I am always up for an adventure, I guess that is what keeps me young, or at least that is what keeps me sore and complaining about not being young anymore. When Scoot (my wife) and I discovered Geocaching in 2003, we knew that the gang in Seattle had created a hobby that was nearly perfectly designed for our lifestyle. Rather than getting bogged down in the details of caching, here is a quick description of the game from the Groundspeak website:
“Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache. This high-tech treasure hunting game is played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices.”
For much more information or to get into playing the game yourself, check out Geocaching.com.
Over the last five years, we have discovered some truly incredible places and things while out chasing the arrow on our GPS. On top of that we have had some wild adventures with the friends we made out on the trail. Whether we are hiking on the Appalachian Trail, crawling through the tunnels of Asheville, riding the bulls in Fort Worth, hunting in Times Square, rock climbing in Northern California or travelling in between, we always have a great time. People often ask me about my favorite cache and I am never quite sure how to answer, I love so many different kinds and we have had so much fun that it is hard to narrow it down to just one, so I created a bookmark list to share some of the caches I have enjoyed the most. The reasons are myriad, sometimes it is the incredible view or hike, sometimes it is the piece of hidden history we discovered, sometimes it is the company we were with, but there was something special about all of these. If you are so inclined, give these a look, or even better get out there and hunt them yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
If you are in the mid-South Memorial Day weekend, swing by Bell Buckle, Tennessee and visit GeoWoodstock VII, the largest gathering of geocachers anywhere in the world.