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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??
Today, Cheri and I went on our first Geocaching excursion. For those who don’t know, Geocaching is like a world-wide treasure hunt. People will place caches in different locations, record the location’s coordinates, and publish the coordinates on a geocaching website (such as www.geocaching.com) Then people who visit the website can enter their location to get the coordinates of caches close to them. Then you can use your GPS device to locate the cache. Most caches have a logbook and some kind of treasure. The logbook contains notes from everyone who has visited that cache. The treasure can be any range of small trinkets. The main rule of caches is that if you take something, make sure you leave something. That way the cache always has something in it other than the logbook.
The cache we found today was in a wooded area near a park not to far from our apartment. I got the coordinates from Geocaching.com, and placed them in my new Garmin eTrex GPS device my parents got me for Christmas. Then it told me where to go to find it. It was really fun trying to figure out where it was. We eventually found it in a hollowed out tree trunk. It was a camouflage ammunition box. This particular cache was a book-crossing cache. In this cache people take and leave books to pass around. So the cache had about four books in there, plus the logbook. We didn’t take any of the books, because we didn’t bring any to leave, but we still signed the logbook. After that, we placed the cache back where we found it for the next visitors.
This was a very fun activity and Cheri and I look forward to doing it again. There are plenty of items hidden around the area we live, so we don’t even have to go far to find treasure! I feel like a 21st century pirate!