+Woodstramp Posted June 9, 2008 Share Posted June 9, 2008 Even though inside I'm a big old softy who'd bring no harm to anyone who's not intending me harm I am a fairly big guy. 6'@230lbs. Some folks tell me that I am imposing-looking because of my size and facial expression. I've often heard, through friend channels, that folks who first meet me think I'm mad or something. This amazes me because I'm rarely ever mad. Stern face, happy innards..... An example happened tonight while attempting some caching after visiting my Dad.... The scene: A local city park that I know has caches hidden about. I decide to hit the farthest one first.....I had scoped this site previously with my GPS and it told me that two of the caches are along a walking track. I've avoided this part of the site before because #1- It's usually loaded with folks, #2-those folks on the track are usually ladies (solo and in pairs) out for walking exercise I know how I look, so I think that a big, stern looking single male doing drunk bumble dances with a questionable object in his hand in a remote, wooded area where young exercising ladies frequent might not go over too well . Today the high heat had the park almost deserted, so I head for the wooded track area. Not a soul in sight...figured get it while the getting is good.....Gps gets me close to the first cache. I'm bumble-beeing about 20' off the walking track and at the exact moment I can see the cache under a log I hear women talking. As soon as I spotted them, they saw me. They must've thought me a potential perv or whatever because just as quickly they stop talking, walking and one snaps a phone to her ear. I had a deer-in-the-headlights moment. They reverse direction and I go the other way. I'm thinking that she's on the phone to the police, maybe, so I vamoose back to the car. Just in case... About the time I get near the exit of the place a local patrol car is pulling in. He did give me and my car a good long rubber-neck look as I drove by, but he didn't stop me. Could've been a coinkydink. Most of the time, when I can get the time to to cache, I am solo. Work takes most of my week, so caching for me is usually just one or two every now and then. I do take my teenage daughter when the chance arrives. Not for cover, but because she likes to do it too. It is strange that when we get to hunt together folks seldom ever pay us attention.....not so when I'm out alone. When she's with me I'm a good dad out and about with his daughter. When solo folks tend to shoot odd glances my way. Thought of going totally stealthy to avoid these kind of situations, but I can just see the cops dragging me out of the bushes after catching me in one of those shaggy Ghillie suits. That'd be a real winner! Any suggestions for a "Solo-most-of-the-time-Neanderthal-looking-but-happy-inside" cacher? Clown suit? Cop suit? Cache in drag? Any pointers would be welcome. -Woodstramp Quote Link to comment
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