Trying to have some fun in placing new geocaches

May 13

I’ve been in a geocaching placing mood lately.

I’m a believer that most geocaches run their course in time. That’s not so with every one (especially historical ones, ones with a lot of favorite points or some others), but many do. When that times, archive them and search for new spots.

A few of my hides fall under that category. Reasons I’ll archive a cache include:

  • Finding a better spot in the same area
  • Wanting to make a different size hide nearby
  • The cache has been out there for a few years and doesn’t get many hides anymore

There are other reasons, of course, but those are the main ones.

See, I’ve been re-thinking my geocaching philosophy lately. Though I don’t mind the occasional micro, I do like seeing bigger caches. It’s not that I trade items (it’s rare, unless there are signature items), but it’s still nice to find a regular-sized cache with a decent log book in it and all.

I have a lot of caches I want to hide!

So, I’m attempting to make it so most of my caches are at least small in size. That’s going to mean I will be archiving a few of my caches. In turn, that will open up areas for new caches. Though parks in my area aren’t huge, it’s nice to do different spots. That way, it’s not the same thing over an over.

About the only cache I don’t plan to archive is the first one I ever placed. I’ve had to replace it once or twice and will continue to do so if needed. I placed that one on on April 26, 2008. If I had realized it was the fifth year of this cache, I likely would have posted something about it.

Instead, I’ll just mention a few things.

First, it’s a nano. It went a few days before being found when I first placed it. I know there were several DNFs that weren’t logged before it was found. It has 58 finds and 24DNFs. So, it’s a pesky little bugger. But I love it.

And it shall stay!

Those numbers also show something else — not a lot of people travel through this area geocaching. There can be so many caches, but there’s no interstate highways or anything like that. So there are a few winding roads and such. That isn’t fun to some people. So I like to try and put out decent caches so when people do come, they enjoy them.

I’m taking extra special care lately.

Whether it just be a good-sized cache or a cool spot or a tough puzzle, I want people to enjoy the find. I recently placed an order at a place to get some swag to put into caches. I’ve found 5-7 places for new caches and am hoping to have them all placed by the time an event I am hosting in town happens over Memorial Day Weekend.

That also means some caches that have been out there are going to have to be archived. Eventually, these caches I’m placing will likely follow in the same fate. They all run their course. And in the end, it’s about trying to keep things fresh.

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  1. “I’m a believer that most geocaches run their course in time.”

    I agree.

    This spring I got the planting bug too. So, I archived 5 old caches and planted 4 new (bird theme) caches. It’s been fun reading the new comments that are coming in.

    I tend to archive caches sometime between 3 and 5 years old.

    • I’m basically in that 3-5 range, too. I find it harder as they get older though because I become more attached!

      I am hosting an event in a couple of weeks and am busy getting a few more caches out.

  2. I commend you. I will find micros (heck, if you don’t find micros, you might not ever get out and cache). I have never hidden a micro cache. I do own one micro cache that I adopted from a friend of mine who moved out of the area. There’s no other place to put a larger cache, so I’ve kept it in place.

    My philosophy is if it can hold a geocoin or travel bug tag, it’s considered a small. That may not agree with everyone’s philosophy of geocaching sizes, but it’s mine. I can honestly say I’ve never hidden something smaller than a Decon container. My largest hide is still out there after almost 12 years. It gets found once or twice a year, but it’s been out there for so long now I don’t think I’d really want to archive it.

    Always fun to get a log on that cache. I think the best log, although a little scary at the same time, was when people found the cache, picked up the cache to reveal a rattlesnake that had taken refuge underneath the cache. Yeah, the cache container is that big, hidden inside a downed tree.
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    • I find micros, too. I also place them, sometimes. I’m just trying to get away from it. It’s more of seeing them out too much now and knowing a bigger cache could have been there instead. Like a hike in the woods to find a bison? Really?

      I like your philosophy on the size of a container. That is kind of how I look at it, for the most part.

      If I get our your way, I’ll look forward to seeking that cache. I do love the old ones as they seem to have more heart, character and life to them.

  3. You are really into this! It looks like fun. Wonder how many of them are planted in NYC?
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    • In NYC? Many. Using Manhattan as a center point, there are more than 200 within three miles. Remember, though, that’s as the bird flies. If you have a smart phone, you could easily give it a go. Would make for good blog fodder!

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