Sunday, October 10, 2010

Geocaching

I found my first locked geocache this weekend.

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And it also happened to be my first front porch cache!

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I was too shy to knock on the door and say hi so I just made my find, signed the log and looked through the swag. I thought I'd feel a little uneasy being on someone's porch, but I was only nervous for a second! I think I would have felt uncomfortable if the cache was a micro or hidden in the bushes - but since it was so obvious it was ok. It didn't make me feel like a prowler.

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How does one forget their own name? I think I was too focused on writing the date ;-)

Have you ever found a geocache on someone's porch? Or in their yard?

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6 comments:

  1. I KNOW THAT CACHE!

    I logged the previous iteration of that cache when I visited Phoenix in 2007. Same owner, previous house.

    http://coord.info/GCHN0E

    My log, dated 5/1/07:

    "Cache 13 on a caching run through Tempe/Papago Park during a business trip to Phoenix. Despite being on private property, visiting it at 11:30 at night, and hearing someone yell something after searching around the zeroed out coordinates from my flashlight, I began to feel a bit nervous about neighbors calling me in for suspicious behavior. Decided to come back the next day. While leaving, I found the cache (yes, I smacked my forehead in disbelief for not noticing it), but worried about making too much noise with the chains and again, getting called in. So I came back the next evening, much earlier, and picked this one up. A great cache, and gave me a great idea to take back to Nebraska. Took a TB and left a magnet set."

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  2. Very cool! Okay, so how does this stuff work? Can you do geocaching with an iPhone or just a GPS? What does the locked part mean?

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  3. I'm not convinced I'd have the guts to go poking around on someone's porch - but then again we don't really have porches over here anyway, so I guess the situation wouldn't really arise.

    looks like fun though - was the combination for the lock the answer to a puzzle?

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  4. I've done a locked cache where I had to get the combination as part of a puzzle and found a traditional cache on the porch of a church, but not together. Very cool!

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  5. ooooh you were brave lol I tried one today and the clue was to go along a private road which I did but then the gps was counting upwards so but i was nervous and on my own and did wonder if I should have been there. i am having such a time trying to find caches!

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  6. Some of our favorite finds have been at private homes. There was one in northeastern PA with a pond in the front. The yard was filled with toys and games and cachers were invited to spend some time and be a kid after finding the cache.

    We also both remember finding a cache placed at a man's home by his grand-daughter who is a geocacher. He had just lost his wife (the cacher's grandma). The grand-daughter placed a cache at his home (with his permission) hoping people would say hi to her granddad. While we were there, he came out and chatted with us. He really wanted to show us a benchmark on his property. He brightened our day. We hope we brightened his.

    As a volunteer reviewer, I always ask the cache owner of a private property cache to do three things, tell cachers when is appropriate to cache at the home (most are daylight only), where is good to park, and something in the hint to tell cachers they are at the right place so there are no unhappy neighbors. With a little planning, these caches are great fun.

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