Teen had a paper to write today, but it was a beautiful day (plus I needed to do some “research” for my Boxcar book), so the rest of us (including the dog) went geocaching!
When we go geocaching, this is the view I usually get:
I always lag behind. I’m probably the one most excited about geocaching, yet I’m always the one who lags behind. That’s because I almost always have a camera along and I’m trying to get pictures of the scenery or the wildlife; everyone else just wants to get to the cache!
I tried to get some pictures of the deer we saw along the way, but I never managed to get my camera to my face and focused before they ran off. I did, however, get a picture of this nuthatch:
The first cache we tried to find today was the “Owl’s Well that Ends Well” cache. Unfortunately, we had to go past the raptor center to get to it, so we had to leave our dog here:
There were a lot of muggles (the official geocachers term for “non-geocachers”….a big part of geocaching is to be STEALTHY! You don’t want muggles to see you uncovering a cache) around…and I didn’t like leaving Molly at the dog hitching post, so we gave up the search after just a little while. We decided to go see if we could find “Icepak’s Point of View” instead (which led us down a quieter trail where we didn’t see any muggles).
This ISN’T “Icepak’s Point of View.” In fact, we were a good 1/3 mile away yet at this point:
But it’s the kind of location that’s likely to hold a cache. And Preteen couldn’t resist heading over to see if there was another cache in there. There wasn’t.
Here’s Preteen uncovering “Icepak’s Point of View” for real:
Do you want to see what was inside?
We T/N/L/N (took nothing and left nothing), but we signed the log. Then we decided to come at “Owl’s Well that Ends Well” from a different angle (without going past the raptor center), so we wouldn’t have to leave our dog. This way was a little more of a workout:
We knew it was in this general area, so we found a small, broken tree to tie the dog to so we could check all the trees and brush in this area:
We climbed up and down that hill not knowing that the cache was about five feet from where we left the dog. See that log in the upper right hand corner of the above picture? That’s where it was…but we didn’t know that until we’d made it most of the way down the hill and then decided to go back and get Molly (we didn’t have a very good signal on the GPS, so we thought we were probably in the wrong place). But when I headed back up the hill and saw the other side of that log up above, this is what I saw:
And here’s the inside view:
Preteen checked it out, but again we T/N/L/N:
We had a short hike back to the van…we stopped and picked up pizza on the way home, then watched a movie. All in all, it was a nice day!