Welcome to my World of Wonderment

Our planet is a neat place, full of weird and unusual people doing weird and unusual things. One oddball thing I like to do is geocache. What other activity is there that makes people travel hundreds of miles to climb a mountain, wade a river, and fight a Bigfoot, just to be the first person to sign a piece of paper rolled up in a 35mm film canister stuffed in the knot hole of a tree? I can't think of any other sport that has such a great mix of technology and the wonderful outdoors. A lot of geocaches are placed in a beautiful setting, or hidden in a challenging or unique way, or in a historical setting. Geocaching allows the finder to share in some of the hiders favorite places, and along the way you get to meet some interesting characters, and occasionally learn something new. While this blog is primarily a geocaching blog, I also use this place to post the occasional funny video or weird news story, or as a platform to rant or rave about something I really have to share. But for the most part this website is about you, the weirdo walking around in circles, talking into your GPS unit like it's a phone, pretending your taking pictures of a phone booth to find find the tiniest micro-cache, or circling your car around and around a light pole in a parking lot trying to retrieve a cache without even getting out of your car.



Evolouie asked me today if I had ever heard of Terracaching.  It just so happens that I just became a registered user a few weeks ago, and I had yet had the opportunity to try to find any.  Since it was just about lunch time we decided to try to find one.  First off we had to find out what cache we wanted to tackle.  Since there are only 4 or 5 near us we chose the nearest one Patricia.  I manually loaded the coordinates into my phone and out the door we went. 

The terracache was located along the Clear Creek Trail which has 10 or 15 geocaches along it already.  To get to our objective we had to pass by a geocache that I had already found and Evolouie had not.  Neither one of us thought to grab this cache info before we left, but I strained my memory and pretty soon we had the cache in hand, but alas no log book.  We didn't let this minor set back deter us though, and we headed on down the road.

After a short walk on a glorious day, we came to the terracache area, and with a little circling though the briars, we (we meaning Evolouie) found the cache.  On a side note, the Clear Creek Trail has a ton of people on it, even during the day.  Don't these people have jobs?  Two grown men climbing around in the bushes must look a little bizaare, but hey they should be out working and contributing to the economy and quit worrying about us!  Anyway we retreived the cache, signed the log, and eased on down the road. 

My first impressions of Terracaching is so-so.  I love the idea of a rating system.  That is something I wish Geocaching.com would impliment.  I have even kicked around the idea around of starting my own 3rd party rating system for geocaches but I don't quite have the html skills to do it properly.  When you log a cache on terracaching.com you must rank it, which is very interesting.  But the ranking system there is pretty confusing.  There are tons of numbers thrown out, but I don't have the foggiest notion of what they all mean.  So I give a thumbs up to trying to rank them, and a thumbs sideways for making the rankings confusing. 

Something I don't really care about on terracaching.com is trying to find caches in my area.  I couldn't find anywhere to put in a zip code, or state or county or anything. Finally Evolouie figured out to click the map and zoom into our area.  There aren't too many around so it shouldn't be hard finding all of the close ones. 

After finding the cache, I wanted to log it.  So we get back to the office, and I pull up Terracaching.com, and I can't find where to put in my log entry.  After a lot of fumbling I finally found the correct place to input my log.  I didn't quite realize it at the time, but I was FTF.  Woohoo!  My first Terracache and I'm FTF.  Another interesting thing about terracaching is it takes a confirmation code found in the log book to log your find.  I don't think it's like that on all the terracaches but this one it was mandatory.

One other annoyance about Terracaching.com is the registration requirements.  You have to be sponsored by two other members to become a member yourself.  Before that you are pretty limited as to what you can even do on the web site. I'm not sure why that is, but it's annoying.  It only took about 24 hours to get registered but by then the excitement of finding a terracache had wore off.

I keep trying to think back to the very first time I logged on to geocaching.com, and if I found that whole process confusing.  I'm sure I did at the time.  The terracaching process certainly has room for improvement, but it's still an interesting alternative to geocaching.com.

1 Comment:

Lyncher said...

WTF am I doing with Terracaching? i made an account...now what? is this worth straining over?