This cache will take you to Chatham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. Chatham is a small, quaint town located at the southeast tip of Cape Cod. It borders the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Nantucket Sound to the South and Pleasant Bay to the North. (For a more detailed description of the town click here.) This is one of two Chatham webcam caches and is located on Main Street. The other webcam cache is located at Stage Harbor Marine(GCHCWV). There are two other webcams in Chatham but they are not caches yet. They are located at the Fish Pier and Outermost Harbor.
The coordinates given are the coordinates of a great little book store called “Yellow Umbrella Books”, 501 Main St. Click here for their web page. The camera takes pictures looking out of the display window every hour starting at 9:30 AM and ending at 4:30 PM so plan your trip carefully. Remember, however, that even though you have access to a super-accurate clock (your GPS), the webcam may not, so make sure you are there a little early. This webcam has a nice setup for letting you know when the picture will be taken. A large yellow light in the window signals when the picture is about to be taken as follows:
- Yellow light on steady: 1 minute to go.
- Yellow light flashing slowly: 20 seconds to go.
- Yellow light flashing fast: Smile! It is in the process of taking your picture! (note: it flashes fast for quite a few seconds, so don’t look away like I did!)
Note: At times the camera is not exactly synched with the light. You may want to be ready a minute before and a minute after the light flashes. Unfortunately, I don't control the light or camera.
Fortunately, with this webcam, the pictures are saved for a week so you won’t need anyone at home saving the picture of you. It will still be on the website when you get home! The website where you can find the webcam pictures is as follows:
When you are having your picture taken, hold out your GPS so we know which person you are as I am doing in the picture below. When you get home, capture the picture of yourself from the webcam. (See the hint if you don’t know how to do this).
There is no physical cache. In order to “log a find” for this cache you must only upload the picture of yourself from the webcam along with your log using the normal geocaching.com upload mechanism. You might want to limit the size of your photo to 100k bytes, but with the new website changes, it looks like geocaching.com will do this for you.
These webcams are provided by TeleCAM Systems, 19 Winterberry Lane, Rehoboth, MA 02769-1317
While you are in Chatham you will want to visit all the shops on main street, see the light house, and perhaps go on a seal watching tour off Monomoy Island. Good luck!