For the third year in a row we are doing a geocaching road trip to the US in the spring. This year we will spend 3½ weeks driving from Las Vegas to Seattle (including a few days just north of the American/Canadian border).
During our planning of the route we decided to spend two nights in Boise. At that time we had not noticed the Thunderbird series, but one or two days later we saw a Facebook post of another Danish geocacher, who had discovered this great piece of Geo Art. Then we discovered that it was actually very close to our route and therefore within our reach! What a great coincident! However, we realized that we would need a bit more time in the area (as we expected the completion of the series to require two days), so we extended our stay in Boise with an additional night.
Today would be our first day in the series. However, when we looked out the hotel window this morning our mood dropped dramatically. It was raining heavily! Walking the prairie (or is it desert?) for a whole day in pouring rain would not be all that much fun! We drove towards the series hoping that the rain would stop, but it was still raining when we arrived. We had a plan to get as close to the tip of the plane by car, so that we would minimize the walking without caches, but driving the wet dirt road was definitely not an option for our rental car! We therefore decided to return to the paved road and had at this point given up the idea of completing the series. We therefore agreed to focus on the multies and wherigos, so that we would at least get a bit out of our long drive. It was still raining while we were collecting info from the multies, but suddenly the rain stopped. We therefore decided to go for a bunch of traditionals as well. One cache took another, and suddenly it did not seem at all unrealistic to make enough of the series today, so that we would not have to walk very long without caches tomorrow. By the end of the day we had found 153 caches and therefore only needed to find an additional 47 caches the following day. According to our GPSr we had walked 34,8 km (21,6 mi) today.
Please note: One section of the series (no. 111 - no. 72) is under attack from Angry Birds!!! We noticed a number of birds in the air, who did all they could to scare us away, and they had definitely also attacked some of the containers. Some containers were just moved some meters (and could therefore be brought back to their hiding places), while other containers and log sheets were chopped into pieces and needed to be replaced. We did what we could to perform maintenance and to cover the most vulnerable containers with rocks, so that the animals would no longer steal them. Perhaps it is necessary to consider different hiding methods here, if the problem persists...
Thanks for the cache and greetings from Denmark!