Not too long ago, I posted about the bad side of geocaching and the reality that geocaches, sometimes, get stolen.
I guess it’s more of an unfortunate side.
Either way, there is a lot of good with the game and I wanted to share those things in this post.
A couple of weeks ago, I hosted an event at a local park. For those of you who are not geocachers, among the types of caches you can find are events. It’s basically where a group of geocachers gather for chat, food and whatever else. Some events are in-depth with other things to do, while some are low-key and just meet-and-greets.
Both can be fun, but the meet-and-greets really allow you to chat and visit with people.
I’ve been to events all over. I really enjoy the atmosphere and meeting new people. I’ve met a lot of people I call friends today through these caching events and I’ll look forward to many more of them in the future.
A few years ago, a small group of us headed to Canada for an event and a weekend of caching. It was something different. We met some cool people and I have some great memories from the event.
A couple of weeks before my event, one of the people posting a will-attend was one of the Canadian cachers we had met. Two of them were going to attempt to come for the weekend. That was quite cool. We had met with the two cachers the day after the event to chat and they gave us each a large ammo can to bring back.
The one I had received, I painted and was set to place. But it was a special cache, so I waited for a good time to place it.
This was the perfect time with our Canadian friends coming to the area.
More on that in a moment.
When hosting an event, I always try and get there a little early with the idea of being in the spot when people come. With it being morning, there was still a bit of fog out. The sun was out at that point and was trying to cut through the layers of fog. That led to a few excellent photo opportunities.
The event was a success. We had nearly 20 geocachers there, some great food choices and a lot of great chatter. It’s times like this when I realize how much I love this game, especially events. There are people I never would have met if not for this game and for that, I’m thankful.
Following the event, a slew of us went on a caching day, taking our Canadian friends out and about to show them the area.
That was a good time.
One of the caches was a new one I placed — with the container I mentioned earlier in this post. It’s all decorated and is a fun little multi cache in a nice area.
The two visitors, of course, made the find.
It was loaded with many carabiners that were gifted to us on that Canadian trip, too. I’ve had this cache all ready to roll for several years and it’s nice to get it out there for people to find. The duo from North of us also dropped a whole heap of Canadian goodies in the cache, which seems fitting considering the container!
In the end, I truly enjoyed this day of caching. It’s times like this when I truly realize that geocaching isn’t about how many finds one can get, a race for a first to find, or getting all upset because somebody might do things slightly different with the game. It’s about the journey and the people you meet along the way.
And that’s why this game is good. Despite there being bad things when dealing with geocaching, the good outnumbers it. And it’s that reason why it’s continually something I look forward to doing.
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