500 finds, finally

As I mentioned earlier this year, we’d set ourselves a goal of reaching 500 geocache finds, ideally by our 10th anniversary of starting geocaching (our cache-a-versary). Well, I’m pleased to announce that we have finally cracked the 500 find milestone, and we managed to do it the day before our cache-a-versary.

The weather forecast wasn’t the best, so we’d decided to knock off the last 10 caches that we needed along a roadside powertrail close to home. It wasn’t the most scenic or memorable location, but it was going to be a quick and easy way to reach the milestone.

The view along the powertrail

As happens so often with us, we changed our minds. Our new plan was to finish the powertrail on 499 finds, and then re-visit a cache that we’d tried to find multiple times in order to make it our 500th find. Armed with a couple of clues, but also having noticed that the cache hadn’t been found since September, we arrived at the cache location with fairly low hopes of finding it. However, the geo-gods were on our side, as we managed to find the cache within a minute of starting the search. It was easy to see why a couple of other cachers had failed to find it, because the container blended in nicely with the surrounding environment. We replaced (and signed) the log, because the one in the cache was too damp and mouldy to unroll, took a few photos, and logged the find through the geocaching app.

Our 500th find

500!

We then headed off for a celebratory lunch, and decided to try and find another couple of our nemesis caches. Like our 500th find, these other two ended up being quick finds. It was a nice way to finish the day. It’s taken us 10 years to get to 500 finds, but I think the next 500 won’t take as long.

Our geocaching resolutions for 2017

Well, it’s a new year which means it’s time to make some resolutions for the next 12 months. On the geocaching front, there are a couple of things that we’d like to achieve this year. The main one is to finally reach 500 finds. We made it to 400 in January last year and are currently on 431. Ideally we would like to get there by 20th May, which is our 10 year cache-a-versary.

To help with reaching this milestone, we’ve set ourselves the goal of averaging at least one find a day for the month of January. That will get us to at least 449. We’ve done well so far (13 finds after eight days), so hopefully we’ll stay on track.

It should be a year for family geocaching milestones for us. Our youngest son should reach 100 finds (he’s currently on 95), and our eldest should get to 200 (he’s on 186 at the moment). I don’t think we’ll be able to synchronise our finds for the same cache, but it will be nice to celebrate three milestones this year.

Finally at 400!

Today was the day that we (the geocachers known as Sensible Shoes) finally reached 400 finds. It’s taken us 8 1/2 years to get there, but get there we did. We’ve been saying for the last couple of years that “this is the year we get to 400”, but it hasn’t happened until today.

We were at 395 this morning, and found three more before lunch to get us to 398. All the caches we found were either in or very close to playgrounds, so the boys had a good time too, riding their scooters and playing on the play equipment. We even got to climb “Bluluru”!

Seeing that today was my last day of holidays before returning to work, I thought it would be nice to reach our 400 milestone today. So after lunch we headed out and got the remaining two to get us to 400. The 400th find was near a park that the boys love going to, but unfortunately their favourite piece of play equipment has been fenced off (presumably for repairs), so we had to make do with the flying fox. After a couple of turns each we headed off to celebrate our achievements, and as we were walking to the car the rain began and only got heavier once we were in the car. Perfect timing!

Now that we’ve finally made it to 400, our next goal is to reach 450 by our nine-year cacheversary in May.