In the last half of 2010, I grew a bit tired of blogs. I often just didn’t have the energy to really want to post anything. I know some came here to read about my adventures, and I am sorry that nothing appeared to be happening on here. But, maybe I just needed that time to reevaluate my blog.
2010 was a busy year for geocaching. While I ended up with a lower number of overall finds than 2009, a lot still happened. Let’s look at a few of these things:
- 1110 today finds
- Attended Geowoodstock
- Found the GeoTriad (Groundspeak HQ, Original Cache Plaque, Project APE)
- Got robbed (well, car broken into)
- One of the craziest summers I’ve had in a long time
- Had two articles published in the new FTF Geocacher Magazine
- Added Oregon, Washington, Idaho, & New Mexico to my list of cached states
- Finished the Washington County Challenge
- Visited the oldest active cache in the world, Mingo
- Found caches in over 100 new counties (exact number unknown, but roughly 120…see map below)
- Had at least three days of over 100 finds each.
- Set a new record for # in one day (135) and one month (276). My solo best day still stands at 37 since 2007.
- And got some pretty cool geocoins, including an Delorme Eartha 3D coin.
So you can see I’ve had quite a geocaching year. But what about this change I’m talking about? Well, if you’ve been to this blog before, you’ll likely notice that the site looks a bit different. I’ve changed up the layout a bit and the header picture (taken in Washington this summer). But that’s not the only planned change.
I am trying to expand a bit. That means I would like to try posting about things other than just Geocaching. For example, before Geocaching, Astronomy was a big part of my life. So I’ll be posting about that occasionally. Science is an important part of my life, as I teach it daily. So science news might show up on here too. I also take a lot of photos, and have a huge backlog of photos I still haven’t processed. So I hope to occasionally post some photos on here as well. Mostly, I’m trying to expand a bit to recapture some of my own interest in posting my thoughts.
One thing that has been a big part of my life, starting with my interest in astronomy, is public outreach. I enjoy trying to help others understand something, particularly with science. Too often I find the public view of science is often skewed. Many kids and adults view science as something difficult and foreign, and sometimes un-fun. It doesn’t have to be, and this view often results in the spread of misinformation. So I like to try and show how science can not only be fun, but can be beneficial to present day topics.
So, I hope you like some of the changes. Feel free to leave comments, questions, or alert me to some news if you want my thoughts.