Believe it or not, it took me three times to find this darned cache!
- I’m short and it’s tall.
- It was dark the first time I tried.
- Too many darned muggles!
Believe it or not, it took me three times to find this darned cache!
In January I visited Austin for a teaching conference. I arrived with laryngitis and it only got worse. You see, Austin is Allergy Central of Texas so I moved from allergen-filled North Texas to the even more allergen-filled state capitol.
I knew I wouldn’t be in any shape to explore Austin, especially since the conference began so early in the morning and ended so late in the afternoon. Few volksmarches are available at night.
I had also heard a rumor that there was a walking trail somewhere near my hotel. I don’t know that I found the official trail, but I did find a paved and well-cared-for trail that led around a small, duck-filled artificial lake.
Sweetieheart has been busy this year. It’s his junior year of college. There have been times when my husband accompanied me in his place.
The Fort Richardson Walk, sponsored by the Tarrant County Walkers, was one of those walks. The day dawned misty and slightly threatening of rain.
This was good. My husband is a vampire. Bright sun scares him and he overheats easily.
Neither of us had ever been to Fort Richardson before. We both like history although he likes martial history more than I. We were both intrigued by the possibilities of the walk.
To tell you the truth, this walk was satisfied us. We were able to explore the old fort ruins. Character actors were there to explain life in the Old Fort.
I’d like to bring Sweetieheart along some time. He also enjoys military history…. and walking.
A few weeks ago, I was working on my usual Halloween reading: ghost stories of Texas. I love ghost stories and I know many of the local ones. However, in Paranormal Texas, I found a tale I hadn’t heard of before and it was located just a few miles from my home!
Crystal Canyon is being preserved as a natural area for its geology in the hills of Arlington. It’s a half-mile walk around on a nice trail lined with benches and informative signs. It’s also one of the newest parks in Arlington, having opened in 2012.
As a preserved natural area, there are no geocaches permitted within the park. However, there are a couple just outside the park.
The walk is appropriate for children, strollers, and pets (pick up after your pet!), as well as joggers and walkers. Water is located at the entry/exit to the park. The trail loops around a wooded area with plenty of shade which means it could be walked throughout the year with extra caution during the hottest parts of the year.. Warning signs include snakes (Duh! It’s the Metroplex!) and poison ivy (Gotta love Texas!) and scorpions (Closed-toe shoes recommended).
There were signs of fireworks and people who left the trail, but overall, the park was clean with little trash.
I’d like to figure out a earthcache for the park because it deserves to be visited more often. It’s a lovely gem.
I’m so proud of my gals! As a team of eight, we walked across Texas (830 miles) in only six weeks! Snce we still have two weeks left in the program, I’ve told my team that we’re now stuck at the Louisiana border and need to walk back to the Metroplex, three hundred miles away. Having seen what they’re capable of, I think we’re going to make it.
To form your own team, go to Walk across Texas, a free program offered by TAMU, Texas A&M University as a way to make Texans healthier.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a class on how to make foot scrubs. This is the result.
I was looking to score new states, not to raise my number of finds (which is good because I really didn’t geocache much this summer–I’ve begun looking at quality rather than quantity).
Sweetieheart and I were in Washington, DC, for the fourth of July. On the third we decided to do the National Mall volksmarch. It was a good walk but we’d already seen most of the sites on previous tours. (We did get to see the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial which hadn’t been open the last time we’d been in DC.)
As we walked, I’d occasionally look for a geoache. However, the many muggles kept us from making the attempt. Too many people hang around the National Mall on July 3rd!
Then we discovered a little memorial dedicated to George Mason. It was rather neglected with grass growing where it shouldn’t and the flowerbed appeared a bit dry. It also contained a nice bench to sit and enjoy the day and the view. Finally, it contained a geocache… one which wasn’t bothered by muggles.
I wish more people would visit this lovely little memorial. It’s just across the street from the cherry trees. It’s truly a lovely place.
I am so excited!
Many years ago, I participated in my district’s Walk across Texas challenge. Schools across the district formed teams of eight members. Each team member pledged to walk 13 miles a week for two months. Supposedly that all added up to the miles needed to have walked across the state of Texas had we been participating in a relay race.
My school won. Heck! My school kicked butt! We completed our challenge with three weeks to spare. (To be fair, we had ringers. Three of our teammates were preparing for a marathon and totally carried the rest of us.) But that was my introduction to team walking.
Since then, I’ve continued to receive email from TAMU about other challenges. I decided I wanted to do it again but….
… school’s starting… and…
… maybe I won’t have the time… and…
… maybe I won’t have the energy… and…
… what if no one joins me (I need a team of eight!)… and…
… do I really need the stress… and…
… what if I’ve misread the situation… and…
I created an E-vite for those I thought might want to participate. Then I didn’t send it because all those doubts kept creeping in. Then I added names to the list and counted and came up with six–not enough for a team. And I continued to not send the invitation.
Finally, on Friday, after everyone had left the building, I sent the invitation. To my surprise, by the time I reached home, I’d already had my first positive response. By lunchtime, everyone had replied “yes.”
I still needed two team members. They came up with the names–both of whom accepted! In less than an hour, we had a team. Now they’re talking team shirts and regular walking parties.
We’re going to walk across Texas!
Sweetie and I have been in training for our trip to Washington, DC, for months. We have walked 10k and 5k treks for months now. We were up to 5 miles a day. We were ready for the challenges offered by DC.
The short walk (5k) offers a chance at see the National Zoo (from the outside). The long walk includes many embassies and a chance to see the National Cathedral (10k). It begins at a McDonald’s near a Metro station (the best way to get around DC). And, somehow, the long walk manages to be all uphill!.
It passes through some historical and yuppie neighborhoods. It deliberately takes the walkers past several embassies. (The Chinese embassy was the scariest with its armed guards.) Did I mention it’s all uphill?
By the time we made it to the National Cathedral, we were worn out. Sweetieheart had enough energy to hunt for the infamous Darth Vader gargoyle. He never found it. I think it was covered by scaffolding; the National Cathedral is still being repaired after the 2011 earthquake.
We were worn out! But then the magic happened. Right next to the Washington National Cathedral is a bit of parkland which is some of the only old growth forest left in DC. Two cottontails led the way.
From the Cathedral, we were led into a historic neighborhood which featured several Victorian homes.
Admiral Peary‘s former house featured a Free Library!
And somehow, the end of the walk was still uphill. We were exhausted and triumphant over all the sights we’d managed to see. We probably wouldn’t have seen 90% of them if it hadn’t been for the AVA.
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