wrench001's bad attitude cache was quite an adventure on a rainy day. I knew from the description that the cache was in a swamp but it was less than 800 feet from where I parked so I wondered how bad it could be. Well, aside from having to step over junk in the woods and hop over a few streams, it wasn't that bad until I saw where the cache was. It was on a little island in the swamp. At the closest point, there was still about 15 feet of water between me and that island. So I took off my shoes and socks, rolled up my pants, and waded across. The water was COLD but it was only a few steps to the cache so it wasn't that bad.
The rain stopped at around 4pm, so I went for a walk in Huber Woods in Middletown. That turned into a 2-mile hike to finish off all the geocaches in that park. Then I finished the day with a beach walk and a few more easy geocaches on my way to dinner at Ruby Tuesday in East Brunswick. I had the broccoli and cheese quiche combo with salad bar, of course.
Sunday was a sunny day but very windy and not much warmer than the day before. After getting FTF on a new cache in Ridgewood, I went over to Long Island for the usual west-to-east sweep. The highways were very busy on Easter. I don't remember traffic being this bad in prior years but Easter Sunday has become a major travel day both towards and away from the city.
It was a unusual day of getting assistance from and then giving assistance to complete strangers. First, at Grace and Grandma, I was checking a pine tree for a microcache when one of the locals came by. She had been searching the tree with a group of geocachers a few days before, so she knew where it was and could point me to the correct side of the tree to check. That saved quite a bit of time.
After that, when I got onto Sunrise Highway, I had a sudden craving for Taco Bell. I didn't know why though. On most Long Island trips, I don't go to Taco Bell. There was one right on Sunrise Highway in Lindenhurst so that's where I went. What happened next was equally odd. I missed the Taco Bell parking lot and parked on the adjacent street. Weird but no matter. I just walked back to Taco Bell and had Triple Layer Nachos and a crunchy taco, two value items. When I was done, I returned to where I had parked and I saw a car with a dead battery right there. It's interesting how all the preceding events had put me at the correct time and location to help someone. I knew the routine. I took out my portable battery and jump-started his car. (The funny thing is ever since I got this jump-start kit, I've only been using it on other people's cars, not my own.)
The rest of the day was pretty much uneventful. When I was done geocaching, I noticed that all the restaurants were closed early for Easter Sunday, so I went to Flushing Chinatown for dinner. (I probably would've done that anyway, Easter or not.) At Curry Leaves, I had Hainanese chicken, which came with a plate of oily rice (rice flavored with chicken stock), and bitter melon and pork soup. The Hainanese chicken rice was quite authentic, although it's such a simple dish that I'm not sure how any Malaysian restaurant could screw that up. As for the bitter melon and pork soup, I don't think I've had that back in the old country so I can't say whether it was authentic but it was pretty good nevertheless.
Monday evening, I went to seek Just a Micro in Hawthorne. It's in a wooded area next to the Passaic River. When I entered the wooded area, I saw bms302 already looking for the cache. He had the same idea of going for this cache just before the geocaching event in Paramus. I joined in the search and found it.
After that, I did some banking at the nearby TD Bank and then went to Panera Bread in Paramus for Sippin Coffee & Talkin Geocachin (April). It was a small event with only a few people because not everyone had arrived yet. I traded some travel bugs but didn't stay for dinner because I had a few things to do at Garden State Plaza. I had a $4 coupon from my visit to Ruby Tuesday on Saturday so I went to Ruby Tuesday in Garden State Plaza and had turkey minis with salad bar, of course.