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Searching for Tupperware

CPWS Classic: Originally posted June of 2005

tupperware_titleWading through waist high wildflowers, Archon and I approach a creek, lined with twisted mesquite trees and cedar. We follow the creekbed carved from the clay and slate to a bridge where the GPS unit showed the next GeoCache had been hidden…

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As we hike along the creekside, the eTrex starts showing the waypoint to be on the other side of the creek. We had approached the GeoCache from behind! When we were due west our goal, we climbed from the creekbed. The slick embankment proved difficult to scale, our shoes slipping on the moist Texas clay. We were only .2 miles away.

Slogging through wildflowers, stick-thin trees, and mud, our GPSs zeroed out at a tangle of cedar trees. Damn! I thought. Fucking cedars! Those sadistic bastards! Archon and I dove in, despite the stinging welts and bloody scratches the trees inflicted upon us. Then finally, after nearly half an hour of searching, Archon yells “CACHE!!” There it was, a plastic Tupperware container, spray-painted forest green and lodged deep in the branches of the Cedar tangle. Only a small GeoCaching sticker identified it as more than just misplaced litter…

Our adventure may seem like a trek through the deep wilderness in some remote part of Texas, but that would only be half right. The wildlife is there, but it’s in the heart of East Dallas. White Rock Lake to be exact.

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You can find over a dozen GeoCaches on its shores and nearby tributaries in trees, rocks, road signs, bridges, and stumps. There are hundreds of them in the DFW Metroplex and with 184,000+ active caches in 215 countries, there’s a pretty good chance there are some near you! It’s guaranteed to show you places and things you haven’t seen before. (We’ll have to try for the six in Afghanistan some day!) To go GeoCaching all you need is a GPS unit (we use the Garmin eTrex Legend) and an internet capable computer. The adventure begins at www.GeoCaching.com where you can find the coordinates for all the caches near you. Once the waypoints are on your GPS, you strike out in search of mint tins, ammo boxes, and camouflage painted peanut butter jars.

cyber_archon_supersaint_smlYour GPS will lead you to within ten to twelve feet of the location. Then all you have to do is find it. Check every tree hole, rock, bush, sign, pole, trashcan, bench, rail, and bridge. These guys are sneaky. One dude in Idaho makes cache boxes out of hollowed pinecones and then hides them up in trees! Hollowed-out rocks are not uncommon, nor are 35mm film canisters with a coat of dark green spraypaint. The “MagnaCache” is also very popular.

So if the idea of trudging for miles through the muck mire to get some remote part of the planet just to say you’ve been there is appealing, check it out. You never know what you’ll find…

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