Yesterday really was a pretty full day…
It all started when I went looking for my dad. I figured he might be out for a walk or something so I went out and wandered around to see if I could find him. While I was walking, a car pulled up beside me and I recognized the driver as Ben – a guy who worked at camp with me four years ago. I was like “Hey!” And he responded “WHAT?!” Hahahaha. Leave it to Ben to go for the hilarious shock factor. So we chatted for a bit. It was good to run into an old friend.
I eventually found dad – out on the deck talking to one of his buddies. Thus began mine and dad’s adventure. Our plan had been to play catch and then go geocaching. Mom had taken their car and the softball was in the car, so we weren’t able to play catch. So we headed out geocaching. I was seven caches away from 300, so I wanted to reach that milestone.
My dad doesn’t really love geocaching. But he loves nature. And he likes to make sure I’m safe while I’m geocaching. Bless his heart.
So, over the course of the next four and a half hours or so, we geocached.
A brook near the first geocache of the day.
A graveyard near the fourth geocache.
The fifth one was a doozy.
So we arrived at the parking spot for the fifth geocache of the day. It was an area where people do a lot of dirt biking. There were a few trails around, but I figured the way to get to the cache was to go up this suuuuuuuper steep hill that was about 40 feet tall. O_O
It was over 30 degrees out, and I’m not exactly in the best cardiovascular shape. But, I climbed that hill. And was still 100 meters away from the cache. So I tried jogging through this trail, up and down a bunch of little steep hills. I tried not to take too long so as not to worry my dad. By the time I ran back out, I was exhausted and felt so funny that I had to sit down to recover for while. I’m not sure that being a runner is my calling in life.
Needing a bit of a recovery time, we headed to Tim Horton’s to get some bottled water because we certainly didn’t want to get dehydrated on such a hot day. After our water, we found our sixth cache. Then…we were on route to my milestone: #300!
We weren’t sure where to park at first…
The geocache was across the highway ramp in the woods. So after driving around a bit and then reading the geocache’s description, we parked at the nearby McDonald’s and scurried across the highway ramp. I was pretty excited to get to this geocache. I had heard about this one a month or two ago and knew it was a special cache. So I thought it would be a great one to find for my geo-milestone.
Finally, I spotted it in the woods and we made our way over to it. It was Super Mario Brothers themed and looked like a warp tube. Once I got the cap open, here’s what it looked like:
Mario themed warp tube cache.
Mario just popped up out of the warp tube! I loved it. On the trek out of the woods towards the highway, I felt something sharp poking into my arm. I looked down, and there was a bumblebee. I haven’t gotten stung by a bee in years. I forgot how bad it could sting!
Then dad got some fries from McDonalds and I got a sub from Subway and we sat and ate our lunch together. Then we headed back home as I had a party to get ready for.
Yesterday was Luke’s birthday…
Vanessa invited me to a surprise party for Luke about a week ago. So as soon as I got home from geocaching, I got ready then headed right out to their house. It was great to see a bunch of friends from church again. We chatted, ate some food and just enjoyed time together celebrating a good friend.
Luke’s birthday party – right before blowing out his candles.
After the party started winding down, Luke took a bunch of teens with him to go to pick up some water. So Vanessa and I had a big chat – it was so great to chat and catch up!
By the time I got home, I was quite thoroughly exhausted. I had been out and about for nearly 12 hours. After sitting down and regaining my strength for a bit, Dad and I ended up having a big chat until nearly 2am.
Yesterday was a great day of adventure, exercise, celebrating, and fellowship. I had a really good day.
Looking forward to more adventures soon!