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Can't stop believing, cus we have to try.

September 7th, 2008 (09:55 am)

current mood: calm
current song: Nightwish - Tenth Man Down

During my leave time I think I enjoyed being outside the most. Driving or walking around I had a great time viewing all of the varied terrain that Montana has to offer. I managed to go from Havre all the way to Glendive and along the way I snapped quite a few pictures as the miles went by. I will have to upload some of them when I get them resized.

Some bad news, my old Kodak Z730 finally gave up the ghost after three years of excellent photos. I picked up Kodak's Z1285 camera before leaving and am still getting used to shooting with it. Most of my pictures turn out blurry but I'm sure after a bit of practice I'll get a handle on the quirks of the camera. I will miss having a view finder and not being able to use the lithium rechargables that came with the 730 but the new camera seems to be more suited for night shots and the fact that it takes AA's will mean if I am in an area that I cannot get my charger out I can always scavange from the myriad of other devices I will undoubtedly have with me that run on AA's.

I'm a bit pissed that right after I got back from leave I was told I was going to San Diego for school the next week. I wasn't mad about the school, but the fact that I could've taken another week of leave and had a cheaper ticket down to San Diego instead of enduring the long flights back and forth from Oahu. The fact that I had originally set up the leave time to do this really got under my collar.

School has been at a frantic pace and three days after arriving we had our first test. An entire day was set aside for the test and we used most of it for study. Time well spent for me at least because I managed to come in second after enduring over two hours of pratical and knowlage testing. Hope to continue this trend and hopefully cut the lead on the person ahead of me. Sometimes it is good to come a little behind, gives you incentive to achive more then you otherwise would have.

Managed to head out and do some caching yesterday. Meandered my way to a huge grave yard a couple miles from the base. Along the way I was denied a couple finds due to the crowds of people enjoying the beautiful day but once at the grave yard I had all the time in the world to search, this didn't make me any more successful... After five tries and five misses I finally came onto my first find. The container was originally a jelly bean container where you took off the cat's head and put the jelly beans in the body. In order to get your jelly fix you would give the legs a little push into the body and out the beans would come...right from its butt. This find gave me renewed determination to try and find one of the caches I missed. Nearly didn't find it the second time either but my stubborness prevailed and after walking a few steps away I came back and managed to claim that find as well.

With that being said the reason I didn't make the find originally was because of some broken glass in the area that I hadn't been too keen on putting my hand around, afterwards I picked up the glass myself and put it into the trash. The geocaching activity isn't without its risks, either from people or the environment you are in. People that decide to try should be careful even when attempting the easiest cache. With that warning I can say that it is one of the more rewarding activities that I've ever done. I get to meet great people, see places few others know of, and learn a little more about the world I live in.


Posted by: thelunarfox (thelunarfox)
Posted at: September 7th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)

Congrats on the test!

Geocaching does sound like a lot of fun. Makes me also wish I could travel more.

Posted by: Sarge (sarge104)
Posted at: September 7th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)

LOL! You wouldn't need to travel much to do it. I did a quick search using the Monterey Bay Aquarium zip code and got 8165 listings for geocaches within a hundred miles.

Posted by: thelunarfox (thelunarfox)
Posted at: September 8th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)

Whoa... I didn't realize there could be that many here. LOL

Posted by: Sarge (sarge104)
Posted at: September 8th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)

Even better is if you create a free geocaching account you might not even need a gps for some of them. The discription and hints help you sometimes make the find without the cost of a gps unit. Remember, google earth is your friend ;).

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