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Greetings From Harrogate...
Sunday, 21 May 2006
Hopeless Muggle
Topic: Geocaching
So apparently, even with a shiny new 12 satellite GPS, I am totally incapable of finding a geocache on my own. It was REALLY nice of the person who placed the cache to basically say that I (and the other person who posted on the geocaching website that they couldn't find it either) am basically blind. *sigh* Honestly, if it weren't for the fact that Larry just bought me a very nice new GPS, I would be quite tempted to just say geocaching was something I tried and just couldn't get into. (Sorry Paula!!!) However, since it would be criminal to not use my new GPS, I will keep trying. It's just frustrating that I've tried three times now, and each time has been a bust. It seems that thousands of other people manage just fine. What the heck is my problem??? It certainly isn't the GPS! :)
It was gorgeous and sunny this morning, but it quickly degenerated into a rainy day. Luckily, I managed to get in my fruitless geocaching expedition before the rain really got going.

Posted by hkvlayman at 6:02 PM BST
Sunday, 19 February 2006
Topic: Geocaching
This morning was bright and sunny, so I thought I would get out and try geocaching again. I just didn't quite have the energy for another adventure like yesterday's (even though it was fun). I loaded Ryan into the car and set the waypoint in my gps. We went to Killinghall Community Park. It's mostly just a couple of soccer fields with moorlands you can walk around in. It's nice. Definitely NOT stroller friendly though. That didn't stop me. I was excited because this time the gps said the cache was just a few yards, then feet away. I felt optimistic. I at least had the thing set properly this time. I got within a few feet of where the cache was supposed to be and just could not find it. Luckily Ryan found watching me look for it amusing. Finally I saw a group of about five kids (I wasn't counting) coming my way. One of them was holding something. Turned out it was the cache. I would love to say that's why I didn't find it. However, I was looking a few feet in the wrong place, so I can't blame it on the kids entirely. I said hello and watched them put it back where they found it. I'm starting to think that I will never find a cache on my own!
Once I got out of the moors and back onto the main trail back to the parking lot, I let Ryan run around. He got muddy and stepped in a big mud puddle of course.
I stayed up too late last night and was tired both from our trip yesterday, and tramping around the moors today. After a snack and cleanup, I put Ryan down for a nap. He hasn't been napping much lately. Thank goodness he seems to be now. I need a break!
I forgot to mention yesterday that while at the castle I ran into a family I know from MHS. It is indeed a small world.
Speaking of MHS people, I am happy to say that Friday, one of the ladies from the URG called me and invited me over to her house. She was watching a little one in addition to her own. We wound up taking the kiddos outside to run around. It was a glorious day and fun to be outside. It was also nice to socialize.
When I got home yesterday, there was a message from the lady who watched Ryan last week, inviting me to lunch. Unfortunately I got home too late, but it felt good to be invited. It helps me not to get lonely knowing there are people here I can socialize with.

Posted by hkvlayman at 1:21 PM GMT
Updated: Sunday, 19 February 2006 1:22 PM GMT

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