But one thing nobody seemed to mention was the need for different tools for different weather. I have different gloves, coats, wellies/boots depending on the season. Bug spray in summer and hand/feet warmers in winter. In summer you carry extra water and bug bite remedies, and in winter you carry extra water and a different road emergency kit.
Winter finally struck in Michigan during the Super Bowl - we received 16.7" of wet, heavy snow. I'm grateful it's not as bad as last year but am a little worried as I'm just 4 weeks away from completing my 3-year cache-a-day streak.
As you've seen in a recent post, the snow mounds are getting bad. TaGeez and I are finding ourselves climbing banks and skidding down the other side. If the bank is too high or too steep, TaGeez helps to propel me over it, both ways. It's fun but tiresome on workdays.
On Thursday I needed a quick find as I was meeting Dad for dinner and didn't want to cache afterwards (the temps were supposed to drop drastically as night falls). I stopped by one of RayQix "Happy Birthday caches" that I've been saving for such an occasion. See the problem?
|Happy Birthday Hawaii Vi - Chik'n House GC5APTF|
You might be thinking about whining about nothing, but, after caching for almost 1100 days straight, the pickings in my area is getting slim. And I had less than 28 more days to go with the threat of Michigan's unpredictable weather looming....
This one ate at me so early Saturday morning, after dropping TaGeez off at work, I circled back here. I figured at 7 a.m. there would be little traffic (and a sparse chicken-buying public). As I hadn't expected to go for this cache when I sleepily left the house, I arrived unprepared (don't ask where my emergency car shovel is - it's a sore subject). Digging out my ice scraper, I set to work. I can't imagine what the patrons of the family restaurant across the street were thinking, watching me wail on an ice block with the handle of my scraper, but I got it!
No snowbank is safe! And, yes, I did get my car shovel back.