Reason and Purpose

Why?

Pretty big question, right?  It goes to the thing behind the thing or something like that.  I’m sure I could pull out some Socrates or Camus or Scott McCloud or some kind of crap like that, but, really, what does that matter?  I tell you what: pretend I said something profound here.

So, why this?  What is the point of writing all this?  On a certain level, I like the idea of documenting this.  The traveling and the locations seem of some note that I like the idea of preserving bits of them for whomever might find it interesting.  On a more concrete level, this is serving the purpose of documenting a challenge I have chosen to undertake.  You see, some geocaches are entirely literally a case of go to a place and find a cache.  Some caches (mystery caches, specifically) are Challenges.  Things like “find a certain number of a type of cache” or “get at least one cache a day for a certain length of time”.  Stuff like that.  I’m working on several such challenges at the moment.  I’m trying to get one a day for an entire year and one hundred caches hidden in cemeteries and since they overlap, I’m just working on them a bit at a time.  But those aren’t the big one…

The State of Texas has 254 counties, the most of any state in the Union.  There is a cache called the Texas County Challenge.  The goal is simple: find a cache in every one of the 254 counties in Texas.  I’ve decided to adapt it ever so slightly.  I’m going to get a cache in every county seat.  And I’m going to document my project.

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So the brown counties are ones I’ve found caches and the dark ones are ones I’ve found in the county seat.  As you can see, I’ve only been to 6 counties doing this.  That said, all of those counties are lousy with caches so I might as well do them again for the sake of documentation.  My first couple of itineraries have been tentatively planned heading for Southwest Texas and in the next few weeks I hope to start telling you about beginning to beat this challenge.

2 thoughts on “Reason and Purpose

  1. Awesome! I am working on the counties too. Looking at your map, I’m a little south and closer to the coast from where you are. I have 68 counties – I’ve been caching one year. My husband, who started AFTER me has 88 counties, but he gets to travel for work. Maybe I’ll see you on the trail or at a mega event someday. I have a notebook where I have written a short note about the caches I’ve found. I wish I had the fortitude to blog like you are doing. Can’t wait to share your adventures as when I’m not caching myself, I’m obsessing about it online.

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