Geocaching in Manhattan

I recently went on holiday to New York with my family. I knew that we would be very busy taking in as many sights as possible, nevertheless I was determined not to miss the opportunity to grab a few caches in a new country. Fortunately, my wife and daughters were happy to allow me a small slice of geocaching time.

So, I managed to grab a modest 5 caches:

Caching Day 1.

Brit in the Park 

Bryant Park

The eponymous park & my family share some commonality, so we had to pay it a visit. My first experience of the effect of extremely tall buildings on a GPS signal! We bought lunch and enjoyed the sunshine while I waited for the GPS to find some satellites, then I made my way to the cache. Unfortunately a bloke was standing right next to it, engaged in a phone conversation, so even though I could see the container I couldn’t grab it. I wandered around the park for a while then returned, fortunately he had moved on so I was able to get it second time around.

Caching Day 2.

Twitter cache 

Central Park

The following day we went to Central Park. Being a Twitter user, this cache caught my eye, so leaving the girls looking at the Dairy, I made for GZ, with a reasonable GPS signal. I spent a while looking in the wrong place and, thinking about the prospect of returning to a very bored family if I stayed much longer, I was on the point of giving up when by chance I looked somewhere else and spotted the container! This was particularly apt, given the nature of  the last cache I had found before leaving for the USA (Dr Solly’s RFC 1149).

Umpire Rock 

Continuing our tour of Central Park. The advantage of an Earth Cache over a traditional in such a busy location made it an easy choice. It took a while to identify the various features and photograph them. Meanwhile, what an impressive feature this rock is, I hadn’t realised until reading the cache page that the Park had natural features like this. Amazing! Once I was back at the hotel (with a WiFi signal), I did the necessary research to complete the answers. In the interests of travelling light, I had left the MacBook Air at home, bringing only my iPad on holiday with me so I didn’t upload the photographs until I got home; at which point I realised I hadn’t included my GPSr in all the photographs. Still, the CO was happy enough so that was another smiley!

Stone Face 

Once we left Central Park, we walked up 5th Avenue to the Guggenheim. On the way we passed the location for this cache. Yet another marvellous building, the cache was a virtual and required me to count some features. That was a bit of a challenge as I couldn’t see the whole building from a single viewpoint so it required some moving about and concentrating on the numbers. On 5th Avenue. In Manhattan. With a wife & two daughters keen to move on to the next location. Still, the CO was happy with the answer I emailed so I must have been about right.

Caching Day 3.

The Empire Strikes Back 

View from the Empire State Building

This proved to be something else altogether. As the title suggests (and of course when you look at the map) it’s obvious where this one is. Once again it was a virtual, although the requirements to claim the find were quite specific. We decided to make the ascent at night, at about 22.30. What a fantastic view, the photographs I took don’t begin to do it justice. It seemed a fitting last cache for this first visit to New York City.

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