Like Christmas, New Year's Day is on a Tuesday, turning that day, New Year's Eve, and the regular weekend into another four-day weekend! It snowed a bit on Saturday but after the snow stopped in the afternoon, I still had enough daylight for a bit of geocaching in the snow
over in Newark and Elkton. It wasn't much of a snowfall, so the roads were generally fine. There was only a bit of snow on the ground in wooded areas but even that melted away by the next day.
On Sunday, I continued geocaching in Newark and Elkton. There were over 40 geocaches, all Christmas-themed, placed by Amanda and Knobbie in that area. Most of those caches were ornaments and figurines. It was rather amazing. I continued southwards to Chesapeake City and Cecilton. Finished the day with "Take me out to the ball game....", a challenging 4-stage multicache. Well, it was only challenging because of the icy cold weather but fortunately, I could drive around to the other side of the park to shorten the walk for the last two stages.
After Sunday's outing, I figured that I needed only 13 more geocaches to make December my top month. (beating September 2012's count of 341) That was a snap to do. I went up through Southern NJ, from Woodbury to Riverside, and surpassed that by the early afternoon. That day was my first visit in several years to Palmyra Cove Nature Park
, which is known for being the park where if you miss the exit, you end up on the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge to Pennsylvania! However, I saw that they've added a new entrance further from the bridge, so there's not as much danger of that now. It's a nice place to walk and see whitetail deer
and wild turkey, which are still active in the winter.
I felt a bit lethargic on New Year's Day, so I decided not to keep it a low-key day. "Grandma's Reindeer", another Amanda & Knobbie cache, was the most amusing cache of the day. It's a toy Grandma in a truck with a reindeer strapped to the bonnet
. When you push the button, it moves and plays "Grandma got run over by a Reindeer". After that, I continued on to Central Delaware. There's a series of geocaches, "Hope", "Imagine", "Laugh", and "Live", which I needed to find in order to get the coordinates for "The Wonder of the Geo-Cacher". I could only find "Hope" and "Imagine" because there was fishing activity at the other two spots. Fortunately, it turns out that I didn't need all the information to locate the final cache. With those two digits missing, I only had to search along a 500-foot north-south line. I was able to see the hiding spot from pretty far away, so that was trivial. It was also a good day to tackle "Dino Danny". Ordinarily, the thick brush would make it a 4-star geocache but in the middle of winter, I was able to walk right in, only stopping to clip a few branches here and there.( The caches... )