CacheCrazy.Com: Spring Has Sprung!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Has Sprung!!!!!!!!!!!!


By: Bloodhounded
Notes from author: Happy Spring! What an exciting time of year but, be ready and know your limits to insure a great time. 


Well, it’s finally here. The first official day of spring! And, our one month anniversary here at CacheCrazy.Com under our newly organized format and current Team! This is a great day indeed! I decided to add a spring type theme to the site. Thanks to all of our admin authors, guest authors and our readers for making the site a success! We're having a blast, I hope you are too and it never hurts to let us know how we are doing. Your opinion means a lot to us, hint, hint :)

With that said, today let’s look at preparation for the fair weather chaching season.
I know many hunters who go as far as to schedule stress tests right before deer season. They want to be sure that they are fit enough to endure the physically demanding hunt. Especially here in the North East where no matter where you hunt, you’re either on a mountain or you’re climbing one.

I think the same goes for Geocaching. Unless C&D’s are your thing, it’s likely you are about to get active again. This activity will mesh with other “spring” tasks as well. Not a bad idea to schedule that doctor’s appointment for your annual physical. After all, you have to do it sometime, right? Let your doctor know what level of activity you plan to do. Even a young cacher can benefit from the assurance of a medical professional.

Stretching (or warm up through gradual intensity), dressing appropriately and knowing your limits is what it’s all about. Nothing you can bring along on a geocache hunt will benefit you more than your good common sense. Use it. By summer you’ll likely be a mean, lean caching machine like Dodger. If not, no biggie but, know that heat stroke and dehydration are the two menaces that plague the cacher during the spring/summer. As if ticks weren't bad enough.
Speaking of which, remember we are humans in an insect’s world. Chances are pretty darn good you’ll be dealing with a bite of some kind. Be ready with some Benadryl, antiseptic and bug wipes. Don’t forget your shades and sunscreen or you’re in for bloodshot eyes as red as your new sun burn. Ouch!

$35.00 at Khol's is a great deal
I think no matter what time of the year we are caching the most deprived part of your body is your feet. Having the proper foot gear is so important. You don’t have to spend $100.00 on Keen’s to make your trip enjoyable. On the other hand please, leave the flip flops at home. It’s not a fashion show either so drop the ones that look good and go with the ones that feel good. There are many choices for different terrains at several price ranges to boot (no pun intended).

This is my trusty hiking staff
Finally, a suggestion from a cacher who uses one; use a walking stick of some sort. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy and a nice four foot piece of oak does nicely in a pinch. I use one for several reasons. First, I like the way it feels to hike with a stick. I enjoy mine because it has a shock absorbing system and I can change the tip to match the terrain. It has saved me a fall or two for sure. Great for water crossings too and when you have to rummage around the rocks and holes in the ground looking for that cache container, I feel more confident doing so with a stick.

If you are reading this and thinking “awe, screw that, I’m fine and ready right now” Don’t say I didn’t tell you so. Don’t let a great trip turn into a bad time by not thinking ahead. Geocaching is addictive and like everything addictive it’s done at times on a whim, in a hurry and without a lot of forethought. Make it your best trip ever and have fun!
Happy Spring!

5 comments:

Benizerith said...

Great advice Kev. You're always so practical. ;) I just bought a new pair of Columbia hiking boots in January, and I'm so excited to break them in!

Oh, and PS... I'm in the process of working on a guest blog entry... I'll e-mail it to you when it's finished. :)

DctrSpott said...

Awe, screw that, I'm fine and ready right now.

;)

smithie23 said...

Where is this "Spring" you speak of?

BLOODHOUNDED said...

I hear that! I woke up to 5 inches of snow and freezing rain here in the Poconos. I saw a robin and actually felt bad for him. I told him to come later next year.

Dodger said...

Mean, lean, caching machine??

LOL!

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