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Friday, January 27, 2012

Winter Doldrums

I've never been a big fan of winter.  In particular, I really despise January and February.  The hustle and bustle of the holidays has come and gone.  Springtime seems to be forever and a day away.  The days are short.  It's usually dark when I leave the house in the morning, and dark once I return in the evening.  If something bad is going to happen, I've found it likes to happen this time of year.  I've always felt that once my birthday passes, in March, springtime can't come quick enough.  And, don't even get me started on the Groundhog.

One of the things I wanted to do in 2012 was fill in as many days as I could on my caching calendar.  I went into January having most of the days without a cache found, and while I didn't believe I'd go nuts finding a ton of caches in January, I thought perhaps I could knock out most, if not all of the days.  I quickly realized this was not going to happen.  I couldn't blame the weather.  We've had, for the most part, a mild, dry winter.  No, it was my total lack of motivation.  I've gone out here and there, so far in January, to find some caches, but the idea of caching almost every day in the month has long been abandoned.   I just didn't want do it.  I formulated a strategy to make filling this calendar happened.  It involved a lot of trips to shopping center parking lots.  I'm not a big fan of the park 'n' grab, but I'll go after one if it means completing a goal of some sort.  In this case, though, I felt the idea of a streak of 1/1 caches was absurd.  Not gonna do it.  On the same token, there was no way I was going to be able to seek out caches, which were up my alley, on a near-daily basis.  Between a hectic work schedule and a nagging rotator cuff injury, I just wasn't up to the challenge.  I want to keep the hobby fun.

Winter got you down?

I am intent on crossing a find off on one particular day, though- February 29th.



Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

I have to totally agree with you there Smithie123, the brain is willing but I just can't seem to get motivated. Saying that once I'm out in the field I'm enjoying myself, take away the rain, cold, wind - please !!


Brother, I'm with you! I am making it a point to do some geocaching this weekend......or else!

Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

I am also "sort of" doing the calendar challenge. When I have days I can, I try to grab a cache, and I am spreading out the easier ones in my area to help fill in those days. I am on 200 of 366, so I have a lot to go, most of it in the first 6 months of the year. But I know I won't get all the days in this year, so if I miss one or two I am not worried about it.

You are right to just cache when you feel like it. Challenges can be motivating, but if all you are doing is caching to grab a find, and getting no enjoyment out of it, whats the point? This is supposed to be fun, not another job.

Good luck. I am envious of your snow (none in NC this year), and hope you hit the trails hard real soon - just for fun.

Big_Dog1970 said...

I couldn't have said it any better myself Smithers. It's almost like there isn't enough time in the day to get your daily chores done and fit caching in too.

Anonymous said...

I'm enjoying filling in the calendar this year. Last year I was feeling the same as you. I had my excuses. The snow. The cold. But now, I'm getting closer! April is my least favorite time to cache. Not sure why. The rain? I have to fill in 25 days! ugh. :) --tick27

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