Always when in the woods, look out for little critters scurrying around, spider webs you might walk into, and those poisonous plants! "Leaves of three? Let them be!" I don't know all the plants related to poison ivy, so I don't go into the woods anymore without pants and closed toe shoes on. Glance at your GPSr now and then, but don't stare at it. I don't want you walking into a tree or falling off a cliff. Always keep an eye out for muggles and when you make the find, no whooping or hollering. If there are muggles around, take the container away from it's hiding spot so if you are seen and someone is curious, they won't know exactly where to look. If it's raining, try your best to keep the contents dry and if you take something out, put something back in! It's no fun at all to go to a cache with kids who have things to trade and find an empty cache or it's full of movie ticket stubs, rusty screws or a comb. This is a family friendly game, so please no matches, lighters, knives or anything of that nature. Also, don't leave behind any food, candy or gum. Raccoons have good noses and even better hands and they don't put the cache back together after they get the goodies out.
There are some interesting caches out there. This is the one I found the day I took the picture of Ferdie above. Geocaching rules say you can't bury a cache, but this one is acceptable and people bend the rules anyway. The CO partially buried a PVC pipe in the ground and hollowed out a log and made that the top of his geocache. What you see in the lid there is a notice saying that this is a geocache and inside the tube is a plastic bag that holds the log book, a pen and some tradeable items. This isn't your typical cache find. Most hides are just Tupperware or Lock n Lock containers covered in camo paint or spray painted and hidden under downed trees or in stumps. Not too many are as creative as this and some are just annoying. One I did while in N.C. on vacation last week was just a red Folger's coffee can. It's location in a bush at the end of a dead end trail was the only way it wasn't being being mistaken for a piece of garbage. Some hides are memorable, some not so much, but no matter what the container or the junk you find inside is, always the drive there, the walk to it and often times the location of the cache itself makes it all worth while.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I enjoyed writing it and am already looking forward to my next search for Tupperware in the woods!