Wheeler Dealers caching career is all about hiding creative and fun geocaches. Kandy and Dann started geocaching in 2003. They’ve hidden more than 1500 geocaches around their Southern California home since then.
Kandy says, “We think you need to keep an open mind while placing geocaches. We like hiding caches because it feeds the creativity we have. It also has become a pleasure to be able to add fun to so many people’s lives that come to our area.”
Her advice for becoming a great hider is easy to follow, “Study an area, look for any nook and cranny, be ready to do a color match or similar texture and then make it a fun name. We like to have the hint in the name.”
Kandy says they like giving geocachers the same experiences that draw them to the activity, “We like Geocaching because we are always looking for an adventure. We have always liked getting out and exploring unknown territory so now we have an excuse to travel the unknown road or trail.”
Out of their more than 1500 hides one hide stands out: “Our favorite hide, we were out and about looking for places to put a cache and found a pair of HANDCUFFS in the dirt. We put them on in an abandoned cement tube with a handle. We then hunted for a fake severed arm and put the other handcuff on the wrist of the arm and glued an Altoids tin in the palm of the hand.
“We named the cache, The thief that got away…[now archived] with a description that we didn’t like people taking our caches The arm was finally taken away by someone but the cache made many people laugh and that is why we like placing caches.”
Just this year, hiding became more exciting for the Wheeler Dealers team: “Our reward now is the “favorites” votes. It takes more time to place a cache than to find a cache. We are pleased that Groundspeak is acknowledging the people that help make it a fun sport for others.” Geocaching Favorites is a new feature on Geocaching.com.
What’s your advice regarding creating great hides?