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15 April 2007 @ 04:27 pm
geocaching  
I just tried geocaching for the first time, but failed to find it. Boo!
 
 
 
 dudi killimengrikillimengri on April 15th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
???
a very caring potatomollydot on April 15th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
It's kind of a treasure hunt, with internet and GPS. There's an introduction to the idea here: http://www.geocachingireland.com/gci/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5&Itemid=6
 dudi killimengrikillimengri on April 15th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
I tried the Malice Box Quest & was totally off! Not helped by internet non-connection failing my answers & attempts at pinpointing the sites correctly. I thoroughly enjoyed Malice Box & hope Penguin do another one sometime. I have no GPS
a very caring potatomollydot on April 15th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Now I don't know what teh Malice Box Quest is!
 dudi killimengrikillimengri on April 15th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
Malice Box
It was an online treasure hunt to publicize a book of the same name. For each of 7 elements/levels/places, you had to answer 3 questions & the find the site of the red gold on google earth. Depending on how close you got to the actual site, you got points (1000 for right on top going down to nothing). The "Watchman" had cryptic clues to help with the answers & clues to the sitings. The number of points you got then decided how many chances you had to find the whereabouts of the Malice Box. There were prizes available for those who found the box. I didn't even get the right country! Penguin book site did it & it was fun, even if chicken dial-up couldn't show the google earth maps. I suppose I ought to read the book now!
exigently: footmosaicexigently on April 15th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Which cache did you look for?
a very caring potato: persistence - cat on wiremollydot on April 15th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
This one. I'll try it again sometime. Now that I've looked at the photos it should be easier. Though it's supposed to be an easy one anyway. We just suck at geocaching :-)
SirRoysirroy on April 15th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
Which one? The one in the park?
a very caring potatomollydot on April 15th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, presuming you mean this one. I would have tried it before, but the number of dogs in the park puts me off going in. There weren't too many today, and those we saw were calm.

I didn't know you knew about geocaching. Via azureskippy, or have we talked about it before?
SirRoysirroy on April 15th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
No, I hadn't seen that one before. There's another one at the monument in the Phoenix Park. I found the one at Phil's grave in Howth.

No, I probably haven't discussed it with you but I drop in and out now and then. And now I have sat nav unit!!
a very caring potatomollydot on April 15th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
I think there's a few in the Phoenix Park.

Did you have to look long for the one you found?
SirRoysirroy on April 15th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
Not really, I knew it was there, so it was just a bit of rummaging around.
 dudi killimengrikillimengri on April 15th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
feels a complete & utter idiot
a very caring potatomollydot on April 15th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
Not at all!
spedbugspedbug on April 15th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
Do you use a GPS device or something that helps you find the location?
a very caring potatomollydot on April 15th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
Yep. I borrowed one ages ago from exigently, but this the first time I actually tried it. I have used it for geotagging flickr photos though: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mollydot/map/ (some are from GPS, some from looking up afterwards)

I also looked up the coords on google maps beforehand to get a rough idea, but either it's off, or we were. Looking at the cache's gallery, it looks like it's between where gmaps is pointing and where the GPS told us to look.
spedbugspedbug on April 17th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
Don't let your first "miss" dishearten you. It sounds like a fun hobby! :)
a very caring potatomollydot on April 17th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
It does! And I hope to combine it with bookcrossing. I had a book ready to go if I found the container and it fit.
spedbug: CuriousCatspedbug on April 18th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
Which book, if you don't mind me asking?
a very caring potato: bookcrossingmollydot on April 18th, 2007 09:43 am (UTC)
Um... a red one?
The call of the wild, or the north, or something like that. I haven't read it.
spedbug: TickledGoatspedbug on April 19th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Um... a red one?

*snerk* I thought maybe it would be something relative to geocaching or a You-Solve-It or something "puzzley" like that.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London? That's apropos, I suppose! :D
a very caring potato: hugmollydot on April 19th, 2007 07:13 am (UTC)
I don't think I have anything suitable subject-wise. The cache is in a war memorial park, so A Long, Long Way, which is the Dublin City Libraries One City, One Book book, would be suitable, if only I had a copy! I don't tend to read war books.

I picked it primarily because it's small. But also because it's old, and I reckoned a geocacher would take more care of it, rather than leaving it somewhere where it might get binned. The title was just a bonus.

I don't think it is the Jack London book, but I think that's what's confusing me about the title. Hang on, I'll check... Here we go. It's The Wild North Land.
schmoomomschmoomom on April 15th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Oooo, I tried to find the one in Stephen's Green, but failed miserably (damn GPS...only accurate to 20 feet...)

It is fun tho!
a very caring potatomollydot on April 16th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
What do we want? More precision! When do we want it? Yesterday!

Given the clue, it couldn't have been right where the GPS pointed us. We did look around the nearest places that fit, but weren't really sure what to look for, and were too embarrassed to look properly with people around. I'll have to get over that. The other thing is that we didn't know how far away from the GPS position to look. I'd say it would be good for a newbie to do it with someone who has done it before, as that's the kind of thing you probably only know from experience.
schmoomomschmoomom on April 16th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
We should meet up and do one...I'll bring the 5 year old, who has no problem nosing around for things and will be our cover if anyone asks :-).
a very caring potatomollydot on April 17th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)
Haha! Yes!
We could bring davidg666 along too - we've been threatening to do one together for a long time, but not got round to it yet. We nearly did once, but I got overcome by laziness :-)
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a very caring potato: legomollydot on April 17th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)
It's been on my list for a long time too. Not so much as an active thing, but as a geeky thing. Excuse for a gadget :-) I'm looking for justification to buy a GPS. Well, I've decided I will buy one, but the more things I use it for and the more often I use it, the snazzier one I can get. For geotagging, I just need to record where I am. For geocaching, I need to be able to find places. But if I only do them once in a blue moon, something that displays coords will be enough, along with a piece of paper and a pen.