It’s been a few months since I looked back at one of my Geocaching souvenirs and how I earned it. This time I look back at the state souvenir for Idaho.
My first cache in Idaho was GCQYTH “SPRUCE LEAFS” which I found on July 19, 2007. This cache was nothing special, it was a micro hidden in a tree behind a Wal-Mart. We were on our summer vacation and working our way to the Oregon coast. Post Falls, ID was always our first stop of the trip.
We were staying at the Coeur d’Alene RV Resort which was conveniently located next to the Wal-Mart. Being near the Wal-Mart was important because it was our first chance to start stocking up on the cheap American groceries and Tillamook cheese and ice cream. It also was a key stop for any RV supplies that we needed to replenish such as RV toilet paper and holding tank chemical. The RV lifestyle sure is glamorous, eh?
This trip would be notable for being the first extended trip for our 2006 Sierra fifth wheel, which had just been purchased the previous August. It would lovingly be nicknamed “the turtle house” several years later because we carried our home with us wherever we went.
I’ve never really thought much about Idaho. It was always a state I have driven through on my way somewhere else. In the same way I never really thought much about this particular cache either. It too was just another stop on the way to somewhere else. Really, that’s pretty much everything in life — we’re never really allowed to sit still, we’re always being propelled forward and on to the next thing.
That cache was originally hidden in October of 2005 and officially lasted until November of 2009, although no one found it in the last year of its existence. It was found 182 times.