12 Things Only Geocachers Do

1. Point out the location of geocaches as they pass them in a car

My long-suffering muggle family and friends might humour me for the first few times I declare ‘there’s a cache just over there on that railings,’ almost taking their eye out with the sudden point of my finger, accompanied by an air of triumph, as if I have just pointed out an A-List celebrity getting out of a Range Rover. Much eye-rolling will ensue after the fourth or fifth GZ declaration.

2. Linger for an unreasonable amount of time in the Tupperware aisle of the supermarket

You know it’s time to go when the store manager approaches you and whispers in a soothing tone, “I’m sorry miss but we’re closing”, ever so gently ushering you towards the car. It’s definitely a problem if you’re in a 24 hour supermarket. But look at all the Lock & Locks! So pretty….

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3. Give directions to other geocachers using caches as points of reference

“Turn left after Art Deco Dublin: Archer’s Garage and then it’s around the corner on the right after Kristian’s Cache. If you get to the Merrion Square cache, you’ve gone too far.” It really is the most effective way to give directions to a fellow geocacher. That, or GPS coordinates 😉

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4. Run out the door wearing pyjamas to be the first to write on a piece of paper

First of all, plenty of people now leave the house wearing pyjamas. Personally, I prefer to change out of the clothes I wear in bed before leaving the house, but all rules and sense of dignity go out the window when there is a blank logbook crying out for your geocaching username.

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5. Care less about whether their vacation hotel is close to the beach/restaurants/shops and more about how many geocaches there are in the area

“Honey, I found a great deal on this 5 star hotel right on the beach.” “Ok, let me check it out.” Immediately opens geocaching map and sees a tumbleweed rolling across the screen but no geocaches. “No…. This isn’t right at all….I think we can find a better deal somewhere else.”

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6. Randomly check trees/guardrails/lamp post skirts just in case there’s a cache hidden there

Nothing to do while your muggle half is shopping? Why not check out this railing outside just in case there’s an archived/not yet published nano stuck on it?

7. Not know the actual real names of many people they count as friends

Muggles might think it’s a bit odd but it’s really not. What’s more odd is when you hear geocachers’ real names. “Dave? Who’s Dave? Oh, you mean FrostyMcFruitLoops! Yes, we’re very good friends.”

8. Put the prefix ‘geo’ on far too many words

“Do you have a pen?” “I have this geopen.” “Where are you going on vacation this year?” “We’re going on a geovacation to Portugal.” Where there’s a word, there’s a ‘geo’ to be added to it.

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9. Shout at the TV “there’s a cache there!” when you see a familiar GZ

Refer to initial humouring and subsequent eye-rolling in number 1 above.

10. Set up elaborate photo shoots for metal dog tags attached to keyrings/soft toys/plastic figurines

Many of us have shed a tear for a travel bug we have watched leave home only to never return home again, condemned to the bottom of someone’s geobag forever. So, when we find someone else’s bug that wants to be photographed in specific locations or with specific items, we are only too happy to oblige. Completely normal behaviour and don’t let any muggle tell you otherwise.

11. Find pens/pencils all over the house and car, as well as in the pockets of every coat and bag

The number one rule of geocaching is to sign the logbook. To do this, you need a writing implement. Best to hide hundreds of them absolutely everywhere “just in case”.

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12. Buy particular food brands just for the container

Altoids? No, I actually hate the taste of them. *Empties entire contents in to the bin and goes off in search of a logsheet and some magnets*.

 

Can you think of anything else geocachers do that muggles don’t? Let me know in the comments!

Happy caching!

Sarah

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115 thoughts on “12 Things Only Geocachers Do

  1. And my personal favorite…having to sheepishly explain to my mate how I twisted my ankle (hit my head/walked into a branch,got muddy all the way up to my knee) because I was typing a “Found it!” log on my phone and didn’t see the gopher hole (tree/puddle/pedestrian)

    🙂

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  2. Have a stash of potential items to leave in exchange of the treasure you might nab from a cache. Marbles, small action figures, and small charms come to mind…

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  3. Lift random lamp post skirts looking for caches.
    Hang out in the party section of the dollar stores looking at all the potential swag items.
    Tell other parents how they should check out geocaching for their kids, gets them out of the
    house and some exercise.

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  4. Woohoo!! Geocaching is so cool… It makes us different persons and with strange habits hahaha

    PS. Portugal is an excelent country to visit, you can have a great geovacation in Portugal, there´s a lot of funny caches to find…

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      1. Portugal is a beautiful country, there are a lot of beautiful places to visit, big cities like Porto and Lisbon, but some rural places which are so so beautiful and they have caches too.

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      2. I was once in the Algarve many years ago, pre- caching but I will endeavour to see more of what look likes a beautiful country 🙂

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  5. Yes all apply to us, great hobby, used to run out the door with my daughter for first time finds, but best one we ever got was a first time find in Norway, that was with my husband, great place to cache in Norway, best thing is they are set by local people, so always great places of interest

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  6. What Only Geocachers Do: When suddenly approached by a muggle they pretend that they are looking for a „lost“ key. How embarrassing when the muggle joins you searching. But how nice that you have met a helpful person.

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  7. Guilty! 10 out of 12 (if you don’t count gym trousers for no. 4)!

    However one to add to your list:
    Give sophisticated explanation of a certain rock type to an astound muggle, cause you know that from a previous Earthcache.

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  8. Agree to drive for summer vacation from MD to UT and back because you have bartered for a stop to get Mingo and at least one cache in every state you drive through!

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  9. As an elementary Secretary, you claim all leftover trinket incentive prizes from the recent fundraiser as well as the unclaimed lost and found box at the end of the school year for the gallon plastic jug of swag in the back of my van.

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  10. I carry a baggie full of magnetic micros around in my coat (just in case I find a good spot). I dropped one accidentally at work and the boss thought it was someone’s secret cocain container until he opened it and found the tiny log inside. So then I had to explain what geocaching was. Now I’m that weird employee that geocaches

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  11. Stopping to pick up random pieces of driftwood/small logs along the road when walking the dog, to see if they would make good ‘natural’ caches.

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  12. Coming home from ‘running errands’ looking like I’ve wrestled a cat and lost, from looking for a geocache that required some bushwacking.

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