I was at the Washington State Geocaching Association Summer Picnic in Newcastle, Washington which is near Seattle. Unfortunately I arrived late because I was in the Cascade Mountains and not being familiar with the terrain, it took longer to get back than anticipated.
It was (unusually I am told) a beautiful day with crystal clear blue, cloudless skies. Lots of people turned up from all over the state and out of state.
Various geocachers showed off their handiwork.
Mr Gadget #2 is known in the Wenatchee and Central Washington regions for his evil but ingenious cache containers. In this video he shows how some of them work. I had trouble figuring out how to open them even with him prodding me with hints. You would not want to come across one of these in the wild! Just when you you have found it, and you think it is all over, it is in fact, just the beginning.
The reason for showing videos of high quality geocaches like these is to inspire everyone to come up with creative caches themselves. Hopefully as more people put out quality geocaches, we'll all have great experiences.
Check out this video:
As you become more experienced in learning how to geocache you'll find that one of the rewards is the pleasure of finding the treasure at the end. After you expended considerable energy to find the thing it's something that makes it all worth it.
... unless it's a wretched micro! Man, I hate those things.
Not only are they hard to find but it is a pain to unroll a tiny scroll and find a space on it to jot your signature in microscopic letters. There is no joy at the end, only pain. A lot of people think the same. Check out what people DON'T like about some caches here.
Unless you're going to be very creative with a micro, just don't put them out. Unless you're going to be very creative with a micro, just don't put them out. Unless you're going to be very creative with a micro, just don't put them out. Unless you're going to be very creative with a micro, just don't put them out.
Did I just repeat myself?
Go for quality.
If you're a creative type who can design and construct unusual containers, then my choice of container is an ammo can. These things are relatively cheap, rugged and totally weatherproof. They last for years and you rarely have to maintain them. Stuff it full of quality goodies and find a fabulous location in which to hide it.
Sometimes an ammo can is too big and obvious for the location you have chosen. This is where you get to use your imagination. There are so many creative ways to hide things that will avoid using a nano or a micro. In fact you can purchase all sorts of camouflaged containers (e.g on eBay) that you don't need to think up something yourself.
By being unique and creative you will enhance your reputation in the geocaching community and people will look forward to doing your caches. You never know, they may come and ask you for advice on how to geocache.