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Friday, April 25, 2014

It's Not About The Numbers (Really, It Isn't!)

I'm a big nerd.  I admit it.  In high school, I was the one everyone turned to for answers, during a test, when the teacher left the room.  Although it's not my favorite, I'm a Star Wars fan.  I taught myself computers when I was 16 years old, when people were raving about this thing called the World Wide Web.  Baseball  is my favorite sport, and growing up, I loved figured out batting averages and ERA's for my favorite players.

Geocaching fits in perfectly with my nerdy personality.  One main reason for this:  statistics.

Those who say "it's not about the numbers" don't know what they're talking about.  Now, I'm not talking about attempting to log a find on every cache out there.  I've tried cache runs, and I must say I'm not a fan.  I'd rather find one awesome cache than 15 mediocre ones.  What I'm talking about are the off-the-wall stats that are out there.  Allow me to share a few with you.

On April 27, 2011-found GC1NYCE-Got Trout?..., GCG903-Tri-State Cache & GC13RA1-Treasures and Travel Bugs Westbound.  Three caches, three states, one day!  For added coolness, the Tri-State Cache, located in a cemetery in Port Jervis, NY, is about 50 feet from a benchmark on which you can stand and be in three states at the same time-New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Sweet!

NJ, NY and PA meet here.

August 22, 2011-three FTF's in one day: GC32P7A-HOLY MOTHER OF SORROWS, GC32P0A-OLD FORGE CEMETERY & GC32P0Z-OLD FORGE SLOVIC CEMETERY.  As a self-confessed FTF Hound, I was quite pleased of this accomplishment.

What a beautiful day to go caching!

October 24, 2011-I took a walk in the morning, while in Florida on business, and found GC31FY7-Walk With Snickers.  I flew into Philadelphia later that evening, and picked up GC2VNZD-Philadelphia Airport on the way out of town.  While stopping for a bathroom break, I found GC1F01D-Three Is Company at a rest stop on the turnpike.  For those scoring at home, that's three caches, two states, 1029 miles in distance!

That's a lot of ground to cover.

Most consecutive days with a find?  14.  Most consecutive days without a find?  71.

Distance of caches found: 23159 miles.  That's 0.097 times to the moon! Speaking of which, do you know why there aren't any caches on the moon?  Simple, no lampposts!

So how about you?  Do you have a favorite cache stat?


Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

It absolutely is about the numbers for me.... some numbers I can think of off the top of my head:

Number of times I've gotten my fat butt off the couch and gone outside on an adventure.

Number of times I've met new folks on the trail, on on places like

Number of times I've stretched myself physically or mentally in order to complete a cache.

The number of times I discovered something amazing and wonderful in my own "backyard" that I never knew existed (this, for example:

The number of times I've gotten to a fork in the road, looked at my GPS, and took the road less travelled.

It may not be about find count, but it is definitely about the numbers.

smithie23 said...

Dave, thanks for sharing the link. That's one funky looking tree!


I love this post! Great job and thanks for sharing! What a cool way of looking at he numbers. Interesting....

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I think the "numbers" that count are different for everyone. As long as we all get out and cache, its all good!

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