The image above is of me completing a requirement for an Earth Cache.
After what doesn’t seem like it was that long ago but has been at least six years since I last Geocached, at least officially. Unofficially, anybody who has Geocached knows how to spot suspicious piles of sticks, trails leading to a downed tree or other tell tale signs of a well visited cache. 2013 was my last cache, I remember doing some on a rail to trail bike path. Wanting to get to 500 was my goal. Recently I decided to try it again and see if I still found it interesting, five minutes later I signed up for the premium membership and found almost 40 new caches shortly after. Today there are so many more caches around, and the technology in our smart phones makes this easy and available to everybody since no special or additional equipment is required.
My First Geocache
I started Geocaching in 2002 using a Magellan 2000XL, large and basic compared to todays GPS units and our smart phones. All coordinates keyed in by hand and printing paper descriptions for each cache. Later, using a Palm Pilot was a way to get into paperless caching. It’s difficult to describe to others just how prepared you had to be plan a day of caching or even worse planning a route. After a few years and the next generation GPS units, you could download a number of pocket queries that contained up to 500 caches each. So as you traveled you had to remove and upload new pocket queries to the GPS unit that you had downloaded before you left home, because WIFI wasn’t a thing yet, only dial up and no to little data on the cell phone. Tethering the GPS to a laptop so that you could drive and see a map of caches with the descriptions was fantastic. Find the cache and wait to you could find a dial up connection and log the finds or look for updates on the logs.
The first Geocache that I found was titled Crossed Between Two Towns. You had to fill out a crossword puzzle by going to different waypoints to get the answer for the question. I had no idea what I was doing but it was fun. Geocaching has taken me to some amazing places and have met many interesting people.
If you haven’t tried it yet, download the free Geocaching app or look online and explore the different types of caches. It can be very addicting and good way to exercise.
I started out with the user name Galaxyfinder and am currently using KettleHiker, I hope to see you out there on the trail or maybe a skirt lifter in town.