A Geocaching Trial
Sometime during the script writing process and trying to find locations, we decided that we should try to find a geocache for the experience and to better understand how it works. From what I read online on geocaching.com and in various articles, it seemed like a very cool activity, but trying something out is probably the best way to understand what it's all about. So while we were scouting some locations, we pulled up a couple geocaching options in the area where we'd be. We picked the easiest level since we were brand new to the whole thing and started at a small park in Santaquin. We struggled to figure out the clues and discovered that the clue led us to a monument with some writing on it that we were suppose to email back to the person who set it up and then get another clue that would lead us to the cache. Well, that was a litte too complicated for our first one and didn't work for trying to do it that day. So we decided to forget about that one and moved on to another geocache.
The second one wasn't too far from the first one we tried. We followed the coordinates and found the general area pretty easily. But then it came time to find the cache. We looked around for a few minutes and then decided to look at the clue to help us find it easier. The clue led us to where the sidewalk ended. At the end of the sidewalk there was a big gap between the concrete and the ground. In that space there was a tupperware, so we pulled it out and looked inside and found several toys and action figures that others had left before. It was actually pretty cool to be able to find something that someone we didn't know left behind, even if it was more for children.
So now I had at least participated in a geocache and it really did help to understand it better and helped later on when I had to explain it to the actors and direct them in what to do. I don't know if everything in the movie is absolutely accurate, but hopefully it's convincing enough where it needs to be and others will be forgiving where it goes astray.