Besides being crazy for cats, my mom loves geocaching. Her caching name is MEcat. The ME part is a nod to the state of Maine where we live. If you are not sure what geocaching is you can learn all about it at Geocaching.com, but basically it is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Mom thinks it’s loads of fun and says it helps make all her long road trips much less tiresome and more of an adventure.
Anyway… way back in December, Mom found a geocache with a cute kitty Trackable tag inside it. A Trackable is a sort of physical geocaching “game piece.” Each Trackable is etched with a unique code that can be used to log its movements on Geocaching.com as it travels in the real world. And each Trackable has a goal set by its owner. Goals are typically travel-related, such as to visit every country in Europe or travel the US from coast to coast, etc. With the help of geocachers, Trackables are moved from cache to cache to reach their particular goal. Some of these items have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles. Pretty cool, huh?!
So when Mom spotted this cat Trackable of course she just HAD to pick it up. It’s a cat! This particular Trackable had a story behind it which she thought was quite sweet at the time and then she didn’t give much thought to the story again. But she did carry the cat tag with her on all her travels, finding geocaches and logging the cat as “visiting” to help it along with it’s goal of visiting caches in every state in the US.
Now fast forward to last week when Mom and Dad were preparing for another one of their business trips out of state. Mom decides she’s been hanging on to the cat Trackable a little too long so it’s time to drop it in a cache for someone else to move along now. Just to be sure that she’s following it’s goal instructions, she goes back and re-reads it’s Trackable page. And then there it is in black and white… this Trackable was started in memory of a cat who passed away from cancer in 2011.
Eek!! Suddenly the crazy comes out in Mom and she starts seeing connections. Like the fact that I was doing just fine until she picked up the cat tag and then not too long after that I started acting a little funny and was diagnosed with cancer. So then Mom decides that she needs to rid herself of the Trackable in order to help rid me of cancer. Didn’t I tell you she was a little wacky? Although in a very sweet way. And oh, if only it could be all that simple!
So last Thursday, Mom and Dad left us in the care of Aunt Sherry and went off to do one of their art stamp shows in MD. Mom was on a mission and searched frantically for a cache large enough to drop off the Trackable down there, but had no luck. She was getting really worried by the time they were headed home on Sunday and she still had the Trackable with her. She told Dad that it simply must be left far, far away.
Finally, as they were traveling through NJ, Mom saw a cache listing up ahead with potential. There was a Travel Bug Hotel (what they call some of the larger caches made for dropping and swapping Trackables) and it was just off the highway and very close to the exit. Mom could hardly contain herself, she was so relieved!
Then when they got there, Mom was super surprised and excited to see that the cache was hidden in the backyard of a mobile veterinary service. What are the odds of that?! How purr-fect!! Needless to say, she took that as another sign that she was doing the right thing by getting rid of the cancer kitty Trackable. She could hardly wait to get out of the truck and start searching.
It didn’t take her long to find this one… a nice ammo can hidden among some fallen trees. Mom wanted to take a few pics to mark the occasion and when she went to turn on her phone it said the time was 11:11. Well that made her smile even bigger! She frequently just happens to glance at a clock and see that it’s 11:11 quite often so she took this to be another good omen.
Just to seal the deal, Mom thought it would be most fitting to sign the cache log using the pen she got from my oncologist’s office. And there you have it… with a simple signature and the cat Trackable deposited safely in the cache, Mom symbolically kissed my cancer goodbye!! She left one of her signature MEcat wooden nickels behind for good measure too.
When Mom and Dad arrived back home later that night, Mom excitedly told me this story and said we should all believe. I was so happy to see her and excited by the way she was talking to me that I started a rodeo right then and there.
Mom also said that I have to go back to see the oncologist again this Wednesday and that they will be doing x-rays and other tests to see if I am developing any new tumors. Paws crossed that Mom’s crazy theory will be correct and that I will get a good report. Your good thoughts and/or prayers would be especially appreciated this week too. Thank you!!