What season is it? What defines your seasons? Our personal view of the seasons doesn’t necessarily follow the logic of the calendar, or the weather. But on other factors. Here in the US the Opening Day starts the Baseball season, and it’s the highlight of many ans of the sport. The same for Football fans in the fall.
A few years ago I was an active Sailplane Pilot. For me the summer started about the beginning of June when the club of which was a member, the Mid Atlantic Soaring Association hosted the Region IV(N) Soaring Championship contest. For many years that contest was held late in May or early June, and although I’d flew from as soon as it was warm enough to sit in an cockpit, it was “the contest” that began my summer.
Because my eyes are getting older I haven’t flown in years, now my main interest is Geocaching. It’s an all year round activity, tough in winter with snow covering good cache sites in the woods, and equally tough when the temperature approaches the mid-90s(f). For me now Spring starts with the the beginning of Cache Across Maryland known locally as CAM. In its eleventh year now, I’ve participated in CAM for 6 years.
So what is CAM? By mid-March the Maryland Geocaching Society has 10 caches ready to be found all across Maryland. Then in early May, about 6 weeks later, we have a big Pot-Luck Picnic. To qualify for the CAM-picnic we have to find all 10 these caches and decode the clues that have been placed in them to find where the picnic will be.
What does this have to do with seasons? Well, the beginning of CAM is what tells me that “spring has sprung!” This year CAM started at 6AM this past Saturday when the list of CAM caches was released. To be perfectly honest, most of the caches are located in MD State Parks that are only accessible from Sunrise (or later) to sunset but from 6:00am till opening time at the parks is spent downloading the cache list, and planning routes.
As usual, this year we (I and other cachers that I’ll carpool with) will be traveling to far Western Maryland, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, besides some local caches within a quick afternoon drive. I’ll keep you all posted on the progress.