Phases of Cache Hunting
Posted 07 February 2009 - 03:07 AM
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Posted 09 August 2009 - 01:40 PM
Posted 06 August 2010 - 03:13 PM
Four phases of Cache Hunting
Phase 1: “Staying Pretty”
? Looking at obvious spots from afar.
? Hands typically in the pockets or behind the back.
? Possibly wearing work clothes, so very careful to avoid potential hazards, including getting shoes dirty, avoid thorns which may tear clothing.
? Frequent checking of GPSr to ensure near the GZ coordinates and direction to cache.
Phase 2: “Getting Serious”
? Frustration level increasing.
? Hands out of pockets. Begin to place hands in fingers in places which may not be suitable for later nose picking / eye rubbing.
? Searching obvious spots again, in case cache was over looked. I mean, do I *look* like an idiot?
? Thorns becoming less of a barrier. Avoiding PI is not as much of a concern.
? Work clothing becoming expendable. Possible small holes and tears in work shirt.
? Several expletives about cache owner may be said under one’s breath.
? Begin to sweat…profusely.
? Crap…I’m *at* GZ…is the cache owner an idiot?
? Where the *hell* did all of these mosquitoes come from. I wish to *God* someone would just kill all of them.
? Phone a friend option yields immediate roll to voice mail…for 3 different cachers. Possible result in deleting from cell phone. Plans to “get even” are formulated.
Phase 3: “Sherman’s March to the Sea”
? Drenched in sweat, but still determined to find the f’in’ cache.
? Questioning cache owner’s genealogy… out loud….usually screaming.
? On hands and knees, circling every tree, bush, or shrub.
? Begun panting.
? Have been snared by several large thorny vines. Multiple lacerations. Blood loss from scratches and mosquitoes taking toll on bodily function.
? Large tear in work shirt. Sleeve missing. Hanging in nearby briar patch.
? Twigs, leaves, and small insects in hair.
? New shoes? Do you think I care about my new shoes? Do ya, punk?
? GPSr roughly 100 feet away, where it was thrown…since it’s “useless”.
? Ripping PI vines from the trees to further examine knot hole in trees. Rubbing hands on face in frustration.
? Trying PaF again. Still rolling to v-mail. Breaking phone on nearby tree.
Phase 4: “The Find”
? Endorphins released.
? Sudden calm followed by knowing smile.
? Thoughts of murder dissolve into joy, ecstasy, and triumph..
? Beginning to formulate cache log….”Most excellent hunt. Nice hide.”
Posted 06 August 2010 - 04:10 PM
Posted 07 August 2010 - 08:08 PM
I think I experienced these phases today. Some challenging caches had me pulling my hair out.
Posted 08 August 2010 - 06:16 AM
Posted 08 October 2010 - 12:53 AM
Posted 21 April 2013 - 08:27 PM
Too funny! I was shaking my head in agreement the whole time I read this! Thanks for the laugh!
Posted 22 May 2013 - 02:44 PM
Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:37 PM
Level One: A lot of bushwhacking to get a find
Level Two: Power trails
Level Three: 5 and 5 only or extreme puzzles
Level Four: Challenge solving at my desk
Level Five: Hey! I love geocaching and found one!
Posted 23 May 2013 - 03:00 PM
I skipped phases 1 n 2 and went straight to 3 and sometimes 4
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