The traditional cache is the mainstay of geocachers everywhere. Relatively easy to set up and maintain, it comes in many shapes and sizes and can hold an ample amount of swag goodies as well as geocoins and travel bugs. It can be, for the most part, a very satisfying meal with many possible trimmings to add variety. The original cache came in tub configuration but unlike most high calorie foods which nowadays seem to go the super-size route, caches have consistently diminished in size to the point that even a regular sized container is becoming something of a rarity. Much information is already available about traditional caches but perhaps a suggestion or two from other chefs may not hurt.
Sure, the weekend is nearly upon you and all your KAG friends are coming to visit, hungry from a long work week without cache sustenance. But wait! Before you plop down any old dish in front of them listen to this advice from some ‘cordon bleu’ cachers, on how to improve the meal.
“I like caches hidden in the kinds of places where if I don't find it, I don't care because I still enjoyed the walk or the sights.” [briansnat: geocaching since 14 Sep 01]“I like for it to be clever in at least one way: either as a puzzle, or the container, how you actually get to the site, or even a play on words in the cache title.” [TeamGumbo: geocaching since 23 Dec 07] “A sufficient degree of difficulty. I like a cache to be just challenging enough to make me work for it, yet not be insanely difficult. I get a kick out of an earnest search and then thinking to myself, "bravo, you sneaky %@*!#" when I finally find it.” [sataraid1: geocaching since 03 Jul 07] “Make it clear why you put this cache out and place the basic information about the cache such as the time investment it will take, suggested safe parking, hours if any, up front on the cache page.” [TeamGeoBlast: geocaching since 25 Jun 05]
Obviously you will get more appreciation from your guests if you take the time to plan your meal and put a little extra effort into the trimmings. That having been said, we all may be susceptible to tummy aches on a steady diet of overly rich gourmet cuisine. Often I get a craving and nothing will do but to kick back with a good ol’ cheeseburger with fries. When all is said and done, you can’t go wrong with good basic fare on occasion. Invite your friends in and show them a good time in any way you choose.
Next issue…particulars about the plate.