Pam and I really enjoy just going out, as she said, together. We got the two caches at Moxie Falls a few days ago and those were the only two we got. The walk in and the view of the falls was worth it. Then a couple days later, we finally got tired of seeing a cache close by not being found so we went and did Tandemstoker's Exploring the Elm City cache. Had a lot of fun doing that one too. Found out some interesting facts about Waterville that we wouldn't have known about otherwise. I've been keeping my PQs up to date pretty much and do a polygon to get caches in areas we're travelling in but we seem to just drive right by tons of "Park and Grab" caches because guardrails just don't hold enough of a fascination for us anymore, I guess. Now, if the guardrail is near a nice view or an interesting location we will most likely try for it. Or, if there's a cache that seems to not be garnering enough interest to at least be found once we'll sometimes use that as our excuse to make a distant run just to see the area and grab that cache that no one else has done yet. Sometimes our common sense kicks in and we pass on a cache that's probably more than we should try. Bum knees on one person have a way of keeping a team away from a 5 terrain, for instance. Nothing against those of you who want to build up large numbers of those of you who have placed the "so-called" power runs, they're just not our cup of tea.
Oh, and Dan, dessert is the sweet food you traditionally consume after a meal. Desert is a dry, arid place. Just sayin.........
In response to the title of this thread, I've been caching for about 3 years and it's amazing how much this activity has changed in those 3 years. I feel like I may have come into this about 4 or 5 years too late. That said, gonna load a few into the Garmin and hit the trail tomorrow.
My last TB I sent out consists of the tag attached to a Landshark Lager beer cap. Coincidentally, I called it "Landshark" Cheap. Easy, and just found it's way to Holland.
The TB's are really fun to track, I just don't expect too much from them. When something does happen, It adds to the fun.
Sheesh! Four days in Canada and we haven't logged a cache. We attempted on yesterday, but the last person that looked didn't find it - we didn't either.
We love Travel Bugs, so when we started out today, I filtered GSAK to load only caches with TB's into Garmin. We drove 250 miles today, and still didn't attempt a single cache.
Are we "jaded"? Too many LPC's and GRC"S?
I have only been caching for about a year so I haven't experenced burnout yet but I'm sure that like any activity it can happen. I think moderation has a lot to do with it. I know what it's like when the caching bug hits and you have to get out and cache. I marvel at some cachers who can rack up hundreds of finds in a year but that's just not me. I cache when I can but I don't make it a priority. I listen to an audio show called Podcacher and I recall a show some time back in April or May of this year that talked about caching burnout. Some of the listeners responded with some good ideas. One was to take a non geocacher out geocaching. Nothing like sharing the caching experience with someone who has never cached before to get the jucies flowing. Another is challenges. I recently started the Green Monster series which consists of 22 caches all over Mass which contain Monster numbers that will lead to a final. Meeting other cachers and attending events is another way to combat caching burnout. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and I think that holds true for caching as well. Keep it fun.