Mar 16

Geocaching and an Unexpected Treasure

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In reflecting back to the day we found these family photos, it was a birthday weekend partially spent geocaching. Geocaching is a hobby of ours. It is like a treasure hunt game so it is really interesting that we found this unexpected treasure of photos while seeking an actual hide. Check out this video to learn more:



We had parked just to the south of Ground Zero (GZ), the point at which your GPS says you are within feet of the hidden container, aka cache.  Clinging to the inside of a guard rail along the sidewalk was the cache. It was a small magnetic tin box. (See Google Street View for said guard rail: link)  It was an easy find, commonly referred to as quick grab. Much better than our most recent amd more frustrating search that ended as a DNF (Did Not Find) in a park near by. But that’s how it goes with geocaching.

Related Post: Feb. 22, 2015 Someone lost their family photos!

There are literally millions of caches hidden around the world, so geocaching can be done anywhere. We’ve searched for geocaches on all our vacations and as a nice way to get out when just hanging out at home. In most cases, we discover something new or unique: whether it’s a great little park, a spot with an amazing view, somewhere with a cultural or historical significance, someone’s favorite restaurant, or just a creative hide. It’s always fun and educational. Most geocaches come with a story explaining the significance of its location. There are great little corners of so many cities that we would have never discovered from any guidebook. We’ve even gone geocaching as a way to wait out a traffic jam and to break up long drives. In any populated area, there can be a handful of caches within a quarter mile of wherever you are. Try searching where you are here: /www.geocaching.com/play/search

On this day of geocaching, though, we found a treasure of photos. Maybe these photos were calling to be rescued so an invisible force drew us to take our treasure hunt up Beach Boulevard. The photos must have been disparate for help given the impending storm. They had already been trampled on, run over, and blown over a half mile stretch of Route 39. The rain came in just a few hours after we saved the photos from the street: Here’s the CBS Los Angeles news story on that much needed rain: Wet Weather Challenges Southland Drivers, Homeowners February 22, 2015 9:06 PM.

Do you have any interesting geocaching stories? Share them in the comments below!


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  1. Justin

    What a great thing you came on the photos when you did!

    Geocaching is such a great activity that brings you to amazing places, introduces you to great people and hopefully impact lives in positive ways! I hope these photos make there way back to the owners!

    You guys are geocaching heroes!

    1. blogfind

      Hi Justin, hopefully not only will the soto find their way back to the owners but we will introduce geocaching to more people out there as well.

  2. Darick

    Geocaching has definitely taken me on some awesome adventures. In fact, I share my geocaching adventures online on my YouTube channel, Geocaching with Darick – http://www.geogz.com/videos

    I love making memories with my family on geocache outings. Here is a log from a geocache in which my dad and I crashed a gypsy camp in order be the first ones to log a geocache (aka first to find or FTF). I hope you enjoy my story…

    Find #820 on 9/4/11 8:49 PM

    FTF!!! While visiting coupleofbucks, Mr. cob got the notification for a new geocache and though it was getting dark, we decided to grab the flashlight and venture out. It was a good 15+ minute drive from where we were, so we didn’t know if we would beat any other first to find hounds out after dark that evening.

    As we drove on gravel to the geocache location, we could see what appeared to be a campground, with a big circle of campers and lots of activity. The GPS pointed us just east of the gypsy camp, but there was no place to park on that side, so we drove back toward the west side and discovered that it was not a campground at all, but instead appeared to be private residence. I contemplated turning around, but Mr. cob convinced me to turn into the lane. We found a place to park among the many cars there and took a look at the geocache description, but it was no help in terms of deciding if we were on private property. After bellyaching a few minutes over whether or not we should go for it, we decided that if it was a private residence, it must be the cache owner’s or someone he is close to, or he wouldn’t place the cache.

