I started to fill in some of the gaps in my 366 grid way back in 2011. I wasn't taking it all that seriously at the time and left loads of gaps (I must've had about 50). While I was doing this I was careful to make sure that the gaps I left in the the winter months of 2011/12 were mostly at the end of the week. That meant that by the time the winter of 2012/13 came round those dates would turn into Saturdays and Sundays and I'd have all day to find the cache even if we were snowed in. Cunning eh.
I had a DNF near the end of April last year, and I had a look at what I had to do from that point to fill the grid. I filtered my GSAK database to just show puzzles and found that there were only about 30 more gaps on that than on the standard 366 grid. So I decided I might as well fill up the grid with puzzles.
It turned out that Richiecactus was also trying to fill up his grid and our last empty dates were just one day apart. So that spurred us both on to complete it. There were some weekdays over the past year, when it was particularly dark and wet, that I'm sure I wouldn't have bothered to go caching if it wasn't for that.
I had loads of solved puzzles to fill up the gaps, and my careful caching of the previous year now came into play. It meant that I only had to take a handful of days off work over the winter to ensure that I didn't miss that day.
There were a few occasions when I couldn't find the cache I was looking for and had to go for a backup, but they were mercifully few. Of course there were the unavoidable non-caching engagements that would take out most of a day, but I always managed to find a reasonably easy cache near a road.
Filling the last few slots was very satisfying. I finished my standard 366 grid on April 20th when I ran a CITO at Lakeside Park. Then a few days later on April 25th I finally completed my 366 of puzzles. I took a day off work to make sure I didn't fail even though at this time of the year it isn't really necessary. The day after that Richiecactus finished his 366.
We came to get the cache that weekend. It should've been an easy find as we'd been here for the Esscafe anniversary event a month before and knew exactly where the cache should be (annoyingly I was on 364 at the time so I wasn't quite qualified and I actually reached 365 the next day). However our celebration ended in failure as the cache had been muggled.
Happily Mario replaced it very quickly. We started to arrange a third visit, but then the Three Corners Challenge turned up. That needs 3 different corner DTs in a day - "A Year Lost" is a 5/5 cache so is one. We knew we wouldn't have many opportunities to do it so we decided to try it today.
We arrived here just before 10am this morning. An easy find.
#1382 TFTC (+fave point)