Senryu : geocaching


somewhere here a cache
longitude and latitude
please! give me a clue

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Geocaching : finding hidden objects hidden by strangers who give you the longitude and latitude so you can find the teeny tiny logbook. Occasionally exchanging travelling treasures to move them to another cache.

I did a photo essay on my day geocaching with TammyB for Wordless Wednesday.  It was a fun day, exploring Tucson, clambering down into washes. Who knew there were so many mini wilderness areas inside of Tucson?  Now I know where all the coyotes and cougars live that people spot running through their yards. Geocaching is a fun hobby if only because you go to unexpected places.



March 7 : Burnt Sienna
Color Your World

WW : A Day Geocaching with T.
Cactus Catz

9 thoughts on “Senryu : geocaching”

  1. We used to geocache…I agree with you…who knew all the small nooks of wild space in an urban setting. We stopped after an adventure where we came out covered in ticks…eek.


    1. oh wow! That would be awful! I got pricked by cactus that somehow managed to get me under my shirt just above my jean’s waistband. I found a few sticking in my jeans too. I definitely recommend jeans, socks and tennis shoes — sandals and thin cotton pants is begging for rocks and cactus to drive into flesh. Thank goodness I did not run into any ticks.


    1. go to the website and sign up. It gives you location of caches by longitude and latitude and you can pick cities, towns as a starting point. The cool thing is that locals will hide caches near places they like such as restaurants or public art or interesting natural phenomena so you might go places that aren’t in the guidebooks but the locals know about. I just started so I am in there as lafren2. I envy you. Have a great time in Australia!

      If you have time before you go, you might want to practice one or two around your home. They are everywhere so there will be one close by. Download the app on your cellphone — it has a screen so when you walk, it’ll tell you how far you are from the longitude and latitude which is very helpful. The caches are generally tiny and some of them have clues as well as longitude and latitude on the geocaching website. The site is free although you can pay a small annual fee if you want — mostly newbies don’t do that (I havne’t paid) so some people don’t reveal caches to the nonpaying levels. T., my friend is a paid member so her app has more caches showing. I figure my level will be the easier ones anyways so I am happy to start at the free level until I get better at finding. Most often you are looking on (tree branches, shelves), under (rocks) and in (sign posts–some are little cases that are magnetized to stick on metal or a film canister with wire so they hang off the edge into the sign post). Look up, down and all around. If something is metal, look under to see if a large magnet circle is sticking to it. If so, pick it up and twist the magnet to see if it opens to reveal a logbook. It is hide and seek. Some caches are in the open but in a city most are hidden out of sight so they don’t get stolen. Like for example, T. showed me one in the base of a lampost. The base lifts slightly and sure enough there was a tiny black container. Very dirty! Ask around your friends, one of them may be into geocaching– and go on a hide and seek with them once. It is helpful with a knowledgeable friend because they know the sizes of typical containers — some are tiny tubes the size of a fingernail or smaller. I saw a big plastic jar out in the open in a riverbed. Film canisters are quite common. And a small metal tube about the size of a rock crystal pendant. Generally metal or plastic to survive the elements. Read the last few comments on of the people who had looked for that cache — if you don’t find it and the last 2 people didn’t find it, it might be gone. There is attrition due to elements, thieves and people cleaning up an area. After you find it, you can make a little comment on the site too — but don’t give away a spoiler. You can post a pic of the area but not the hiding spot. If you look at the pics of some of the caches or read the comments, it might give you some ideas of other places to visit while you’re in an area. If you pick up something from one like a button, put some other tiny object back in–an American coin in Australia would probably work. Then in another cache, put whatever you picked up before and so on — objects hop from cache to cache. Some of them have tags so their owners cna track them to see where they are in the world. It’s pretty cool. Hope that helps!


        1. I edited my reply to make it longer after thinking about it. Just an fyi as I don’t know if wp sends you the updated replies.


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