You guys, I must confess, I am a huge nerd. Okay, that probably didn’t shock anyone if you have read more than 1 entry on my blog. But there are a few things that I do that take nerdiness to a new level. One of those is geocaching. What the heck is geocaching you may be asking yourself?
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.
My friends Dawn & Jack introduced me to geocaching in 2008, but I did not officially start caching until April of 2009. Since then I have found over 600 caches in the Northern California area and have attended various geocaching events. This evening I attended a 12-12-12 event and had a wonderful time. It was amazing to spend time with my lovely friend Dawn and her parents as well as catch up with old caching buddies and meet a few new people. I was honestly surprised by the turn out for a Wednesday night but I guess we know how to party.
One of my most bragworthy accomplishments as a geocacher has been finding 100 geocaches in a day. This was no easy feat. We started at 5 AM and cached through the entire day before calling it quits at 6PM. For good measure we picked up some extra caches along the way for the people in the group that had already found a few on the list selected to find that day. This brought me to 103 for the day. I have cached with my friends, my mom, and in another state. It is exceptionally fun and something that you can do anywhere in the world! You also don’t need a fancy GPS to play, as I cache right on my iPhone (previously my BlackBerry).
Do you geocache? What is your cacher name?
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December NaBloPoMo Topic:
What do you think would be the hardest job for you to do?
I think the hardest job for me to do would be to either have to notify families that their loved one or pet had passed away. Or any job that would require me to deal with foul smells, as I tend to gag pretty easily when it comes to certain odors.