2008-04-22 15:39 - General
Somewhere about two weeks ago, I saw a PBS documentary (YouTube trailer) on Geocaching. It wasn't the first time I had ever heard of it, but it was a rather well made show, and it got me thinking. I decided I might like to try it.
I looked around, and quickly discovered that eBay was the way to go for a cheap used unit. I picked up a Garmin GPS 12 unit for about thirty bucks plus (fair!) shipping. It's a bit old and simple, but with a little experience I can say now that it works just fine for my needs.
I'm on vacation this week, visiting my father. Trying out this geocaching thing was on my short list of activities, and we got to it this morning. We had picked out a few caches, from the site, and set out. Our first stop, the closest to the house, was a bust. Our second was also a bust, no finds.
Luckily, I had looked up another pair by the same user, very close to the second try we made. A short walk, in fact. On our third attempt ...
Image credit: Google Maps
... Paydirt! We looked around and around a bit, and this time we spotted the dark green ammo case tucked under a fallen log. So I opened up the notebook and scribbled down a little note about it being our first find. Hurrah! There were notes in that book from April of '06, so that cache has been around a while. As you can see, it was a dozen or two feet off in the woods, from what was a rather nice paved walkway out in the middle of a bunch of trees.
It was our only find that day, but overall, it was certainly entertaining, and nice to have a fun thing to do outside.