+travisl Posted August 3, 2004 Share Posted August 3, 2004 In the Northwest Milestones thread, Team Noltex offhandedly asked "Where ya been TravisL?" It's a good question that I've been asking myself a lot lately. In short, I think I've just gotten bored with caching. I haven't looked at my ''nearest caches to home'' page in weeks, and checked my ''nearest caches to work'' page once last week, resulting in my find of ''Because there *is* a CITO in 'procrastination!''', a fairly typical ammo box hide in a suburban greenstrip. I'm not placing blame, and I'm not intending to criticize any particular style of cache hiding, but I can pinpoint the moment that I realized that there were times that caching was starting to feel more like a chore than fun. It was early April. The second cache hunt of a planned 10 cache day was a three stage multi, consisting of three micros in the woods. After spending nearly an hour fruitlessly and frustratingly looking for waypoint 1, I changed my entire caching day's plan on the spot and instead decided to search only for traditional normal-sized caches. Since that day, caching has mostly become something that I've been doing when I've got some time free, instead of something I've been making time to do (with the exception of the Portland Cache Machine event). It may just be me, and it may be due to the saturation of the caches in the area, but the quality of suburban hide locations in the last six months seems to have dropped off considerably. Checking the numbers -- excluding my trips to Portland, Reno, and Madison WI -- I've found a grand total of 13 caches since that day in early April. During that time, one cache had it's coordinates off by 50 feet, three were confirmed missing, one was an incredibly lame side-of-the-road-in-the-grass cache, two were the now common magnetic-micro-in-a-picnic-table (yawn), and one was so not-hidden that I knew it'd be gone soon (it is). Admittedly, I also had a fun no-find trip ("Bloated Festering Head"), two nice greenstrip normals (''Five Mile Hike'' and ''Procrastination'', mentioned above), and a super quality ''other'' (Beadster's ''Rest In Peace''). As good evidence as to how non-interested I've become in caching, there's been two caches (''Dude Where's My Cache'' and '"Dude Where's My Cache II'') within a quarter mile of my first cache hide (''Silly Old Bear'') that I haven't even tried for yet. My brother and cousins are really getting more interested in caching, but I'm not excited to join them (and have found myself apologizing for the neglected quality of many of the caches they've been searching for). And my daughter, a few times, has suggested we go caching, but I've suggested doing other things instead. I didn't spend nearly as much time planning the Portland Cache Machine as I had other CM events; fortunately, it seemed to work out well. I've got the Tri-Cities Cache Machine coming up in late September, and while I've got the pocket query running and mapped, going through the route and planning it out is starting to feel like a chore more than an enjoyable diversion (don't worry -- it's still a go, and it'll be as good as the rest of them have been). During my trip to Madison, I ran out of willpower before I ran out of caches or time. The thrill of finding an Altoids tin on an electrical box is gone. There's a film canister in that grove of trees? So what. So, to answer Team Noltex's question, "Where ya been TravisL?", the only good answer I can come up with is ''Doing nothing.'' Wienerdog? Moun10bike? EvergreenHiker? L&R? Anybody? What have you done to keep yourself motivated? Quote Link to comment
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