As I recently discovered, if you try going somewhere on a Monday, the chances are good that place is going to be closed. This is especially true about Port Moody. I walked up and down St. John’s street on a decent sunny Monday morning recently and noted a strange pattern; most businesses were closed. I suppose that since these businesses are open every other day of the week, it’s all right for them to be closed on Monday. But it does beg the question – what else can someone amuse themselves with? Well if you’re a fan of puzzles, treasure hunts or hikes and the sun is out, you can go geocaching.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor sport. It’s a world wide scavenger hunt that was first played in Oregon in 2000. The whole idea is to find a “treasure”. It’s usually a box full of small trinkets or in the very least a small notebook with a writing utensil with the coordinates that are provided on a website like http://www.geocaching.com and a GPS.
The coordinates can be given to you outright, or they might be encrypted with riddles of some sort. Sometimes the coordinates may not be encrypted but the cache is hidden so well that a hint is required. These hints are often quite hard to figure out. These caches are well hidden and you have to search for them inconspicuously. Try not to attract attention to yourself and the fact that you are searching for something as people who aren’t familiar with geocaching (also known as muggles) might end up taking the cache without knowing what exactly is the purpose of it and all the fun is ruined for everyone else.
It’s not Always What you Think it Is
One of the geocaches I have done in the past came with a hint that the cache was yellow and magnetic. Since the previous caches we have found were medium sized plastic containers, we figured that this cache was also a container. For a good hour, my whole family was searching for a yellow and magnetic box in the forest. Near us was a yellow gate and you would’ve figured that at least one of us had the smarts to look at the gate and consider the fact that it is yellow and magnetic. But since we assumed that all caches were big, the gate never crossed our mind.
Only after providing mosquitoes with a filling dinner and getting completely frustrated with this cache we had a bright idea of looking around the gate. The cache we found was a tiny, yellow, magnetic capsule with a small roll of paper inside to record the time, date and name of the person who found the cache. The moral of the story is to always bring a pen with you when you’re geocaching (in case there’s no pen anywhere around a tiny yellow magnetic capsule) and to never assume that the cache you will find will be large enough to be noticed.
Geocaching in the Tri-Cities
There are lots of places where you can geocache her in the Tri-Cities area. Almost any park or forested area can have at least one – and likely more than one – cache hidden in it. Since the cache is small and you are big, sometimes it is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Definitely make sure that you refer to the geocaching.com to find the exact coordinates. A good idea is to start your geocaching adventures around the Port Moody Station Museum, as the cache is fairly easy to find and is easily accessible. Compare this to the hike all the way up Thermal Drive – that is a mountain I’m afraid I can’t climb. If you’re up to it, though, more power to you!