of being able to find cache’s anytime while I’m out and about. I don’t even have to know my location. The GPS feature shows me where I am and what cache’s are around. Using c:geo app for Droid and it’s making this goal so much easier. I’ve gone geocaching even when I’m going somewhere for a totally different reason. I just find the “urban” caches and the cache and dash from the list and go. Yipee… 3 years ago
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Well, we started geocaching last March and did it mostly here and there as a family activity, but I want to do much more. I have 2 older girls (8 and 10) and a 21 month old son. Problem is that the baby is with me during the week and I don’t feel comfortable going alone with him. My goal is to get more geocaching in by spreading the word and making some friends I can come along with so I’m not alone…and of course, add some more geocaching in on the weekends with the rest of my gang too! 3 years ago
Found several in the past month or two after a hiatus. Glad to be back in the caching business. 3 years ago
My prioritys have changed and now I just want to do this every so often and in the company of friends.
When my baby gets older we will be able to enjoy it as a family activity. 6 years ago
This is a great hobby that gets you outside and you usually get to go to really memborable places as you hunt for the geocache. 6 years ago
Being that I don’t like to cache alone, I’ve built up a core group of caching “buddies”. We are out and about quite a bit. I think the key is to find a wide range of cachers. I have friends who like to hike, friends who like urban caches, one who likes cache and dash, and another group who loves the night hunt. It makes caching that much more doable.
It really helped me to get into a groove, and reaching my 400th cache well before my 4 year anniversary, I am quite pleased! Yay! I think caching is something I’ll be able to continue to do with regularity, as I continue to cache with friends, and add new “buddies” to my group. 6 years ago
YES, YES, YES!!! I did it! I don’t know what got me more excited, this cache find or my personal records. As of this find I have been caching for 463 days (263 days with finds), my longest streak without a find has been the last 19 days, this is the oldest cache I have found, and my find number 900. So that’s my stats.
Now the trip. For find number 900 I wanted to get the oldest cache in Orange County, CA (GCAB). It was originally planned as a family outing, and one by one they dropped out. Things got busy, but today I had enough with the working world and needed to get out. Since this was determined to be a milestone cache I had to go get it. So I grabbed the SUV (my wife didn’t understand why I didn’t want to take the company van) and headed out alone at 5:30 pm. I stopped just after turning off the road and called in my intended hunt to “The Podcacher” podcast hotline.
Then I was off bouncing happily along Trabuco Creek heading for the trailhead 4.5 miles away. Shortly I arrived at the parking area and geared up for the trip. It was 6:13 pm and sunset was at 7:35 pm. As the crow flies I have 1 mile to go, but it was 1.75 miles as the Cobra goes. Walking past the cabins and noticing their self-sufficient ways, I remember an old friend, Elliott Miller had a place up here and loved it. A truck passes me on the road, muggles looking for newts. I will soon leave them behind on the trail. Aha, the trailhead!
A gentle walk in the grotto-like canyon, temp 63 degrees. Cruising along at 2-3 mph enjoying the sights and sounds of the canyon, I’ve made two creek crossings so far. Not much water due to lack of rainfall this season. The trees ahead had huddled together forming a tunnel to walk through. Normally I listen to my iPod, but this trip was special and I didn’t want to distract from it in any way. Birds, lizards, squirrels, and rabbits all rustle the leaves in the nearby brush. Frogs gently croaking; the creek trickling over rocks. These are sounds that I have come to enjoy on the trail.
I spot the antennas on Santiago Peak high above me. I was up there with my two older kids for my birthday last year, but we drove and had a bad experience. Flat tire, lost son, hot and smoggy. Yeah, my 20 year old son showed up after tire was fixed, figures. He was bummed because we originally were going to hike it, but we got too late of a start and decided to drive. Once on top I discovered the tire problem and afterwards I just wanted to go home without any caching. They gave me a video game, so I was happy again. Now I’m wishing we had made the hike and I am thinking about making plans with them to do it.
It’s funny that my scouting experiences (I’m an Eagle Scout) caused me to be driven from the wilderness, and it took geocaching to pull me back in. I enjoy hiking a few miles in a day for one cache, more than getting twenty LPCs. That wasn’t always the case, but after dragging my girls up a few local hills, they jumped ship and I got hooked into the hill hikes. I know that I need more than a water bottle and my GPS for these trips and I am slowly increasing my geopack. I started off with my pockets and moved to a fanny pack. Which I still use for quick hikes like this. I tried a hydration pack, but the water has to be changed to keep it fresh. I like to grab and go. I am looking at full frame ultralight backpacks, so I can get back to the whole outdoors experience with the right stuff.
