Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My First "Out Of State" Geocache Finds

As many of you know, My new position at work allows me to do a bit of traveling. I recently spent two weeks in Eastern Massachusetts. I was working at Smith College in a town called Northampthon. This was an old college town, (Old to me, my English Co-worker kept laughing at me for thinking the buildings were "old") I was certain that most of the places I saw had to be haunted.

I didn't have a ton of free time but I did manage to squeeze in a few geocaches. The first one was about a half mile from my hotel along a trail made along an old railway line. I decided to walk to it. I actually had to walk about a mile to get to the entrance to the trail and then about 3/4 mile to the cache itself. It was a fun walk. The trail was surrounded by trees and I felt miles from civilization. The cache was a cammo tupperware and it had a travel bug inside. I decided to take Flat Oprah back to California with me.

Flat Oprah was started in Maine by an elementary student in a geocaching program at school. The Travel Bug had spent it's entire life moving slowly around Massachusetts. Her total mileage before I picked her up was just over 200 miles. Thanks to me and American Airlines, Flat Oprah, now has 2859 miles. I'll be taking her with me on my next trip to Canada.

I found a couple of other caches while in Mass. One on the college campus and a few more about town. Now I can get one of those stat maps that shows the states I've found caches in. I know two states isn't much, but it's more than one state and there are more to come.

P.S. If you haven't read about it yet, head over to PJ's place. He is having a travel bug race. It should be fun. Join in!
I tried to upload more photos, but Blogger is not being friendly with me.


Webfoot said...

Stat maps are cool even if you only have finds in your home state. I like looking at mine. It actually reminds me of different trips I've taken across the state. After several trips up north to see my daughter in Stockton, Hwy 99 really stands out on the map now.

If you would like help in setting something up, let me know. I've been using the Tigermapping services for years to create this map.

The Writer said...

Okay, this travel bug stuff sounds like big fun! I'm going to have to look into this...

Happy wandering!

The Writer...and her dog, Bear

go_man said...

Glad to see that you got a chance to get back out caching! @#$%&* work! :)

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HeadHardHat said...

Hey Hick,

Congrats on your first out of state geocaching finds. It really is a thrill to see how other parts of the country hide cache. It funny how you mentioned feeling so far from civilization on your hike. I can remember my first time being about half a mile in the woods/mountains of West Virginia. It sort of hits you with the "gee, I really am in a secluded place" followed by the realization of bears and other stuff. Gave quite a thrill and I am forever a fan of using tracking whilst caching. May many more states be found in your future stats. -HHH

P.J. said...

You realize that you are going to get smoked in the Travel Bug race, right?


A 'lil HooHaa

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