These photos just give you the idea. They are not the group I was with.
I did not know where I was going or who would be there! I want to do geocaching (using a GPS to walk and hunt for hidden caches of stuff). This is only the 4th time I have done this. Each time I have had a glorious time with wonderful people. It sounds like lots of work to just find stuff out doors and then sign your name that you found it, but it is great fun and you meet the most wonderful people.
I am mostly at home caregiving. Very boring! And I really, really need to get out! Geocaching is something that can get me out in nature with people who are fun to be with.
Today there was a Winter Meet Up. 10:00 am ---not easy for me to get to since I have to get DH up and dressed and leave food for his day--AND of course the time change made this even more difficult. But all went well.
I had my map for the 40 mile drive, sunglasses, water bottle, gloves, warm coat, thermos of coffee, hat, etc. I was told there would be hot chocolate and donuts. I had no idea how many people would be there.
I thought I would actually meet the person I had contacted online, He had clued me in to this event . But we never did meet. I walked out on the trail with a group. He apparently later headed out and thought we would meet on the trail, but he took a different way so we never did meet. There were about 35 people in all !
The weather was actually too warm for the coat I had. The whole woods was snow covered and beautiful. The landscape was just awesome. My sneakers were adequate only because it was so warm even though we walked the whole way on snow. Next time I will bring the grippers for my shoes and my walking poles. And, hopefully, by then I will have my GPS filled with coordinates for caches. I am intimidated by using the handheld GPS and downloading coordinates, etc. I have done it but I need practice, preferably with someone who know what they are doing.
I guess I am a nervous Nelly. It took all the confidence I could muster to do this. I am not good at directions so the drive was challenging for me and using a GPS is also challenging.
There really is no reason I can't do this as a hobby.
But my fatigue from fibromyalgia and caregiving responsibilities make things difficult for me.
All in all, I met great people, had a wonderful time outdoors in the sunshine, and had an hour's walk.