Geocaching is a nice but dangerous hobby!

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The abandoned quarry at the end of the day

Earlier this week my colleague Frans informed if I had ever practiced the activity of Geocaching in New York. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Since the accuracy of a GPS device is only limited one will need the GPS device to get to the site, and then switch to the manual search mode by using one's eyes and looking in holes, underneath stones etc.

My guest, Bart-Hendrik, is also an avid Geocacher and he though this would be a hobby for me too. He introduced me to this awesome Geocaching website. The site is amazingly well organized and allows participants to find a cache nearby or at almost any place in the world, even Antarctica!

I started together with Bart-Hendrik in Central Park where we (well actually Bart-Hendrik did) found one cache.

The boardwalk through the swamp is getting less and less stable
And later that afternoon I initiated a solo action to find three more caches in Cranberry Lake Preserve in Westchester. I had wanted to go there once again for a long time. This seemed a good occasion.

My Geocaching career was not a tremendous success. This is why:
1) At the first cache in Central Park we only found a box of rat poison (!).
2) At that same place, while searching, I stepped in a pile of dogsh*t. Later on when I looked better and saw toilet paper next to the pile the dogsh*t turned out to be actually human sh*t. YUCK YUCK YUCK!!!!
3) At the second cache in Central Park we ran into a place apparently used by junks and found several drug needles.
4) In Cranberry Lake Preserve I could not find the first cache. At one of the holes in the rocks I did find a skin of a snake which apparently (had) lived in this hole.

Hurray! I found the cache!!

5) At the same place I almost fell of a cliff.
6) At the second cache in Cranberry Lake Preserve I lifted a small rock under which I suspected the cache would be. I did find something, but,.. instead of a cache it turned out to be an active wasp's nest!!! Its inhabitants were not pleased with me removing the roof of their house and they started chasing and attacking me. So instead of strolling through the woods I was running for my life, and getting stung three times.

Fortunately the third cache was found! And despite the misadventures of today I am determined to continue this hobby!

More pictures below!

 

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Quarry Lake
Quarry Lake
The abandoned Tennis Court
The abandoned Tennis Court
Cranberry Lake
Cranberry Lake
Cranberry Lake Preserve - NY
photo by: mdalamers