It is hard to believe that it has been less than 9 months since we started geocaching and yet here we are logging our 500th find. When we first started, every cache seemed to be an accomplishment in its own right, and as our enjoyment for the pastime has grown so has the sense of achievement at reaching each official milestone. We chose a multi cache called Combination Conundrum in Hemel Hempstead to mark the occasion. We specifically selected a multi to ensure we would have a different type than those that we have done for our previous milestones. There is a challenge cache that requires you to find 6 different cache types for your milestones and including this one for our 500th, that means we now have 3 being traditional, puzzle and multi. The down side is that our next milestone is 1000, then 2000 and then 3000 so it will be a long time before we could potentially qualify for that challenge, but you have to start somewhere.
The cache itself was a really pleasant one, a short walk around a suburban area of Hemel collecting numbers from various pieces of street furniture and then on to the final hide which turned out to be a very cute box fixed to a fence with a combination lock.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes us to reach the 1000 milestone. In some cases where people start close to home and slowly work further away almost always finding their closest cache. It could conceivably take longer to reach the higher milestone due to the extended distance that would need to be travelled for each cache. In our case, whilst we have found a lot of local caches we have also done a lot of caching days that are slightly further afield and therefore we hopefully won’t suffer that same problem. Either way I would be surprised if we weren’t celebrating our 1000 milestone by the end of 2014.