As far as Geocaching goes, 2009 was a good year. A year of superlatives for me:
- Most finds in a calendar year: 1000
- Most finds on a single day: 70 on November 21st while hiking Matilija Canyon with the GeoConnection Group
- Most finds in a calendar month: 150 in November
- My farthest find from home: 3090.67 Miles, Baddeck #3 GC1DJE0
- My most easterly find: Baddeck #3 GC1DJE0 in Baddeck, Nova Scotia
- My most southerly find: Chemical Plant Tree GC1FYXG near Clute, TX
The 1000 finds took place in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. I also picked up a few new California counties on my very slow quest to get a find in each of California’s 58 counties (my current count is now 34 California counties.)
I didn’t keep track of the number of separate poison oak rashes this year. I don’t think I set a record, but I did get my first case of poison ivy on my visit to Texas. I think I was exposed when looking for a cache named P. I. Farm while dressed in shorts and sandals. Only after I was in the middle of the poison ivy did I realize that P. I. Farm meant Poison Ivy Farm. I’m still not sure why someone would knowingly place a cache in the middle of a bunch of poison ivy or poison oak.
In March, I completed the challenge cache Spinal Tap, which requires finding all the caches hidden along the Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. When it was published in December I had 57 of the required caches. When I finished in March, I had 94 finds. There are now 122 active caches. Perhaps a goal for 2010 will be to go back and pick up the newly placed caches.
In June and July, Wendy and I took an anniversary cruise from Boston to Montreal. We were able to find a cache in each state and providence we visited. It was fun doing some caching in Quebec with the cache pages in French.
I was even interviewed for a magazine article on geocaching for 805 Living. The article is here–and while the reporter got most of what I said right, she was a bit creative with the quotes.
A couple days ago, I published my 100th cache—Ventura County Quad Challenge–a joint effort with robb_dogg. It’s a challenge cache that requires cachers to find a cache in each of the 40 USGS quadrangles in Ventura County. It’s a cousin of my LA Quad Challenge cache.
With 1000 finds and 100 finds, my daughter thinks that I’m being a little bit Monkish. I guess that’s appropriate because I found Confused Monk a few days ago.
I hope you all had a good 2009 and will have a great 2010.