Geocaching containers can be simple, such as Altoid tins or peanut jar, and there are plenty of ways to hide those caches. However, one of the more creative cache type I have seen are fake rocks. From my geocaching experience, I have come across two fake rocks, one of which was a cement rock and the other a plastic rock. Though these caches are exposed to the open, they are nearly impossible for most muggles, non-geocachers, to discover because of their location within a lot of other rocks. However, to the more experienced geocachers or the muggles who spend a lot of time outdoors and pay attention to fine details, these fake rock caches are easy to spot because with a bunch of real rocks, the fake rock does not fit in with all the other rocks.
Behind the KUCI Radio Station near the UCI Science Library is a geocache concealed in a fake rock, “Rockin at UCI.” The cache is a small green plastic rock surrounded by rocks and tumbleweeds in the dust. I recommend finding this cache during the daytime as it will be more difficult to spot the out-of-place rock in the dark, and your chances of stumbling over the weeds and rocks are increased as well.
I found this cache two summers ago with my friend Cathy. It took me two attempts because I was not yet experienced enough. My first attempt, I somehow missed the rock, probably because I was exhausted from being lost and trying to find the KUCI Radio Station so I did not look hard and long enough. My second attempt, it was quick find. I led Cathy to the area and with her good eyes, we spotted the cache fairly quickly with me wondering how on earth I missed it.
New UCI students, look for this cache during the daytime when you are exploring and getting to know your campus. The KUCI Radio Station is a bit difficult to find for those unfamiliar with the campus, especially since this area is not frequented by students often. However, finding this cache will definitely improve your map knowledge of UCI. Returning students, it will not be as challenging to find the KUCI Radio Station, but to those unfamiliar with the side of campus it is at, it will still be a tad bit of a challenge.
Have you gone geocaching before? What are some of the creative geocaches you have found?