Re: How often...I'll stop after this!
All of the cachers that I have met with large numbers of finds are chronologically "more mature". This results in less attachments to our every day life. The cachers in Arkansas with the most finds are retired. Their children live 350 plus miles away and they both love finding caches. It is kind of like a "Perfect Storm". Everything comes together to enable them to go and seek lots of caches. They found 1500+ caches in the first full year of caching.
Originally Posted by Q
As with the aforementioned cachers our children and grandchildren live 350+ miles away. We both work full time and that restricts us from caching as much as some others. nonni is far less driven to cache than I am. These factors will keep us from ever caching at the rate they are currently able to cache.
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So what, some people are skinnier but less good looking than I.
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In addition our vacations/trips include some time to seek a few caches either along the route or while we are there.
"Power Caching", as some refer to it. has several different components from the lackadaisical approach. Each cacher must decide which is the approach that fits best for them. We are fond of both at different times, albeit nonni is not nearly as fond of the manic "Power Caching" as I occasionally am.
On a recent 8 day trip to Raleigh NC for Geowoodstock 5 we found 325+ caches while attending 4 events and driving 2600 miles. It requires filtering the available caches to 2 terrain or less but we do seek 4 or less difficulty. We will look for generally no more than 10 minutes and off to the next cache.
The potential caches are imported into Streets and Trips and the route is planned to maximize our time. Then we start early and stay late. This is fun for me occasionally. The price you pay for this is less enjoyment of your surroundings. A perfect example was a big laugh on this trip.
While caching one day in Greensboro N.C. we found about 80 caches. A couple of days later we were discussing our trip with other cachers who mentioned a cache in High Point N.C. near a three story tall chest of drawers with socks hanging out of the drawers. We were amazed and decided to stop by on our return. Sure enough when we stopped there we had done the cache, our initial approach was such that we passed by the chest of drawers without ever seeing the amazing sight. This was a cost of being to focused on the location of the cache and not our surroundings.
Photo of chest of drawers photo link
So to each his own. Our hope is that you just enjoy the caches you seek, pay little attention to the high find numbers of others, and maximize the time you have to spend with your family.
And to answer the original question.....as often as we can work in in to our schedule.[/url]
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