I love EarthCaches! A quick look at my milestones makes that obvious:
I have only found 40 to date but I am hoping to up that number a lot this year. Almost every single EC I have found has brought me somewhere interesting and taught me something new.
I had a look through all my EarthCache finds and picked out my 10 favourites to date. I hope this list will encourage you to find more EarthCaches and learn more about our geocaching playground.
10. Achill Island (GC1Y30T) by Wolf64 – County Mayo, Ireland
Located at Keem Strand, in my opinion the most beautiful beach on the island, this EC educates the cacher about the rocks that make up Achill Island.
This one is all about the location. It’s breathtaking! For the best views, you can walk up Achill Head (I took the above photo from about a third of the way up). Once you get to the top, the beach is no longer visible, just the wild Atlantic Ocean on the other side.
9. Cleopatra’s Needle – New York (GC59BR5) by Heidi Seekers – Central Park, New York City, USA
Earthcaches are not all about going in to the wild, sometimes there are interesting, geologically important things around us and often, we don’t even realise! I loved this Obelisk in Central Park. Some of the sides have fared better in the weather than others and the cache page made me think about why.
Known as Cleopatra’s Needle, the obelisk is one half of a pair; its twin is located on the banks of the Thames in London.
8. The Sugar Loaf EarthCache (GC4VXB9) by GoldCircle – County Wicklow, Ireland
Before I discovered geocaching, I was as far from an outdoorsy person as you can imagine, so climbing Great Sugar Loaf, just a few kilometres from home was the last thing I would consider fun.
Enter geocaching and I was eager to go. We picked a perfect day and I really enjoyed it. I also learned that it’s not an extinct volcano – the lies we’re told as kids!! I have made it my business to inform others that it was never a volcano ever since I found it. It still amazes me how many people – locals – who had this misconception! At least it wasn’t just me 🙂
7. Fjord (GC5BEB1) by geo-tek – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
I try my best to do an EarthCache when I’m in another country and Canada was no different. It rained almost constantly the whole day but the view from this cache was still incredible.
The EC highlights the Indian Arm and Burrard Inlet glacial fjords, two of several fjords on the British Columbia coastline.
6. Chanticleer Point Crafted by Cataclysms (GC290Y7) by Amygems – Colombia River Gorge, Oregon, USA
Another amazing view, this time at Colombia Gorge in Oregon! I was with my friends who live in Portland and while they’d been to the gorge, they hadn’t been at this viewing point before so it was great to show them something new in their own back garden.
Chanticleer Point is a great lookout over the gorge and was formed by cataclysmic floods that swept down here at the end of the last Ice Age.
5. Una passeggiata tra le Apli Lombarde (GC53NFH) by ilTozzo – Milan, Italy
We took the metro to Gioia and walked to this really cool little square, set up as a tribute to the landscape of the Lombardy region of Italy. There are small gardens and fountains, representing the plains and lakes.
What is geologically interesting is the nine blocks of stone showcasing the variety of rocks that exist in the region. This cache is the epitome of a cool urban EarthCache!
4. Stacks & Axes (GC4F7N0) by DucInc – County Antrim, Ireland
I visited this EC on my first trip to the North Antrim Coast in 2014. I hadn’t really prepared the whole trip in advance, I just winged it really, so I had no clue where this EC would bring The_Mother and me.
We were pleasantly surprised to arrive at this beautiful beach! The chalk cliffs looked amazing; I didn’t even know we had chalk cliffs in Ireland. This is why I love EarthCaches 🙂
3. Sea-stack at Downpatrick Head (GC1223H) by cooperphoto – County Mayo, Ireland
On the way back to Belfast from Achill Island, I had this earmarked as a detour on the way, as it’s one of the top 10 favourited EarthCaches in Ireland.
This place was spectacular and well worth stopping at. As well as the actual sea-stack, the EC highlights a blow hole inland from the cliffs.
2. Skellig Michael (GC4K77T) by PAMAH – County Kerry, Ireland
Star Wars fans might recognise Skellig Michael as a movie location used in The Force Awakens, the first instalment of the prequel trilogy.
The EC draws attention to the Devonian rocks that make up the island. Skellig Michael is one of those places that has to be seen to be believed.
1. Grotte de L’Observatoire (GC2HC3E) by eisenstaedter – Monaco
This cache was one I hadn’t really researched but I was determined to find an EC when we spent one day in Monaco. We got lost walking to it, it was hot and I never realised Monaco was so hilly! But we made it eventually and after completing the tour of the caves, The_Mother and I agreed it was very much worth the effort to get there.
I believe this was also the first time I had seen those stalagmites and stalactites we learned so much about in school! The tour guide was excellent and the caves were fascinating.
It’s easy to see why this cache won Geocache of the Week in late 2014. It’s one of those places I would never have found without geocaching.
Do you like EarthCaches? Let me know your favourite in the comments, so I can add it to my EC Bucket List 🙂
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