I wasn’t expecting to do a geocaching post so soon after doing the last one, but there are a few things I wanted to blog about.
Especially seeing as when we hit a few caches today, it was freezing out! Temps in the teens and a pretty strong wind.
First, geocaching etiquette. For those of you who cache, you likely know what a nano is. For those who aren’t cachers or don’t know what the nano is, it’s a tiny geocache container. It’s about the circumference of a dime and maybe an inch or two tall. A magnet usually holds it in place and it can be pretty difficult to find.
With that in mind, the log sheet for the nano is obviously small.
The space for your signature is very tiny, so most people just throw down their initials and call it good. For example, I shorten my cache name to sb29. Usually, you don’t even have the room to put the date in place.
Alas, there are people who feel they shouldn’t try and follow this etiquette.
I had to make a trip up to the Utica area today to pick up some photo things for my upcoming “show.” A geocaching friend, Mike, hooked me up by taking a few of my prints and turning them into some amazing metal prints. I hope these sell as it would be nice to get something for these. More about this photo “show” after I get things up and going Sunday.
Anyhoo, Brent had Wednesday off, so he joined me for the trip in the hopes of finding a few caches. With the cold, wind and snow, we aimed for park-and-grabs and only ended with four for the day. (Still, four is better than none!)
The nano was one of our finds.
It was actually a quick find. We knew where it was once we pulled up. Though tough to get out of its hiding spot, it was soon free. We got the log sheet out and I unrolled it with the hopes of a quick sign and we could move along. I’m sure most cachers will agree with me that it’s the hope you can unroll just a little bit to sign. This time, we had to unroll pretty much all of it.
One part of this log was really irritating, however — people taking up too much space.
Here’s the log… with the nano. You can see that there’s a lot of signatures.
A closer look shows how people should sign a nano, to help its life out a little bit.
See, there’s a way not to sign a nano, too. We encountered this today and had to unravel a little more to make sure there was room to sign. So, how not to sign a nano? See below.
Seriously, don’t do this!
What a waste of space. It’s tough enough to find these, unravel the paper and sign. But how about giving us a break and taking as little of space as possible?
OK, the day got better, though!
Besides eating some awesome BBQ at Piggy Pat’s and picking up these photos and having the chance to catch up with a caching pal, when I got home I looked on the porch and there was a box with my new signature items. It’s funny that they were there as on the way home I was telling Brent it had been a while so I should be receiving them soon. And then they were there!
As readers of the blog know, I had opted to get away from the signature wood coins. (I do, however, have several of those left but I am going to keep them for the really special caches). I wanted something that wasn’t too expensive and that I could have for a long time. So, I ordered 5 gross (720 pieces) of personalized golf pencils. I wanted to be able to use them for disc golf and geocaching, so I liked the pencils.
Each pencil has three lines:
Flick it, find it
I got the assorted colors with silver writing. When going assorted, the company picks the colors. I got red, blue, black and green.
I’ll be excited to use these during a disc golf round or to leave them in geocaches.
Overall, we found four caches this day. It was a bit brisk, so that hurt. I got a few other things done, as did Brent. One thing I got was the log for an upcoming geocaching event I am hosting March 12. I have been trying to do something different with logs for events, so this one took some thinking. I’ll probably post something about it after the event.
I’ll also leave you with one other photo from the day. Some nice blue skies. But somewhere in this photo is a geocache!