The seasons are changing and here in Seattle spring has been teasing us with several days of sunshine and lots of blooming flowers. We are entering what is affectionately known as “Mud Season” in the northern hemisphere and “Stick Season” in the southern hemisphere. The time of year where the ground is thawing from winter making every dirt road and trail supple, and where Fall is fulfilling its namesake as the leaves fall to the ground leaving bare trees.
It might not sound like a good time to go geocaching, but it is. There are things you need to be aware of, such as muddy roads that are easy to get stuck in, and that the weather can change on a dime so you need to pack layers, but there are plenty of reasons to head out geocaching during the shoulder season and we’re sharing three of them.
- Have the trails to yourself
During these in between-seasons, trails tend to quiet down. People don’t quite have outdoor activities on their minds yet, kids are in school after spring break or summer vacation, and the weather is quick to change. This also means it’s usually easier to park at local trailheads, parklands, beaches, and more. It’s not an exact science, but less crowded trails equals more finds, right?!
- Enjoy the view
While transitioning temperatures can make the weather less predictable, the variable conditions can lead to some stunning landscapes! Wildflowers begin to bloom in the spring and the leaves turn to vibrant colors in the fall. Use Attributes like “Scenic view nearby” to make a List and hit the trails to enjoy the colors from foliage and flowers alike!
- Get the best of both worlds
The most marvelous part of the shoulder season is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds. The changing weather means that you may have a sneak peek of summer sunshine in spring, or could indulge in ski or snowshoe caching in autumn!
Wherever you are, be sure to take in the wonder of the changing seasons. How do you plan to make the most of mud or stick season while geocaching? Share in the comments!