Geocache in a busy shopping street

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We often browse around in busy cities. When we end up in a new city I always check for geocaches in the neighbourhood. This is exactly what I did and at one of the busiest corner I spotted a geocache. It was a few meters away so my wife had no choice but to follow me to the geocache.

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Geocache attached to the pole by a strong magnet - itstartswithacoffee.com #geocaching #geocache #magnetic #geocachingNL #geocachingNetherlands #urbancaching
Geocache attached to the pole by a strong magnet

The location

Most cities in the Netherland have a shopping area. Some of them are open some newer cities have huge connected shopping centres. This town is not far from the German border and it has both. As you’ll see on more photos below it is really in the middle of a busy shopping street.

A busy shopping street after the stores closed - itstartswithacoffee.com
A busy shopping street after the stores closed

We had dinner first. After the dinner most stores were closed so I could easily make a photo with not a single muggle close by.

The search

horde of muggles

Finding the area was easy. The GPS was jumping a bit around so we had to look carefully at all potential location. From time to time a bigger horde of muggles passed by. (Sorry I just had to write it like that. It was inspired by the series Z Nation.)

Many of those muggles showed interest in what we are doing so we tried to act as normal as possible. No, that does not include untying and tying our shoes multiple times. Or maybe it included that as well.   😀 We had to try all different things as it was so busy. What do you try in such situation?

It really did not that long before we had the geocache in our hand. If only we read the hint and some logs earlier. In many cases they hold some useful information so I always recommend myself to read it before I go and search. I always forget it. We were looking for something smaller than what we found.

The hide

The camouflaged geocache - itstartswithacoffee.com #geocache #geocaching #geocachingNL #magnetic #urbancaching
The camouflaged geocache

We were really surprised with the size of the container. In such a busy place a non petling or nano. The container was big enough to hold a few swag or trackable. We were surprised again when we opened up the container and found the small notepad in it. It was there for years. The location is really busy during hours when the local stores and businesses are open. I don’t think everyone waits till all stores closes like we did.

The camouflaged geocache hiding amongst some plants (another angle) - itstartswithacoffee.com #geocache #geocaching
The camouflaged geocache hiding amongst some plants (another angle)

To hold that size of a container requires some serious size magnets. If you consider creating a similar hide check out some magnets by clicking here.

The camouflaged geocache hiding amongst some plants (another angle) - itstartswithacoffee.com #geocache #geocaching
The camouflaged geocache hiding amongst some plants (another angle)

On this photo above the geocache is not visible at all so the hordes of muggles won’t even spot it.

The camouflaged geocache hiding amongst some plants (do you see it?) - itstartswithacoffee.com #geocache #geocaching
The camouflaged geocache hiding amongst some plants (do you see it?)

These type of hides I always give a favo for. The cache owner deserves more motivation to create more hides.

I have some geocaches myself in urban areas but I am afraid of hiding such a big one. As this is a perfect example of how long it can stay I will consider creating bigger geocaches in the future.

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Geocache in a busy shopping street - itstartswithacoffee.com #geocaching #geocache #magnetic #geocachingNL #geocachingNetherlands #urbancaching
Geocache in a busy shopping street
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