July 14, 2003

[Geocaching logo]Yesterday our family went to a Cub Scout get-together that was advertised as a treasure hunt. Much to my surprise, I found that we were going geocaching, which I first read about a couple weeks ago on Onward and Upward. The basic idea is that someone has concealed a container, and posted its latitude and longitude. Using a GPS device, you search for the container. Once you find it, you open it up, add your name to the log, take something from the container, and leave something else in the container.
There must be thousands of these around the world. We found 3 within a short distance, the last of which was originally concealed on July 1, 2001. There’s something oddly fun about it! It involves technology and nature, getting geeks outdoors. …Hear the double-ring?

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

5 responses to Geocaching

  1. Congratulations on your entry to the truly nerdy yet wonderful world of geocaching — it’s geeky fun for the whole family!

  2. Geeks outdoors? Hey, I resemble that remark! (Is that double-ring inside my head?) The gang just got me one of these toys for Dad’s day and you’re right, it gets us out of the house! Not a bad thing when all the boys want to do is sit around staring at light emitting pieces of furniture and working on strengthening their thumbs! I must admit, the great outdoors is a bit greater here in Ideehoo than in “the heart of Silicon Valley!” Call or e-mail me for advice on getting your own. 😉

  3. Hi Randall!! Good to have you “drop by”!
    …Say, if you see a beat-up van in town with the license plate ALLELON, be sure to meet the driver. Tell him I sent you.

  4. Yep, we’ve seen both the van and the driver, but haven’t managed to catch him yet. We are planning on checking out their get-togethers here in the near future. We’ll keep you posted.

  5. BTW, the beat up van is a whole lot less beat up looking these days! 🙂