Monday, April 19, 2010

Geocaching

Geocaching, an international hide and seek game, has caught on in the City of Alexandria.  A few years ago there were only two or three caches around here.  Now there are so many!   I periodically go geocaching with friends.  Yesterday we went to check on a cache we maintain and looked for 2 others along the way.  What an adventure!

We found the "Life and Times of GW" cache.  It was located along the river near the painted murals.  Why is it so much fun to play hide and seek?!   This cache was a quart size container painted with a green camouflage pattern.  It included a bunch of little trinkets with the log book.  We always take my dog Jackson with us - it helps to avoid suspicion, people think we're walking the dog.  The second cache we found was "Boardwalk or Bored Walk".  It was a painted metal Altoid box, held by magnets to a metal support for a large pipe bolted to a dock area in Old Town.  It's such a thrill each time we find one of these and they all so different!!  Hahaha we laughed and laughed both times.  We had to really sneak around to get them, there were so many people walking around us.

Lastly, we went to check on the cache we planted a couple of years ago named "Riverview #2.  Someone had emailed us that it was no longer there - but it turned out that person simply didn't find it!  It's hidden well, under some steps. To get it, one has to crawl under the edge of the wooden steps and reach down into the specific area. We had a little trouble because there were so many muggles around and also a security guard who was walking around in the area!  But it was still there.  So there person who commented that it was no longer there just couldn't find it.

You can see all these caches on www.geocaching.com by clicking on "Hide & Seek a Cache', then put in zip code 22314 and when the list comes up click on "google maps".

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