Muggle Avoidance Tips
We all know that muggles (non-geocachers) are just part of the game. Unfortunately, muggles can cause geocachers some serious problems either by harassing a cacher OR by stealing a geocache. Here are some tips to help you avoid muggles altogether.
(Next week will be an article about what to do when you are actually confronted with a muggle!)
1. Think Before You Cache
Most geocaches hidden in high traffic areas will warn cachers to watch out for muggles. My ‘5 is Prime’ geocache is hidden in a more urban area of my home town. There are a lot of people walking dogs, playing ball in the park, and just hanging out at any hour of the day. To make matters worse, the cache has to be RIGHT THERE to be well-hidden from casual glances.
Explaining Geocaching To Muggles
Have you ever tried to explain geocaching to a muggle? It can be anything from a new convert to the geocaching game, blank stares, or GULP, having Officer McFriendly called on you.
Will the muggles leave you alone or will them come check out what you’re doing?
Here are some tips for what to do when confronted by a muggle:
1. Invent a Story
Yes, I’ve been known to spontaneously invent a story when I get asked why I’m carrying a GPS. This is when I’m not anywhere near the cache and am just starting to make my approach.
I’ve used everything from “I’m doing classified work for the government” to “I’m a geologist mapping the lake shore”.
I usually get asked this when people notice the GPS and are just being chatty.
13 years ago • Muggles • Tags: advice, Muggles