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This past weekend, our family, along with over a dozen other soccer Moms and Dads, left Spartanburg headed to Huntsville, Alabama for an AYSO (youth soccer) tournament. Avery was a part of the U14 boys team scheduled to play, along with over 250 other kids, eager to put the ball into the goal! Of course, us being the geocachers that we are, we just HAD to take advantage of this mini-vacation so we filled the GPSr’s with PQ’s galore!

The only negatives about the trip was the heat, (but the breeze helped!) and the fact that the boy’s didn’t bring home the shiny medals that they worked so hard for, but that didn’t stop us from having fun! They played hard and represented the Upstate very well! To give them a little reward, we checked out the awesome nearby Space and Rocket Museum, (where we saw a Saturn V Rocket, Sky-Lab, a Space Shuttle, and other WAY-cool stuff!) took in an I-Max 3-D movie, ate wonderful “Alabama White” Bar-B-Q, stayed up late outside after dark, and, of course, played a little  “bounty-hunter” on a few hidden pieces of plastic, as well!

The ride home was long, (only made longer due to the downpour during rush-hour in Atlanta) but this is definatly a great place to visit, and an supurb place to cache!

Our trip, by the numbers…

14 sweaty teenage boys, playing their hearts out.

13 pounds of fruit for the boys to snack on between and after their games.

12 bottles of water and/or Gatoraid per kid

11 wildly happy kids playing trash-can soccer so the girls in the hotel could watch.

10 jokes about one of the ref’s uncanny resemblance to Greg Allman

9 times the GPSr mistakingly tried to send us through the woods to our hotel

8 people crowded under each canopy for shade. (We did mention that it was hot, right?)

7 hours of driving….one way.

6 hours walking through the Space and Rocket Museum.

5 days of heat in Huntsville.

4 great recomendations for resteraunts.

3 awesomly cool Earthcaches within a few minutes from the hotel.

2 very tired parents trying to squeeze out an extra vacation day out of the trip.

1 year til we do it all again…this time in WEST PALM BEACH!!!!

One small step for Man...

One small step for Man...

...One giant leap for Mankind.

...One giant leap for Mankind.

Here we GO!

Here we GO!

"Fly me to the Moon...."

"Fly me to the Moon...."

Inspiration.

Inspiration.

Megan and her little friend walking on the Moon!

Megan and her little friend walking on the Moon!

Doctor Megan...

Doctor Megan...

Space Shuttle

The Blackbird

The Blackbird

The caches are a’plenty in the Huntsville area, as we expected, but what we weren’t prepared for was the number of Earthcaches!There are a couple of days worth of those, alone!

And who knew that there was a huge cave ( Shelta Cave ) with an underground navigational lake right under the city streets?

Shelta Cave info sign

Shelta Cave info sign

Cathedral Caverns info sign

Cathedral Caverns info sign

Cathedral Caverns

Cathedral Caverns

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It has been way too long since this blog has been updated.

Everyone seems to splinter in different directions at times, but in the little town of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, it was a wonderful weekend to get together, share fellowship, rekindle old relationships, and create new ones.

After coming home after a long Memorial Day weekend full of caches, laughter, and sore muscles, a few of us headed back out to tackle Athena’s Revenge the following weekend. After having been involved with all three of the Athena series, as well as being  Tube Torcher Two survivor, I find myself now in limbo. Those are all monumental adventures, and if you ever want to feel a little Indiana Jones-ish, by all means, go find one of them!

Maybe my creative muse will take over. There are a few cache ideas that have been rattling in the recesses of my head lately.

Hmmmm. What to do?

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