There was rain.
Oh was there rain.
And a sneaky red car. There was also a state trooper in the most unlikely of spots. How about a park and grab or two? And maybe a large cache or three? There were trees and lampposts. Guardrails and parks. Everything, indeed, on this caching trip.
And did I mention the rain?
Sheesh was it heavy at times. But no matter, for most parts of the day, it remained overcast and dry. Well, as dry as could be after already getting wet. But the caches were there to be found.
Alas, it didn’t stop a couple of us from venturing north of Albany to do some geocaching. With the plan to find the annual Christmas Cache as well as conquer a series of caches based on the board game Clue, off we went on a rainy day.
The drive up on the Northway was tough. And it made me fear the day was going to be a wash. It was hard to see and drivers were a tad crazy. It was nothing to worry about, however, as a quick stop at a rest area for a cache made everything feel at ease.
Onward we went.
A park-and-ride was next and it was fine as can be. The rain, you see, appeared to be letting up.
Then it was off to Geo Santa’s workshop. A place made for cachers, kids and pooches alike. A prop out front to take some photos and Santa’s sack upon the porch. It’s Geo Santa’s way of giving back to the community, so there’s a sack o’ presents for cachers. One per cacher, the log notes, and each is made out to a senior, junior or a geo pup, to boot.
I swore I heard a “Ho, Ho, Ho” when we arrived, but there was no Santa in sight. Maybe he was working his elves a bit to make sure everything was done by Christmas Eve.
Still, after a grab from the satchel, we were soon on our way, to continue our massive caching day!
Soon it was to a nearby cache, one of the larger ammo cans I see. This, too, was on the property of a cacher with parking just for fellow finders. A sign, you see, was waiting for me. Alas, because of the Jetta, I decided just to park in the street as it was easier to navigate that way. This cache wasn’t hard at all, a good laugh indeed.
What an ammo can this one was. The cache page notes to wave if we see anyone, but again there was nary a person around. So we signed the log and disappeared, looking to continue this caching adventure.
A DNF (did not find) followed,but that’s neither here nor there. It happens in this world of caching, despite wanting to never get that blue sad face.
Weather was playing kicks on us and we wanted to make sure we had enough time for the investigation that was to follow.
As I noted before, it had been raining. So, you need to keep caches dry in the best possible way.
Then it was on to the Clue series.
This was a fun little series that went quick. Most caches were found within seconds and all the hints were there.
Except for one! One of the caches was missing and that proved to be costly, in a way. You see, by doing all of these, you got pieces of things to cross off. That way, you could figure out the missing coordinate numbers via the end result.
With one missing, we had two numbers to guess with.
That’s where things got interesting.
During our working of the Clue cache. a small red car had been near us several times. If they were caching, I would assume they would have stopped and said something to us a couple of times when we were looking. Alas, the car parked behind us once and drove by us three or four other times. The driver was solo and seemed to be in his early 20s, at most. Maybe in his late teens.
It was odd. A cacher? Someone wondering what we were doing? Maybe someone hoping we would walk away long enough to rob my car? Who knows?
Then it got interesting.
We took a guess on which missing number it was. It pointed down an old road. But the road seemed to be more of a work road of sorts. We looked and decided to try the other coordinate. After turning around and starting to plug things in, a state trooper slowly drove by.
We continued on to where the other coordinate was and it tried to take us into a landfill. So, off we went back to the original spot.
After discussing, we moved our way into the woods via this road. However, I saw some puddles ahead I did not like, so we decided to hoof it the rest of the way. About 200 feet later, Tavis (Kiltlifer Scott) stopped and said “There’s the trooper.”
We were pretty much blocked by trees, but through them, you could see the cop.
In the woods.
This was freaky. What to do? Do we walk in? Leave? Go chat with him? What if he’s doing something wrong? What if this is a crime scene? What ifs were all over the place.
So we retreated and drove back a bit to see where the cop could have entered. Maybe we missed something. We debated. Finally, it was decided we’d walk in and go for it.
In we went.
We chatted with the cop. He seemed to know what geocaching was. Off we went. Though he did give the cryptic “Not in the woods, is it?” He did also note that it “was a little wet for that” game. Indeed, sir, indeed.
The coords I had punched in (the wrong one) showed us 500 feet into the woods.
We had wet feet and stomping all over 10 minutes later and found nothing. So I switched the coordinate. Guess where it led? About 25 feet from where the cop was sitting.
Was he a cacher? Had he known people were looking for his cache? Was he just eating his lunch?
Either way, it was very interesting.
And in the end, despite tromping through the wet woods and such, we ended up finding the final part of this series. Even without having the find on one of the caches.
We then started the trek home, grabbing a few more caches, of course.
And let me tell you, it’s not always easy grabbing lamp post caches during the holiday season. Alas, if there are enough props, you can look official and people will pay you no mind. See the photo to the right for proof.
In the end, it was a worthy day. I landed 20 more finds to the total, including finding my 2,600th cache. I realized that after when I was logging everything. I keep inching closer and closer to that 3,000th find.
I also got some really cool ideas for a few caches I might work on doing. I have some caches I’d like to archive, so I’ll open up a few spaces to maybe place a couple more. We’ll see how things go with that.
So, despite the rain, it was a good day to get away, forget a few things and find some caches. I haven’t done many caching adventures this year, so this was a good slip away. We did end up with four DNFs, which always stinks, but it’s all good in the end.
Plus, you can never be upset when the Geo Santa has shown you’ve been nice and not naughty, right?
To all cachers out there, I hope the Geo Santa is good with you as well this year. And may your holiday season be filled with finds and fun and the new year give you many more finds!
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