Thursday was my biggest day of caching ever. Lisa and I have decided to give each other a full day to themselves while the other gets a full day with the kids. I was going to make the most of this opportunity so I woke up at 6am and was out the door by 6:15. My destination was Qualicum Beach which is approx. 45 minutes south from where we live. Before sunrise I had parked the car for the day and started my walk. By the time I returned to the car at 3:30pm, I had found 15 geocaches, walked 17km, had filled up a notebook with writing, and had spent a lot of time basking in the sunshine.
I was so proud of myself to be able to be able to just park the car and go on foot all day. In the past I would have tried to fit in as much as I could by driving to the highlight locations, going for short walks and then move on. On this day I just threw on the backpack and wandered around the shoreline and up into the town. Every place I went to I could have driven to but it would not have been the same. Slowing down and walking is simply a better way to go when you are not in a hurry (and why rush through such a nice day).
In my view this is a big part of the Geocache Diet, and our overall lifestyle change. We were going too fast before and we did not slow down to really appreciate things. OK, so this was just one day off but if I can turn this into a regular routine of walking to the store, or just hanging out in the neighbourhood, then I think we can be better for it. Our kids will appreciate it for sure. Have you ever tried to rush a child? It can be a frustrating thing for sure so instead of trying to make them go faster maybe we should take their lead and move a little slower.
When I started the geocache diet I put a daily cap on the minimum number of caches I could find in a day at 15. The reason for this was to make sure I made geocaching a daily activity. With my 2500 km distance challenge I need to walk and average of 2.5km for each geocache found so finding 30 caches while walking 15km would not be a good stragety. It is the distance goal and the frequency of getting outdoors and exercising which is at the heart of this challenge. Geocaching is just a fun activity to entice me to get out and discover new trails. Now that the weather is getting better I will be planning some 20km hikes to find one geocache. Am I physically ready for that challenge? There is only one way to find out.