Holidays, milestones, turtles, oh my!

A few weeks ago I posted about how busy this year has been for us in terms of geocaching. Well, it hasn’t gotten any slower!

Earlier in July we spent a week on holidays in Cairns. We had a good time enjoying the warmer weather, and doing some day trips to Green Island, the Daintree, and Kuranda. While we were there we found our first ever Chirp cache, which was pretty cool. Now that we know the Chirp app works on our phones we’ll see if we can track a few more of these down.

Once we got home from Cairns we continued on our Hidden Creatures quest. Along the way, each of the Shoes family reached a milestone. Sensible Shoes reached 800 finds, Shoes Junior made it to 450 finds, and Little Shoes logged his 350th find. It only took us 24 days to go from 700 to 800 finds – our fastest ever 100 finds.

Finally, we ended up discovering the World Turtle in the Hidden Creatures promotion. When we first started on the quest, we would have been happy with getting the Yeti. However, it got to the stage where we were 17 finds away from reaching World Turtle, so we decided to put in one more day of caching to get there. Along the way we got to our 800 milestone, and Shoes Junior and Little Shoes had their best day of caching with 20 finds each.

We’ll probably take it a bit slower now. We’ve filled in July on our calendar, but we’ve got quite a few gaps in August. I’m not sure if we’ll be able to fill it this year, we might need to wait until next year to do that. Our goal (which might be a bit of a stretch) is to see if we can get to 1,000 finds by the end of the year. We’ve got a couple of tools on order which should help us get around a bit faster and find more caches. I’ll talk about them in my next post.

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About Andrew

I'm a health librarian in Sydney, Australia, who also happens to be a geocacher.

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