Almost a week ago a geocoin, steben6’s World Champion San Francisco Giants Major League Geocoin, was placed in one of our caches, Take Your Base(s). As soon as I saw it I knew we had to retrieve it and help it fulfill its desire to travel to major league ball parks all around the U.S.
So… we set aside this past Tuesday as “SF Geocoin Goes to Dodger Stadium” day. Little did we know how wonderful it would turn out.
When you arrive at Dodger Stadium you can’t see the stadium. What you see is a sign welcoming you to Dodger Stadium and a bunch of little toll booths that you have to go through to get to the parking areas. We figured the sign was the best we could do, so we pulled over to the side of the entrance, hopped out of the car and took some photos.
Just past one of the little toll booths was another sign that said Welcome to Dodger Stadium, so we decided maybe, if we asked the guard up there at the little guard shack very nicely, he would let us pull in and take a photo of the geocoin with that sign. BUT! About that time another Dodger Stadium guard pulled up next to us and (very pleasantly) asked us what we were doing. Just try and explain to someone that you’re taking photos of a geocoin with the parking lot sign because the geocoin wants to visit ball parks all over the U.S.
Enter the quick explanation of what a geocoin is, followed by an equally quick explanation of geocaching. Again…
Huh? (He didn’t really say “huh?,” it was more like the expression on his face.)
“Ok. Here, would you like to hold the geocoin?” This geocoin is a particularly handsome little guy and I think the guard was impressed with it. When he read the info that the owners had included he said he’d have to look up geocoin and geocaching. Perhaps we’ll have another geocacher amongst us in the near future?
Having made friends (in my mind, at least) with the very nice guard, we asked him if perhaps we could get a photo with the sign just past the toll booths. He told us (bless his heart!) to stop at the guard shack and tell the guard we wanted to go to the gift shop. Cool. We get to go to the gift shop. Who knew we could do that? He led the way, stopped ahead of us and told the guard where we were going and we were on our way. Just follow the blue line.
Well, we followed the blue line through one very large parking lot, then another until we finally came to a sign pointing the way to the gift shop. And that’s where we saw this:
Wow! A beautiful Dodgers mural at the entrance to the actual stadium… and the gift shop. But wait! It got better!
Mike was like a kid in a candy shop. I have to admit, it was exciting to be there (pretty much all by ourselves, no less) and I’m sure the geocoin will never forget his visit to Dodger Stadium. I know we won’t.