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Friday, May 25, 2012

A Tale Of Two Rocks

A funny thing happened to me recently, while out geocaching.  I found the same cache container on two successive cache finds.  No, not just the same size container.  It was the EXACT container.  It was on two different days, in two different counties, in two different states.  Under normal circumstances, I'd think that was pretty cool.  Heck, even writing that opening sequence makes it sound pretty cool.

It wasn't.  Let me elaborate.

Allow me to submit, for your approval, the fake plastic rock geocache.  I'm sure at one point in time, this was the latest innovation in cool cache containers.  Many a log surely were written about how "I've never seen anything like this before, awesome job!  TNLNSLTFTCLMFAOLOLTTYL!"  This isn't a knock on the rock cache.  It's stood the test of time, and truth be told, it's still a cool cache container.  I have no problem coming across them from time to time.


The first fake rock cache find was in a park in New Jersey.  Ground zero was at the bottom of a slope, about 100 feet in the woods from an open trail.  There were quite a few potential hiding places, and judging from the ratings, I might have to climb the slope.  The hint for this cache wasn't of much use.  If you've ever read my theory on cache ratings, you'll understand why I thought this one might be a fake something-or-another.  The difficulty rating was a four.  The terrain rating (3) led me to believe I wasn't climbing a tree, and most likely wasn't climbing to the top of the slope.  I concentrated my search to the beaten paths on either side of the large rock face.  I had no luck with the right side of the rock face.  There were no nooks or crannies with obvious hiding spaces, nor was there anything out of the ordinary.  It was shortly after I focused my attention to the left side when I saw a couple baseball-sized stones sitting about eye-high.  Bingo!  One of the stones was our aforementioned fake rock geocache.  I found this to be a great hide.  There were dozens of potential hiding spots, yet the "rock" was sitting there, in plain sight.  A well placed 4/3 rating on this one, indeed!

Cool cache container...or torture device?
A few days later I hunt for another geocache, this time in Pennsylvania.  The ratings were a 3/2, I believe.  Having read both the description and hint prior to arriving, I had a gut feeling what I was getting myself into.  Upon arriving at ground zero, my first thought was "The cache owner should have just written 'Here's 1,000 rocks, find the fake one!;"  That's exactly what I was doing for a half of an hour-fishing for a fake rock amongst a bed of rocks.  I don't know what was more aggravating- the fact the cache was where it was, and what it was, or my stubbornness keeping me looking for a stupid piece of molded plastic for so long.

Semi-pot-kettle-black alert:  I own a cache hidden in a rock bed.  It's not a rock, though, and the rock it's under is marked.

As my fiance can attest to, I have a temper.  I was so worked up after finding that cache that I had to go find ANOTHER cache to restore my faith in cache hiders everywhere.  I'm not cache crazy, am I?

Here were two identical cache containers, yet the method in which they were hidden were completely different, and as such, had different difficulty ratings.  Perhaps I can't fault the cache owner of the second cache.  It was a truly evil hide, and I'm sure other cachers would not only spend more time searching, but feel differently about their search.  I found it to be a frustrating waste of time.

Have you ever come across anything similar, where like caches hidden in a different manner, made for unique caching experiences?




3 comments:

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

I can voice an old proverb, "Once bitten twice shy". in other words once you've been caught out your more careful next time. My first fake rock well and truly caught me cold and caused me 3 visits to what should have been an easy roadside cache and dash. When I finally found it not only did I chastise myself but spent a long time looking at it in it's place to make a mental note.

The next time I had a problem locating a cache I stop and remember the first fake rock and just stop and stare to see what doesn't look right, usually it's the colour that doesn't match the other local rocks. Many fake rocks on I find them much easier, again good post Smithie.

Big_Dog1970 said...

Eggcellent story smithers. I prefer to create my own torture devices to hide. :)

BLOODHOUNDED said...

Yes, Smithie, you are cache crazy!
I'm a fan of any cache that adds a little creativity. I even kinda like the ones that get you a little jacked up. You know, the one's you really have to work for.
I have had a similar experience however it was a positive one.
After doing like two lamp skirts, I realized I needed more, boring! However, I went to Chicago for business and found a series of lamp skirt caches that had an interesting twist to them and because of that, I was really into it! Running from one to the next like a little kid in the parking lot! It was still a lamp skirt but, it was very different and challenging in other ways.
The game never seems to get boring thanks to creative cache hiders who keep coming up with wild things and creative ways to play the game.
Well done Dave!

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