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Friday, September 6, 2013

Everybody Has A Mania


"Strike up the music the band has begun
The Pennsylvania Polka
Pick out your partner and join in the fun
The Pennsylvania Polka
It started in Scranton. It's now number one
It's bound to entertain ya
Everybody has a mania to do the polka from Pennsylvania"

For Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day, "The Pennsylvania Polka" ushered in a new day.  His character, Phil, woke up realizing each day is an exact duplicate of the day before.  No matter what he did, he couldn't shake the monotony which became his life.

I often feel his 6:00 AM pain.  For me, though, it's the blaring beep of the alarm clock, and Joe Snedeker's wacky backyard antics.  Included in the morning routine, which is the work week, is my insistence on checking my cell phone as soon as I can pry my eyes open, sifting through alerts from work, Facebook updates and late night text messages from inebriated friends.

Once in a while, I see a new cache was published overnight.

This was the case, the other day, as I saw alerts about two caches being published.  As I have notifications set up in different areas, I don't know for sure which area a new cache is in until I check its page out on the website.  Today, though, the familiar name of OReviewer as replaced by Cotton Malone.  I knew the caches were in New Jersey!  I just didn't know exactly where.  Were they en route to my office?  I have the time, will it be worth my while?  Have they already been found?  Am I just nuts?

While getting dressed and ready for work, I bring up geocaching.com on my phone.  The two caches are slightly out of the way to work.  Not a direct route, but they aren't terribly far away.  One of the two happens to be minutes from the highway.  Seeing as no one posted a found log, I add the cache to my Watchlist, and jot down the coordinates.  GC38B0V-Centerfield.  It's on like Donkey Kong!

The weather this particular morning was rainy and downright miserable.  As I'm dropping the kids off at school, I hear the dreaded traffic report on the radio.  Interstate 80 East closed entering New Jersey due to an accident.  Awesome!  The easy way around this mess would have been to take my alternate route, Interstate 84, and cut through Milford, and into New Jersey.  Not on this day, though.  There was an FTF sitting out there!  Utilizing Google Maps, I found an alternate way through the Delaware Water Gap, into New Jersey.  I was well on my way!

How I like to view I-80 traffic- from afar!


Closing in on my exit, I had a general idea of where I had to go.  I'd been in this area of Morris County before, so I knew the major roads.  I was able to get within about two miles of ground zero, then it was a guessing game as to where I had to go.  I knew I was looking for a baseball field, but where could it be?  I turned off the main road, and headed on down a street which proved to be the wrong one.  Three miles away, and no side street to turn down.  Finally, come to an intersection, and the distance indicator on my GPSr starts dwindling closer to 0'.

Back on the right track, I approach a baseball field on my left.  That would be the one!  With a GPSr reading of less than 100' to the cache, from the road, I felt somewhat deceived by the promise of a "small" container.  "A crummy guardrail cache?!" I think to myself, channeling my inner Ralphie.  Indeed it was.  I found the cache with ease.  It was micro, in reality, and it was what I expected it to be once I saw where ground zero was.  There was only one question left:  was I the first to find?

I opened up the log and... a blank logsheet it is!

To the victor goes the spoils.

Well, now, that made it all worthwhile, didn't it?  I signed the log and picked up the nifty unactivated FTF geocoin.


Fred, checking in on his first FTF.


Sometimes it's not about the cache, but about the adventure.  I wasn't expecting this adventure when I heard the alarm clock this morning.

4 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Well, that was a great way to start the day!!

BLOODHOUNDED said...

Just think, everyday you wake up and find that same cache over and over and over again! That would drive me nuts!
Having the flexibility to even to be in a position to do this activity before work is one thing, applying the desire and motivation to actually accomplish it is another. Highly admirable!
Great job!

BigAl said...

Okay so it took me a while to figure out who wrote the article, but I finally did it. Nice job. I think it is great when you can plan a FTF on your way to work. I don't get that many, but I do like trying for them. Glad you got this one. Nice coin too.

CrazyCris said...

What an adrenaline rush! You must have felt fabulous the rest of the day! :D

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