July 22, 2013 | In: BBQ and Cooking, Family, Geocaching

Birthdays and Caches and Smokers, Oh My!

So this Saturday was my lovely Bride’s birthday. She wanted to go geocaching for the day, as well as some sight-seeing over on the Kitsap Peninsula.

We packed up a picnic lunch and hit the road by about 9. First destination: Fox Island and the first of a lengthy list of caches for which to search. First cache was in the log at 10:24, and by the time we left the island about 1:40, we had 17 caches logged, as well as some sight-seeing (not to mention my 1200th cache-find!). Our previous best day was 19 caches in a day, and we had only been going for a little over 3 hours to get these 17, so we were pretty sure we’d set a new personal best. Diana wanted to go for a minimum of two-dozen, and I suggested that 25 had a nice ring to it.
After we left the island we headed toward Poulsbo, making a stop by the Fraola Cemetery to find a cache and eat our picnic lunch, A couple more caches as we came into town, and then some time playing tourist in “Little Norway.” We found a few more caches in the Poulsbo area, and then started heading back towards home, our count up to 23 caches (and only one DNF) at this point. We decided to stop in Silverdale to snag our final caches. After a frustrating 2nd DNF, we finally grabbed two in quick succession, finishing at 7:25.
We decided to stop for dinner in Port Orchard. We had an Entertainment Book coupon for a restaurant there that had a likely-looking menu…but when we found the place, it had gone out of business…(memo to self: call ahead…that’s why cell phones were invented…) so we ended up grabbing dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Tacoma instead.
Sunday was a bit more laid back…after Church we ran a few errands and picked up a chicken for dinner. I was planning on doing an orange-curry injection/rub, but we didn’t have the curry powder I could swear I saw in the cabinet last week… Instead I did a cajun-ish rub and butter injection, and then hickory-smoked the chicken on a cola can. Drew put together the Cesar salad kit and I cooked up some couscous and sliced up a watermelon, and we continued our birthday celebration.
The chicken only took about an hour-and-a-half to cook through, and it was some of the best I’ve done in many a month…(if I say so myself…) I’ve thought that the whole injector thing was a bit gimmicky until I took a BBQ class recently. Now I am a convert…won’t be using it on everything, but whole and half chickens for certain…and probably the Turkey if we fry it again this fall…
All in all, it was a fun weekend celebrating Diana’s birthday.

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