14857Question about muggles, traffic, cops, etc.
- Jan 31, 2006I've been geocaching for about a week now - just found out about it,
or I would have been caching for years :) I know almost all of the
terms of the trade, including what Muggles are.
My question is this:
Some of the cache locations are insanely high muggle trafficked areas.
I have problems when thinking about when I should go on a cache hunt
based on the location. Take the following scenarios:
1. On or near school grounds (as in K thru 12 campuses)
---This scares me any time Monday through Friday, due to there being
---kids at school. On the weekends, during school sessions, there is
---also students and/or faculty roaming around. I don't want to be
---made out as a kidnapper or something :(
2. Near businesses
---If they are open for business, there is usually extremely high
---muggle traffic, as well as employees doing whatever they do
---(for example: wal-mart cart pushers). Waiting until the
---business closes, and then you raise suspicion with the badge-
---wearing muggles as to why you would be there when they are
3. On church property
---Again, why would anyone be snooping around the church's property?
---If they are closed, the pastor/priest/minister is usually only
---a few hundred feet away, since most live next door to the
---church. Granted, he probably would not mind after relating the
---story to him, but seems like there should be a better way.
4. On the side of the highway
---Historical markers and rest stops are fine by me - it's very
---normal for someone to stop at those places. But, there are
---caches hidden in places where you have to park at the entrance
---to a county road several hundred (or more) feet from the cache.
---This is not only dangerous due to traffic and critters like
---snakes, but it would seem to raise heavy notice from any DPS or
---Sheriff's who may be passing through.
Any suggestions for me to consider or act upon or anything? There
have been several caches I have passed up on finding due to their
location. I had thought about entering the business first and
informing them of my intentions to ease any worry I might cause, but
then that also gives then the option of getting angry that someone had
placed something like a cache on or near their property. I wouldn't
want to ruin someone's cache placement just because I wanted to play
it safe :P So far, only one property owner muggle inquired, I did
tell the truth, and they were confused, but okay with it. I have also
decided that I would tell the truth to any law enforcement, of course.
I don't plan on hiding something like this from them :P Any of you
guys ever been hassled? How do you handle it? What would you give me
a heads up about, me being new to this?
Anyhow, I hope to hear from y'all. So far I love geocaching, and have
even just yesterday placed my first cache. I also bought the things I
need to place several more in the future. I feel like I'm addicted to
it, and have gone cache hunting every day since I joined (hope I don't
run out of places to go too soon!:) )
Thanks in advance,
johndmann on geocaching.com
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