Sunday, August 17, 2008

The key to the cache

The key to the cache
Originally uploaded by oblik
This weekend I took the kids on a geocaching expedition to a local park. It is actually only about 1/4 mile from our house and we walk there with the kids often. I had no idea such a cache existed so close.

For those unfamiliar, geocaching is just the "sport" of finding hidden caches or objects marked online with their GPS coordinates. This seems quite popular by the number of caches in my area as well as their frequency of discovery.

This particular cache took us almost an hour of total time to get to, find, and return from. It was well hidden (rated 1.5 of 5 on a difficulty level). My GPS isn't the greatest so perhaps its accuracy hindered us a bit but it took some searching in the trees to eventually discover the location.

In this case, the clue had told us not to yank on the cache but to find the key (pictured above). The cache was actually attached to a wire held taut by this key. Once released, the cache was easy to dislodge. We wrote our names on the enclosed slip of paper and put it back for others to find.

I'm planning another expedition this weekend for a second local cache that appears to have a "travel bug" in it that is uniquely coded and can be recorded on the website as it travels around the world. I'm excited to find it and possibly put it into another cache 30 miles away close to my workplace.

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