Times when you want less ‘cache’

Times when you want less ‘cache’

I’m sure everyone always wants more CASH, but here I’m talking CACHE. Not in a techy computer sense, but in a fun, let’s play a game sense…

My other half introduced me to geocaching around two years ago, when he’d seen Lindsay DeFranco try it out on her vlog Linz Loves. As she seemed to be another serial faddist, he thought it would be an activity right up my street.

If you don’t know what it is, check out the Geocaching guide, which gives a straightforward explanation. Essentially, it’s an international treasure hunt where players try to locate caches (hidden containers) using GPS tracking devices, including smartphones.

There are literally millions of these containers around the globe, often hidden in the most public of places (high Muggle locations!) and can range in size from thimble to trunk.

Once found, they will contain a log book, for you to record your find, and depending on size, items of little or no value for you to swap for something equal or higher. We’re talking stickers, keyrings and kids’ trinket toys. And that’s it. You don’t take it away, instead replace it exactly as you found it, ready for another hunter to record it as found!

It’s great for playing with kids, but there are levels of challenge to keep even the most adventurous adults happy. Cache owners are forever trying to ‘up the ante’ and disguise their containers in ingenious ways. We’ve found ones looking like discarded bottle tops, a secretly carved compartment in an innocent looking log and multiple magnetic boxes, shielded from view on the underside of railings. Here’s one such cache, our first ever find!

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The good:

  • Great for all ages.
  • Suitable for all abilities (cache details explain terrain and whether wheelchair accessible etc).
  • Can be played pretty much anywhere.
  • Usually gives fascinating insights into the local area, that would otherwise be overlooked.
  • It’s super fun when you find one and try to anticipate what’s inside!

The bad:

  • It’s an outdoor activity so you have to be determined in bad weather and not sack it off for a duvet day like we do!
  • You can look VERY suspicious in urban areas, loitering like you might be trying to pinch something!

As much as I love it, we’re rubbish at it and have only found 74 caches so far. This may seem a lot, but other people have found thousands! It’s like their main pastime, some even go out at night, you know because it wasn’t challenging enough scrabbling around looking for a blade of grass with a tube attached in broad daylight…
(I apologise, I’m only bitter because we suck!)

Back to the title of the post. We want to place our own cache but keep getting thwarted. We’ve previously sent out a trackable to move from cache to cache on a mission (it was a little moose and was aiming to get back to Canada) and that was very exciting for about a month. Alas, it then became lost, never to send out updates again 😦 And now, every time we try to place our own little treasure box, we find it’s a cache saturation area. There are rules you see, and to make game play fair and interesting, each new location has to be a set distance from the last.

So we need to find an area with no cache, somewhere that the little pixies don’t know about, wear a Magneto style headpiece, so our thoughts cannot be infiltrated and bury our stash! The weather is good here in my patch of Yorkshire today, so we may head out for forage after we’ve consumed some Sunday morning bacon.

If you know of anywhere suitable, do tell. I believe the moon is already taken…


*Update…we’ve found a spot!
Our little ‘Cow-Hide Corner’ is up, running and ready to be found!*

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4 thoughts on “Times when you want less ‘cache’

  1. I just read your geocaching blog. When I first encountered the idea several years ago, my immediate reaction was, “I want to do this!!!” It was like I had been waiting all my life for this concept to be created. You see, when I was a child, the local San Francisco paper sponsored an “Emperor Norton Treasure Hunt” Every week they would give out clues in the paper (people read those in those days.) My mom, dad, brother, and me, would all go out to various places in San Francisco to follow the clues to search. It is one of my happiest childhood memories. This geocaching idea seemed an elaborate extension of that experience.

    Who was Emperor Norton? Born in England, lived in South Africa, came to San Francisco in the 1860’s. He declared himself “Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.” He issued currency, made proclamations, and was embraced by the citizens. 30,000 people attended his funeral. There are many more details about him in books and on the internet.

    Alas, as far as the geocaching idea, it is one that has not come to fruition in my life, and I am sad. But I can read about others vicariously. If you have found 74 caches already, wow, you have done well. If I ever did get to do it, it would be another one of my fads.

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    1. It really does speak to the inner child and let’s you play out those treasure hunting dreams. You should have a look to see how close some caches are to you – if you’re still in an urban area I bet they aren’t far away at all!
      And this is what I love about blogging – people are full of interesting facts that might otherwise be never heard of across the world. I’d never have known about Emperor Norton, despite him being English, so thank you! 🙂

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