Maybe I should rethink this quest just a bit.
No, I’m not going to scale it back and no, I’m not quitting…definitely not quitting, well, barring some catastrophic event anyway. Even then, if I can find a way, I’ll get it done.
No, I need to rethink how I’m going to go about getting this done.
Here’s what got me to thinkin’… Last Friday I had a great day caching. I had a meeting to attend up at Young Harris College in the afternoon so I’d planned to try to log a couple of Quest caches on the way up and a couple on the way home. As I looked at the maps of my Quest cache lists on Geocaching.com and realized that if I drove up through Gainesville and Cleveland, Georgia, I could log as many as six during my trip…and I did…two virtuals, 2 EarthCaches and 2 State Park Caches. Sounds great, right? Right!
But something was bothering me. Saturday morning I figured out what it was while I was enjoying my Saturday morning pipe and coffee out on my deck.
Friday was a whirlwind sort of day and I didn’t take time to really enjoy it. I didn’t take time to read the informative signs, to really enjoy the short hikes, to learn a little something or to just really enjoy what I was doing. Fortunately, I had been to all but one of the locations that I visited before so there wasn’t a lot that was new to experience.
Once I’d had that realization I knew that I needed to rethink some of the plotting and planning that I mentioned in my last update. Rather than trying to squeeze as many caches into a day as I can I realized that I needed to slow down and enjoy the experience. Instead of rushing from cache to cache I need to enjoy driving the backroads and seeing my home state. Instead of just finding the tidbit of information at a cache that I need in order to log it I need to take time to read the interpretive signs and have a good look around instead of just looking ahead. I need to camp out on overnight trips and build a campfire instead of staying in a motel. I need to make time to eat at the local barbeque joints and ‘meat & threes’ and to check out nearby hardware and antique shops. So what if I have to go to some area twice or even three times and so what if the Quest takes longer to finish?
So I’m rethinking things just a bit so I can enjoy the process a bit more.
Now maybe you’re curious about the six caches I logged on Friday. Well, here’s the rundown: Click the links to learn more about each cache location.
State Park Caches: