Recently I had a conversation with my uncle about geocaching. He had only recently heard of it and thought that it sounded like it would be a lot of fun. We spent an evening talking about how to look up the caches on the Geocaching website, using a GPS receiver to get in the area, then finally searching for anything that could be used as a cache.
A couple days later we were out and about in town and had a chance to look for one. We investigated a cache near a building that my uncle had never paid any attention to. He had lived in the same small town for decades, but had never noticed this small log building. We used the app on my iPhone to get us into the general location of the cache. I looked up the size identified in the description and noticed that it was listed as "medium," I explained to him that it would probably be the size of a Tupperware container.
After looking for a few minutes my uncle noticed a bird house on the back of an information display. He quickly noticed that the opening into the bird house was sealed. Upon opening the bird house he found a plastic pitcher and a note explaining that it was an Official Geocache and was placed with permission. We collected a travel bug from the cache, signed the log and replaced it for the next person.
I've had the opportunity to explain geocaching to several people, including here on this site, but this was the first time I actually had the opportunity to take a new cacher out and show them how it works. I know my uncle really enjoyed it and likes the idea of going to new places while searching for caches.
Have you had an opportunity to convert a muggle to a geocacher? Or do you remember someone introducing you to geocaching? Share your experiences in the comment section below.
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