Golf, Anyone?

Specifically, Disc Golf.  color discs

What does this have to do with geocaching?  Both games get you outdoors, hiking, sometimes miles. Having so much fun, it hardly seems like work.

Until now, they were at best parallel activities.  Sure, some disc golf courses have geocaches planted along the way (such as at the excellent Beaver Ranch course in Conifer).  Many times, before playing a new course, I’ve jumped on geocaching.com just to see if there be low-hanging geo-fruit along the way.  Play 18 holes and find a cache or two along the way.  It’s a bonus, like getting a cookie with your ice cream.

But I’d rather have a Blizzard — an Oreo Blizzard.

So, boys and girls, the Cacheologist has now created the Oreo Blizzard of outdoor fun – the first-ever GeoDiscGolfCache (GDGC).  The first GDGC course is waiting for you behind the Wulf Rec Center in Evergreen, Colorado.

There is some backstory to this.  My two kids sometimes cache with me (we go by the name Wulff Pack when geocaching – no relation to the guy the rec center is named for).  They were both Boy Scouts for many years.  Elder Scout son managed to guide his Eagle project to completion and got his Eagle badge.  Younger Scout son really wanted his Eagle legacy to be a nine-hole disc golf course on the parkland behind the Evergreen (Wulf) Rec Center and would accept no substitute.  The Evergreen Park and Rec District recognized it was an ideal location for a disc golf course.  Unfortunately, all of the land behind the building is Denver’s and requires permission from the absentee landlords, the Denver Mountain Parks Department.

Flash forward a year.  No agreement between the parks departments.  No answer back on whether permission was forthcoming.  No communication from Denver and little from Evergreen.  And from my kid, no Plan B (OK, maybe he wasn’t really traditional Eagle material, at least not until they add “inflexible” as the 13th part of the Scout Law).

So guess what- Denver Mountain Parks?  You’re now getting a disc golf course.  Don’t worry, it’s not costing you a dime.  Nor does it involve a single piece of equipment or infrastructure that isn’t already present.  That’s because, in the spirit of disc golf’s origins, my younger son and I have used found objects as the holes.  Nearly all of the found objects are old signs (No Motorized Vehicles).  No trees or live objects will be harmed (at least intentionally) in the making or playing of the course.

That’s right, it’s sustainable and environmentally-friendly.  And it was really cheap to build.

So please come out a check out our mash-up of disc golf and geocaching.  Seven holes.  Will take you less than an hour.  Beautiful setting.  And you finish at a real live disc golf basket.  (The Rec District did eventually set one disc golf basket out in the park.)

Simply visit the web page on Geocaching.com (http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC5XAXW_evergreen-geodiscgolfcache?guid=28a153d0-59fa-4551-9dbf-b55f927b1694).  You will get a description of the course, the coordinates for the first tee, and the distance and orientation of the first hole.  Use a compass or your handheld GPS to aim your throw.  There is also a valuable hint on the webpage.  It will help you get through the following six holes

Toss. Toss. Cache.

What a Blast!  err…Blizzard.

Groundhog Day

groundhog-day-usaIt’s been 6 months since my last post.  OK, I guess that means I’m a bad blogger.

I could say that I got really busy at work, the very wet spring in Colorado has kept me indoors, I lost my GPS and became depressed, or I developed an acute phobia of working on my blog page.

All could be true or none could be true.  Actually three out of four ARE true, but I’m not going to say which ones.  It doesn’t matter because they’re all excuses.  Lame excuses.

Instead…I’m going to blame it on a rodent.  Punxatawny Phil saw his shadow, thus forecasting terrible caching weather and making me want to hide under my bedcovers until June.

Baaaad Rodent!

Now that the matter is settled, I can truly say that I am looking forward to my belated caching season, and to creating some great caches and letting you know about them.  I’ll also hit on some general caching topics and highlight some cool caches I’ve stumbled upon.

I’ll start with a really unique, one-in-a-million cache I’ve created here in Colorado.  Even if you’re not local, you will want to read about it.  If you like the concept, you can make one like it in your backyard.

whistle pigSo please bear with me…I’m really going to try and be a better blogger this year.

Unless a marmot puts a hex on me.