It is most definitely not just about the numbers

When you place a geocache, the first thing to think about the location is “why here?”. The Groundspeak guidelines on cache placement begin with this quote:

“When you go to hide a geocache, think of the reason you are bringing people to that spot. If the only reason is for the geocache, then find a better spot.” – briansnat

Today I happened to be in London. I had already done all the local caches on previous visits but I checked the website for any recently published caches. I was pleasantly surprised to find one just up the road at Shepherds Bush Green so after a mid-morning coffee I wandered across the green to look for it.

The geocache was a nano hidden somewhere on some railings. The railings turned out to be for the protection and security of the emergency exits from the underground station and I’m being charitable when I describe them as unattractive. As I approached GZ I tried not to be put off by the down & outs sleeping around the adjacent war memorial and I tried to ignore the discarded gin bottles and beer cans which decorated the railings. The additional decoration provided by some small black plastic bags (which looked suspiciously like dog-poo bags) deserve a special mention. Nevertheless, I decided to have a bit of a search, that is until a scruffy bloke with a staffy arrived and proceeded to walk around the area inside the railings. Enough!

Now, I’m not a big fan of urban caches but I have found quite a few excellent caches in London and I consider my requirement to be both simple and fair:  there needs to be a good reason for bringing me to the location. That could be an awesome view, a site of historic, architectural, archeological, geological or scientific interest – those are good reasons to be at the location. Sticking a cache in a shitty place like this one? As they say in Dragons’ Den, I’m out.

Another Postcard from New York

Happy days!

happy days

 

Making ladder climbing more difficult:

health and safety

 

Rock-climbing pipe cleaners:

rock climbing pipe cleaners

 

“I don’t give a shit”:

sign seller

 

Central Park Proposal:

the propsal

 

Dogs and Pretzels:

hot dog cart

 

An Englishman in New York:

mclaren

 

Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect:

nypd vehicles

 

The subway cars are air-conditioned!:

subway

 

Americans are very patriotic:

stars and stripes

 

911 Memorial. Respect and Remembrance:

911 Memorial

 

Postcard from New York

I took quite a few photographs as we wandered around Manhattan. Here are a few “postcards”. Hope you like them.

 

Not all Manhattan buildings are glass and stainless steel:

interesting stonework

 

Or shiny and new:

Office windows

 

Wholesale clothing, 2nd Floor:

wholesale

 

Here’s a site for sore eyes:

site for sore eyes

 

High above the modern shop fronts, there are still signs of the old, um, signs:

Macys old signs

 

Urban Outfitters have gone for a minimal, loft style. I love this:

bare pipes

 

Subject to inspection:

bit of a dump

 

There’s still space available:

space available