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When we were planning our spring trip to the Gulf Coast of Alabama, geocaching was number two on our list of things to do while down there.  Wondering what number one was?…..Visiting our “playground”, Dauphin Island, and having a shrimp po-boy at The Common Loon, was number one on the list.  After the horrific oil spill last summer, we were very concerned about the wildlife, sea life, and the overall health of the island and beaches. We didn’t know what to expect upon our arrival, but after just a few minutes, we were greatly relieved to see that the clean-up along the island was very well done.  Now I know that oil just doesn’t disappear after it’s spilled.  I am aware that oil lurks on the bottom of the Gulf, and I’m sure if I had dug down deep enough with my little plastic shovel that came with my kiddie bucket, I’d probably find some oily residue, but the overall cleanliness of the beach was very reassuring to see.  I believe we were there near the end of “Spring Break Season”, and there was quite a few young people enjoying the beach just as we were, so that also belayed the fears that our favorite trinket shops and hang-outs wouldn’t be open.  They were open and we left some of our hard-earned and saved monies on their counters.  So as far as Dauphin Island is concerned, I’m very relieved that they are doing well.

So now we could concentrate on number two on our list, geocaching.  Since our hostess didn’t have the internet in her home, we became fixtures at the local McD’s and also the Starbucks off Airport Blvd.  We had already researched a lot of the caches around the Theodore and Dauphin Island area, so we had an idea of where we were going, but we had no idea that our first caching day was going to be so bloody and painful!  You are probably wondering what on earth I’m talking about, did we get attacked by alligators, wild hogs, or any other flesh-eating creature?… No, we were attacked by the prolific “wild briers”, they are so numerous that a couple of times I didn’t think they would let me go!  Now, being from Michigan, whenever the temperature is above 60 degrees in April, you know we are going to don our shorts and tank tops and thaw out.  Well, we were not going to dispel that stereotype.  The temperature was in the mid 80’s on our first caching day, so off we go, in our shorts, tank tops and beach sandals.  Now our hostess is dressed in jeans and tennis shoes, should we have taken the hint?  Probably, but like I said, it was HOT and we wanted to feel the sun on our skin, and of course, work on our tans.  When we returned that evening, from finding only 10 caches, we looked like we’d been attacked by a rabid kitten.  After an absolutely excruciating shower, I learned my lesson!  No more caching in shorts and tank tops!

Overall, the caching was pretty good down there.  We also cached in Florida and Mississippi, (got our souvenirs on our stats page), logged a total of 59 caches, came home with three travel bugs, wanted them to experience some Michigan culture, (have already placed them in caches up here), we are already looking forward to our next trip to our “playground”!

Happy caching,

Sheri

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