Geocaching: Awesome Cache Hides – Constellation

I am starting a new series of posts called awesome Geocache hides. It’s inspiring to see how clever people can be. The cache name, the container, the location they choose makes Geocaching even more fun. Side note: I am calling the hides by different names other than the ones they have officially been called on the Geocaching website to protect the caches. Note two: GZ refers to Ground Zero, CO refers to Cache Owner, DNF refers to Did Not Find & Smiley refers to successful find.

Wednesday night B and I went to see Fury Road [finally]. It was literally non-stop action and grannies on motorcycles – how awesome is that? I had scoped out some caches we could do after the film. The first one was literally behind the theater.

We successfully found four caches within about an hour. B was on his game and came up with the smiley every time. The last cache of the night I am calling Constellation. The coordinates were just off the road near an apartment complex. Literally right in the middle of two cedar trees.

Cache in Trees

Constellation: difficulty 3.5, terrain 1.5, micro. Hidden 12/12/12. We found 6/3/15. Favorites: 29

Official description of the cache: When you get to GZ you should know where to start looking. Don’t get too excited, finding the CACHE could take some time. Please do not move or remove the cache from its hiding spot, simply open and sign the log. If you are successful in finding the CACHE and SIGNING the log, feel free to take a single seed and plant another cache. ONLY ONE PLEASE. This cache might get easier over time. But the CO reserves the right to do ongoing and continuous planting. Like always respect private property and the environment. There is no need to destroy or damage any trees, plants, grass or anything else living or dead.

As soon as I got inside the cedar trees I found it. I called to B and as he walked over I said “this is NOT a difficulty 3.5”. I was literally staring at a branch about waist high with a “pod” tied to it. Notice the pixilated camo.

Cache The First One

B said “that’s because there are more”. I followed his finger and looked up discovering literally a constellation of small pods attached to tree limbs. Now the cache description was making more sense. “When you get to GZ you should know where to start looking. Don’t get too excited, finding the CACHE could take some time. 

Cache The Constellation

We started opening pods. Some were filled with notes that said “not the cache” like little Chinese fortunes. Some had remnants of seeds in them. We found one that said we were close. Since the cache was hidden on 12/12/12 we thought we would count the pods to see if there were twelve and if we had looked in them all. When we got to sixteen we searched a bit harder.

Just then B moved his headlamp in the right direction and said “I found it”. He had to reach up and pull on a branch to bring it closer. This pod was the golden egg. It was at least eight feet up and had faux cedar branches glued to it. I held on to the branch as he signed the log.

Cache The Golden Egg

Another line from the cache description was making more sense. If you are successful in finding the CACHE and SIGNING the log, feel free to take a single seed and plant another cache. ONLY ONE PLEASE. The CO reserves the right to do ongoing and continuous planting.”

I assume this means they welcome someone replicating this cache somewhere else as well as adding to the pods in their cache. I also believe it means more pods will be added over time to this particular cache by the CO. Cleverly evil in my opinion [rubs hands together gleefully].

B and I really enjoyed this search, both of us favoriting the cache. We are certainly inspired to replicate this idea in a cache of our own [ideas are hatching]. We have not hidden a cache yet but are planning to once back from vacation and have a few ideas hatching in our brains. We found this cache at night but my photos were blurry so I went back during the day for fresh ones.

If you are a Geocacher, what are some of the clever finds you have successfully discovered?

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