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Friday, March 29, 2013

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:

Sumajman said...

The needle-in-a-haystack searches don't do much for me. When you have to search through 100 seashells or the sort, I'd rather walk away. However, the in-plain-sight hides utilizing a fake rock or fake tree stump is a different story. I like those. One tests your skill at distinguishing the differences in how an object looks or how it is positioned. The other is just busy work. My 2 cents.

Jim Rinker said...

I enjoyed the first few fake rocks I found. Quite a challenge even if you know what you are looking for sometimes.
I chose to go one step further. If I want to do a rock cache, I get a rock from the area I am going to be hiding it in, take it home and spend a few days with a drill and a giant box of band-aids. I make a hole large enough for a bison tube to fit in 99% of the way an then hide said rock in the vicinity of it's original home.
The logs are almost always worth the blood loss.

Kevin Bloodhounded said...

Whoa, the fake rock cache is evil, if the CO hides it as such, it's nearly impossible OR it can be as easy as a C&D! As you find a few, like LPC's (lamp post caches)you get wise to them and they lose their luster. The fake rock that Jim suggests sounds cool because of the time put into it but, like Sumajman, I have walked away after a quick survey because I really value my time and "sanity" and give it the traditional 15 minutes, it's either a smiley or a DNF. HOWEVER, I have set out at times to find a cache similar in evilness walking into it knowing it's going to take awhile so, I guess it all depends on your state of mind and how you approach it. That's the cool thing about Geocaching, you can plan your adventure to the extreme, casual stroll, workout or quick grab and have fun! If you're really in the mood from some insanity, go after a 4+ difficulty and good luck! You'll likely need it.
Great post Dave! Thanks!
BH

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