Today, I had the pleasure of running into more fellow geocachers out on
the trail than I usually see at a geocaching event. My newest geocache, “Take a Walk on the Wild Side
” — GCA551P
“Take a Walk on the Wild Side” February 21, 2023
), was published early this morning, and shortly thereafter, friend
posted a DNF
(Did Not Find
) log. Now, Old Rob is
anything but an inexperienced geocacher; in fact, many of you already know that
he is one of my regular caching partners (and anyone I allow to go geocaching
with me must at least be able to find his way to his own front door; so far,
Old Rob has not failed at this). I thought he might have spied the cache from the ground but opted not to climb after it, since reaching it does present a moderate terrain
No; he just never saw the thing.
So, to satisfy myself that the cache had not gone missing before anyone had
even hunted it, I drove out to the Osprey Trail and hoofed it out to ground
zero. Sure enough, all was well with the cache. (I may
rethink Old Rob’s geocaching qualifications.) I verified the coordinates
were okay and started to head back to the Rodan Mobile when I saw a familiar
figure on the trail heading for GZ. It was friend
), en route for a possible
first-to-find. He checked out GZ for a while, without success, so I finally
guided him to a location where he could better get an eyeball on his quarry.
Once he had the location locked down, he performed the minor acrobatics
necessary to procure the cache, but he very sportingly decided that, since
I’d been on site and given him a substantial nudge, he would decline the
first-to-find honors. After that, we headed back to our respective vehicles
and bid each other adieu.
Later this afternoon, I decided to go out on another maintenance run at one of
my night caches (I’ve been on a vigorous cache maintenance jag for a few weeks
now) on the Laurel Bluff Trail, not too far from the Osprey. As I passed the
Osprey Trailhead, I saw about eight vehicles parked along the road, a few of
which I recognized as belonging to geocachers of my acquaintance. So, I pulled
over, parked the car, and trucked on down the trail to see if I might catch
any of this crew in the act of finding my new cache. Indeed... not far from
the cache site, I saw them in the distance. So, using a certain amount of
stealth, I positioned myself on a hillside above the cache, snapped a few
shots of the crew at work, and texted the photos to them. This, as I suspected
it might, inspired a few exclamations of surprise.
In the photo above & left, you’ll see the caching crew going about their business, blithely unaware of the mad horror-writing-geocaching fiend photographing them from afar.
So, it was my pleasure to stalk friends Night-Hawk
), and — Ha! —
(a.k.a. Old Rob
) as they made their successful FTF
effort. From there, all but Rob were moving on to other caches, so he and
headed back to the trailhead, and from there, I headed on to the Laurel Bluff
Trail to perform any required maintenance on my night cache, “Have You Seen the Yellow Sign?
). None needed to speak of. Anyway, on my way back from there, I then ran
into friends MWFerrell65
, from the NC Triangle,
along the trail. We yakked for a bit, and then I made my way back to the car
and Casa di Rodan.
After a long weekend doing artsy-fartsy things in Hillsborough, Ms. B. returned home this afternoon, so now the household cats have their mom to bother,
rather than just dad. What a time!
Panoramic view of the host for "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" (That's not the cache on the log;
that's my coffee mug.)