+IBMer Posted January 30, 2009 Share Posted January 30, 2009 (edited) Last night was my very first attempt at Night-Time Geocaching. It was to recover a cache that would otherwise be impossible to retreive during the daytime due to heavy muggle activity. My geo-pal and I pulled up at about 9:30 and made a quick find of a cache hidden behind a movie theather. We were back in our vehicle getting ready to leave when a City police car zipped up and pulled in behind us. It was a female cop and she came up and asked if I knew why she was there. I told her that I assumed that someone saw us walking around with a flashlight and called them. I explained that were were Geocaching, and that geocaching is a hoby that involves finding caches hidden by other participants. That the GPS coordinates are logged on a web site for other hunters to go find. That the object was to sign the log and exchange token gifts. I showed her my GPS, and the Software on my Blackberry. She still seemed a bit suspicious, so I showed her a GeoCoin that we picked up, pictures of the actual cache and handed her a business card that I made up. It's just my name, phone, email, and the words (I'd Rather be Geocaching) on the front. On the back, I have a short description of the hoby and how to get more information. I laminated these and keep a stack with me at all times to share with curious muggles. The Cop finally started warming up to us, and seemed curious about the hoby. She tried to explain that she was there to protect us from becoming victims and that we made easy targets out at night. I really think that the business card helped out. It put me in a position where I was able to dismiss her and be on my way. I handed her the card, said here, you keep this, and if you would ever like to try it or need to reach me, just call and went on my way. I'm just curious what the rest of you do when you are stopped? I don't plan to hunt at night much, but was wondering what works best for you all. I'd also like to suggest that others consider carrying such cards to hand out to people when they stop you. It might be a consistent way to deal with the situation. IBMer Edited January 30, 2009 by IBMer Quote Link to comment
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