Create-A-Cache Assemblage….or CACA

It was a bright, muggy West Virginia morning when we set out to rendezvous with some cachers at Prickett’s Fort. We drove up in the mighty Vue only to see our road blocked by the Law. Aw man, what has wvhunter done this time?

Apparently nothing….nothing except schedule CACA during the Morgan Family Reunion. You would think he’d check the calendar, particularly since parking is a bit of a squeeze on a slow day….but no! Fortunately we knew the secret pass code, “No we aren’t with the Morgan Family Reunion” so we got in. Disaster averted.

Since we were running a little behind (my fault….mine, mine, mine) there was already a good crowd assembled and lots of shouting. Well I think it was shouting, but it could have been wvhunter talking. I dunno. We managed to squish the vehicle into what I thought was the last parking spot – 89SC arrived shortly thereafter in his one-eyed MR2 and proved me wrong.

Good thing this wasn’t an all day event or the law enforcement of the People’s Republik of Bridgeport would be on his trail.

More talking, shouting, wild gesticulations and general chaos ensued. Also there was voting on the name of the cache that was being placed, which resulted in more shouting and general chaos followed by the passing around of a voting sheet. Somewhere in there we started making pithy comments about CACA and the woods. Ok, so maybe they weren’t all the pithy, but we were trying. It’s hard to be uppity when you’re talking about CACA for goodness sakes!

After coming up with the name Wanna Go C.A.C.A. in the Can in the Woods? we headed out to place the cache. This presented us with a slight problem. You see geocachers are accustom to wandering around in the woods, sometimes even in large groups. But what we aren’t used to is not having a destination. We go out trying to get to a thing. Oh sure, some of us may follow the arrow blindly. Others may stay on the path and be deliberate, but the point is….we have a PLACE that we are trying to reach. That was not the case here. Had it not been for pbump who finally veered off the path and then 89SC who found a nice spot further up the trail we may still be out there, talking and walking with no end in sight.

When I heard the glorious words, “reminds me of Berry in the Woods” echoing across the rail trail I perked up. Ah, now that is a cache to be proud of! Of course I came scrambling up through the shrubbery and onto the trail and there, in blinding glory was the spot 89SC and sidekick were describing. The rest of the group were inclined to agree that the spot was a winner.

Captain OCD however refused to go place the cache as he was having flashbacks to BitW. 89SC grabbed the ammo can while Frank, 60Cent, Tee, sidekick and I followed. We were slightly disappointed that the trip up wasn’t as difficult as BitW, but the trip down was a little challenging. Not for 89SC though, who stuck his landing and was given a solid 8.5 by sidekick. I could be heard to say, “Wait ’till fall and six inches of leaves…” as we headed back down the trail.

Back at the parking coords (whew, someone marked the cars) we debriefed and rehydrated. And then there was your typical “we don’t have anything else to do, let’s stand out in the heat and talk caching” which always happens after a group outing. I was all ready to pull up a chair and join in for the rest of the afternoon, but Loyal sidekick had been patient and was clearly hungry, so we left first and went to Mamaw’s where delicious lasagna was awaiting….mmmmm. Sadly I missed the bagpiper due to our early exit,  although one of my fellow cachers was kind enough to call me on the phone so I could listen.

chris on August 3rd 2008 in Geocaching, Links

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