Sometimes geocaching takes us to new and exciting places; at other times, we end up in familiar places with familiar faces.
My mother grew up in the shadow of Mt. Capulin, the largest perfect cone volcano in the United States. As a child, I was taken to Mt. Capulin every time we visited Grandma. Now, I feel odd if I visit family in New Mexico but don’t visit Capulin. Capulin is family.
I remember running around the rim and down the crater as a child. The thin air didn’t bother me. My mother ran after me, trying to keep me in view.
Now it’s a different story. My mother is still recuperating from a heart attack earlier this year; I definitely felt the elevation. And now, I geocache.
There are two geocaches at Mt. Capulin. Both have a “handicapped” option for those unable to complete the physical challenge of the caches. Both offer spectacular views.
Note: Bring sunscreen! We ended up sunburnt despite the fluffy clouds.