When placing a cache, have you considered how it might be accessed by those with limited mobility ?
My friend Jim survived a double anurism, but it ended his Law Enforcement career. Jim was a very active man that was a K9 handler in Narcotics enforcement.
Now, he is not able to get around very well. A person with a active mind, yet with limited mobility. Jim has written three books since becoming disabled. The guy is sharp, and he enjoys a challenge. Today I called him and asked if he would like to "escape" for today. He replied that he would.
So when the sun came up we were on the road to Glenwood. I wanted to show him about geocaching, somehow we had never talked about it before.
As part of the explination of micro caches, I took him to team JBA's "low water bridge". I knew I could drive within three feet of it. This well hidden cache ( a Bison tube ), is hard to see even with someone pointing to it !
That got his attention.
Then I put a GPS in his hand at team JBA's "take a break" cache. I knew that this was level ground that he could traverse easier.
When he got so close that the arrow or the compass wasn't any help, I got out the pda. With the exact coords for comparison, he began to see how having the data in a hand held was so handy. This clever hide struck a chord in his imagination and his intrest level accelerated.
Now, we were ready for an as of yet unfound cache.
At the "collier springs crystal mine" cache, Jim couldn't climb the bank but he could watch me and was excited as I explained "travel bug" to him. I had picked up the "wandering Gator" tB.
Next we went to a series of grandKid38's caches that I had herd could be driven close to. And they were. By now Jim is looking as hard as he can for the caches, and begining to have some success.
We spent a great day listening to the "OLDIES" and talking about old times and cases.
Jim is very intrested in geocaching, but wonders if he will always be able have a helper with him. He asks how many caches I thought might be accessible to him.
Thanks geocaching community for a good day in the outdoors with an old friend.