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It’s been a few days since we last cached, and I felt the need coming on to find some caches.  Since I had to go to Saginaw for some jewelry making supplies, (my other life:  a jewelry designer and crafter) I picked out some caches in the Linwood/Kawkawlin area that were on the way and also some in the Bay City area.  We have never cached in an urban area, so we weren’t quite sure what to expect.  I tried to choose caches that are placed in parks or cemeteries, at least I knew that walking around a those places in the middle of the day is not out of the ordinary.  I came up with 17 caches, so after breakfast, we packed up on off we went.

The first two were pretty easy finds, the third was at a pier on the Kawkawlin River.  Since it was a beautiful morning, expecting people not to be fishing was a bit too much to ask.  Part of the “game” of geocaching is to practice stealth when muggles are present (see previous entry for definition of a ‘muggle’).  I grabbed my camera and put on my best “I’m not from here” act and began taking pictures of the river and of a heron that was also fishing for breakfast.

Robert whispered distances to the cache as we walked down the pier, once were were at ground zero, we stopped and started looking around and nonchalantly feeling under the handrails.  Nothing.  He then started talking with one of the fishermen, who just so happened to have gotten his hook snagged on something in the river.  At least I knew he was preoccupied and could probably care less what we were doing.  His buddy, who was just there, was a little more talkative.  After a few minutes of not being able to find it, we decided that we would stop back on our way home and maybe there wouldn’t be anyone there, so we left and continued on towards Bay City.

The next few were in very busy places, but we were able to park right next to them and make quick work of the finds.  The next one was a little more difficult.  It was hidden near a church that had an academy attached to it.  And wouldn’t you know, we arrived in time for morning recess, and also when the maintenance man was mowing the yard.  We decided to come back to that one in a hour or so and hopefully it wouldn’t be quite so busy around there.

Our next few were in parks so we were able to find them pretty quickly and without too many muggles around.  We then moved on to the Saginaw River side of the city where one was hidden near a marina.  There were people around and from what we could tell, it was hidden in the rocks lining the marina.  Again, I grabbed my camera and put on my “tourist” act while looking for the cache.  I did notice a tall ship, The Appledore, across the river with a load of school children getting underway, so I snapped a couple pictures.

We looked for a little bit longer, but felt that the longer we poked around, the more attention we were bringing to ourselves, so we decided to call it a day and go on down to Saginaw and pick up the supplies I needed.  We found 12 of the 17 I had picked out, so all in all, it was a good caching day.

As far as ‘urban caching’ goes, I like backwoods caching much better.  Usually the only “muggles” you have to worry about are deer, game birds, squirrels, and other furry creatures that have no idea why you are in their territory poking around.  At least I don’t have to worry about them getting on their cell phones and calling the police about suspicious looking people snooping around where they don’t belong.

Happy Caching,

Sheri

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