On the way to work today, I found Giraffe Adjacent, a quick cache-and-dash nano. After logging it, I realized that it was my 3500th find.
I found my first two caches on May 6, 2001–Sage Ranch Park and Rocky Peak. While I found 2 more caches in the next few weeks, I really didn’t get caching again until April 2002. Over these 7 years, I have averaged 3.6 finds per caching day and have found a cache on 963 days of the 2508 days since that first cache.
I’ve enjoyed my geocaching adventures. This hobby has taken me to places that I’m sure that I never would have seen. I know southern California, and specifically Los Angeles, better than I would ever have imagined. I have a network of friends, most of whom I have only met via e-mail or perhaps a cell phone call, that are helpful and gracious. I’ve quit counting how many cases of poison oak I’ve gotten (I’m currently finishing up on my last rash). I’ve had one trip to the emergency room for a badly sprain ankle, but for the most part, geocaching has helped me work on getting and staying healthy.
So 3500 down and who knows how many to go. Actually the count is now 3511. I got a few at lunch and on my way home from work.