2001, my camping and traveling buddies, Ed and Suzanne McKinley,
call and ask me if I would like to go Geocaching with them.
"Well sure, What’s Geocaching”?
I soon find out that Ed and Suzanne have discovered a website
Geocaching is a game where folks hide a small container with
some "treasure" in it and record the latitude and longitude by
using a hand held GPS unit. When they get back home they post the
coordinates on the Geocaching.com website.
Other players log on to the Geocaching webpage, type in their
ZIP code, hit the search button and find out if there are any
cache sites hidden in their area.
Ed checked and discovered that there were about eight cache
sites right around our local coastal area! He picked a couple that
were close to Fort Bragg, printed out their “details” page, and we
loaded up in the van to go search for them.
The first one we decided to look for is named “Pudding Creek”.
We already knew that there is a small, ocean side, park north of
Fort Bragg named Pudding Creek. Away we go!
We arrive, park in the parking lot, and hop out. Ed sets off
with his GPS unit in his hand. Suzanne and I follow along like
ducks in a row.
The details page lists the coordinates of where the Pudding
Creek cache has been hidden. We walk along and watch the GPS as
the latitude and longitude start to match up. We soon realize that
it is near the southern end of an old trestle bridge.
Hand held GPS units can give an accuracy down to about 30 feet
or even less if you have good satellite coverage. So, basically,
the GPS got us into the ballpark. Now to do some sleuthing and
searching. The detail page "hint" mentioned Trolls!
The word Trolls sparked an idea in Suzanne mind and, son of a
gun, Suzanne found it! The cache turns out to be a small
Tupperware container with a log book, pencil and pencil sharpener
in it plus:
1. One happy face air freshener
2. One happy face pencil sharpener
3. One happy face clicker
4. One Garfield War game
5. One Ivy Cleanse packet
6. One car
7. One small bubbles
8. One rose
9. Play money
Since then we have found numerous cache and placed our own
cache up and down the Mendocino coast. Ed has even placed cache as
far east as Sacramento! This Spring Break we will be placing cache
in our favorite location between the Pacific Ocean and Death
Valley!! ( To read about that Spring Break,
For being a group of aging Grandparents… we sure have become a
bunch of kids again and are having a ball!
Geocachers usually have nicknames and so Ed and Suzanne are
Team Sagefox. Individually they are Ricky Rosco and Spark.
I, of course, am Roadcow. Lolli has no comment!!
Be seeing you on the Geocaching trail.