Thursday, May 02, 2013

Nooks & Grannies

Welcome to another addition of Adventures Hidden in Plain Sight

Today I will show you a few places we found some of our 75 CACHES.

Week # 18 - LIFE'S simple pleasures - Geocaching

Geocaching is a real world outdoor treasure hunt.  You start on-line using your computer or App on your smart phone to find out more clues where the cache is hidden.  The Geocaching site gives you all the information you need to start, especially the longitude and latitude and a map of where you need to go.   Using a GPS or Global Positioning System you actually find the location and hunt for the cache.  But sometimes the GPS is off a bit, or the cache has been moved, or it's hidden in plain sight and you can't see it!
For viewing purposes, some of these CACHES have been pulled out from their hiding place so that I could get a good picture.  If you were walking along the trail nearby and didn't know something was hidden under this fallen tree... you wouldn't have known it was there. Another log was covering the open space.
Here is another one hidden in a log. It fits just perfect!

Here is a large metal ammo container.  It was sitting next to a log and twigs and rocks and leaves were covering it. See how it just blends in?  We actually had to climb down a pretty steep incline to get to GZ, but that's part of the fun!
So, are you catching on to what we are searching for when we are in the middle of the woods? See this one in the squirrel hole???

Our GPS will take us close to GZ (Ground Zero), but we still have to do a bit of searching.  And you often need to think like the one who is hiding the cache.  We can get real close to a site and then just start looking for a hole in a tree stump, or a pile of rocks or twigs that look unnaturally stacked, or hooked with a wire hanger off a branch.  No real digging is required.  As I've said before, it is often hidden in plain sight.  These CACHE finds are the ones most commonly hid on trails and walking paths in the woods. 

There are all kinds of other caches hidden inside fake rocks, hidden in a pill case hanging from a tree branch, made to look like a mouse, a pine cone, magnetized to look like a bolt on a fence or sign post.... the hiding CACHERS' imagination is endless!!!!

Here, my mom (Grannie, ha ha) came with us to find this cache nearby her home in Wisconsin.  It shows you the nook we found this one in.  It's the same as the closeup picture above.
Are you having fun yet?  We sometimes leave a CACHE site without a FIND.  Other days we are 10 for 10 in the search.  We've discovered CACHING in the early spring and fall is a good time to go... no bugs yet!  But that's a whole 'nother story!

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