Well Aaron about covered it all with the numbers and such. We had a great day, and saw some really cool sights. There was a lot of interesting history to see on this trip, including a lot about the oil industry, and some really interesting stuff about river travel on and around the Red river, back in the 1800's.
We had a really strange occurence in a little town that I swear can't remember the name of, where we pulled up to GZ, to find another guy looking. I jumped out and said did you find it!? He said no, and went on down the hill a little. Aaron jumped in right where he had been looking, and found the cache. I hollered hey, we got it! The guy came running back and was all excited and hollering at some other folks who we hadn't seen. They all came running saying they found it, they found it! About this time I figured out that no one is THAT excited about finding a cache, and said I'm not sure we are looking for the same thing. They all said no they were looking for the redbud prize or something or another, and that it was worth 900 dollars! No wonder they were so excited!
In downtown Shreveport, there is an 80 foot tall mural on the side of a building, that has a cache at the base. It is not in the best neighborhood, but the painting is spectacular! It looked like some of the people would just walk right off the building! Awesome!
Now that was worth the trip into downtown, but the traffic and the stoplights, coupled with some blocked off streets for a motorcycle rally, and a few caches that were obviously missing, encouraged us to get the heck out of Dodge, and back to the small towns and the countryside, to start racking up the finds again.
Before leaving town however, we saw some B-52's coming in for a landing at Barksdale, and that was up close and personal! Ground shaking I tell you!
We also found a familiar name had found at least one of the caches recently (*TNT*), and a familiar name who owned a cache, The GeoStashers! It turned out to be a LPC, but my coords were taking me....Just kidding, they were on the money.
We wound up smack dab in the middle of several great runs of caches out in the sticks, by a cacher named Palarran. They run from just North of Bossier to the Arkansas state line. We found some guys selling some real good BBQ on the side of the road for their men's club, that I went over to purchase, to provide some cover for Aaron to find the cache there.
I got some pretty fancy ideas for some cache placements too! Hopefully I can get something done with that soon.
We also had seven DNF's to report, and I am pretty sure that they were divided up with one that was probably there, and we just had enough, four that were obviously gone, and two that we were up in the air on.
If anybody makes that trip in the near future, and they find "Cedar Tree", by Palarran, I'm going to need a hint. And oh yeah, take gloves for that one! Just so no one thinks we went cherry pickin', we found several 3.5 and 4 star difficulty caches, and a couple that hadn't been found in over a year, even though they had been looked for.
I highly reccomend this run for anyone who is as crazy about this game as I am. I would try to do it after a couple of dry days though. We got lucky and had it that way, but if it has rained there recently, some of those red clay roads are rutted pretty deep, and it could be ugly.
From getting out of bed to getting back in, was a total of 21.5 hours for me, and it was worth every minute. Now I better get to logging them. I see that Aaron has already done his, so I am behind.
Oh yeah, and I'm glad this post is titled the adventures of, and not the MISadventues of! GREAT DAY!
Guess what?! I got a fever, and the only prescription...is more cowbell!!