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Geocaching in winter---- Somers, CT

Sunday, March 10, 2013

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. emoticon emoticon


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  • ANGELA3131
    Geocaching is so much fun and Connecticut is packed with them.
    I go with my kids and they love it. This summer, while on vacation, we found one by accident. It made my daughter's week!
    Keep it up!
    1930 days ago
    I hope you continue with this. It could be a wonderful reason for you to get out of the house, make some new friends, get some exercise in the fresh air, and to relax in the beauty of nature. It may be intimidating, but think of how great it was for you to have a little faith and go for it! Sometimes we have to be willing to give things a try even through our fear or unease, and often it's not as bad as we think it could be.
    1931 days ago
    I haven't tried to join a group yet - once I went with a friend - most times I am alone. it sounds like you had a good time.
    1931 days ago
    Thank you for sharing. Love the pics. I learned something new, too. Glad you had a good walk with such beautiful views.
    1931 days ago
  • KARL1266
    Geocaching is a great, great activity. You don't need to spend a lot of money and like you said, you meet some fantastic people on the trails. I geocache here in Vermont. Connecticut, I believe, is the last New England state for me to find a cache in. Someday I'll get down there.

    Glad you are enjoying it! Happy Caching!
    1931 days ago
    I've been looking into doing it in my area. It seems like a great way to meet people.
    Glad you had fun!
    1931 days ago
    I love geocaching! I hope you continue to enjoy it!
    1931 days ago
    I'm one of those crazy geocachers too! I hope you enjoy the hobby - I love that it gets me outside, to places that I have not been before, and sometimes to do things (like climb a tree) that I otherwise would not do. Congrats on attending your first event, and getting hooked up with some others in your area. I'm sure they will be happy to get you going.

    1931 days ago
    Looks fun!
    1931 days ago
    Chris, that sounds like fun! And I am glad you got out and had a break.
    1931 days ago
    I've always wanted to try it! Thanks for sharing! Looks like fun! emoticon
    1931 days ago
    Wow, that sounds like a lot of fun! Meeting good people, the outdoors, a little fitness, what a great new hobby!
    1931 days ago
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