We had two main objectives today:
1.) To see my childhood friend that I haven't seen in over a decade
2.) To grab a geocache that was placed in November 2000.
|Jen and I after lunch|
We arrived in Charleston, IL around 1pm and met Jen for lunch. We had a great time catching up and eating good food. I would have loved to stay longer, but she had to go to work, and we had to get back on the road.
After lunch, we made a detour to Terre Haute, Indiana to get the November 2000 geocache. You non-geocachers probably have no idea why this date is important. Besides just finding geocaches, there are several challenges you can achieve, and one of those challenges is finding a geocache that was placed for each month since geocaching was created (May 2000). This challenge, the Jasmer, may seem easy, but it gets difficult when you are trying to find older caches, like those that were placed in the years 2000-2003.
Anyways, our Jasmer grid was missing the November 2000, so I did a search to see what geocache(s) meet the date in the United States. Believe it or not, there is not one close to Georgia. To get a November 2000 geocache, you must travel to New York, New Jersey, Indiana, or California (to name a few). Since we were planning on going to Charleston anyway, Terre Haute was just an hour away.
Anyways, since you now understand (hopefully), Brandon and I made the drive over to get the Fowler Park Wilderness Stash (http://coord.info/GCC7). We arrived at the parking area and attempting the hike. We discovered that there was an easier and faster way to get the cache, so we drove on over to another area. We walked on over and met with the bike trails.
We continued to hike (which felt good after sitting in the car all day) until the gps pointed uphill. We both went uphill, in different directions, to find the geocache. I got stuck in thorns, spiderwebs, and dead limbs. Oh, and I was wearing flipflops and getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. I felt terrible for not helping Brandon, so I told him to look at some of the photos on the geocache's gallery. He was able to find the tree that was pictured in several photos and found the geocache. We quickly made it back downhill and back to the car in one piece.
We arrived in Chicago and had a "blast" with traffic. There were so many interstates, turnpikes, and bypasses that we were getting on and off. We didn't pay the first toll on accident because we didn't realize "electronic" meant the I-PASS. Whoops, but we paid the rest of them!
Overall, very busy day with about 12 hours on the road. This will be our longest day driving, but it took us to two geocaching benchmarks, and I was able to see my childhood friend!
Stay tuned for part iii.....