Geocaching – Day 2. Fer Reals!

Geocaching!

After some exploration yesterday we really took hold of this new game/hobby.  So today we got serious, loaded up the GPS with new locations, and not only found eight more easy caches (because we’re still learning) but planted our very own here in town!  We put together a cool looking, twine wrapped, film-canister with some small sheets of paper in it, planted it deep in an urban park in Colorado Springs (just to not spoil it in writing, there are photos of it below), and registered it online at www.geocaching.com under GC22Y57, “Steps to Sinton.”

Kira inspecting a micro-geocache
Kira inspecting a micro-geocache

And of course the GPS Route:

2010 12 12 Geocache kml

WARNING! PHOTOS CONTAIN SPOILERS TO LOCATIONS OF CACHES!!!

Geocaching – First Attempts

GC1jnam – FOUND IT!

Our first geocaching experience goes, well, well!

I visited www.geocaching.com, downloaded some spots (little treasure chests on my garmin) and jumped into the car. I don’t have any street maps on my machine so it was all by cardinal directions, yeah, bad ass. But once we were out of the car we pointed our Garmin GPSmap 60CSx and away we went. It took Kira right to the spot. Unfortunatly, we didn’t know that you weren’t allowed to burry things, so we spent some time poking about with a stick in the mucky, snow covered grass, but eventually we just looked up and BAM! there it was. GC1jnam.

Geocaching – Getting Started

It wasn’t Tuesday.  I think it was a Saturday.  It was straightforward.  I connected my brand new GPS to  my computer, downloaded a few way points, and put the GPS in my pocket.  About three hours later, after we’d done our errands for the day, I pulled out the shiny new dodad and looked for a maker near by.  Then I said, “hey, let’s go look for a little geocache… thingie… err something.” and she said, “Okay.”  We pulled the car over and jumped our.  We were at a park.  I take a look at my numbers, it says 300 ft. and we start walking.

Next thing I know we’re at a spot and we’re looking for a something or anther.  Now typically you’d expect a “Bam! I found it.” but the trouble is I didn’t read the rules before I left.  So in keeping with all good treasure hunters, I found a stick and started poking around, looking for soft soil, someplace that looked like it had been tampered with.

A good half hour passed and we hadn’t found anything.  We restarted our search a half dozen times and couldn’t figure it out.  Eventually, we gave up, again.  Started to walk away, then we took one more peek… and there it was BAM! easy. Obvious. Tiny. Interesting.

… and so it began.  Our Geocaching career.

Cache Found:

GC1JNAM: Fremont Park Cache