|A very ballsy bull.|
On geocaching.com there are 8 cache types that are available at any time to any cacher (this excludes the event cache types which are time dependent and the APE and locationless caches which are so rare the average cacher is unlikely to ever get a chance to hunt them).
|WhereIGo in action on an Android phone.|
Our next cache was a short 2-stage multi cache that happened to start at the same place as the WhereIGO - namely the bull pictured above.
We then headed south to do a unique puzzle cache. The location had 9 places where a cache could be hidden. The puzzle was to find out where the cache is, sign the log, then place it in one of the other hiding spots. This means that after the first finder, not even the CO knows exactly where the cache is located. Once we found the cache and hide it in a different spot, we headed to Apex NC to do a webcam cache.
|Our webcam shot|
Once we finished with the high-tech web cam geekery, we headed down the road to do a Letterbox Hybrid. Letterboxes actually started in 1854 in Dartmoor England (pre-dating geocaching by well over a century). Seekers would use a map and compass, and a series of written directions, to locate the letterbox (which looks in many ways like a geocache). The main difference is that a letterbox contains a stamp, and the seekers carry their own personal stamp. Once a letterbox is found the seeker stamps his stamp in the letterbox's log, and stamps his personal log with the stamp in the letterbox.
|An impression of the stamp from the Letterbox Hybrid|
Now that we had the letterbox under our belt, we quickly knocked out the remaining cache types. A virtual cache at a water pump station disguised as a house, a traditional ammo can hidden under a walking bridge along a trail, and we ended up doing an earth cache.
Earth Caches focus on highlighting the geological features of the world around us. They are like virtuals in that there is no log book to sign - rather cachers claim the cache by answering questions about the various geological features that they see at GZ.
|The Whale Rock|
The rock is pictured here. can you see why it gets its name?
With our last cache type found, our mission was complete. We now had all 8 cache types we planned on hitting in the bag.
In celebration we took a lap on some of the trails in the park - all traditional caches - until we ran out of daylight. We managed to find 11 caches in total.
I'll leave you with some more pictures of the day, starting with one of HeadHardHat taking a photo of one of the building features from our WhereIGo tour.
This is the camera from the webcam cache we did in Apex.