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Cheri and I again had some geocaching fun this weekend.  Yesterday, on the way home from work, we stopped by and found a cache near the Jared’s at the Fair Lakes Shopping Center.  It was a micro-cache, meaning it was very tiny.  And they didn’t lie about that.  It was a freakin’ film canister.  It was so small it only had room for the log.  But this cache needs some help from the owner because the log inside was just soaked.  We were able to sign the log though.

Then this morning, Cheri and I took a trip out to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Centreville to do some geocaching.  We found three caches while there.  We meant to find six caches, but we got a little pooped after three.  Plus, we were starving by then.

The first cache was hidden near the parking lot where we parked.  It was in a small camo box.  Cheri and I walked past it at least three times before we spotted it.  Since today we made sure to bring some trinkets to trade along with the caches, we left a little red star bike reflector while taking a beetle ring from the cache.  This was a super neat cache very close to an open area.  But it was well camouflaged, so I don’t think it’ll have a chance of being found by non-geocachers (who are called “muggles” in the geocaching community).

The second cache we found by walking up the road a bit from the parking lot.  The road was a bit narrow and we had to climb up a semi-steep incline to get to the cache.  But it was worth the work to get to it.  Later, we figured out we could have gotten there much easier if we had just followed the walking trail in the woods instead :-P.

It was a neat cache that was in a plastic Tupperware container.  It had a lot of treasure and we gladly traded a small foam globe for a travel bug.  A travel bug is a small trinket that has a dog tag attached to it.  The dog tag has a serial number printed on it and it is tracked online.  Its intention is to visit different caches.  The travel bug we retrieved is a pink flamingo beanie baby named (for obvious reasons) Pinky.  Pinky’s owners want it to travel as far south as possible.  So we’ll be holding onto Pinky until we get down to Chesapeake sometime and drop it off in a cache down there.

The third cache we visited was hidden off another trail in the northern part of the park.  It was another regular sized cache that was a plastic container.  This was a very good container though because it kept the moister out very nicely.  Here we left the plastic beetle ring we took earlier, and took a foam train.  The hiding place for this cache was very well done.

Once again, Cheri and I had a great time geocaching.  This will probably start becoming something we do when the weather is nice.  Its a great way to get outdoors and see places you normally wouldn’t find.  Who knew that such a great big park was in the middle of NOVA??

Written by Eric Spiegel

January 6, 2007 at 4:01 pm

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  1. Thanks for retrieving Pinky! Sounds like she will be with great company.

    Happy Trails,

    JD Mack2000

    PS. Yeah, I’m not much of a fan from Micro’s either, but just wait until your come across nano’s!


    January 6, 2007 at 6:18 pm

  2. Very useful information,thank you for putting this nice piece of info for us to read.

    Chris Jackson

    January 7, 2007 at 7:58 am

  3. Your last comment about, “who knew about such a big park?” really resonates with me. I continue to be amazed at how many parks I drive by everyday and no idea existed. For example, near my office there is what looks like some kind of water reservoir. Turns out, there is a dog walking park (and Geocache) there!

    Be on the look out for “nano” caches. They are about the size of your thumbnail, squared. The log inside looks like a piece of ticker tape. They are some of the hardest to find because of their incredibly small size.

    James (CMiYC)

    January 7, 2007 at 10:32 am

  4. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for those nano caches then. I bet they’re fun and frustrating at the same time.


    January 7, 2007 at 3:31 pm

  5. I’d never heard of this. Looked around the geocaching website for a while, and when I typed in my area code I was surprised to find about a couple dozen just within a mile of me. I got all excited about it for a second until I remembered I don’t have a handheld GPS unit. I seriously doubt the Parks Department would like me driving my sedan through the playground. Again.


    January 11, 2007 at 11:37 pm

  6. I’ve been caching for three years now and I’m still amazed at the places it takes me. I think it causes you to take more notice of what’s around you. Before you know it, you’ll be looking at places and saying “That’d make a great place to hide a cache!” or “Hey, I’ve never seen that trail before… I wonder where it goes.” At this point, my favorite part of the “sport” is the community. Attend an event cache in your area sometime and see what I mean.


    January 19, 2007 at 6:08 pm

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