Cache Fever: The case of the hidden chopper…

Cache Fever: The case of the hidden chopper…

Continuing my weekend of reblogs, as promised, here’s one of my very early posts – You just never know what will turn up when you’re out for adventure!

As geocachers go, we’re beyond rubbish. Due to us generally partaking in this pastime on a whim, we are rarely adequately equipped – ‘You forgot a pen AGAIN?’ has been uttered by one or both of us far too many times. And to anyone in the know, omitting such a basic essential to help you in your quest is the equivalent of entering a desert without water, climbing a mountain without a rope or leaving my grandfather’s after 9pm and not giving three rings when you arrive home. You just don’t do it!

Recently, we’ve improved in this minor task although I’ve still been known to sign the log (carefully) with lipgloss in an emergency! But ‘real’ cachers have kits – all manner of tools and improvised bobbins – that assist their caching adventure and make life a little easier. Now, being lazy fair weather cachers, I don’t feel the need to have a full blown utility belt, but when the British summer screamed at us to leave the blanket, because it was only visiting for the weekend, I did think we should pack a few important items. So I added the following to my handbag (yes handbag… we weren’t getting that serious it needed a rucksack!):

  • Tweezers (some logs are tricky little minxes, rolled up tightly and placed in tiny tubes).
  • Disposable gloves (you are often required to scrabble around in bushes).
  • Baby wipes and a couple of tissues (see above).
  • Some small trinkets to swap.
  • A torch (I don’t know why I thought this was a good idea, we were hardly going to stay out and attempt night caching. We had a meal booked!)
  • Oh yes…a pen…

Feeling like pros, we set off to complete a series of ten hides close to our home. Little did I know just how handy our new inanimate assistants would be…

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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.

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