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The Country Cacher and the City Cacher.

August 18, 2015

Summer is here once again and the caching has been fabulous. Our family vacation took us to some very remote areas of our land with some very wonderful local made caches.

The areas we had gone to were sometimes so remote that the caches we found only had few finders per year. There was no over saturation of caches like we’ve seen in urban areas. There was no geo junk, or places of little or no significance for hides. Sounds like utopia doesn’t it? Well, it was a real treat for us, but one couldn’t help but wonder what the locals would think of us city types and our urban caching habits.

So in today’s post the Country Cacher is going to take us geocaching with him, then we are taking him to the city to show him some of our very best caches.

After joining the local rural geocaching group online before our trip, I was befriended by a local who insisted when that when we get to his part of the world we would join him on a geo excursion in the area. Well, nothing could be better than to have a local show all the best places to go caching, so we gratefully agreed. We planned to meet at a specific cache location, it was a wonderful off the hi-way park with swings for kids, a babling brook, picnic tables, and the oh so important clean bathrooms for washing up. By the time our geo friend arrived we were already grateful for the spot he had chosen for our first cache. “This is only the tip of the iceberg” he said, “Wait till you see what’s were going to find next.” Off we flew in our respective geo mobiles, excited as to what might be around the next corner. The day could not have been better, over 100 miles traveled, 11 caches (not one micro) found and not a single DNF. We saw waterfalls, ghost towns, a natural water spring, an amazing rock formation, wild animals, livestock, historic locations, unknown beaches, and many had areas with amazing views. After thanking our host with a nice dinner at a wonderful place of his choosing we parted ways with a heartfelt thank you and a promise to reciprocate when he gets to the big city. We headed for home still in awe of all we had seen that day.

So as reciprocation goes, Country Cacher arrives in our town and is eager to find our favorite caches here in the big city. We tried very hard to pick caches with significance for our geo friend to find, (this was not easy) I realized we could not show him what he had shown us but we were going to try to make his day as worthwhile as we could. The caches we chose had many favorite points and pretty locales, but he had his sights set on other caches he had found on Geocaching.com. We had to explain to him that there were a lot of caches in our area not worth finding, but he insisted, so off we went to the caches of his choosing. Pulling up in a strip mall parking lot, our friend got a little confused, “Why is there a cache here?” he said “Must be a special hide!” We knew better, but he was our guest, so we let him poke around while we sat in the car. When our friend couldn’t find it, we offered to help. I pointed out the lamp post skirt, then lifted it up to reveal the cache. “Oh, that’s clever!” he said. (is it possible there we have found the only cacher out there that has never seen a LPC?) After showing him other types of urban caches fo the rest of the day , he seemed unimpressed by even some of our favorites. “Don’t people place caches in nice areas here? Don’t people leave swag?” he asked. “Not always” we told him “sometimes people place one just for the sake of placing one” his look was confused but we did not elaborate. Our day with our friend ended with a visit to the travel bug hotel near the airport so he could have some travelers to take home with him. Sadly it also was disappointing, the TBs listed in the cache were not there for the finding and the cache was strewn about the GZ and broken. We went our separate ways, vowing to keep in touch through facebook and geocaching adventure stories.

So our story ends here, the only difference in our story is unlike the old tale of “The Country mouse and the City Mouse” We would gladly change places with our friend if we could. (although we know he wouldn’t trade with us) He only seemed impressed by the sheer volume of geocaches in the city not the quality of them. Well friend, we would gladly give up all 5000 of our crappy urban caches just to find a few by you and some of your rural friends. You’ve got it good without even realizing what you have. I will pray it always stays that way so we can visit you again. We have discovered the most important thing of all, sometimes the best thing you find is a gracious new friend.

Carry on Caching…
Bitchy.

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6 Comments
  1. Could not have said it better.

    I have to say that caching in Nevada, Arizona in the middle of no where in the desert really is like urban caching. Getting out into the country like Washington, Northern California is totally different.
    I suggest you want to see some very interesting places look at The Gold Country Tour of 144 caches here in BC.

    Sometimes it isn’t always good to be home.

  2. Mark pickard permalink

    Don’t know who the heck you are but!!!!! Taken the words right outnof mouth!
    May not have lamp post skirts here in the uk but give me quality over quantity any day keep blogging!

  3. Sarah T-S permalink

    I had similar here in NZ….just been over to the MEGA in Christchurch. I had a leisurely (by some people’s standards) trip, with just a smidgen under 200 finds, and only 3 (yes 3) DNF’s. Interesting locations, terrain and variety of cache containers and hides! Not that my home city’s locations are that bad (mostly), but a different location is much appreciated. I would recommend the Horses 101 and the D/T challenge sets.

  4. Cappy permalink

    I live in a very large city, and while the cachers are nice they never seem to hide a cahe for any reason but to hide it. I try hard to do so, but with so much oversaturation, every good palce to hide one is taken up by a bison tube with a ruined log inside. Not the most pleasant caching.

    I’ve hidden two regulars and one small in the area to try to balance this out, but unfortunately, there is nothing more that I can do.

  5. Urban caching and rural caching are very different games. I think fun urban caches are micro size containers out in the open but disguised to blend in to the urban area, and especially if they draw a cacher to an interesting spot. Magnetically attached bisons are always fun. I am not a fan of nanos because of how difficult it is to actually get the log out and write on, but they have their place in the right situation.

  6. Stuart Liss permalink

    I think if your friend had gone along with you to the best urban caches, he would have been a lot happier. The best urban caches are a lot of fun. When I visited Phoenix for the first time (caching), I mentioned to my friend that I liked caches that used PVC pipe. I had a great time finding some innovative uses of PVC.

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