This is the tenth article in a ongoing series titled, â€œTWiG – This Week in Geocachingâ€. With each article I hope to highlight my personal geocaching treks and comment on anything that I find of interest thatâ€™s going on in the world of geocaching (i.e. geocaching related websites, forum posts, blogs, podcasts, etc.).
My First Hide
After almost a year of geocaching I felt I was ready to hide my first cache. Soon after we (me, mom, and the boys) started geocaching the urge to hide a cache quickly grabbed us. However, I felt that we needed some more experience before we started hiding our own caches. I’m glad we waited because looking back now some of our early ideas weren’t as good as we originally thought.
My first hide is titled Eastwood COC (GC11RRC) and is placed near the Eastwood Church of Christ. We enjoy spending time here and thought it would make a great place to hide our first cache. The cache is an ammo can with a log book, a pen, and few goodies. I printed the Geocaching.com logo and cut it out to make a template so I could draw the logo on the can. I thought about adding this hint to the cache page: “This one isn’t burning and there’s a pole in the middle of it.” Holly didn’t get it at first so I decided to leave it off. Besides, it’s a pretty easy find without it.
Sonny’s LPC (GC11RRF) is my second hide. Here’s the description from the cache page:
This cache is placed in honor Sonny (aka iTrax of iTrax and FoxTail) from the PodCacher Podcast. If you have ever listened to the Podcacher Podcast then you know that Sonny has a love/hate relationship with LPCs, meaning he loves to hate them. This cache was intentionally placed at one of the most boring places I could find. You’re welcome Sonny.
This should be a quick park and grab. The cache is a magnetic key holder hidden under the skirt of a lamp post. BYOP.
FYI: The PodCacher Podcast is a podcast all about geocaching. It is hosted by Sonny and his wife Sandy (aka FoxTail) and each week they bring you news, tips and tricks, tools of the trade, equipment reviews, prize giveaways, and more! Check it out at www.podcacher.com.
I guess that pretty much explains this one.
Micro Cache Logs
Finding a suitable log book for regular size caches is pretty easy, almost any small notebook or memo pad will do the job.
For micro caches it’s a little harder to find something pre-made that will fit into a micro container. I haven’t seen any sort of micro log book that would fit into a film canister or a magnetic key holder that could be bought from a store.
Printable micro cache logs seems to be the best option. I’ve seen several different versions available, but didn’t find one that I really liked so I made my own.
Below is the micro log sheet that I made. It has a special spot for the FTF with date and time and will hold 75 logs with date. Feel free to download, use, and modify it to fit your needs.
Geocache Micro Log Sheet.pdf Geocache Micro Log Sheet.xls
One of my goals with this series of articles is to help keep me in the caching spirit and to remind me how much fun is involved with geocaching. I always appreciate comments and suggestions, so feel free to leave them here or send me an email. Have a great week and happy caching!