I started geocaching in May of 2010. Since that time, I’ve logged finds in five countries on four continents and in 32 of the 50 states. As you geocache, you start to look for common themes between containers (bison tubes, 35mm film canisters, magnetic key holders) and hiding spots (inside the top of fence posts, hanging from branches, and under lamp post skirts).
Perhaps my favorite new twist to the game has been the ability to filter my search by “favorite point,” meaning I actively seek out the most popular geocache containers as determined by members of the geocaching community. Searching by favorite points has really allowed me to key in to the “best” hiding spots, containers, or significant/notable historical or geological attribute.
At some point, I created a file on my computer called “Cool Geocaching Containers” as a place to store photographs of geocaches I felt went above and beyond the standard “lock and lock” hidden in in a tree stump. In no particular order, here are a few of my favorites.
1. Here we have the PVC pipe to nowhere. Believe it or not, we walked by this one about 47 times before realizing we could pull the entire contraption off the side of the wall.
6. This woodpecker was cleverly pecking on a fence outside a Wild Bird’s Unlimited store. We pulled the pill bottle slightly out of the cavity to demonstrate how/where the log can be stored (no woodpeckers were endangered in the making of this geocache).
7. On the subject of birds, how about this container aptly named “Angry Birds”? This is a great solution for urban caching, but you obviously want to deter nature from getting in the way of this outdoor activity.
Now you don’t!