Geocaching Bomb Scare -or- Smart Geocaching
It’s been a long while since I’ve written a post here. I’ve been a busy guy getting things packed, moved and unpacked into our new home. Unfortunately that means I haven’t had much time for caching lately
Now that things are settled down that’s about to change though! I’ve already found a perfect hiding spot for a cache near our new home.
Today I just wanted to write a quick post about the recent Geocaching Bomb Scare that occurred in Anaheim, CA last month. If you didn’t hear about it, you can read all about it here.
About a dozen fire trucks from Anaheim and Fullerton were sent to the area along with a hazmat team and the Orange County bomb squad.
My first reaction is “Are you kidding me?” Geocaching has now been around for 10 years now. It’s a World-wide hobby. Any good bomb squad is going to know about the hobby. It should be S.O.P. to check the Geocaching.com site before expending all of these resources!
On the flip side of that, if you come up on a cache that is obviously surrounded by muggles should you REALLY go for it?But, what’s done is done. And it does serve as a good reminder for those of us who hide caches. Caches hidden in public places can be fun as they add difficulty to the hide, but a light post cache (LPC) for instance, in the center of a busy parking lot may not be a good spot to hide a cache unless it is in a spot where cachers can somehow retrieve and replace it discreetly, without attracting attention. OR unless you specify night cache only.
If there is one or two muggles in the area who look friendly I just tell them. “Hey, I’m playing a game called Geocaching. You can
read about it at Geocaching.com” I’ve done that several times and I’ve never had an issue. Most people don’t care. Some are curious and want to try Geocaching, but I’ve NEVER had anyone act worried or suspicious after simply telling them what I’m doing.
So, those are my thoughts on the whole situation. What do you think about caches in high-muggle areas?