Sometimes caching can be dangerous. Yes, you read it right – caching can be hazardous to your health.
First is the obvious fact that any addiction is hazardous :) I mean leaving the house at midnight to grab a recently published cache for an FTF probably isn’t the smartest thing.
Second are the potential physical dangers. Most urban caches in parking lots are pretty safe, but you start grabbing caches next to busy roads and the potential for injury increases. Other physical dangers might include thorny plants, terrain, critters, poisonous bushes, and in the following two personal examples – bees at one GZ and barbed wire at another!
The barbed wire cache was a simple terrain rating of 1.5, but we attempted it at dusk fading into night and while approaching the cache I got tangled up in the some hidden barbed wire (which would have been visible during daylight hours). While I got a beautiful sunset photo, I also ended up with a pretty good leg wound on this one. As for the bees, well, my found it log tells all….
FTF baby, oh yeah Co-found with Seekin_Treasures and Pat!
We started out on Splat’s sister cache, Farragut Scout Trail Multi. The stages of the multi took us right past this one so we decided to grab it.
As we approached the GZ with our FTF focus on high alert, suddenly, to our great surprise, a lady announced, “Finally, reinforcements!” We both looked up to see Seekin_Treasures sitting on rock enjoying a break and her lunch. I must admit that my first thought was, “hooray, the FTF is still open!” I know, I know, I am addicted to FTF’s.
We exchanged greetings and introductions (in that we had never met before) and ST informed us that she had been looking for the cache for over an hour! She pointed out where she had looked and also pointed out a specific tree that had a swarm of bees that we should avoid.
Even with GPS bounce, both our GPSr’s centered within a few feet of each other. We started to search the GZ the old fashion way. The hints from the sister multi cache had all been very good leading us to the hides easily, so we figured this would be the same. We checked a few potential places and no luck.
Hmmm, that tree seems to fit the hint. Step, step, lean, look, step, hey what is that sound? What is that burning pain in my leg? BEES! BEES! BEES! I jumped back, stripped off my hat and right shoe (those being the two new places of burning pain) as I start running up the trail towards Pat and ST. I may have shouted, not sure. Fortunately, the bees were not in the mood for my flesh and retreated back to their hide. I am from out of town, who knew bees lived in the ground? Oh wait, ST did – she had just warned me, but FTF Fever got the better of me!
I sat down and licked my wounds as ST and Pat continued that search. Finally, I felt better and started the search again. After some more brain storming and a little climbing, we came up with the cache! Hooray FTF! We signed the log and replaced the hide.
Overall, it was a great adventure. We nabbed the multi and a few other caches in the area. Final stats for the day: 6 miles, 6 smileys, 5 hours, 4 bee stings, 3 back tracks, 2 DNF’s, 2 injuries, 1 FTF, 1 STF! Whew, what a day!
So remember fellow cachers, be safe safe out there and keep on caching!