So if muggles are non-geocachers, my brother Pat and friend Warren are muggles no more.
I dragged ’em out today to show them the world of geocaching and we hit up a park in the city here as well as one on the campus of one of the local colleges. In all, five finds and those guys had their fair share of finding and tracking them down.
As long as it’s a nice day and there’s nothing major going on, I have a feeling I’ll be able to drag them along a few more times.
We started on one that was a short jaunt up a trail from the car. I got us to the area and the search began. I bagged that one, but I think they got a feel for the hunt and away we went to the “next closest.”
Too bad it was across a river and the water was too high to land. Once we got around the river, I turned the GPSr over to my brother and he led us to the area. I saw the hint so I knew right away, but Warren ended up finding it on his own.
The log was a little tough to get out. I couldn’t seem to get it and neither could my brother. Warren then took his crack at it:
Signed the log and being that he found it, Warren put it back in place.
Warren put it back in place.
We were off again and the next closest was a new puzzle cache — a five-stage multi that would end up taking us all over this park.
What a cache!
Let me tell you about each stage.
The first stage took you to a sandwich-size lock-and-lock container. Inside was a well-done puzzle where you had to carefully pull out strips, which gave you the coordinates to the next one. It was an excellent hiding spot, too.
Second stage was an old peanut butter container and inside were two laminated sheets — one that had the coordinates set up as colors and the second numbers drawn in colors — in random spots on the sheet. Very cool.
However, we got it wrong the first time, ended up in a part where it wasn’t at, had to backtrack and get it right and we headed off.
Part three, we have to cross the river… again!
Part three is a micro and my brother picked it out, an excellent job. The coords there came from by deciphering some code and all.
Part four was an incredibly well-covered peanut butter jar. A very long deciphering thing (with an additional hint in another spot nearby). In the end, we had to line up individual letters, laminated, and get the coords from those.
Part five was the final and likely the easiest of them all. I swapped geocoins and we chalked that one up to an excellent experience.
Total time spent — about an hour an a half, but well worth it.
A couple other shots from this hunt:
Pat and Warren looking over the hints for one of the stages.
Pat scoring one of the finds with Warren as backup.
There was one more multi in the park and it was just two stages, so we opted to hit it quickly, especially because the first stage was nearby. We found the first, hiked up a small hill for the second one and found the second stage for our fourth find of the day.
We made a quick stop at KFC and then went to hit up one more. It was a quick and easy micro, so we ended the day with five finds and had a great day all around.
Back to my town, Warren and I scouted out a sweet hiding spot for a cache. However, it seems like it might be too close to another stage of an area multi. I’m looking into it and hoping I can somehow get around that as this is one SWEET location to place a cache. I have in mind what I want to place in it, too. So hopefully, I can find something so I can do this one. I can hope anyway.
On a final note, my second cache is placed: Start your journey here…
I’ve thought of this spot for a while and scouted it out earlier this week (originally planned to put a micro here until I found a better spot).
This tree (no, the cache is not in this tree, but it was the reason I got looking in this area because the tree really drew me in) is really in a cool area of the nature trail.
So, went out and placed the container (a decon) and got it to my liking and headed home. I put it in that it was ready to be reviewed and I logged all my finds.
An hour or two later, it was approved and ready to go. Can’t wait for someone to find that one and hopefully let me know what they think.
Anyway, a great geocaching day. And the weather seems to be turning for good (though they are calling for rain/snow showers Sunday). Next week looks beautiful, so I hope to get some caching done for sure. I’ll be reporting here, for sure. But, for now, it’s time for bed.