January ~ 115 finds Mount Kit Carson. It was an unplanned gem we visited as part of my long-awaited visit to Mount Spokane. A super hike and wonderful views made it the highlight of the day. July ~ 76 finds Gwen was a few weeks removed from emergency surgery for a ruptured spleen and needed to rest frequently, but we were able to enjoy the trails and make all the finds but one. Our numbers dropped off for the month while we became caregivers for Gwen as she recovered from the surgery and began to struggle with the cancer. November ~ 45 finds Rimrock and a hoped for multi find at Cornplanter's Cave. We found out at the first stage that Phineas did not like caves. We pushed the second stage off for a day with less ice. December ~ 99 finds Lizzie, a red merle Australian shepherd. She's a little older and comes from a show kennel so there was an adjustment bringing her into the family. She's a gentle soul and a great trail dog for Ali. By the end of the month, she was with us on a long caching afternoon at SGL-109. I hope we can spend 2015 as a family and enjoy many trail adventures together. With a little luck, she and Phineas will become as close as Gwen and Eva were for so many years After ten years of geocaching, stats pile up. We cache frequently, but aren't really power cachers. Since we are both technical people, we enjoy being numbers geeks. During the year, we reached 15 finds in each calendar day. We're hoping by this post next year, it will be 20 finds in each calendar day. Since I really don't like snow and cold weather and struggle in months with reduced daylight, this bit of personal challenge works well since it forces me to be outdoors on days where I might prefer to hibernate. In early February, we needed finds on 26 days to reach 15 per day. By the end of the year, our calendar looked much different.
Shark River Park, NJ - Shark River Run Trail
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