November 11, 2004

Somerset Offset

My first geocache hide:

Somerset Offset
#GCM0P0
N 41° 45.088 W 071° 08.209

“Offset” refers to the fact that this cache is an “offset cache.” An offset cash a type of “multi-cache” where the coordinates don’t lead you directly to the cache. You arrive at the coordinates and then solve some sort of puzzle that reveals the location of the cache. In this case, the puzzle will give you the cache’s actual coordinates. Mine is a very simple puzzle. You fill in some digits in the cache coordinates by answering a few questions about the name son a war memorial.

When I was mulling over my first cache hide, Chuck had suggested that I use a place that meant something to me. It’s a good suggestion for a number of reasons. Not the least of all is that you will need to return to the location frequently to check on the status of the cache. Once you leave a cache you are its steward, and to keep the game going you have to manage the caches that you leave.

I have planned out about 3 caches, but I made this one my first because it is in the town where I grew up and involves sites I have visited many times. Also, these waypoints will bring people to a memorial that deserves to be seen, and then to a location that is at least a decent spot to visit. I could leave a number of caches in pretty ugly spots. I’d rather start out with places that have a view, or something worth looking at.

If you’re a geocacher in southeastern Massachusetts, have at it!

Posted by James at November 11, 2004 10:19 AM
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Awesome!! I can't wait to find it. Team SimCalc will have to make a journey there soon.

Posted by: Sara at November 11, 2004 12:16 PM

Two teams have already found the geocache.

It doesn't take long for word to get out! Now, on to planning my second cache.

Posted by: James at November 11, 2004 4:04 PM

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