Geocaching: the Last Cache

Somewhere between the second magnet hidden under a fire hydrant that dogs piss on and the fifth pill bottle hidden under a lamppost skirt, I decided to retire from geocaching. It’s the end of an era full of self-loathing and occasional delights.

Fire hydrant #1
Fire hydrant #1
Fire hydrant #2
Fire hydrant #2
Geocache lamppost skirt #1
Geocache lamppost skirt #1
Geocache lamppost skirt #2
Geocache lamppost skirt #2
Geocache lamppost skirt #3
Geocache lamppost skirt #3
Geocache lamppost skirt #4
Geocache lamppost skirt #4
Geocache lamppost skirt #5
Geocache lamppost skirt #5

Geocaching around America

I haven’t gone geocaching for a while. I don’t allot any time for the hobby; rather, it is something I do while waiting.

I found a bottle hidden in a road guardrail in Pittsburgh.

Geocache by the Warhol Museum
Geocache by the Warhol Museum

There was a geocache attached to a stick, inside the knot of a tree.

Geocache stick in a tree
Geocache stick in a tree

A magnet was placed on a roof in Seattle’s International District.

Geocache in Chinatown
Geocache in Chinatown

There was a geocache in a wooded area in New Jersey.

Geocache by a pond
Geocache by a pond

There was a classic utility plate magnet cache in Houston.

Geocache utility plate
Geocache utility plate

There was a cache on a tree in Austin.

Geocache in a tree
Geocache in a tree

A cache was hidden under a lamp skirt by the Mexican American Cultural Center.

Geocache under a lamp skirt
Geocache under a lamp skirt

Geocaching in Pittsburgh

There are a fair number of geocaches around Carnegie Mellon.

Geocaches. Let me show you.

Geocache in rock wall
Geocache in rock wall
Geocache on campus' south border
Geocache on campus’ south border
Geocache outside of Gates
Geocache outside of Gates

I found geocaches in Schenley Park. I was walking in a forest trail, when I noticed there was a geocache on the adjacent golf course. So I stepped out of the trees and someone on the green let me putt. I thought it was funny, that some random woman comes out of the trees and your first instinct is to offer her a chance to hit a golf ball.

Geocache on golf course
Geocache on golf course
Geocache disguised as rock in tree trunk
Geocache disguised as rock in tree trunk
Another geocache in a tree trunk
Another geocache in a tree trunk

This geocache was tricky to find. I had to scale a wall then feel around the hollow parts of a sign.

Geocache in Schenley Park sign
Geocache in Schenley Park sign

There are geocaches hidden at UPitt too.

Geocache under a picnic table
Geocache under a picnic table
Geocache in a parking garage
Geocache in a parking garage

Geocaching part 11

Will it ever end? No.

This nondescript geocache in Woodland Park was a clever hide, completely hidden underground. Pulling on the circular stopper revealed the bison.

Geocache in manhole
Geocache in manhole

There was a geocache hidden in a tree by the dog park too.

Geocache in Woodland Park tree
Geocache in Woodland Park tree

This geocache off of Princeton’s Nassau Street looked like a wad of gum.

Fake gum geocache
Fake gum geocache

A geocache was embedded into a park’s stone sign.

Geocache in park sign
Geocache in park sign

I found some geocaches in Stockholm. As a city with lots of foot traffic, the good old metal plate geocache was popular.

Geocache near Kungsträdgården
Geocache near Kungsträdgården
Geocache near waterfront
Geocache near waterfront
Geocache in busy shopping area
Geocache in busy shopping area

There were a few caches off of the islands of Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen. This geocache was found in a rock nestled into the corner of a footbridge.

Geocache disguised as rock
Geocache disguised as rock
Geocache inside rock
Geocache inside rock

A geocache was in a rabbit hole near the museum of modern art. The string to pull up the cache was hidden under a pile of dead grass in a tree trunk.

Geocache near Moderna Museet
Geocache near Moderna Museet

A geocache was hidden in one of these mailboxes. The cache owner posted a hint as to which one (it was the white mailbox on the left).

Geocache mailbox
Geocache mailbox

There was a magnetic geocache on the Skeppsholmsbron bridge.

Geocache on bridge
Geocache on bridge

A geocache was brazenly hidden right in front of the Royal Palace (the “GC” magnet near the bottom of the parking ticket dispenser).

Geocache outside Stockholm's Royal Palace
Geocache outside Stockholm’s Royal Palace

And finally, there was a geocache in Old Town. Each tourist was doing his own thing, so no one noticed notice that I was reaching into a rain gutter.

Geocache in Gamla Stan
Geocache in Gamla Stan

Geocaching part 10

I spent a weekend in Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes, near LA. All things considered, I had a good time.

I tried to get into the adults-only swimming pool, but I got carded. So after going to my room to get my license, I went back to the pool and floated about. From the pool, we saw a pod of dolphins playing at the beach, jumping out of the water in arcs.

We went bouldering, and I got a massive ego boost by doing most of the beginner routes. I met a group of passionate foodies. They introduced me to interesting dishes, like baby pigeon and caviar egg toast.

Caviar egg toast in the Waldorf Astoria Jean-Georges
Caviar egg toast in the Waldorf Astoria Jean-Georges

We did a nearby hike at Pelican Cove Park, walking by desert shrubs, an abandoned motor, carcasses of seabirds. I didn’t notice at first, but the shore was teeming with small crabs. The crabs would scurry under rocks when they felt my footsteps. Flocks of herons flew overhead. As we neared the cove, the tides trapped the ocean water, and large swarms of gnats flew around the rotting kelp. At the cove, the overhanging cliff was worn down by erosion and looked like a burnt sienna layer cake.

Pelican Cove Park
Pelican Cove Park

And I found a geocache! The desert biota was so foreign, with its flowering cacti and other succulents, brown lizards.

Geocache under a picnic table on the Terranea trail
Geocache under a picnic table on the Terranea trail

Back in Washington, I found some more geocaches. There was a cache hidden within a piece of wood.

Geocache in a piece of wood
Geocache in a piece of wood
Bison geocache inside the piece of wood
Bison geocache inside the piece of wood

Another cache was nestled in a tree.

Geocache in Westside Park
Geocache in Westside Park

I found a couple caches in South Lake Union. There was a cache hidden on a pedestrian overpass.

Geocache on a bridge
Geocache on a bridge
Film canister with a magnet attached
Film canister with a magnet attached

A cache was hidden in a guardrail.

Geocache tin hidden in a guardrail
Geocache tin hidden in a guardrail

I found a few geocaches around Seattle Center. One was in the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole.

Magnetic geocache in the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole
Magnetic geocache in the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole

A geocache was at the top floor of a parking garage, under a lamppost skirt.

Geocache in a parking garage
Geocache in a parking garage

There was a cache in the bushes right by the Pacific Science Center.

Pacific Science Center geocache
Pacific Science Center geocache

I found a few caches in the Washington Park Arboretum. One cache was under a boardwalk.

Geocache from under a bridge
Geocache from under a bridge

Another was next to a tree that had been struck by lightning.

Geocache under branches
Geocache under branches

Another geocache was near a bog, under a log.

Geocache under a log
Geocache under a log