Guest Post: ‘Great, Now I’m That Guy …’


American blogger Jesse Lunsford (GC handle: Memfis Mafia) confesses a mind-blowing secret for It’s Not About The Numbers.

“I just had my first run-in with the law. The final stage of my first multi-cache was the subject of a suspicious package call.

Crap, I just became that guy. The one we all make fun of. You know, the guy that thinks he is being creative by hiding that homemade PVC pipe cache a little too close to a sensitive area … ‘Oops, here comes the bomb squad’.

Then there is the cache which is just an old soda bottle that gets mistaken for trash (not a big stretch) and tossed away. Thankfully, mine wasn’t something that lame.

The unpublished final was the first in my Detective Reece series and the container was a large, old and really cool trunk I found at a thrift store. I wanted it to be an urban multi, despite the size and complexity of the stages, so I searched and searched until I came upon the perfect spot. Eventually I found a deep ravine right in the middle of town. Bingo!

It even took me using a climbing rope to get to the bottom without landing on my tail. I made the climb down into this ditch at least three times before I felt it was the right location. Then I enlisted a muggle buddy to help transport the cache – named The Mob Wife – and chain it to a concrete structure.

The Mob Wife: Jesse Lunsford’s criminal cache.

One day later – ONE DAY – I get a call from the local police. Some kids were playing in the ditch and came upon the box. Here is where I give the Colorado Police Department credit. They did not blow it up. Yay for me.

In fact, once they cut the lock off (they had to), the responding officer looked inside the trunk and found my information by way of this blog. Kudos for him. He let me know what had happened and I rushed down to retrieve my property.

The good news is that all of the trackables I had made – just for launch from this cache – were still inside. Even better, the FTF prize, all of the swag and the props to go along with this cache’s backstory were safely inside. Score!

Now, I still don’t know why some random kids were playing down in this ditch (great job monitoring your kids, parents). Regardless, it has convinced me that it’s not worth the effort to place such a large cache inside the city limits.

I guess I can now check police contact off my geocaching list. At least it didn’t end in an explosion. Anyway, I will be concentrating on getting off-road to hide my caches from now on. This incident was probably a good thing in retrospect because I was really sweating putting so much effort into a cache series, only to have it muggled. GeoWifey just couldn’t wait to rub this one in.”

*So my question for this post is about geocaching away from paved roads. Have you ever done any 4×4 geocaching? If so, leave me some tips in the comments section below.
** To read more about the Lunsford family’s geo-adventures, check out their Memfis Mafia blog or  Facebook page.


  1. Tara

    This is not so much about 4×4 caching as a cautionary tale about having the right equipement for the job… http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=622b4be1-6819-4e01-aa49-c2ef687510ec

  2. Bluelamb03

    You may think you’re in the most and godforsaken spot on earth, but look over there and see the remains of a campfire. This is especially true in urban areas where all these secret little spots are either the favourite playground for the nieghbourhood kids (see that treehouse over there?) or an outright ‘hobo village’ full of the homeless.

    I’ve walked through many urban woodlands either looking for a good hide for my cache or hunting a cache and encountered one or both of these scenarios. There’s people everywhere, anticipate that and plan your hide accordingly.

  3. thebitchycacher

    Sorry to hear about this Memphis, I know how hard you worked on these caches. i have blogged about the bomb squad myself a few times. It would seem the bomb squad will blow up most anything and everything. Pretty soon we will all have to label our containers with 4 foot tall flashing light up signs that read “This is a geocache, not a bomb”…Oh wait… that won’t work either.

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