30 Minus 2 Days of Writing: The other shoe (20/28)
Geocachers are quite known for being creative.
I will say it’s not always a good bit of creativeness, either. After all, geocaches can come in different shapes and sizes — and items. Such as fake poo. Seriously. I’ve seen a fake broken beer bottle before, too (it was plastic). There are a lot of “creative” hides out there that make people cringe.
Then there are ones that tend to make you smile.
Maybe it’s a creative container in a cool spot. Or just something that takes you to a cool view. For every bad “creative” cache, there has to be many more that would qualify as good.
Then there’s taking advantage of something already in place. Such as a pair of caches that used to be in Vestal.
(Side note: I really wish I had a photo of the caches I’m writing about. Alas, I don’t, so I’ll try and write about them the best that I can.)
The first rendition of this cache was called What’s this all aboot?? It was a micro (so, small) and had the following as a description:
I drive by this thing everyday and wonder what is the story behind this? It’s been there for about a year. This is a simple goofy micro.Park at the close by restaurant’s parking lot. Do NOT park on Rt. 434! Even though there is a side walk here, I wouldn’t recommend taking very young children or pets here, because of all the traffic that goes by. I would also recommend you do this one at night! If you want to have more fun, tell us in your on line log, how you think this object ended up here!
Published on March 23, 2009, the cache seemed to be a success. It had 60 finds on it before it received a did not find, which is when the item disappeared.
What was it?
The item was an old, beat-up sneaker hanging on a highway sign. Inside the shoe, a cacher placed a film canister with a log inside. The cache container itself wasn’t anything out of the ordinary — but the item it was in wasn’t normal.
Sadly, the cache ended up having to go. On Dec. 16, 2009, a cacher logged a DNF. Ten days later, the owner noted he would check on it. On Jan. 6, 2010, he posted the following:
Since the boot is gone, so is the mystery. Replacing with another boot, just wouldn’t be the same.
And, like that, a humorous and funny geocache was sent into retirement.
Several months later, another cacher decided it was time for the shoe to return. So, on July 25, 2010, the cache called What’s this all aboot: The other shoe drops! appeared.
Part of the new description said:
So, it’s time for a redux! The other shoe has dropped and this micro is back where the original was, so grab this one while you can! The original lasted for a LONG time considering, but this one may not!
This time, 74 people logged finds on the cache, with the lone DNF being one of the final people checking for it. It seems construction in the area may have eaten up the cache, unfortunately. That log came on May 29, 2011. It was soon disabled, and on Sept. 20 after a few months of no activity or updates, an administrator archived the cache.
And like that, the original sneaker — and the other shoe — were disabled. But for those of us who found each of those caches, it’s always worth a chuckle.
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