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Apr 16

Geo-what?

 

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Cache near Strawbridge Lake, Moorestown, NJ

In 2003 we were flying somewhere and my wife handed me a USAir inflight magazine and said this sounds like something you would like. It was an article about a new “sport” called GeoCaching (a.k.a. caching). According to GeoCaching.com “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location”. I was 62 at the time, not an outdoors person, had no interest in sports or hunting, and hated camping. Why would I want to go hike through the woods, get ticks, have spider webs mask my face, bleed from thorny shrubs, etc. just to fine an ammo box or a camouflaged Skippy Peanut butter jar? Well I have found more than 1400 caches since then. On the beach in Normandy France, in a palace garden in Istanbul Turkey, and on Rt. 73 in Mount Laurel NJ.

What I like about Geocaching is that it does not matter if you are old or young, black or white, male or female, rich or poor, a PhD or a high school dropout – if you find the cache “you found it”, if not “did not find” is recorded. It is purely based on your orienteering and problem solving skills. That is why I love the sport. It is a solitary sport but it satisfies a need I have. Without thinking I said to someone recently that when I can’t cache I will have to give up. Hopefully an over statement, but each time I go out and find some caches it reminds me that I have a set of skills and I am functioning at some competitive level, even if I am competing with myself.

Woodhendge

Cache at Woodhendge, near Durrington, England

What is Geocaching Video

Written by Bill Abrams

 

1 comment

  1. marlainmagnolia

    Love this Bill! Thanks for sharing. This is something Michael and I would love. He can’t resist anything that uses mapping/GPS skills.

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