Life as a Geocacher

Caching and Reviewing

This is made up of stories from my caching and my reviewing.  It is a collection of those along with comments and thoughts.  Photos, and maps of some adventures and lists of some of the oldest caches.

The scramble for cache 2,000,000

Geocaching has seen a surge in caches in the last few years.  In 2010 (if I recall correctly) a few months before the 10 year event we hit cache number 1,000,000.  So it was almost 10 years.   Now we are three years later on the second million.  There will always be arguments of quality.  However if no one found them, people would stop placing them.

About two weeks ago I started to get emails. Asking to try for cache # 2,000,000.  Ok.  I can give it a shot.  What can it hurt.

Well the time got close the counter on the page got closer, and then it started to drop.  Now I hear that a cacher had decided that after putting out a number of power trails, he/she could not maintain them so the archiving of many of them began.  I do not know how many.  Some said about 1300+  However it was enough to slow the date of #2,000,000 for a few days.

The number always goes up and down.  People archive caches, reviewers archive caches.

Well last night came and it looked like we were getting close.  I only had a few, about 15 to list.  If I had a hundred all I would have had to do was wait until the count got within 100.  Then the odds were high.  We got close and the numbers dropped.  It was 11:30, and most of the reviewers in america and Europe were in bed.  So I did as well.

Then I awoke at 2am.  Too far away.  3am  Still no luck.  4am. We were close at 5am. about 150 away.  Then it got close, and fell back.  Then I started listing.  At 6:11 the Magic cache was listed.  I started listing about three minutes too late. 

Crap. 

Time to get kids ready for school and work.

I don't care.  In two days I will be in 70° weather in St. George.  Yes, that will cheer me up.

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