Friday, May 14, 2010

Happy Hunting



I took my first hike dedicated to geocaching today and found 2 of the 4 I had time to search for.  The first one was supposed to be easy to find and everyone who looked before me found it.  It was near a daycare and I was worried people would start wondering about the crazy woman lurking in the woods, so I decided to move on.  It's only 950 feet from my door so I can go back and try again another time.

Next, I searched for one that the clue was to go to the sculpture where the owner goes to watch fireworks.  I followed the GPS signal, and soon found this:


There are sculptures scattered throughout The Woodlands.  This does seem like a great place to view the fireworks.  I may go back there on the 4th of July.  I found this one!  My first official cache - the others were an accidental find.        



I'm not the only one who left a calling card in this one.  Someone from Illinois was geocaching in the Houston area.  He laminated his.  I put in one of my blog cards.  I think I need to create a version just for geocaching.  I doubt I'll laminate mine, though.  Click to enlarge the photo if you'd like a closer look.

The next cache was supposed to be hidden near the bowling alley.  I had to cross the freeway to get to it.  Don't worry, I didn't run across traffic lanes like an idiot.  I walked in the emergency stopping lane of an overpass like an idiot.  It was hidden in some razor sharp blades of grass.  I managed to keep from getting cut, but didn't find this one.  The last few people didn't find it, either, so I don't feel so bad.  I'll probably wait until someone else reports finding it before I try again.

Finally, I searched for one near a local playground.  I found it!

 

I walked past it twice before spotting it.  The log and the contents were a little damp, but I still signed the log and added one of my cards.  The trinkets inside didn't interest me, but the fun is in finding them and seeing who else found them before you.  My unknown friend from Illinois left his card in this one, too.  There are also trackable items you can leave in the caches and watch how far they travel.  I may get one or two of those.     



  

16 comments:

sage said...

Congratulations on your finds... Now if Blackbeard had only left coordinates to his treasure chest

That corgi :) said...

that sounds like a fun hobby to have; I would be with you, it would be fun to see what is in there and to leave your calling card that you found it

betty

jack69 said...

Yep, seems like you have found a new hobby. I like to read about it. take care and have a good weekend.

Brian Miller said...

that is way cool...i think i may need to start now...

Vince said...

you'd have to say that this has the potential to get really nasty. Quiet places, girls and guys turning up alone.
Hmmmm, but then you live in Texas, the gun ownership capital of the world. And as an ex-US Marine said to me an armed society is a polite society. ;)

....Petty Witter said...

Too technical for me. Enjoy your new toy.

buffalodick said...

I bet you were Hell on wheels at an Easter egg hunt when younger... :)

Jen said...

@sage: I'm pretty sure Blackbeard spent all his money on women and booze. There was nothing left to bury.

@That corgi: You can play along with me. It's a world-wide game.

@jack69: This one isn't as expensive as my other hobbies. Once you get a GPS or a GPS-enabled phone, it's free.

@Brian Miller: Your boys would love it!

@Vince: Women are hurt by boyfriends and husbands a lot more often than strangers.

@Petty Witter: It's no more difficult to operate than a cell phone. Thanks, I will enjoy it.

@buffalodick: It was unfair! They wouldn't let me keep any of the easy ones...they were for my sister...she got 20 easy ones and I got 2 difficult ones!

blueviolet said...

I'm so excited to try this! My daughter has done it twice and loved it, although the second time she came home a muddy mess!

Christiejolu said...

I am so completely jealous you saw Layne live!!!!! I was too young...

I read about these hunts. Sounds like fun!

John McElveen said...

Way to Go!

Happy for ya, and enjoy going on the adventures with ya!

John

otin said...

I had never even heard of this! It looks really fun, actually!

Unknown Mami said...

That's pretty cool. I'd never heard of it before.

Jingle said...

what fun,
I watched the video,
it looks like a movie clip, with two people having romantic and adventruous fun outdoors..
fabulous post!
I love everything very much!

Jen said...

@blueviolet: At least she's coming home with something she can wash off, unlike other activities she could be doing...

@Christiejolu: They are fun! It was an accident that I saw him live, but I'm glad I did. Until I started reading your blog, I didn't even realize he was no longer with us.

@John McElveen: I enjoy bringing you guys along. I'm always surprised people are interested in some of the crazy stuff I write.

@otin and Unknown Mami: I didn't know about it until I joined BCO. It is fun!

@Jingle: I think it is the trailer for a movie about geocaching.

Kelly said...

I can see how this could get addictive. Fun!

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