On Thursday, I started geocaching on the Northfield bike trail. One concern I had with this area was hurricane damage. Northfield and surrounding areas seemed fine though. When I got closer to the beach at the end of the day, I saw some sandy roads but aside from that and some downed trees, it looks like they cleaned up the area pretty well. Most of the geocaches seemed to have survived Hurricane Sandy too. From what I saw anyway, geocaches at the beach were most likely to have been affected but even then, I found a bunch of those still in good condition by the Ocean City beach. Anyway, it was a fun outing and I ran into Katmomof3 on the bike trail, although we split up shortly after because we were going in opposite directions on the trail. In the evening, I checked in at Fairfield Inn in Absecon. I was surprised that the hotel had free turkey dinner that night. That was much appreciated and saved me the trouble of looking for a restaurant that was open on Thanksgiving.
Friday began with a side trip to Pomona and Galloway before hitting the bike trail. I saw the Insulator House of Galloway. It's a Weird NJ site. In the afternoon, I started geocaching on the Egg Harbor Township bike trail. I was only on the second geocache of the trail when by coincidence, I met up with H2"O". So we teamed up for the rest of the geocaches until dusk. It was great to have a partner because some of those geocaches are really tough. "The Bike Path continues", in particular, is a 5-star difficulty cache. Both of us poked around for a while until I uncovered the cache by chance! After we split up, I did a few more geocaches in the Mays Landing mall area before heading off for dinner and then home.
Saturday was the day I'd set aside for shopping. Since it wasn't really Black Friday but some of the deals were good all weekend long, I decided to call it Gray Saturday. I started the day with breakfast buffet at the local Old Country Buffet. Then I figured I'd do a bunch of hiking geocaches in the area to burn off the calories. I got to see the new Auburn Valley Trail and a portion of the state boundary. Like most of the state line, there isn't a notable land feature. It just crosses a field there. In the evening, I picked up the Black Friday specials at Warehouse Club. I only took advantage of the food deals but that should take care of my breakfast cereal needs for a few more months! :)
On Sunday, I went geocaching around Chester County. I didn't plan for it to be Cemetery Sunday but it just so happened that some of the best caches that day were in cemeteries. In particular, "Monster Mash Cache" is a coffin geocache! It looked like the cache owner put a lot of work into it and this would've been a perfect cache to find on Halloween. I also got to see an old train bridge in East Fallowfield. "A pine highd #2" was the physical challenge of the day. It's about 20 feet up a pine tree behind a convenience store. Thankfully, that tree has a lot of horizontal branches that I could step up on like a ladder so it wasn't too difficult. I have no idea what people in Parkesburg think of this tree-climbing activity in a busy crossroads area but I guess no one actually cares what goes on behind the convenience store.