Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Love OC in the Winter!

At least once every winter, we spend a day in Ocean City (NJ) geocaching.  There are a lot of caches over there and more all the time. It's really hard to do it in the summer, too many cars, too many people and it's HOT! I really don't like hot.  

Look what Kathy found in a backpack!  It's a pipe!
Janet and Kathy W.
Most of the caches were along the Boardwalk and they tended to be under the Boardwalk, usually just along the edge.  On this first one, I dropped Kathy and Janet off just up the street from the high school and then I parked the car.  By the time I caught up, they were under the boards, searching.  I didn't bother to check the coordinates or read the clue.  As we're searching, Kathy found a backpack that hadn't been there very long, so she decided to check it out...OK, so I egged her on! Inside it, she found a detention pass, cigarettes, a lighter, a tin of chewing tobacco (which surprised me because I thought it was a girl's backpack, and I have problems imagining a girl with chewing tobacco), and a glass Hash pipe! She decided that she should move the backpack a few feet away and just to mess with him/her, she took the pipe out and put it on top.  It doesn't take much to entertain us!

When I finally decided to check the coords and read the hint, it was a quick find.  Right where it said it was.  It only took us about 1/2 hour to find it but most of it was spent playing under the boards.

I was surprised to see that stalactites were developing on the underside of the cement under the boards!  Makes sense, concrete has a lot of lime in it.  And who says there isn't science everywhere? I just have to figure out how to put it into my lessons.  There are going to parents who aren't going to be happy with me when their kids what to check out the stalactites under the Boardwalk.  We don't have any hills much less mountains with caves so it's the best I can do!  

I was covered in sand spurs when I came out!
It wasn't under there!
Cloudy winter day on the boards
For the most part, the caches were easy to find.  But there were a couple that took a while. We met the new cacher who has been putting out all the new caches over there.  He was walking the boards; we'd find one, hop in the car, drive down to the next one and he'd be there waiting for us.  He said it was the first time he'd met people caching and he enjoyed watching us hunt.  Of course a bunch of OWLs crawling around under the Boardwalk and stairs can be pretty entertaining!  Especially when we kept getting covered in sand spurs (they call them hitchhiker here).  We managed to get his phone number and after he left, we were able to ask for hints on one of the caches that we couldn't find.  We went back to it and still could find it.  I think it's gone.  Anyway, we had a good time entertaining ourselves at his expense. We ended up with 27 caches, not bad for a fun day!


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