making a geocaching comeback

After my vacation overload on Friday I was in severe need of some alone time on Saturday.  However that wasn't in the cards.  We did decided to split up though, the boys went fishing and we girls went geocaching.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.  I started the morning with a little blog reading, it's so hard to stay on top of all of them when you're out of the house and far from a computer all day.  Let's not even discuss the comments I'm getting from everyone around here about my computer time, they just don't understand my special relationship with blogland.  Anyway, I was reading a peanut butter fingers post and came across these.  Aren't they adorable?  I'm sure you've already noticed I have an issue with buying things with initials and now I'll be adding these to my collection.
Since I had already knocked spending money out for the day I was on to breakfast.  I made myself a bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter and banana (492 calories).  I went a little overboard on the peanut butter but it was pretty delicious and I'll be incorporating it more when I get home.
The boys left really early to go fishing, I'm talking around 6am!  We ladies didn't head out until after 9.  For those of you who don't know what geocaching is here's a little background.  Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game.  Players try to locate containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.  My mom got really into it a few years ago and I used to go out with her all the time but then my finances got tight, I started working 2 jobs and there wasn't time anymore.  This was the first time I'd been out since then and I may be making a comeback.  Especially now that there are phone apps that make it so much easier to search!  I know I haven't given you much info but hopefully you'll get the idea as I go on.  This is a shot of our first cache of the day.  It was back behind an office building in a field.  It is an ammunition can that contains a log (they all have logs to sign in so you can prove you found it) and some other little trinkets for trade.
My mom's plan for the day was to grab a few caches in Wyoming & Idaho so she could mark those states on her map.  She put together a route that would take about 5 hours driving time with stops to cache here and there.  I was surprised how quickly we got to Wyoming.  We couldn't have been in the car more then an hour when we saw the sign & pulled over to take pictures.
We grabbed the first cache just over the state line.  It was in the parking lot of a shoe store on a light post under the metal base on the concrete pillar.  It was a small container so there wasn't room for anything more then the log, I wrote down our nicknames (I'm sacysdimples from when I was working at Camp Sacajawea with the nickname Dimples) and we were off.
Next we stopped a few miles up the road for another cache.  We were a little put off because this one was on school property.  Caches aren't allowed to be placed on school property in NJ.  We hopped out of the car and followed the compass on our phones toward the hiding spot.
Once again it was hidden under the light post base.  Once you've found a bunch of them they get easier to spot.  There are only so many places to hide something in plain sight.
We only needed two for the state to count but we decided to try for one more.  I'm pretty proud of this one because the online logs said the last two people that attempted to find it couldn't.  It took me maybe five minutes to locate it!
On our way from Wyoming to Idaho we passed back through Utah.  Of course we had to stop and take a picture with that sign too.
We had to drive a while to get to Idaho, I read The Help most of the way.  We started to get hungry for lunch just before we reached the state line and it was already 2pm so we decided to stop and eat.  All we could find was one "drive-in" after another.  It was strange because you didn't actually drive in, we parked then walked up to the window, ordered and sat at picnic tables to eat.
We decided on the Hometown Drive-In because it had the shortest line.  I was a little concerned about eating from what looked like a glorified snack bar so I stuck with chicken fingers & fries, how badly could they screw that up?  I also ordered a raspberry shake because every drive-in was advertising their famous raspberry shakes (860 calories).
Everything was tasty but I barely ate half the chicken.  The shake was just to good not to finish.
Within minutes of leaving lunch we were at the Idaho border.  Time for another picture!
We grabbed one cache that was at the base of the a sign for the Oregon Trail.  Shana was super excited about it and posted a picture on Facebook that received all kinds of funny comments reminiscing about the game we all played in middle school.  They told her to watch out for dysentery and forge the river!  Our final cache was up a winding drive with a gorgeous view of Bear Lake.
The cache was hidden in a reflector on a pole.  This is the kind of cache that would have stumped me in the beginning but I'd seen one like it before so I knew right where to look.

And with that we were finished our adventure, all that was left was to make the 2ish hour drive back to the house.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the boys had brought home six fish!  Joe and his friends never have much luck fishing back home so it was great that they were able to do so well out in Utah.
They got to work on cooking dinner pretty much immediately.  Bill & Joe took care of the steaks and fish while Lynda make roasted broccoli and baked potatoes with cheese (750 calories).  I wasn't hungry after my huge lunch but I made myself eat a little of everything because everyone had gone to so much work.  I know I shouldn't have but it's vacation...
We spent the rest of the evening relaxing around the house.  Mostly watching the news and checking Facebook for updates on hurricane Irene.  I haven't mentioned much about it but the weather at home was pretty crazy while we were away.  There was an earthquake on Tuesday and the hurricane was set to hit Saturday night.  A lot of our friends were on mandatory evacuations from their homes.  We were all lucky enough to have great friends and neighbors that put our yard furniture away and made sure our pets were safe.  But it was still nerve wracking to be so far away during a crazy time.
1. 15 Spend Free Days: 10 days total.
2. Breakfast: 492 calories + Lunch: 860 calories + Dinner: 750 calories + Snacks: 0 calories = 2099 burned - 2102 eaten = +3 total calories burned.
3. Complete 1250 fitness minutes: 491 total.
4. Walk at least 10,000 steps for 25 days:  7947 steps.  22 days total.
5. At least 20 days with 30 minutes of housework: 9 days total. 

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