I'd finished most of the easy and closer Long Island geocaches last weekend, so that left geocaches that were more difficult and further to the east. So it was a day with some interesting challenges, both in search difficulty and in terrain. That didn't mean I couldn't use alternative approaches to tackle those geocaches though. For one cache that was up in a tree, I moved a picnic table closer in order to get to it without climbing the tree. Another cache had its coordinates hidden in a stereogram. (aka "Magic Eye" puzzle) I did a web search and found stereogram-solving software. (I was surprised too. I didn't know such software existed until I looked for it.) Cheating? No, it's just that there are ways to solve the problem that the cache owner may not have considered.
Aside from those, there were a few geocaches in swampy areas that were tricky to get to without getting muddy. One geocache was in a wooded area with no trails. There, I was only a few hundred feet from the cache site when I tripped and fell into a poison ivy patch. No rash though. At sunset, I had 13 cache finds. So I went a bit further up Route 347 and added two easy caches to make the total 15, just like yesterday.
I'd planned on going to Flushing Chinatown for dinner but a 20-mile traffic delay heading into Queens changed my mind. So instead, I had fried fish at the Long John Silver's in Hicksville.