I just had my first run in with the law. The final stage of my first multi-cache was the subject of a suspicious package call. Crap – I just became that guy. The ones we all make fun of. You know, the guy that thinks he is being creative by hiding that homemade PVC pipe cache a little too close to a sensitive area. Oops here comes the bomb squad. Then there is the cache that is just an old soda bottle that gets mistaken for trash (not a big stretch) and it gets tossed away. Ok so mine wasn’t something that lame, thankfully.
The final was for the Det. Reece geocache and was a large, old, and really cool trunk i found at the thrift store. I really wanted it to be an urban cache despite the size and complexity of the stages. So, I searched and searched until I came upon the perfect spot. I found a deep ravine right in the middle of town. Bingo! It even took me using a climbing rope to get to the bottom without landing on my tail. So, I made the climb down into this ditch at least three times before I felt it was the right location. I enlisted a muggle buddy and we chained the cache to a concrete structure.
One day later, ONE DAY, and I get a call from the local police. Some kids were playing in the ditch and came upon the box. Here is where I give the police department credit. They did not blow it up. Yay for me. In fact once they cut the lock off, they had to, the responding officer looked inside and found my information by way of this blog. Kudos for him. He let me know what happened and I rushed down to retrieve my cache.
The good news is all of the trackables I made, just for launch from this cache, were still inside. Even more, the FTF prize, all of the swag, and the props to go along with this cache’s story were all safely inside. Score! Now, I still don’t know why some random kids were playing down in this ditch – great job monitoring your kids parents. Regardless, it has convinced me that it is not worth the effort to put such a large cache inside the city limits.
I guess I can check police contact off of my geocaching list now. At least it didn’t end in an explosion. Anyway, I will now be concentrating my efforts on getting off road and hiding my caches from now on. This was probably a god thing in retrospect because I was really sweating putting so much effort into a cache series only to have it muggled. GeoWifey just couldn’t wait to rub this one in.
So my question for the this post is about geocaching away from the paved roads.
Have you ever done any 4X4 geocaching?
If so, leave me a post with some tips.