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F0restGrump

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Actually, it's no story
« on: December 17, 2013, 10:06:15 »
Yesterday I was thinking about geocaching. After work I sat on my truck's rock hard seat, turned the key, and listened as the engine sputtered to life. Man was it cold I thought to myself. It must be minus stupid I'm sure. Shifting into first. I slowly engaged the clutch and inched forward, the tires squeeking in the snow. Park'n'rides are not places where speed makes any sense, so I took my time getting to the exit shivering slightly all the while. As I waited in the line up I was thinking, man oh man it could be worse, I could still be doing my 365 days of caching in a row but thank goodness I am not, no caching lunacy in this weather for me!!

Later, FG
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Re: Actually, it's no story
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2013, 11:17:31 »
 :D heheheheh..... Yes those who 'must' find a cache on a day like Monday really earn those Difficulty ratings....

Lots of people out though, just dress warmly....

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Re: Actually, it's no story
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2013, 13:59:33 »
Yes, skirts rocked on days like that.  :)
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Re: Actually, it's no story
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2013, 21:50:08 »
Unless of course the skirt was one big block of unbreakable ice.

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Re: Actually, it's no story
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2013, 07:31:40 »
Speaking of keeping a streak going at all costs. Last summer I was on a business trip in San Francisco and trying to keep a modest 100 day straight streak going. It wasn't too hard since the weather was nice and I had enough evening time to score a cache or two. On my last day I found a magnetic key cache a few feet from the front door of my hotel. In the earlier logs for the cache I found this epic tale of streak extension. I especially enjoy the line 'I persuaded my wife to wait at the hospital and to let me go after it.'

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What an adventure! Seriously!

Most adventures happen when a cache is in an unusual and scenic spot or is extremely clever. This cache is neither, but was still quite the adventure.

You see, I've been on a find streak since the beginning of the year.

There were times it almost ended, but I got lucky. For example, I was in Cabo San Lucas for a week and I’d found the easy caches on other visits. I had to climb a mountain after taking a boat to an inaccessible beach to keep my streak alive.

This week I flew to SF for a few days. I'd already found many caches, but there were still plenty to find.

Shortly after arriving, I started feeling very poorly. I went to an urgent care center. The doctor thought I might have pneumonia and wanted me to go to the hospital emergency room for a blood test and ultrasound. I got there around 4:15 pm. They took a first look at 4:45 and admitted me at 5:20.

By 8:15, they had blood test results that said that I had not had a heart attack but might have pneumonia. They also said I might have an embolism. By 9:40 pm, I had had a CAT scan that confirmed pneumonia. They put me on IV antibiotics and released me at 10:20 pm.

I still hadn’t found a cache for the day. Fortunately, I had my GPS with me. It showed a 1.5/1.5 in a park about 4 blocks away. I persuaded my wife to wait at the hospital and to let me go after it.

The park was undergoing renovations and was fenced off.

There was another cache, a 2/2 some 4 blocks in the opposite direction from the hospital. I persuaded my wife to let me try.

It, too, was fenced off for renovation.

I resigned myself to seeing my streak end. We took a taxi back to the condo where we were staying. It was 11:20 pm. My wife asked if there were any nearby caches. The GPS showed one, about half a mile away. We grabbed a taxi and went to GZ. The hint confirmed the cache was hidden pretty much as I expected from other SF hides. It was a quick grab.

My streak continued. What an adventure. I"ll give this a favorite point because its mere existence makes it one of my favorites.

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Re: Actually, it's no story
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2013, 08:03:17 »
Wow Brewster, that is quite a tale!!! I have to say, the only thing close to that crazy I did during my streak was when I had a couple of teeth pulled in the morning. The procedure was performed under sedation so you are in no condition to drive afterwards, never mind go hunting for caches. I spent the day napping and recovering and then finally managed to slip out and get a cache before day's end.

We are a crazy lot, aren't we!!!  :P
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Rule 2: You will find it on your way out.


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Re: Actually, it's no story
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2013, 23:04:51 »
Funny that you mention getting teeth pulled.

While this did occur well after I finished my streak, I was still pretty loopy from having wisdom teeth extracted when I found my 2000th cache (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=41d2e2d2-7479-4556-83f6-f403bd407525).

Even though I was in absolutely no shape drive, and obviously did not drive, I still knew exactly what I was doing once we left the car.

Another added bonus was the fact that my cheeks did not swell.