Sometimes when you get FTFs, you work hard for them, because there might be a lot of competition for them from the local cachers, they published at an odd time like the two of mine did last night and early this morning, or there's just a lot of them all at once and you have to plan out everything to maximize the potential of getting as many FTFs as possible.
Or, you can get really lucky, as is the case with this one. I happened to be in the neighborhood today getting a nearby challenge cache. Once I'd found that one, I still had some time to kill before I had to pick up the youngest, so I checked Cachly to see what else was available nearby and just on the outer edge of the circle of the caches that showed up on the map was this beautiful red FTF logo on the cache. Well, what the heck.
So off I went. Got over here and parked just down the street from it to walk a little ways, although I realized after the fact that I could have parked right next to ground zero. So I found the cache in the first spot I looked in (coordinates were spot on by the way) and then walked around the corner to open up the log and sign it. Unrolled the entire thing and there were no signatures on the logsheet, so I used my green pen and signed my name and the date on the top line. FTF this morning at 11:06, exactly 40 minutes after the email came through saying the cache had been published. Heck, it would have taken me more minutes than that just to drive out here if I was really interested in getting the FTF. But I'll take it nonetheless because sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.
This will get me a cache closer to claiming the found on first day challenge for 500 caches out in Kern County too.