I had my eye set on 400. Throughout the year I was slowly making my way towards that number, but then trailed off. After leaving deer hunting camp this year, I planned a massive push to find a slew of GeoCaches in and around the area I hunt, and by the time it was all said and done, I was WELL within the reach of my goal!
But, after a few more finds, I stagnated out and have been stalled at 399 finds for a while now. I kept putting off that last find, thinking there was always going to be time to find it. Days turned into weeks, and the weeks kept piling up.
The saving grace was that I did not have to work on New Years Eve – so in the back of my mind, I always had one last minute option, but it didn’t help that I had Backside of Forty
pressuring mocking inspiring me to achieve my goal.
Well, I took it down to the wire. I waited until 30 minutes before sundown to actually head out. I loaded up my GPS. I grabbed my current inventory of Travel Bugs and Geo Coins, I took #4 of 5 and #5 of 5 with me and we ventured out into the sub zero wind chill.
The GeoCache I planned was less than a mile from my house. I had found the matching cache a couple of months previously, so I was pretty confident. We parked the car and headed out to the “beacon”.
There, in the cold wind, with the silo as our backdrop – and my trusty daughters #4 of 5 and #5 of 5 beside me for support – I found my four-hundredth GeoCache, and achieved my GeoCaching goal for 2014!