I’m sitting in the breakfast bar at the Best Western in Porterville with f0t0m0m, preparing for our third day of caching around the area. We’ve dipped in and out of the Sequoia National Forest during the last two days, and today we will cruise through the local orange groves and agriculture. Our numbers have not been quite what we’d hoped, as we only got 35 on Wednesday, bogged down by curvy mountain roads and a high DNF rate, but yesterday we managed to find 100 in 12 hours. Our mettle was tested literally in the 11th hour. With only 6 caches needed to make the magic 100, 6 out of 8 were DNFs! We were either tired or they were missing, or both, nevertheless we persisted and found the four more after that to reach our goal.
Often a day of geocaching will test one’s attitude, and it’s important to find caching teams that maintain good ones. That’s at least true for me. I always have a fun and relaxed time with f0t0m0m, as that’s his nature, and we both know that it is just supposed to be fun after all. I feel blessed to have the time and resources to be able to get out there and enjoy life through geocaching so often!
This is a quintessential California scene, a two-lane highway through rolling golden hills dotted with oak trees and scattered cattle:
One of the public back roads took us through this gate:
We herded a few cows along the way:
There was a really big lizard in a rock crevasse watching us retrieve a cache:
There’s a cache in this lovely spot:
Our list of caches took us near Lemon Cove, where f0t0m0m, Jim, grew up, so I got the literal two-minute tour of the town of about 150. Here’s the church where his dad preached for 30 years:
This is the house where he grew up, and it’s still the parsonage:
The winding mountain road with not enough caches on it at least had scenery like this, featuring creeks and sequoias, and that’s why we’re out there, right? OK, sometimes it IS about the numbers, but I’m also out there for this:
I think one word that describes so much of California and caching in the state is “bucolic”:
I haven’t logged in yet, so check my profile in a couple of days for the list of what we found this week. Until next week, happy, bucolic caching!