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Booknut

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  1. I enjoy many of the above pursuits--camping, canoeing, hiking, pondering nature's majesty, etc. I am also a letterboxer, which is extremely compatible with geocaching and gives me an outlet for my creative and artistic side as well.
  2. I went out yesterday doing a couple of should-be-simple caches. I remember finding one and logging it, finding another one (but don't remember logging it), and going into the woods to search for another one. I do not remember coming back out of those woods, but based upon physical evidence, I fell pretty heavily into some briars and a sharp object or two. Anyway, I went into the woods at about 11 a.m. The next thing I remember, I sort of "came to" while driving on a major thoroughfare in a neighboring county--about 20 miles from the last place I remember being. It was about five hours later. I guess I had been driving around all day while on "autopilot." I spent six hours in the ER last night--no concussion, so he seems to think I may have had a seizure. (I bit my tongue pretty hard--it's tough to speak and eat--and that is what makes him think that. I am hoping that my tongue just got in the way when I landed heavily.) I have never had anything like this happen to me in my 41 years, and there is no family history of anything like this. As sore as all my muscles are today, I can imagine that maybe I really DID have a seizure, though. It is scary--not just for me personally, but thinking about what might have happened yesterday while I was driving around all over the place with my subconscious running the show! When I "woke up," I was convinced that I must have Alzheimer's or something. It was terrifying. I have perused my notes and tried to remember something from the afternoon, but to no avail. I was going to check my GPSr track log, but I guess I lost it in the woods. Needless to say, I won't be driving--or caching--alone until this is all sorted out.
  3. I have seen the remains of three rusted and ancient moonshine stills tucked beside small creeks in a nature area near my home. They all had slits in the sides as though someone, Elliott Ness-like, had taken an ax to them.
  4. When I speak of being respectful (or disrespectful), and when I teach my daughters the proper behavior in cemeteries, it is not literally respecting the dead people there in the graveyard. It is respect for their memories--even if I did not know them--and for the feelings of their loved ones. The Golden Rule is an excellent guide in this case: how would I want others to behave if those were my relatives? Physical caches inside cemetery boundaries, IMNSHO, are troublesome because they require a search process that in some cases (and depending upon whom is doing the searching) can be quite disruptive. I know, however, of many caches that require information from certain headstones and then the physical cache itself is placed elsewhere. I find most caches of that nature quite interesting--they are historically educational and provide an opportunity to visit some truly lovely graveyards--all without causing disruption to the area, other than a few bent blades of grass. Would this, too, be illegal? If not, then it seems to be a compromise that should satisfy almost everyone.
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