Found: Geocache

A co-worker shared with me how she spent an afternoon a few months ago looking for little treasures, or caches, that had been left behind by others who played the game/hobby of Geocaching.  I was unfamiliar with the past-time, so she explained how she and others use their GPS devices to find little caches of whatever that have been left behind by other enthusiasts…kind of like a high-tech scavenger hunt (?).

As I was hiking along the Pipeline Trail today, from Rattlesnake Gulch toward Church Fork, in Millcreek Canyon, on the east side of Salt Lake City, I was looking at the sides of the trail, trying to find something interesting to photograph.  I happened to spy a little box under a piece of rock, both of which were tucked between a larger rock and a tree-trunk.

I didn’t really know what I was looking at, but thought that someone might have simply forgotten or lost their Tupperware-type sandwich box while hiking.  Other hikers often leave found-items on the sides of trails so that their owners can find them on their return trip or if/when they come back to look for them.  When I opened the box and looked inside, it occurred to me that this might be one of the cache items that players look for when Geocaching.

I looked inside the little notebook that was included and discovered that I was correct.  This particular box has been out there on the side of the trail since at least June, 2006….

The Geocaching website included above mentions that people often leave things in the caches that can be used by other players.  There was a note by Dave23 from a couple of months ago saying that he left a Power-Bar gel….

Since I had kind of stumbled into the game, I wrote a note to future Geocache players who might find the cache, inviting them to visit my blog and let me know that they found my note.  I don’t know if anyone will, of course, but it seemed like an interesting idea.  And since I wasn’t on a Geocaching trek myself, and hadn’t brought an appropriate treasure or token to add to the cache, I left a piece of Jolly Rancher candy with my note.  It should be safe from insects and the elements in the weather-proof box.

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8 responses

  1. Nice one leaving your Web site behind for someone to find. I only just recently heard of this fun little game.

    Mel
    massachusetts-is-wicked-awesome.com

    December 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

    • Yes, Mel, I thought it would be interesting if anyone from their Geocaching adventures would take the time to let me know they found my note. We’ll see what happens.

      December 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm

  2. t.i.n.a.

    YAY Geocaching! This is what my better half and I do – but in the warmer weather. 🙂 I’m too much of a wimp to go trekking through areas when it’s too cold (or worse – wet/slippery). I miss it, though. We’ve only been to a few here in the city and a few on the Oregon coast. (tried to do it in England and failed miserably!)

    December 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    • What an interesting hobby, Tina. And in England, too, but with not much luck? Does nobody play over there? Sounds like a nice way to explore a new country.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      • t.i.n.a.

        Holy moly YES! There are TONS of geocaches in Europe! It’s insane how wide-spread the hobby is (there’s even one on Mt. Everest, if I’m remembering right). We just didn’t have a decent GPS device in England, so it was really difficult (we’re still newbies at the game). I’ve heard of some guy doing it without GPS at all – over 2000 finds! Incredible. If you look up “geocaching.com” on Facebook, you can read all sorts of fun stories. It can be quite addictive. 🙂

        December 14, 2011 at 9:31 am

        • I had no idea, Tina…and yes, it is crazy how wide-spread the hobby is. It seems like it would be an incredible task to find the caches without a GPS device. I will have to check-out the site on Facebook…sounds interesting. Thank you for the tip!

          December 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm

  3. I bought my son a geocache gps for Christmas. I figured it would be something fun for us t do on the weekends. He was non-plused when I told him what it was for. Come on! What kid doesn’t like to hunt for treasures? I’ll show him your post. Hopefully he’ll take more of an interest in it. Me? I can’t wait to try it!

    January 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    • Hello Ms Peebody – Geogaching might be more interesting to him when he’s a little older, but yes, it seems like something younger boys might enjoy doing. My older son and I were out hiking again today and found another cache…at the top of Grandeur Peak. Seems that they’re everywhere.

      BTW…when I saw your email address on the comment, it reminded me that I need to write to someone who has that identical email address! Nice to see you’re blogging…and writing to beat the band, too! Good for you. 🙂

      January 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

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