High Temperature: 104F
Heat Advisory: Day 2
I was supposed to be picking up a Craigslist purchase but I’d arrived early. I decided to spend some time geocaching at a nearby cemetery which held two caches
The first cache was located at the far end of the cemetery. I parked in a small parking lot in the center of the cemetery. The fence bordering the corner was falling down but the fence posts were still intact.
Simply lift the fence cap to find the cache: a shotgun shell loaded with a geocaching log!
Before heading to the second cache which was located on the opposite end from the first cache, I spent a few minutes cooling off in the air conditioning of the car.
I’d forgotten just how many grasshoppers live in the country. While cicadas and grasshoppers both buzz, the buzzing sounds differ. The buzz surrounded me as I tramped through the cemetery. The cicadas stayed in the trees, but the grasshoppers bounced across the paths (and me!) as they led their merry grasshopper lives.
I was afraid the cache was located in an overgrown rosebush. I was not dressed to combat thorns. My GPS, though, kept pointing towards a nearby oak tree, an oak tree infested with some of the biggest, fattest lizards I’ve ever seen. (Have I mentioned my phobias? I’m scared silly of snakes and lizards are just snakes with legs.)
I spotted the cache hidden in the trunk of the oak, the oak protected by the leggy snakes. I stopped and thought. Then I got hot.
‘Dagnabit! I’m going to get that cache!’ I’m not sure if I just thought that or if I actually said it aloud.
I picked up a rock and threw it at the trunk of the tree. Lizards scurried farther up the tree. None fell off the tree (or on me). I picked up the rock and threw again. More scurrying. And again! Hmmmm… no scurries. It must be safe to stick my hand into the tree trunk.
Thank heavens, it was safe. I didn’t brush a single lizard. No lizards dropped from overhead. I signed the log and returned it to its hiding place. Two caches, one cemetery, 30 minutes, no Craigslist purchases.
On a private note: I would not do this again. Next time I go geocaching in this kind of heat, I’m taking water with me. There was a 7-11 down the street but I was too stubborn to pay for water. I suffered from heat exhaustion later that day. Despite a cooling breeze, it was too hot to geocache without water.