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The pump was already dumped

28th May, 2012 | Posted by in Blog
The pump was already dumped

Today is Dump The Pump Day, when you’re meant to ditch the car and use your feet to get from A to B. 

The thing is, I don’t drive, so I didn’t have a pump to dump in the first place. Still, you know me – even if I’m already lacking something, I make sure to lack it even more if the occasion calls for it!

So to mark this day I went for a spot of geocaching. That’s right, you heard me, geocaching: the lazy geek’s version of Bear Grylls. If you haven’t heard of geocaching, it’s where you follow GPS coordinates to a physical cache (often a Tupperware container filled with bits and bobs) that’s been hidden under a rock or inside a tree trunk (or even magnetised to the underneath of a railing in the case of nano caches) by some equally as nerdy but loveable and community spirited dork.

I feel like I’m giving away a huge secret here, as if uncovering a clandestine society only to bring about its untimely dissolution through loose lips and a devil-may-care attitude. However, geocaching is widely known and practised across the world; it’s website-based and even has Facebook and Twitter channels (there’s a high possibility you can even buy T-shirts advertising that you’re the kind of fully grown adult who enjoys rummaging around in nettle patches), so it’s one of the world’s most publicised and popular secrets. Plus I doubt that this quiet little blog is going to cause mass awareness via its seven readers, one of which is me.

Anyway, during my travels I took a snap of the tunnel above, which links my street to its neighbour and stands at the start of a path leading to a particularly exciting cache. It was recently repainted by the Friends of the Field (whoever they may be) and really brightens up the area.

So today I travelled a few miles further than any other day, all on foot. On top of that I got to write my name in a teeny tiny logbook and take away a miniature plastic sheep, leaving one of my grandad’s pre-decimalisation pennies in its place. Take that, pump!

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Rich Sutherland

Rich is a copywriter and social media manager who loves writing about random things in his spare time. Between weekly posts for Days of the Year, he can be found on his blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. He also writes short stories within 140 characters on his @tinyweefiction channel. If you see him in the street, make sure to wave (he's 6'4" with glasses, a beard and rockabilly hair - can't miss him).
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