I know, I know….it’s been a while since I last updated the site. What can I say, I’ve been a bit preoccupied. I was off all last week for Spring Break with the kids and something always kept me away from the PC. As I had mentioned in my last post, we went to Cincinnati for a little mini-getaway. This is becoming a Howard Family tradition. Because of our differing vacation policies at our employers, having a solid week of paid time off at this time of year is extremely hard. Cyndi’s company doesn’t reset the PTO clock until July 1st, and mine is accrued as I work. So for Cyndi to have 40 hours of PTO in early April, she would basically have to not miss any work in 9 months and hope that the mandatory down time her company imposes around Christmas will only take a few days off. As for me, I just need to not take any time off for 18 weeks and I’ve got ~40 hours of PTO to play with. So, if taking a weekend trip to a neighboring state is a vacation for us, so be it. One day we’ll get that big family outing I’ve always dreamed about. But I digress…
So, I had mentioned that I had planned a cache run for our trip. I basically did a search for caches I thought were fairly attainable for our short stay, as well as some caches to do on the way down and back. I had actually amassed a PQ of about 80 caches for us to work with. Yes, that was quite the lofty goal to achieve, but I figured that if worse came to worse, at least we had a nice pool for which to work from. So, how did we end up doing?
We found 14. Yeah, I know. That isn’t a very big number. But you have to understand something…sometimes it’s not about the numbers. Sometimes it’s just about having fun. We had a lot of activities planned originally for this little trip and I think we may have over-killed it a little. In the span of 36 hours we took in the Cincinnati Zoo, shoppped at IKEA, and hit up Jungle Jim’s International Market. Any one of these destinations could easily consume 5 hours of our lives if we let it. Also, our Sunday had to be cut short to make sure Cyndi made it back home in time for a 4:30 Girl Scout meeting. Being that Cincinnati is about 2 hours away, that really cut down on our available caching time….which brings me to my topic.