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Monday, June 29, 2015

Careful Caching

An oddly popular place for geocachers to hide their treasures is in cemeteries.  Generally, hiding caches in a cemetery is allowed if you have permission to do so.  These geocaches are typically hidden on the edges of the cemetery or on the fence around the perimeter.  These locations make for some very interesting finds.  It is generally NOT good geocaching etiquette to put geocaches in a place that would add foot traffic on the graves or if the geocache is on the headstone.  That being said, here are some of the cemeteries that I have visited.

Most recently, my friend Nick and I took advantage of one of the dry days in our stretch of rainy ones and went in search of "At the Feet of the Dead."  We parked and walked carefully through the paths leading down toward a small stream that cuts the cemetery in half.  We had little trouble crossing and followed the path until we reached a low rock wall.  The rock wall runs perpendicular to the Kenduskeag Stream which we could hear and see rushing between the banks. The cache was in a large ammo box and was in excellent condition.  Nick picked up his first Travel Bug here and left one of his own. 

One of my favorite geocaches is in a tucked away cemetery in Lincoln.  The cache is part of the Sherwood Forest series and is dedicated to Guy of Gisborne.  In the story, Guy suffers a particularly gruesome death.  How fitting that this would be located in a cemetery.  What makes this cache particularly interesting isn't the location but the container.  I've also been able to locate Gwyn in a nice clearing near Bucksport.  I'm looking forward to discovering other characters such as Little John and Friar Tuck.  Searchers, beware!

Sherwood Forest: Guy of Gisborne

Recently I got a notification showing a newly posted geocache.  It's always thrilling wondering if you might be the first to find.  I searched the fence and small trees surrounding that separated the cemetery from the road with no luck.  The description of the geocache gave very little information and no hints.  The container turned out to be a small pill bottle hidden by personal belongings on top of a headstone.  This would be an example of where NOT to place a geocahe.  Later that same day, the geocache was disabled and not available for future visits.  It's a shame, too, because it was a beautiful area and there were several other places where the cache could have been hidden. 

Remember to tread lightly and always be respectful of your surroundings, especially when geocaching in cemeteries. 


This post was written by Jenny from her personal blog, Jenny Goes Geocaching. Stop by and check out some of her adventures for yourself. Jenny is a regular contributor here at CacheCrazy.Com.
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Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

Interesting post regarding cemeteries, here in UK we are not allowed to place any geocaches within the boundaries of churchyards but I agree that they are very interesting places to visit. Nice blog.

Nighthawk700 said...

There are several good caches in (or just outside) Arlington National Cemetery. They are either virtual, or a multi where you get the information in, and the final (physical) is located outside the grounds. They took me to some parts of the cemetery I would never have found on my own.

Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

There are many states that do not allow caches within the cemetery itself.

I have done a cache that was on a tombstone. It was on the grave of the daughter of a mother/daughter caching team. The mother placed the cache in a bird house on the stone. I thought it was quite touching, however those are special circumstances.

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