Thursday, September 29, 2005

Geocaching - the first 100

We have been geocaching for about 8 months now. It is a fun hobby, sport, game, obsession! We have logged over a hundred finds so far. Since February, we have been to all sorts of places that are new to us, doing the things that we love, anywhere from hiking to jeep riding to seeing new things to learning about history. We have climbed mountains, hiked along creeks, seen waterfalls, lakes, rivers, visited numerous cemeteries and historical sites, a cave, discovered lots of well hidden parks off the beaten path, enjoyed scenic vistas, hiked on the Silver Comet Trail and the Appalachian Trail. One of our longest hikes (8 miles) was in the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, to see the Stone Door. Stone Door

We have only logged about 100, and according to the web site there are lots more out there to find:

There are 203549 active caches in 218 countries. In the last 7 days, there have been 116596 new logs written by 21591 account holders.

Of course, it's not about the numbers, but the experiences. Needless to say, we are always looking forward to our next trip. Check out the web site and see if there are any near you!

Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson


Alice said...

Susan - I know I could look it up somewhere but I'll ask you instead. What is a cache, and what is geocaching? Is it something to do with caves perhaps? It certainly sounds like you have fun doing whatever it is.

susan said...

"Geocaching is a worldwide recreational activity enjoyed by GPS (Global Positioning System) users. It involves a GPS user hiding a "cache" (usually a
waterproof container of trinkets) and posting the exact coordinates so other GPS users can come on a
"scavenger hunt" to find it. There are caches of all kinds for all ages and are usually placed in interesting locations in your area that you may not know about. That makes it all the more interesting to find! When you find one, take any trinket you like and leave one
of your own to keep the cache full.