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A Thanksgiving Story – by Szuchie
Thanksgiving. It’s a time of friends, family and tradition. For me, personally, one of the things that has evolved into an annual tradition is that each and every Thanksgiving morning I get up at the butt-crack of dawn, and head into the city with my friend Johmer79 to cache the morning away. For the last few years this has been my staple Thanksgiving morning adventure. Usually we are on the road no later than 5:30am, and from there we head to a nearby McDonalds for a breakfast burrito value meal feast. We perform the “cheer’s mate!” eating ritual, and happily head towards the Buffalo area to find a slew of enjoyable cache hides (which traditionally consists of a HB cache or two). Unfortunately for me, Johms is spending this Thanksgiving with his wonderful brand new “still has that new car smell” bride in the mystical land of Delaware.
So, determined to keep the wholesome spirit of this fine tradition alive and well while honoring my DE bound friend in the process, it was decided that Chicky and I would head north this morning to frolic. Of course this was easier said than done since Mother Nature seemed to have other plans in store for us. However, with the chilly cold rain falling in buckets from the sky, we refused to let it dampen our spirits – and at 6:15am we hit the pavement on our way north. Since it is Thanksgiving, we have to make note that we are very thankful for good friends. You see, Cayuga Crew and Hucklebuckle had decided to meet us along the way and take part in our silly tradition. This certainly was an enjoyable turn of events – and made us both realize that we are thankful once again for geocaching as it has enabled us to meet so many great people in such wonderful locations – most of which we may never have been introduced to without this superb game.
Finally – I am thankful for this cache. It was not only a very amusing stop at the conclusion of our fun-filled morning, but it also allowed me to continue my annual Thanksgiving tradition of tackling a Hucklebuckle cache. Of course it was at a guardrail and had Huck’s twisted brand of “lead-based paint soufflé” humor to it – but it allowed me to fulfill my promise to Johmer in that I would complete this ‘Huck proclaimed “lame” cache’ on Thanksgiving and dedicate the find to him. So here’s to you Johms and Tinks – Happy Thanksgiving!!!
And to everyone else - we hope you too have the opportunity to be thankful for the friends, family and traditions in your life – just as we have on this fine Thanksgiving morning. Happy Thanksgiving!