I want to start this blog out by saying one of the things I like the best about geocaching is that you make some wonderful friends that you might never have befriended otherwise. Craig and I have quite a few friends that we have made this way. This post is about one of those people, Frisbee'r.
Frisbee'r is an amazing cacher. I have never had the privilege of actually caching with him before. I hope to have that chance someday. Frisbee'r is one of only 3 cachers in the state of WA to have reached 10,000 cache find! Amazing right? So of course his very good friend and one of our friends, HoppingCrow put together an event to celebrate this momentous occasion. So of course we went and set up a caching trip with a few other cachers in the our local area. The event was up in the Olympia area so we planned on getting some caches in the area. I spent an entire morning prior to the tip solving some easier puzzle caches. Might as well get some of those knocked out.
We met up with GeoMimi55, CascadesClimber, Photoburpee and family, and The-Guide and we caravaned out to our first stop. We attempted a couple of FTF hunts in a town north of us but we didn't get them. They were already found by some local cachers. The Kings Cache Phoney Heights
Another quick cache....River(side) heights.
And another....Bottom of the bottle
We stopped at another cache, Tupps#6 Little Big Tree. This cache was a little bit longer of a walk but we had fun. Here are a few pictures.
Being the geonerd that I am.......I had to make sure that Craig and I went to an official 10 years event! Geocaching began 10 years ago outside of Portland, OR. (Go Pacific Northwest!). Living about an hour north of here it seemed the most logical place to go for a 10 year event. So that is what we did. We headed to Redland, OR for the local event, 10 Years! Redland, Oregon (GC23VJF).
The hosts of the event placed 10 caches in the area surrounding the cache site. If you found all 10 cache you got a special raffle ticket at the event. So of course I had to find all 10 of them. We drove down to Redland early so we could make the finds.
A group find on one of the 10x10 caches.
Yet another photo of thee group.
What a pretty view.
What a peaceful spot.
Another shot of this spot.
Looking into the culvert.
After finishing the 10x10 series we found a couple more caches. Had to stop in a cemetery right?
Why is there an umbrella over the grave site?
The spread at the event.
Will we win anything? (I won 2 things!)
Setting up the group photo.
Photoburpee and family.
A TB I picked up.
When we got down to Redland we ran into a couple of local cachers, Photoburpee and his family. We enjoyed hanging out with them from cache to cache. It was also nice to get to know each other a little better. We had a lot of fun!
Today while I was posting my last post I realized I never wrote about what happened to Luke. On April 21st Craig and I took him to the vet to be put to sleep. We were very sad to do so but we felt that it was time. He had lost so much weight and was no longer eating. It felt cruel to try to keep him alive any longer. Craig and I went in together and the staff was very caring. They let me hold him. I thought that would put him more at ease than being on a hard metal exam table. I cried of course.
So here are some photos of my kitty, Luke. (They are of order but you get the point.)
Craig and Luke right before his deployment.
Luke cleaning Leia. He actually began to like her.
A day at our house
Getting ready to fly to WA.
What is this white stuff? There was never snow in GA.
Hunting the bird outside.
Aww, how cute.
Luke, with a TB.
Luke with his kill.
Luke wants to help with Craig's calculus homework.
In the front yard. (About a week prior to death)
A few hours before the final trip to the vet.
At the vet.
I had some technical difficulties finding some of my pictures so here are a few more:
Luke loved to lay on my back.
This was the beginning of Luke's hatred for dogs.
Wow, he looks really fat here. Well, he used to be really fat!
Luke and Jazmyn. (Before he didn't much like other animals)