    There were people everywhere, kids running around, campers and tents, even a flatbed stage… how could we cross the gypsy camp and get to ground zero? Mr. cob led the charge right through the middle of the camp, past the campfire and over to a large beacon on the other side of the camp! We started poking around with a flashlight… I checked the iPhone and saw that we were about 30 feet off yet. Unfortunately, it was 30 feet closer to the camp and near a tree that would provide us no cover, but I headed over to ground zero and spotted the cache quickly. Nice container and a perfect hiding spot. I took the container away from the camp to sign the log. We didn’t linger long… signed and photographed the log, didn’t take time for trades.

    After replacing the cache as found, we returned by skirting the camp on the north a few rows into a corn field… a rather muddy, but less conspicuous route. Either the gypsies didn’t notice our activities under the cloak of darkness, or they left us to our adventure, but seemingly we were not discovered coming or going. Laughing, I took a blurry photo under the yard light before we got back in the GeoMobile and drove off. Thanks for a great cache, a fun night time adventure, and a very memorable find!


    1. blogfind

      Hi Darick, thanks for sharing your story and your YouTube channel. I’m looking forward to checking it out.

  3. Sandy

    What a great treasure you found – and it’s amazing the work you are doing to try to find the owners. We wish you the best in your search! Someone will be very happy to get their treasure back.

    The treasures we have found through geocaching are in the wonderful, sometimes hidden locations, the connections with friends and family, and the beauty to be found outside.

    Sonny and Sandy from PodCacher.com

    1. blogfind

      Thanks. I’m hoping for a happy ending. You are right. There are many treasures found in geocaching rather than just the cache.

  4. GeoJosh13

    It always amazes me hearing geocaching stories. Each one has its own individual twist, which is reflected through the finder of the geocache. Your story is great to read and I loved it and over time the stories will begin to overlap and start telling a story, especially in your own mind.

    There comes a point in geocaching when the adventures can help shape your world. The tools you use (gps, maps, magnets, ect.) start to play out in your every day life, all for the better of course. Now choosing how to tell your story is completely how you see it, and I’ve seen that many ways. For example, I’ve seen people find the same geocache on the same day, but have different views based just upon everything that’s going on around you. That’s one thing I love about geocaching; it opens you to the wold around you and helps “open your eyes.”

    The first geocache you find and your first First to Find (FTF) are probably the most common memories everyone has while geocaching. I first started in August of 2013, when my neighbor aty cabin up north took my family geocaching out into the woods at night. I was hooked and couldn’t get enough. The first container we found was a small lock n lock, with the usual trade items inside and a log book. From that point I loved the thrill, which inspired my goal for geocaching that year. I quickly wanted to find 100 geocaches before the end of 2013.
    It was December 29, up north again, and I was already up to find 99, but I had a special geocache planned for #100. There’s a small island on the lake where our cabin is located and earlier that fall someone had decided to hide a geocache on the island. Having it winter time makes island geocaches much easier to access, but much harder to find in the snow.

    After walking across the frozen ice with my father we began searching in one area, until we realize the last finder had said the coordinates were off 70 ft. Seventy feet may not sound like much, but being a geocacher looking for a small container in the snow in the woods made things much harder. We had finally reached the official ground zero (GZ) when we began digging.
    GZ was located at an old fallen down tree, which meant that we had better start digging out the log and checking under it or around the edges. This is a technique that often works, but seemed to fail on this trial.

    After an hour of searching we both looked at each other and said something to the lines of, “I think it’s time to go back to the cabin.” At this moment I stepped towards him, and at the end of the log my boot had kicked a small container out from a notch from where the tree broke off. There was the geocache!! We had found it. I was so excited I danced a little and then signed the log, took a photo and went back to the cabin to enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa.

    I am now currently at 467 finds, and quickly approaching find #500. I want to thank you for hearing one of my several stories and inviting me to share my story. I love sharing my stories with people through social media and youtube and am greatful to share it here! I hope this page and any of the comments help influence people to get outside, get active, and go Geocaching.
    Cache Ya Next Time!

    1. blogfind

      Hi GeoJosh, Thank you. These stories will hopefully open the world of geocaching to new sets of families and friends that will create stories and memories of their own.

  5. Pete

    Nice work turning a geocaching adventure into a good deed for someone else! Hopefully the news of your find will reach the family who lost the photos. Happy caching!

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