Sometimes when I go to a new area it takes me a bit to get a feel for how cachers in the area hide. So I was a little concerned about going caching in Central Park. I was only going to have one day and basically one set of eyes looking. Usually I cache with my God’s Little Cache or my Mother-in-Law. My husband was going along to Central Park with me but usually the most he’ll do is keep watch while I look. He tolerates my addiction and that’s about it.
First we searched for Snug as a Bug in Central Park. I saw what I thought was a perfect specimen of a “geo-tree” but couldn’t find anything that looked like a cache. I poked around in a couple of other locations but didn’t have any luck. I started to wonder if maybe I just couldn’t handle “big city caching”.
So to bolster my self-esteem I went for a virtual cache next. The Castle was exactly what I needed.
Next we wandered off to Riftstone. As soon as we approached the GZ I thought, “Now this one I can do!” I found it in short order while my husband kept lookout for suspicious muggles. Normally I avoid looking too strange by taking the cache container to another area a few feet away and settling down with it on the ground. As I did this my husband says “muggle” but I figure I’ve got nothing to worry about as I’m not actually near the hiding place. As this muggle rounds the corner so I can see her, I notice she’s got a GPSr in her hand! There was no way to get the cache back with out her seeing so I went over and introduced myself with my geo-name and showed her where to put the cache back after she logged it. We talked for a few moments and I discovered that she was in NY to celebrate her birthday with her sisiters. This is only the 2nd time I’ve met another cacher at a cache. Both times have been lots of fun!
We then took a quick cruise to the turtle pond to look for Lakeview. Sadly the virtual cache didn’t give us enough geo-sight to spot this one with all the muggles that were hanging around. But look at this cute little guy that we did find.
We ended our caching excursion with a trip to Down the Rabbit Hole – NYC where we found our cache, a great statue and some kicking jazz musicians!
It was a great morning of caching in Central Park. We spent the afternoon exploring the art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the evening taking in a performance of The Lion King!