Welcome to the magical world of witchcraft, wizardry, and geocaching! Harry Potter has captured the hearts and minds of millions of muggles and geocachers since its creation in 1997. Drawing inspiration from the books and films, geocache hiders continue to place Potter-themed caches around the globe that bring the magic to life in the game of geocaching. In fact, there are nearly 1,000 geocaches placed globally with “Harry Potter” in the cache titles. Whether you identify as a Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin, all will love these seven Harry Potter themed geocaching adventures.
The Triad is one of the crowning achievements of geocaching. Geocachers must log three specific geocaches: the APE Cache Mission 9: Tunnel of Light, Groundspeak Headquarters and the Original Stash Cache. Each find is rich in geocaching tradition. The geocaches do not need to be logged in any particular order.
The Original Stash Tribute Plaque hides outside of Portland, Oregon. The plaque there commemorates the placement of the first geocache in 2000.
Geocachers must also log The Mission 9: Tunnel of Light Project APE Cache, hidden outside of Seattle, WA. Twelve APE caches were originally placed around the world in 2001 to generate publicity for the remake of the movie Planet of the Apes. Mission 9: Tunnel of Light is one of only two APE caches still active in the world. The other, Mission 4: Southern Bowl is in Brazil.
Geocachers need to also visit the geocache at Groundspeak Headquarters. Groundspeak HQ is also known as the Lily Pad. It is home to the offices of Geocaching.com.
Geocachers who complete The Triad says the accomplishment not only earns them personal satisfaction and but also bragging rights.
Have you ever completed The Triad? Do you have plans to do so?
Okay. So, this will all come together, promise. A children’s story by Lewis Carroll came to life again earlier this year. The latest incarnation of Alice in Wonderland includes the standards like talking animals; cats, rabbits and caterpillars galore.
But agree or not, the story’s leading lady Alice is a geocaching pioneer. The adventure seeker finds a rabbit hole (read: geocache)… and slips into another world (read: geocaching enthusiast). Sure, Alice is in 3D and there’s the whole Johnny Depp situation, but really, a stretch? I don’t think so.
Remember your first geocache? Whether you’ve found ten more, a hundred more or a thousand more, you’ve entered a new world, slipped down the proverbial rabbit hole. Hopefully in your new world the animals don’t talk so much (read: seek help if they do).
Here’s a tip though, if you’re up for a little adventure that is. The real rabbit hole (which still exists) is surrounded by at least 16 geocaches. But no one’s tagged the original rabbit hole… yet. Is your GPS handy? How’s N 51° 45.115 W 001° 15.489 sound?
Okay, a little admission, placing a geocache here might be illegal and/or unethical. According to Carroll, who died in 1898, the “rabbit hole” is a staircase inside Christ Church in Oxford, England.
The coordinates I gave you are actually across the street. Check out this link. And finding this magnetic micro cache isn’t easy – but adventure isn’t for the faint of heart and neither is falling down rabbit holes.
What are your favorite literary caches? Was Alice a geocaching pioneer?