A bit of a rant here, if you don’t cache it’s a bit of a dull read. Feel free to move along, I won’t hold it against you…😉
As I’ve mentioned before I’m currently attempting to fill my geocaching calendar, although an imminent new job may put an end to that. I’m still going strong at the moment however.
I make no secret of the fact I appreciate a special cache. Not necessarily the hide itself but the location where it’s hidden and the experience I have there.
There are of course lots of bread and butter geocaches out there. The staples of geocaching. Perfect for a quick fix, and when filling a calendar these are what keep me going. Easy to get to, easy to park at and easy to find. Sorted!
When selecting a cache for the day I scour the map for a suitable looking cache and dash and that’s what I had thought I had just the other day. The cache in question had a high difficulty level so it would be challenging but people seemed to be finding it so seemed worthy of a try.
I maybe should have read the logs in more detail though.
I stopped at the designated parking spot at the side of a busy road. Not a lay-by, merely a patch suitable for one car to park. No nearby footpath, no nice location. Seemingly with no other purpose than to encourage people to fly-tip.
Fly tipping drives me insane. I simply cannot understand the mentality of loading your car with rubbish, to then dump it in the countryside not the tip. You really do have to be a special kind of arsehole I feel.
Looking at my phone the cache was hidden very nearby. I looked at the rubbish in disgust. The red mist descended.
A closer look at the cache page spelling out that cachers need not search the rubbish.
Oh! So that’s ok then?
No it bloody isn’t.
There was rubbish here when the cache was placed.
Again I’m seriously struggling with the mentality here.
The CO has by all accounts devised a clever and sneaky cache. Hmm now where to hide it? Oh I know this unspirational spot by the side of the road that’s full of rubbish is just perfect. The toilet brush on top of the pile being the cherry on top of this particularly shitty cake.
Am I being seriously thick here?
Come on, even my nine year old can judge a sensible place to put a cache.
IT’S NOT DIFFICULT!
There was no way on earth I was getting out of my car in a fly-tipping zone to find a cache.
Can somebody have that little respect for others that they expect them to search for caches in such a place?
From the comfort of my car I posted a snotty note to the cache page informing them of the reason I was refusing to play this game. A later check of the page revealed I wasn’t the only person to do so.
Then further horror, the discovery that four people have awarded this cache a favourite point. *Bangs head on wall*
It might be a perfectly genius cache but I won’t ever know, I refuse to look for it.
Am I being too harsh? Does it matter? Would you look for it? Should we expect more from a hobby that promotes the principles of a clean and tidy planet? My finger is twitching over the NA button – can you tell?
So people, please. Don’t place caches in fly tipping zones, or if you must trash out first. If not expect a tantrum from me. A noisy one.
I might even set my judgy-pants daughter on you. 😉