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.
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.
I 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.
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!