Geocaching – The Beginning

By xerocube | April 9, 2008

Today, I decided to go on an adventure during lunch. I, along with 2 fellow co-workers, decided to find a geocache that was hidden along the Cahaba River behind our office building.

For those of you unfamiliar with geocaching, it is very much like a treasure hunt, only instead of treasure, you are looking for a cache of trinkets or a log book. To find these caches, you use GPS coordinates to make your way to the general location and then scavenge to find the cache.

Today, we sought after this cache:

So, off we went from the back patio of the building and tromped our way down into a valley on our way towards the river. What began as an easy trek through an expected flat terrain to a gently ascending hill turned into an adventure over several steep hilltops, across stream beds, through spider webs, and through many piles of dead leaves. Not to say I didn’t enjoy the hike, just my expectations were a little off. Oh — as an added bonus, we picked up several hitchhikers along the way… and several of the ticks we didn’t find until we got back to the office.

What we found was this cache:

The cache we found was tagged with a significantly higher terrain rating. This would have helped us plan a little better… like hiking shoes, tick repellent, water… oh well, now I know.

Not only did we find the cache, Greg found this:



Some form of animal skull. SCORE!

This was my first geocaching adventure, but probably won’t be my last.

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One Response to “Geocaching – The Beginning”

SJPate Says:
April 21st, 2008 at 11:29 am

Are you sure thats a skull? It looks like a real animal head with ears in the picture. I don’t know if it was such a score or not, I think you should all go wash your hands! Keep up the good work, its always good to see such a productive crew of folks.LUV