Today we attacked a local arboretum and found 16 geocaches, which is probably a one-day record for us.
We covered 5.5 miles horizontally, and cumulatively, 2600 vertical feet. We have a new GPS that records such stats and I’m a data geek. I love knowing that we climbed a half mile straight up. In Wisconsin. I now feel less feeble for all the gasping I did. This picture of our route (recorded by our GPS and overlayed onto Google Maps) looks flat, but the area was UP down UP down UP down UP. Technically, although our highest point today was a lowly 1024 feet above sea level, we climbed more vertical feet than when Kyle, my dad, and I hiked 2000 feet up the side of Hyalite Canyon in Bozeman, which will forever live in my memory as one of the coolest things I’ve ever accomplished. (Please, don’t look it up, it’s listed as an “easy” hike.)
And let’s not gloss over the horizontal distance. That’s a lot of miles when the majority of them were covered by bushwhacking through thorn bushes. We sometimes followed trails, but not mainly. At one point I gave all of us heart attacks when I nearly stepped on a MAMMOTH turkey. As it flew off in a burst of noise and feathers, I saw that we’d scared the stuffing right out of it. It wasn’t a pretty sight.
We also encountered a muddy swamp and a river. I had to balance precariously on a log jam over the river to retrieve a particularly difficult cache. It was the highlight of my day. My father will. not. believe. that I dared to do it. Especially if he remembers me getting pathetically stranded going over a tiny creek on that Hyalite hike many (ahem, 7) years ago (photo left). Photographic evidence from today exists, but is sadly stuck in Kyle’s phone. But Kyle was my witness and was very proud of me. Because I told him to be.
What of Tea? He walked approximately zero horizontal miles and 48 vertical feet – that’s 3 feet up onto his dad’s back after each cache. Long live the Ergo! I probably don’t have to tell you that Kyle is unconscious right now. And I had better not complain about my blisters tomorrow.
Have I convinced you to try caching yet? It’s a great adventure!