My oldest son occasionally requests that he have alone time. I like the idea of having time to oneself. So today, I took an hour of alone time to geocache. The weather was pleasant, we had frosts to kill some underbrush, I've been wanting to get out for a long time to cache -- everything was working out perfectly.
Trail Daze was held during the first weekend of June in conjunction with Iowa Geocachers Organization's IGO Camping Too. The NVG placed many geocaches along county trails for the event. I was pretty excited to have a high density cache area close to my house.
When my kids and I visit the Clive Greenbelt trail, we use the trailhead off of 100th St. in Clive. Today I used the portion of the trail between 86th and 73rd St. -- an area that was completely new to me. There was access from the parking lot behind the retail area in the NW corner or 86th St. and University Ave. The trail goes under 86th St. And since it was a weekend, the parking lots behind the businesses on Swanson Blvd. are available -- no fences blocking your way to the trail.
Anyway, I was able to get four regular caches today. I have a lot of catching up to do for all rainy days and hot days that kept me from going out. As I was logging my finds, I noticed that I have 146 finds. That means that I am close to 150 finds, which would get me recognition on the IGO website. In finding the caches today, I was able to see how nature transitions to fall and winter. Without the leaves, I saw a natural apartment complex and a natural snack bar!