The world loves a holiday, even one that’s not ethnic,religious or cultural. Now nerds have their own special chance to partay, withthe third Saturday in August being officially designated (by Groundspeak, thefolks who run geocaching.com) as International Geocaching Day. Ground zero forthis weekend’s celebration was the plaza by Groundspeak’s headquarters in –where else? Seattle. But IGD events were also held from Afghanistan to Wyoming.
While the Cape Cod Cachers were unusuallynot-with-the-event-schedule on this, Groundspeak encouraged individualgeocachers to observe the day by finding a cache and earning an IGD “souvenir”for their geocaching.com profile.
I celebrated IGD on the Lower Cape with a few new sceniccaches to add to the collection.
First, I stopped by an off-the-beaten-path trail with access to LittlePleasant Bay, Pah Wah Point, for a new cache called “Abby’s Paw Print,” placedby a canine-human geonavigating team. I missed getting first-to-find by an hour or so, but enjoyed the coolwalk and the gentle beach by the salt marsh.
My GPS indicated that “I Hate, I Love Micros!” was nearby,so I headed back up the road to another Orleans conservation area with a trailthat meandered to the head of the Namequoit River. Quick find – I guess I lovedthat micro – a quick photo, then off to the next one on the list.
“Jackknife Harbor” was right down on the landing at PleasantBay, a most agreeable spot accessible to the public. At least that was whereyou parked. The cache itself was slightly uphill and through a bit of poisonivy; but that’s what Tecnu skin cleanser is for.
Four new caches were placed last week at the D. Isabel SmithMonomoy River Reservation in Harwich, so that was my next and last stop. Theone-and-a-half mile trail covers woods and fields along the river and offersscenic overlooks and benches for sitting quietly and observing wildlife. Thecaches are progressively more difficult to find, from “DIS I - Easy” to“Harder.” I made it to the second cache, “Medium,” efficiently enough. By thetime I got to “Hard,” my geo-sense was waning and I came up empty after a good20-minute search. I called it a day and retired to celebrate with a Starbucksice coffee and red velvet mini-whoopie pie on the way home.
Happy first International Geocaching Day, everyone!
And happy trails.
Images, from top:
Pah Wah Point
D. Isabel Smith Monomoy River Reservation