How do we top this past year? We'll reach our 10,000 find milestone early in the year. We've been trying to decide which Pennsylvania cache will be number 10,000. There's still twenty states where we haven't found geocaches. We've talked about Montana, Colorado, Minnesota, Utah, Nevada, and maybe Florida. One or two is probably all we will visit, but it is fun to think of the adventures that may await.

We will try to finish the Clarion NCTGT this year and hopefully the NCT GeoTrail. We'll also spend some of our caching time finishing the Legacy of Conservation Geo Trail. It is scheduled to be closed by summer so we will be making a spring trip in Pennsylvania. Hopefully we will be able to add on a day or two at Pine Creek Gorge. Whereever we go, it will be a new adventure.

Of course, this post would be no fun without new goals for 2013 so here they are...

I hope your finds are plentiful and your dnf's few.

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