Today just wasn’t happening for me, so I told my boss I wasn’t coming in. I started making my way back to the ferry but thought hey! How about a geocache? So I got off at the Junction and made this find pretty quickly (using the spoiler picture). I’d DNF’d this cache at least once before, and honestly would probably have never found it if it weren’t for that picture. So here was my first smiley just past 9am.
Next I DNF’s the Jefferson Square cache, again. Pretty sure I was in the right spot but my feelers were just not getting anything. It’ll be there for me another day.
Then Hole Foods, then the fire station. The cache was pretty much completely out in the open, so I swooped it up and sat on a nice little bench to rifle through the cache and sign the log. Lots of construction across the street (which lucky for me work vans were parked along the street and blocked me from their view). But, this dude ended up sitting in his work truck conducting business on his cell phone for what seemed like f o r e v e r. I was ready to stash this one back and move on. He didn’t seem to be paying much attention to me overall so I finally got up the nerve to put it back. After I got back out he still wasn’t looking, so I think I did okay.
Then I walked up to Dakota street to a pocket park to nab another FunnyNose cache. Park was empty and quiet when I arrived. Quickly located the cache, sat down to sign, and what do you know: it’s time for the Lutheran children to have recess.
I sat there listening to them scream and play for quite a long while (okay, like 5 minutes) then realized they’re not going away anytime soon. Finally got up to leave and what do you know! They packed up and were heading out too. I was able to get the cache tucked back where I found it, but I still think the lady teachers thought I was creepy, or the sun was just really bright in their eyes.
Stopped for a beer in the Alaska Junction, found two more caches, then caught a bus down to the Morgan Junction. DNF’s a new cache (in a front yard, sigh) then hiked up towards Gatewood for a FN cache. Nice view, eh? And it was perfect 62F. I <3 Seattle.
Wandered over to the Orchard Street ravine, found a cache by FN that was placed in 2006 and still in perfect condition. (Probably because sadly most cachers won’t look for caches that require you to walk a few feet down a trail, all the better for me!) Then down to Lincoln Park to clean up the last 2 traditionals there. The last one I’d DNF’d twice before and FINALLY got the smiley. Overall it was just a gorgeous sunny day out in Seattle, the last day of summer in fact.
When I realized things were off this morning I thought c’mon, I’ve got work to do, I can push through it. Then I thought no – I can’t, just take the day off and deal with it. I’m so glad I did, I feel restored to my usual self tonight. Sometimes you just have to do what you need to do to be healthy and happy. Now if no more people die and no more uninsured unlicensed motorists hit my car I’ll be okay :)