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Old 04-09-2012, 11:43 AM   #61
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I lurked a bit on this thread when it first came out...found the idea a little interesting, then never pursued it. Earlier this week, Jeff asked me if I was interested in geocaching--thanks to this discussion, I knew basically what it was. Since he seemed interested and I figured it would get him out into nature and walking, I showed a bit of interest.

We ended up driving out to Western PA this weekend to visit family. Along the way, we stopped at a rest area specifically because it had a cache stashed there. Using his smart phone, we went on our first geocaching adventure together, and Jeff found his first cache. On the way back we didn't make such great time since he wanted to stop every so often to search a new site. We went to one place on the side of the road and never found the cache. I didn't enjoy that one as we were tramping through dried (and sprouting) crown vetch (UGH!) and an otherwise unnatural area. However, at another area (a park) I was pleased to see some spring beauties, mayapples, and the leaves of fawn lily......but no cache. (We're still getting the hang of this, I guess.) The last one we stopped at was at another rest area--nice natural area, and I found *my* first cache.

So, are we so late in getting involved that the fad has fizzled out for everyone else?
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We are neophytes too. We started doing it a year or so ago, found a few caches, then abandoned it as life became more complicated. I think that we might be able to take it up again soon? Free time seems to be so hard to come by!
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I would be cautious of geocaches located on rocky slopes. I had someone hide a geocache in a crevice used by venomous snakes. I actually found it while checking for the snakes lol
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:00 PM   #64
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We are neophytes too. We started doing it a year or so ago, found a few caches, then abandoned it as life became more complicated. I think that we might be able to take it up again soon? Free time seems to be so hard to come by!
Cool. It is a cheap form of entertainment...aside from gas money.

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I would be cautious of geocaches located on rocky slopes. I had someone hide a geocache in a crevice used by venomous snakes. I actually found it while checking for the snakes lol
Thanks, midwesternerr. The thought has crossed my mind...well that some critter might be in a hole--I wasn't about to reach down into something I couldn't see beyond a point--but I hadn't thought about venomous snakes in particular. Good point.

I did, however, think that a geocache could be taking up space for some critter to use. I know around our yard, I've seen nut shells underneath some rock overhangs...I'd hate to block somethings favorite hangout with a geocache.
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When we go on a long trip, I look up 3 or 4 caches every 4 or 5 hours. We only try to find one, but I get the info on multiples, just in case the first one doesn't work out. I need to stretch after 4 or 5 hours in the car, and it's a fun break.

Those of you with smart phones can just pull up caches when you're in the mood, I suppose.
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When we go on a long trip, I look up 3 or 4 caches every 4 or 5 hours. We only try to find one, but I get the info on multiples, just in case the first one doesn't work out. I need to stretch after 4 or 5 hours in the car, and it's a fun break.

Those of you with smart phones can just pull up caches when you're in the mood, I suppose.
It is definitely a good idea to stretch one's legs...maybe even sooner than 4 or 5 hours. I guess a geocache is a good excuse to do it.

Well, the technology addict that he is, he now has a smart phone...so he was pulling up caches along the way while I was behind the wheel.
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