There is an art to being a geosponge, and it’s not as easy as one might think. There are other permutations of it, but I usually use this term to mean that I’m tagging along with other cachers and have not done any of the research or prep work. Oh, I may have solved a puzzle or two and will have the bookmarked caches loaded in my GPSr as a backup. Mostly I just show up, ride along, sticker/sign log books, and enjoy the day with geofriends.
The art is in how to relinquish control, be a team player, and get in and out of the BACK seat of a car. It can be exhausting!
Prepare what you want to take the night before as you will be rising at the crack of dark:
Get picked up in your town car by another cacher who happens to have one:
Have a healthy breakfast:
Watch the other cachers hunt and take photos:
Find one of the caches early on, so you feel like you’ve actually contributed to the day:
Wonder why people spend so much time at farmer’s markets:
Wonder why people go kayaking or boating:
They could be looking for geocaches in bushes:
… and finding creative containers like this one:
Take a photo of unusual architecture:
Then turn around and take a photo of everyone else looking for the cache:
Watch everyone else look for a cache that you’ve found already. This is especially entertaining when the cache has gone missing and they end up not finding it (oops!):
Have a healthy lunch:
Keep going since the goal is to find well over 100 caches for the day:
#50 = Naughty Root
#100 = Riley’s Treasure Chest
Last one, #112 for me = Puzzle LPC
Celebrate a milestone or two:
Interact with your surroundings. Sandy carries special horse cookies with her, in case she sees one along the way that needs a snack:
Don’t interact with some of the surroundings. We saw this bee cluster along one of the country roads, and I took this through the CLOSED car window:
Update Facebook and Twitter and keep up on your e-mail as you ride along between caches.
Enjoy the scenery:
Admire a local artfully-designed establishment:
Be the human retrieval tool, and take a walk up a bike trail to grab one while the others wait in the car, parked illegally, and enjoy more scenery:
Sleep well that night, and be prepared to return the favor and do the planning to lead the next expedition! Or not…. heh…..