You know...it's really funny how this all turned out, this Cache Across America quest.
After almost two years of plotting, planning, revising those plots and plans, and pretty much dedicating most all my days off and vacation time to Cache Across America, it seems pretty surreal to be typing up my 'found' log for the Final.
Oh sure, the many trips were amazing. The thousands and thousands of miles of driving seemed endless at times. Some of the sights I saw were breathtaking (and so were my VISA bills ). I could type for days writing about the Cache Across America experience and my favorite caches, but I hope that each individual state CAA log that I posted has done that for me already.
So back to the funny part. For me, Cache Across America wasn't about the travel, the smileys, filling in the map on my profile page...or even in being only the sixth person to log the Final. Cache Across America was really all about people.
It was quite the study in human psychology being on the road alone so much. And there were times I would have liked to have had company along. But I was never lonesome because of the people...my fellow geocachers. The occasional company I did have with me on the road from time to time and my friends at home (both cachers and non-cachers alike) who posted encouraging comments to keep me going. They made me feel like they really were 'out there' with me and along for the ride. The many CAA owners who wrote emails in support of my quest or to thank me for what they saw as a nicely written log or when I often posted lots of pictures. I received emails and notes from many other cachers whom I have never met, and probably never will, who follow this quest whether or not they participate. I heard from other cachers who ARE participating in the CAA quest but wrote to me not as competitors (which we were not!) but as a geo-family in full support and ad-hoc cheering section. A few of these folks and I still keep in touch, and I will be their cheering section as they continue on. And some of my warmest memories came from the very small family of previous finders: RogFel, Jim & Sal and Webscouter. They were my constant virtual companions always ready with an encouraging word, an 'Atta Girl!' or commiserating with me over the occasional poorly placed CAA cache that missed the opportunity to really showcase a state. Blue Power Rangers who were always ready assist, especially when an owner perhaps needed a little push to maintain or replace a cache. And at the very end, Flying Moose made sure that the Final cache was in place before I flew to DC. Yes, for me it was the people that made this the amazing journey that it was.
So now several of my friends have picked up on this insanity and have begun the Cache Across America journey themselves. I can't wait to support them and cheer them on, the way others have done for me.
Thank you, everyone.
Here is a video project that I put together with the photos I took. I hope it makes you smile.
By the way...this was cache #3600 for me.
A milestone, indeed.
This entry was edited by lorriebird on Saturday, 22 January 2011 at 07:29:10.