Oh Brian. I miss you already, my friend. Brian was the first geocacher I ever met. I had started playing in October of 2004 with one of those little wrist Garmins where you had to hand enter coords and given my usual lack of attention to detail with electronic gizmos, well let's just say I couldn't find a cache if it was sitting out in the open with a blinking light on it. I got on the forums and saw a guy named Allanon who was also new and looking for help. Totem Lake offered to meet up with us and give us some pointers. We met up at Kingsgate Cache on October 29, 2004. I went back this morning to read the logs and Totem Lake had even taken a picture of us.
Brian went on to become one of my best friends. He was one of the funniest guys I knew and his laugh was just the best laugh ever. It was deep and infectious and always made me smile. He had such a wicked sense of humor. Seems like every time we went on some kind of caching trip, I would inevitably leave some article of clothing in his car. He loved to write in his logs and on the forums that I had left my pants in his car. He was by far the kindest and most generous friend I have ever had. He was always a shoulder to cry on and we had so many fun and happy adventures. He played golf with me, which was another one of his loves. My kids began to grow up and I no longer had the time for geocaching that I once did. Brian always kept me up-to-date, letting me know when cache machines were coming up, even when I couldn't attend. He got so much joy from caching, even when failing health and pain made it harder for him to get around. He had so many friends here and he knew how much you all loved him. This morning as I was looking through logs and memories I came across a website for the Coin Quest. I read this:
11/29/2005 6:00:44 PM Tolt River Run GCMERN How fitting that I complete this quest on a cache owned by the person I met while learning this game. We soon became friends and a year later, I think we are better friends than ever. Thank you LittleBlue!
Thank you, Brian. Thank you for your friendship and love and I will miss you so much.
Hugs to you all.