What's surprising about 3000 in a year is I did it mostly within 100 miles of home and it beats my year 2010 total of 2938! That's notable because 2010 was the year before I started this job, so I had a lot more time to geocache that year than I did this year. I think what helped this year was people were placing a lot more series of geocaches along dirt roads and bike trails instead of single geocaches. The most notable series this year were along or in the Henry Hudson Trail, the Atlantic City and Egg Harbor Township bike paths, the Peaslee WMA, the Union Transportation Trail, the Edgar Felix Bike Path (Allaire State Park), US-130, and Delaware Route 9. I think better technology helped too. I started using the Neongeo app in January and it works really well for the kind of on-the-fly cache downloading and filtering that I do when out and about. (I know I should do more planning before heading out but I haven't gotten into that habit. So it's software and mobile data to the rescue! :) )
Sunday's cache outing was comparatively low-key. It was cloudy and threatening to rain the whole day, so I didn't stray too far. I geocached in Delaware County, in Media, Springfield, Ridley Park, Norwood, and Tinicum, and in Western Philadelphia. "Darn Mosquitoes!" was a challenging spot to get to that was no problem at all during the winter. There were no mosquitoes and I could see through the brush to find the easiest route there. "This Bud's For You!!" was one that I failed to find previously but was no problem on Sunday afternoon when the downtown area was not full of bar-hoppers. "Hangartown" was near a nice hotel by the Philadelphia International Airport but this field was unfortunately full of dog poop! I guess travelers don't feel responsible enough to pick up.