Geocaching – I’m Stumped

WARNING: Possible Spoilers

There was a sharp crispness in the air, frosty and the first bright sunny morning for a while. I couldn’t wait to get outside and find some treasure. I suggested Geocaching to Dan as a way of adding interest to a bike ride, but it didn’t pique his interest in the way it had for me.

So, I registered on the Geocaching website then read the notes and guidance.

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online.

There are approximately 2.5 million caches worldwide.

I downloaded an App and away I went to find the first cache. In fact, I was so eager to get away, I forgot the scrap of paper I’d written the location on.

Geocaching Autumn morning lightI entered the woods to see sunlight filtered through branches and lighting the woods with autumn colours of burnished bronze and copper.

Geocaching Autumn woodsLeaves of orange and gold littered the paths as I made my way to the location. A fox stopped and stared, then scuttled into the scrub.

The GPS on my phone wasn’t as accurate as I’d hoped, though the clue helped me a lot.  (I’m stumped – The clue is in the name) I looked in two areas and found nothing. To be fair, I hadn’t a clue what I was looking for or how the cache would be hidden – the only thing I knew for sure was that it wouldn’t be buried.

I heard a dog walker shuffling along the path so I crouched down behind some bushes pretending I was doing a pee. I was sure he was a muggle and I wasn’t ready to deal with muggles yet. I was barely out of muggledom myself.

The path was slippy, and my boots were made for sailing, not walking. I would have worn walking boots except they got a bit drenched yesterday on a wet and muddy ride in the countryside.

Geocaching The clue is in the nameI spend half an hour staring at the area I thought was right and decided on one last look. I was talking to my self out loud, as if I had someone with me. ‘Do you think this is right? Where would you put a treasured item?’

And then I found it. A fluke, I believe as it was so well concealed and camouflaged.

Geocaching The CacheI squealed in delight.

Geocaching Finding the first

Geocaching Its officialSlowly and carefully, I opened the cache to find a log slip and pencil.

Geocaching I m stumped LogI wrote down my name and the date found (and a wee note to say it was my very first find).

Then I closed it up and returned it to its hiding place and went home. After a quick cup of tea, I put my phone on charge and got a bit more serious. I entered a new Waypoint in the Garmin GPS and got on the bike to find the next cache. It’s simply exciting!

Meraid Griffin

Freelance writer, adventurer and public speaker. Descibed in the Sunday Times as a 'modest explorer'. Nothing modest about me.

5 Comments:

  1. Paula Chantler

    Fabulous…. I thought you’d found a Baby Bell Cheese at first…! Lmao…! xx

    • Meraid Griffin

      Sadly, there are no food items to be found in the caches. Keeps the wild critters at bay. 🙂

      • Paula Chantler

        Oooops, In theory maybe…
        Didn’t work with you tho’ Meraid…! lol xx

        • Meraid Griffin

          Are you suggesting I’m a wild critter? 😉

          • Paula Chantler

            Well I Never Would…
            But I have known you for quite a while now, and there have certainly been some ‘Wild’ moments in that time… Don’t you think…? Wouldn’t want you any other way mind you…! lol 😉

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