Oh look, I’m closing in about 300 feet to the left, but that’s a lot of bush whacking…...Ok, it’s not that way, let’s stay on the trail and see if we can find another way. I believe that I am one of those rare people who are not affected by poison ivy. People talk about being all around certain locations, but I can run through the area butt-naked and never have a problem. Until I looked it up in a nature book I wasn’t sure if I was seeing it or not. It appears that I was.
Aha, so it does turn! Holy Jim Falls right, cache left. Boy I’d love to see the falls today, but I’m on a mission to find the cache. Continuing on up the trail, this is why I enjoy the hill hikes. Views and more views, and views of views! The canyon walls rise to mountain peaks, towering above me as if to remind of the greatness of GOD. Rising out of the grotto area into more arid ground I can see where I came from below me. I’m getting closer now, the last turn of the switchback has me on a direct course with the cache. Remembering the logs and a small amount of bushwhacking….the cache is mine!
Well it’s 7:13 pm and the cache is in hand. I hiked 1.75 miles and I am at an elevation of 2400’(about 1,000’ change from the start, but so gently it was hardly noticed). I have signed the log and I would love to hit the falls, with sunset looming I dare not venture that way today. A return trip to the falls is already forecasted! For now I must make haste to return before dark as I forgot my flashlight.
The trip back is just as enjoyable. The sights and sounds take on a different feel. As the night approaches shadows overtake the sunlight reflecting off the green foliage. My vision has decreased and it appears like to lush grotto has grown into a creepy bog just waiting for the fog to roll in. Then old man in overalls and no front teeth appears telling me to beware of the night crawler. I carry on and can’t resist searching for “Creekside Trickle”, but lack of light forces me to abort my search quickly. Sun has set and darkness engulfs the grotto. Previous night caching trips have reassured me that I am fine. Sometimes I wonder if we have been trained as kids to be afraid of the dark or is it a natural instinct. I got less than a mile to go and it’s still an enjoyable trip. If I had some camping gear it would be a kick to camp back here by the falls. I know it’s not allowed, but it’s just a thought. Joyfully, I walk-run down the trail towards my car.
Eventually I make it back safe and sound. It’s 55 degrees. Bouncing back out of the canyon and into cell reception. At 8:15pm I called my milestone find into my family, friends, co-worker, and “The Podcaster”.
I was just kidding about the old man. It just made the story sound better. I’m just not sure about the night crawler. That character may still be out there. One more stat, this is the longest log I have written. 6 years ago
Together with my friend Mike, we are from time to time into an “extreme geocaching”. Sometimes its searching in a 2 feet deep snow during a wind storm, this time we decided to go for a night hunt in the place none of us has ever been before. So we went caching to Saranack and Ionia which are both somewhere between Lansing and Grand Rapids. It was freezing and snowing when we hit the road just to arrive at the first cache at 11:30pm. The shadows searching with the headlamp makes thing quite difficult since the light creates a lot of shadows, colors look different and so on. But you do not have to worry about the muggles ! After clearing Saranack area at 3 AM with 6 out of 8 finds we wanted to continue to Ionia, but the car broke and we got stucked in that tiny ghost town. The cell phone had no signal and the first payphone we phone just broke when we wanted to use it. Then we got attacted by a skunk at the second payphone. But we won and th ephone was “ours”. However at that moment the streelight above the phone broke, so we had to use our headlamps again … just to discover a flyer on the phone saying “This could be your final destination …”. That really started to be like from a David Lynch movie LOL !!! Anyway there was more details complicating our situation, but at the end we succeded to call my wife who started a search&rescue operation by her own and picked us up around 5:30AM. Until then we were freezing on the streets of Saranack ….
P.S. Would I do it again ? ... hell, yeah !!! ... I will ;-) 6 years ago
I have found all 24 geocaches that are part of the Delaware C.A.C.H.E.-Hundred. This contest/event took me all over the State of Delaware into each of the Colonial Hundreds as they were defined in 1776. A great event! AZeeDawg (yes, that’s my dog’s name) enjoyed tagging along for most of the caches.
I’m marking this as DONE! 6 years ago
The Delaware Geocachers have the Delaware C.A.C.H.E. across the Colonial Hundreds challenge going on right now. 24 geocaches located across the state of Delaware! I had already found 8 and I found 12 more this weekend. The disappointing part was that I could have had 14 but I couldn’t find the first stage on a couple of the multi-caches! That means I now have 20 of the 24! 6 years ago