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geocaching : an update

Wednesday, April 06, 2016


I blogged last month about how I was finally starting to get into geocaching. (See here!) I think it's safe to say I am 100% obsessed. More than that, all my friends are too! This last month has been rad. We've all been going out about once a week hunting for caches after everyone gets off work. It's been an awesome excuse for us all to get together, not that we need one, and it's fun to have one more thing to bond over.

 The other night Jeff and I went out to find a few that I thought were at a beach I frequent. Turns out they were a little bit away and somewhere neither of us had been before. While they weren't the easiest to find in the dark, the view was just perfection. First photo in this post. It's crazy to me that I've been living here for two years and I'm still finding new spots. Even in the dark I could see that it was prime for beach glass. I went back the next morning and honestly found some of the best pieces of beach glass I have ever seen in person. Without that cache I would have probably never stumbled upon that beach. Three cheers for this silly new hobby leading me to new places.


I think I can speak for everyone in our little group of friends when I say that the best one we've found yet was a multi-cache. That means that the coordinates led us to something that wasn't the actual cache but a container that gives you another clue to find the real cache. In the first there was a key, and it unlocked a faux utility box which was where the log actually was. We've been talking about hiding our own caches for others to find but that really got our gears spinning. We have some grand plans for hiding our own now! I want hide things that make people as excited as that one made us. I also want to hide ones that really stump people. Jeff and I currently have three that we just cannot find and it's maddening.

At the end of last month we hid our first one! It's definitely not too exciting or difficult, just a film canister with a log inside hidden along a path with a beautiful view of one of Cleveland's bridges but it's a fun start none-the-less. Someone went looking for it within hours of it getting approved, which is unbelievably exciting to me. Last night Jeff and I went to go check on it... and it was gone! I definitely didn't expect it to go missing so soon. Even though I'm understandably feeling a little discouraged, I'm looking forward to hiding more of them.

Look how tiny this one was! We had the hardest time getting the log back in that stupid thing.

If you haven't tried it yet, I can't recommend geocaching enough. It's been a great excuse to spend more time outside, it provides something fun to do with your friends, and you're more than likely going to discover some new places. Plus who doesn't love a treasure hunt?! (If you're still totally clueless about what in the Sam Hill geocaching is, check out this link for some answers)
xoxo

PS Did you spot the two caches hidden in this post?

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  1. wow, thanks for inspiring me to go back out and get geocaching, I got sick and wasn't able to go so much, but now I'm ready and raring to go, I would love to have a group of friends to do this with.

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    1. Wooo! Yeah girl, get back out there! :D

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  2. Oooo I've never seen a multi-cache!!! That must be extra fun!! =P

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    1. YES. That was our only one so far but it was SO AWESOME! Can't wait to find more of those.

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  3. I love geocaching so much! My favourite one was a multi cache and the final cache was a bag of about 40 micro caches and you had to unroll each one (with messages like 'Keep trying!' and 'Not this one!') until you found the actual cache that you could write on.

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    1. Oh man, that sounds awesome (and awful)!!

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  4. It sounds like so much fun! I have never done geo caching before, but definitely should try it!

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  5. Geocaching sounds amazing! I just downloaded the app and was really surprised to see there are plenty of caches around me here in Greece. Can't wait to get started. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Oh awesome! I'm so excited for you. It's a blast! :D

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  6. Your pine cone image reminds me... there's a supposed "Pine Cone Cache" in Traverse City, Michigan, right down town... that my husband and I spent hours looking for... people swear it's there, we can't find it... INFURIATING! XD

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    1. Hah!!! Don't you just love it, even though it makes you so mad!? That's how I feel about the ones we can't find.

      Luckily that pinecone one was SUPER easy. The tree was almost bare and that one stuck out like a sore thumb - still it's such a clever idea.

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  7. Geocaching rocks! We've been doing this "silly" hobby for almost nine years and still love it.

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  8. My husband's aunt and uncle are rabid geocachers, even hiding their own caches and everything. One of them even made the news here, because it was mistaken for a bomb. Whoops.

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    1. Oh nooooo! That's awful... and hilarious!

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  9. I actually saw the title of this post while scrolling through Bloglovin' and googled more about it in my area.

    I might talk about this with my boyfriend and see if we can get out there do this too, because it seems really fun!

    http://jesandbleu.com

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    1. Yeeeah, y'all have to try it! It's so much fun!

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  10. Oooh. Just wait until you get your first travel bug. That is fun!

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    1. We actually found one a few weeks ago. I'm super excited about it. It's goal is to see all 50 states, I can't wait to help it on it's way!

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  11. Seems like so much fun~! I've got to try this soon.

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  12. This is ideal, perfect timing for me! I have been thinking of doing this with my daughters for some time now and when I read your post, I took this as a sign that it was meant to be. Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this most informative post and giving me the validation to get started:-)

    Sincerely,

    Laurali Star

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    1. YAY! You guys are going to love it. It is SO much fun! :)

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  13. I have wanted to try geocaching but haven't yet, it sounds like such an adventure!

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    1. It is! You'll love it. You should download the app, that way when you have a free second before work or a meeting or whatever you can go find one nearby. It's crazy how they're hidden like EVERYWHERE.

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  14. I adore geocaching and have been caching for just over 6 years. I take my son to find the caches and his grandparents take him too and he's now found as many as I have and he is only 3.

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