Geocaching, what is a Muggle?
A non geocacher. I remember hearing the word “Muggle” from the Harry Potter series, which is a non-magical person. The discovery of a geocache by a non geocacher. When a cache has been “muggled”, it usually means it was dismantled or removed by an unsuspecting non-player.
What to do when you are approached by a Muggle while geocaching?
Have you ever been approached while geocaching? Someone wondering what you were doing? Wondering what you should say? You should be using as much stealth as possible when searching for a geocache. Sometimes it means a little patience waiting for muggles to leave. There are also times when they area may not be so busy and you have to come back. Pretend to tie your shoe. Take the dog for a walk. With the help of the release of pokemon people got more used to people walking around with their cell phones.
Sometimes no matter how stealthy you are people will still ask what you are up to. Most people think you lost something and want to help in finding it. I am always on the side of trying to get more people to play the game. So I explain that what I am doing and show them my phone app of all the locations. I have now have a handy business card to hand them so they can find the geocaching website.
Funny ideas from other geocachers.
This post came across from Russel on facebook has this idea. “Just walk up to a muggle with a clip board pen and tape measure. Tell them your with the official geocache department and you need to take some ground readings to make sure it is safe for others. First they have No idea what department that is but sounds official. Second they now think there might be danger so they move. The ground reading part helps you search like you are doing a job not searching for a cache.”
An orange vest helps too.
My wife and I have used the “pretend the GPS is a cell phone” trick several times. I have also pretended that my GPS (64s) was a camera. The line “Using million dollar satellites to find tupper ware in the forest” is good. One of our Muggles got so excited when I said “Electronic treasure hunt” that he joined GC.com on the spot with his smart phone and started his own adventure. Bob aka Petite Elite
Dawn posted “Always carry a camera! It makes a great excuse to look in tiny crevices or……”take pictures’ of that suspicious looking insect…..This is how we made one of our very first finds. Little “Bug” sitting there so innocent like. Me taking it’s picture….Oooooh look! There is something on the belly of this bug…..Yep the coordinates to the next stage……worked like a charm!”