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So – has anyone ever geocached before? I know I’ve heard about it, but never really thought about giving it a try or investigating it.
It’s actually come up in quite a few conversations since I started my new job as apparently, my boss is a fairly avid geocacher (is that correct terminology?). So last night, after quite a few drinks, a few of us decided that we were going to geocache around SF. At 2 AM. No big deal.
It was so much fun that we did 2 last night. I don’t know if they were “hard” but it did take us awhile to find them (we were also drunk). I’m sure we looked like loons rubbing our hands over the walls, trash cans, etc trying to find the cache. Here’s a pic of one of the caches we found:
We were so excited, but since we didn’t have a pen, we just marked it in red lip gloss. Ha – so if you’re caching in SF and find that one. It was me.
So, if you are like me, a total newb to the scene, allow me to briefly explain how you even get started. You geocache using the official app and it’s pretty much a treasure hunt. Not actual treasure, per se (though apparently sometimes!), but it’s about finding hidden items that are left for other cachers in plain sight. Here’s a screenshot of the app – so many around me…only 24 hours left in the city.
Once you find the cache, you log it and submit that you’ve found it, earning a sweet smiley face on the map! And then you put it back so other people can find it. What’s amazing is that the 2nd cache we found had already been found 3 times earlier that day. How cool is that to think that somewhere out there, 3 other geocachers made the same discovery I did on August 5, but on the whole…most people are entirely clueless.
I don’t know if I’ll turn into a fanatical geocacher, but for now, I love the new adventure and plan on doing it wherever I go. I even looked up quite a few around my apartment. Can’t wait!
This past weekend, I went to Seattle with my good friend Andrea! It was a whirlwind mini-vacation filled to the absolute brim with fun and randomness. I don’t know where to start, simply because it was all amazing. I couldn’t possibly pin down a favorite moment, but I can certainly list my top 5! 🙂
1. The Space Needle – our first stop in Seattle was to the very top of this chunk of metal. Painted orange for the 50th anniversary, the view was spectacular!
2. Public Market Center – the fish were
great smelly, but the shopping was better. I found a re-purposed leather cuff with a bit of fur on it. It was a unique find! Also, the doughnuts simply can not go unmentioned. We ate 12 between us. Don’t judge.
3. Walking…everywhere! One of the beautiful parts of Seattle is that it is so walkable. And everything feels so natural. You’re in the city, but you’re also surrounded by mountains, rainforests, and parks! So here’s a pic of a blue tree. Don’t ask, I’m not sure either.
4. Random finds – like Portland, Seattle has it’s quirks. You just have to know where to look. Check out the Fremont troll. I’m not sure, but it’s fun and random!
5. And finally, the main reason for my trip out there…The Color Run. It comes highly recommended. Laughter, smiles, running, and color everywhere!
…and the color festival at the end.
All in all…simply amazing. Well done, Seattle. You’ve really impressed me and I will be back!
I think I mentioned awhile back that I was headed to Seattle in May, yes? YES! I may have also mentioned that I would be running a 5k called The Color Run. In case you missed that update, here’s what I’ll be doing on May 13!
Last September, the North American GAA finals were in San Francisco. I was beyond excited, not only to play in the finals of my second year of Gaelic sports, but to travel to the west coast! The only other time I had even thought about traveling west was to catch another plane somewhere else and only visited the LA airport.
This time, I took full advantage of the trip and spent 5 days in San Francisco and a week in Portland with my friend, Andrea. BF and I packed in as many activities as possible while in San Fran.
We biked the Golden Gate bridge stopping many times to take photos, only to discover each view was more breathtaking than the last (ps. check out my mini-me in the photo too! lolz).
We also went to Alcatraz and toured the prison. I had no idea Indians had occupied the island at one time!
And, of course while we were there, I played a lot of camogie and a little bit of gaelic football. Here’s a gratuitous picture of me in the finals against Denver. We lost by a point. And yes, that’s a skort. Hello 1998!
After I said goodbye to San Fran and the BF, I said hello to Portland and Andrea. I was amazed at how beautiful it was there, and also how truly weird it is! I loved the 90’s vibe within the city and couldn’t believe that you could be surrounded by beautiful mountains and rivers just by driving less than an hour outside the city. I know I kind of have that luxury here in DC, but it just seemed so much more impressive in Oregon.
And here we are on a boat. We randomly got in a ski boat with some guys who needed 2 extra people so they could water ski. They were also nice enough to not kill us and teach us how to ski as well! Don’t worry Mom, I notified friends before getting on the boat. Maybe not the smartest decision, but we had fun!
So why exactly am I reminiscing about my west coast adventures? Because I’m going back, baby!
I just booked a flight out to Seattle to visit Andrea again in May (all part of my Do More campaign, of course!) and we’ll be participating in the Color Run 5k! Basically, we’ll run and people will throw color on us. Sounds fun, eh? Stay tuned for pictures of that adventure!