Is this post about the time I found ET Hwy #1 and #1,500 then logged the other 1,498 too? NO! It’s about my OTHER geocaching lies.
More often than not, urban caching entails working around muggles. Depending on the situation and your patience level you can wait for them to go away, go away yourself and come back later or start searching anyway. You can search by stealth and hope that the muggle(s) don’t notice or try to mislead them by acting like you’re doing something different and less suspicious. I’ve done all of these but on rare occasions my evil inner dweeb broke out and I told blatant lies to get rid of muggles. The most memorable:
- At an otherwise vacant South Bay park, an incredibly persistent muggle sat next to a vending machine cache. On my 3rd stop at GZ, I shouted, “watch out, a rat!” Then I told the bewildered muggle that a huge rat ran behind him into the back of the machine. He jumped up, terrified, and moved far away out of view. But I don’t remember if I found the cache.
- At another South Bay park, off trail in a pine forest, I searched a long time. Muggles crunched through the leaves and got closer and closer. Then I was surprised to hear female voices speaking Japanese. Just as I found a superbly constructed cache container on the ground the muggles arrived. Without thinking I jumped up from behind a tree and shouted “doku hebi da!” (it’s a poison snake!) They ran screaming and I had the area to myself.
These events were in the early days of my caching career. Now it doesn’t matter that much if I have to skip a cache. So I tell fewer ridiculous lies.
Entertain us all. Please write a comment with the biggest lie you’ve ever told to get rid of muggles.