Joined: Feb. 2002
||Posted: June 06 2002,4:00 pm
Hhmm, I've been reading this thread an mulling over my opinions.
For me the joys in geocaching are...
*the locations you find. I honestly prefere geocaching over site seeing because the places that I have discovered are often ones that locals aren't aware of. It's just been the greatest to find myself in the midst of a beautiful park that had sand and pine trees, the edge of a gorge, wading hand in hand with the lot of HIltons, in cemetaries that are beautifully adorned for the living....
*the desire to push myself and tackle situations that I couldn't in any other situation imagine doing....Walking with a boot full of water and then justifying another cache, walking on a log over a creek and trusting fearless no to let go, trudging on even though mud is spattered up to my neck, braving ticks and then being willing to go out again...
*this is a most excellent way to integrate technology with nature. I've been reading a lot of Tolkien lately and I must say that I way prefere his work over other fantasy pieces like Star Trek and Star Wars......Nature just has much more to offer esp in a day and age where no one has any time...Kicking back in the woods just is healthy all the way round..physically and psychologically
*without exception geocachers are great people. The cache event was an example of this....I found a group of people assembled that had you seen in a grocery store, you would have thought that they had nothing in common. Varied ages, appearances, life styles, and incomes........but in the midst of all that there was constant conversation, smiles and the willingess to share adventures....
So yeah I have been to a few caches where I was first and the box held AOL discs........but it made for a great story....being bombed by planes that I wrote up....only to have other cachers discover as I did that these were remote controlled planes..........
I feel a bit more disappointed when we find a cache in the midst of a dump but even then there is something if you look hard enough...snail shells that are stripped black and yellow or walking up loose black top...........
The prizes. I rarely take anything mostly the kids do that...But after 90 caches they are now much more selective...If there isn't something of interest they are happy to leave without a trade.....But when they find their favorites..glo sticks, anything butterfly or fairy, pens, key chains......ect they are more than happy to trade and besides once the box is found the thrill is always in opening it and seeing what lies within......
Each "adventure" is what you make of it and if it wasn't all that great ...... then the story turns that way on the log........
See ya on the trails!!
Edited by DxChallenged on --
"Have you no news on your travels?" from the Book of Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland