Geocaching - Neil's hides

 

Not all geocaches are created equal.

Yes, part of the fun of geocaching is just the hunt, but I much prefer when there’s something more to it than that. I do still enjoy finding nano caches that consist of nothing but a log to sign, but my favourites always have something more to them.

One of the most impressive geocaches I’ve ever found was hidden at one of my local cafés. This café had a front wall that was partially composed of old meter rulers (I’m speaking in past tense because this isn’t the case anymore – thanks, Moreland Council), so the cache was hidden somewhere in this wall. As we discovered after no less than half an hour of standing in the dark (after the café’s closing time) poking, prodding and pulling at the rulers, there was one right near the door that would pop open when pressed to reveal a small cupboard containing the cache.

So. Much. Nerdy fun!

This geocache, combined with some of the incredible ones I’ve stumbled across on Pinterest and YouTube, got me inspired to start coming up with some hides of my own. To be honest, hiding them has probably grabbed me much more than finding them now.

I’ve only hidden three so far, but I have plenty more on my mental ‘to-do’ list. My first two are called “The Tricky Box of Trickiness” (see the photo above) and “The Tricky Box of Trickiness #2”. Not being much of a DIYer, I decided to set about looking for interesting cache containers that I could buy. I found both of these puzzle boxes on eBay for a few bucks, and they’ve certainly been well received. The first one has been given 17 favourite points in 6 months. Much more than I expected for my first cache.

My favourite hide so far was only activated a couple of weeks back. It’s called “Are You My Mother?” (see the image below if you’re wondering why). Here’s an extract from the description:

Deep in Woodlands State Park (okay it’s only 1.5km from the car, but that’s about as deep as it gets), you’ll find a clutch of orphaned baby chicks all huddled in a box. One of them hides the log book…

 

Geocaching - Neil's hides

 

So that’s all for now, but I’m hoping to hide another one within the next couple of months. I might be giving a bit too much away but what the hell – this one will involve a door bell. The rest of my ideas will mostly involve a bit more DIY, so they may take a bit more time.

If you’re a geocacher, you should definitely keep an eye on my profile. I promise all my caches will have an extra element of fun to them, so I’ll make sure they’re worth your while.

If you’re not a geocacher, well, maybe you should be. 🙂

 

What do you think of my geocaches? If you’re not into caching, does this help you see the attraction? If you’ve got anything to say, let me know in the comments section below.

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