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A Love Affair with Treasure Hunting

Posted: March 11, 2011 in My Life
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I have always loved the idea of treasure-hunting. Whether its finding old rusty metal parts in a creek bed or the possibility of happening across a trove of Civil War gold in one of the many caves around here (Southwest Missouri), it excites me. Now I have a new treasure-hunting hobby: geocaching!

If you are like most of my friends, your response to the word ‘geocaching’ is one of two: either you have no idea what it is, but you know it sounds complicated, or you know exactly what it is and groan because you have no interest in it, even though your friends cannot stop talking about it. Well, my friends…I’m talking about it!

Geocaching and I had a brief love affair last spring (2010) but it was a short fling and we quickly broke off (it was my fault). I just got too busy with other summer-esque things: going to Moonshine Beach, float trips, camping, etc. not to mention the day-in, day-out activities, like church and work. But I am pleased to announce that geocaching and I are back together at last!

I don’t want to leave anyone in the dark, so for those of you asking, “What the frick is geocaching?”, here is the official answer from the official website, Geocaching.com:

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.

If this tickles your fancy at all and you are not already a geocaching nut, check out the video below, then check out the website for more fun and to get started.

All you need is an adventuresome spirit and a GPS device (who doesn’t have one of those nowadays with all those smartphone gizmos?). I am ready to put my treasure-hunting skills to use this spring (when I am not working and fishing), and I recently found out that my 70-ish year old Sunday School teacher is a geocacher also, so maybe we can buddy up. P.S. if you live in the Branson area and are interested in geocaching, go here and send me a message and maybe we can buddy up too!

What are your thoughts on geocaching?

Have you done it before? If not, have I inspired you to give it a try?