CacheCrazy.Com: Real-Life Cache Lessons, Vol 1

Friday, April 8, 2011

Real-Life Cache Lessons, Vol 1

Real-Life Cache Lessons
Vol 1: Following Directions


Caching is fun. If you don't believe it, just take it from me. I'm the kind of guy that has a hard time doing things if they're not fun. But, given my line of work, I love any experience which combines fun and learning. And while good ol' book-learnin', like the kind you might find in GCPC79, Reading is FUN!(damental), I find learning street-savy, real-life applicable knowledge is a much more challenging, much more rewarding task.

As a guy who is a human being, who teaches college students, and who interacts with people on a daily basis, I can tell you: following directions if rough. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I'm a pretty smart dude. Why should I put up with someone else telling me what to do? I can figure it out myself. I don't need someone's help. And so the familiar cycle begins. Cache description? Pfft. Hints? Yeah right. Just plug in those coords and let 'er rip.

With views like this, it's easy to get distracted.
And so began my little lesson. While traveling on business in California, I decided to stop for a few days in the beautiful Santa Monica. Being a huge fan of caching around the world (stay tuned for future post), I decided to combine my leisurely stroll on the beach with some caching. After all, it's a good way to see areas from the local's perspective, a veritable dream for travel bugs and geocoins, and gives you total bragging rights to your caching buddies back home.

So, using c:geo on my Droid Incredible, I brought up GCMTA6, Lord of the Rings. Listed as a 1/1, with a slurry of trackables, I figured it was a good way to start the day. Plus, the prospect of a physical challenge is always exciting for me. A short walk to the listed coords put me smack between 4 palm trees. After a sweep of the area came up empty handed, I began to try the thing keoki_eme taught me so well: climbing a tree.

Ever try to climb a palm tree? They don't have branches. After making a fool of myself for about half an hour, and confusing many a native Californian, I gave up and continued my walk on the beach. But the 1/1 cache stayed in my mind all day. What was I missing?

Be advised the cache can only be retrieved on sunny days between the hours of 9-5pm (7:30pm in the summer), and remember the code words “The Geocache flies at midnight.” Our operatives at this location can also provide you with transportation should you feel the urge to scope out the rest of this historic area.
After reading the description carefully, and gleaning some information from the comments, I eventually figured it out. I won't spoil the fun for you, but a local on the scene told me "Yes, we see people standing in between those palm trees all the time with their GPS in hand. We always ask, 'Hey, you looking for something?', and they almost always respond, 'Oh, no, nothing.' Haven't ever seen someone try to climb a palm tree, though." There's a first time for everything, I suppose.

So, the lesson is: always read your directions carefully. Or if you don't, at least don't make a fool out of yourself in public.

And don't forget to submit your favorite NEPA geocaches!


BigAl said...

I totally agree about reading directions. My family hates it when we are out and I say "let's stop for a cache that's just over there." Well we stop and spend quite a bit of time searching and end up not finding it. Then when we get home I look it up and say "oh, we were supposed to do this or that". Their response is "Dad, you should have read the cache page first". Yeah I probably should have, but I didn't. Maybe next time I will. Thanks for sharing with us.


Directions,I don't need no stinking directions!
Ha, ha, ha! It's a guy thing!
I love the post DctrSpott, the picture slide show is really cool too. You'll need to show me how you did that. Great job!

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