After missing out on a First To Find (FTF) on a local geocache last Monday, we managed to get one today. We had a list of four caches that we wanted to find today in order to have found the 20 closest caches to home. We found the first one easily enough, but the second one ended up as a Did Not Find (DNF). As we were getting into the car, I checked the email notifications of some new caches which had been published, and there was one close by. We decided to abandon our mission, and head for the FTF.
The cache turned out to be in a newly-opened park, and based on the cache name we had a rough idea where it would be. Sure enough, the geocaching app was pointing us straight towards a picnic table which was occupied a family enjoying their lunch. We debated whether to just go up to them and explain what we were doing, but in the end we went to the play equipment with the boys, keeping an eye on the family to see if they moved. After waiting for a while, my wife decided that it wad time to be bold, so she headed to the table to explain what we wanted to do. As luck would have it, the family packed up their supplies and left, so we all headed over and began searching.
There was another cacher there too, who had also been waiting for the muggle family to leave, so it became a race to see who would find the cache first. Luckily I was able to feel the cache container and grab it. Woohoo, our fourth FTF! We then headed off for a picnic lunch near the cache which we looked for last week, hoping that we could find it today. However the rain started to fall, so we packed up and headed home. We’ll be back for that one another day.