I have been wanting to try geocaching for ages now, but I lacked a GPS device. Until earlier this month, when I received one as a birthday gift, hooray!
I have been trying it out here and there when I get a bit of free time (summers are always very busy out here in the woods).
Geocaching is sort of like a high-tech game of hide-and-seek. One person leaves a container (of various sizes, but usually smallish) tucked away in a hidden spot. They publish the GPS coordinates of the cache (the biggest site is Geocaching.com, I’m RSKnitting there if you want to friend me).
Then you load those coordinates into your hand-held GPS device and head out to try and find it.
The tricky part is, you often find yourself pulled over on the side of the road, walking back and forth, or wandering in circles through a parking lot.
How, then, to avoid seeming suspicious?
My personal solution is to act like I am taking photographs.
I hold my camera out at arm’s length and fuss with the display and all.
In a tourist area like Skagit County, people do dumb-ass things like pull over onto the shoulder of the road to take photos all the time.
This results in me bringing home – in addition to the silly trinkets you find in the caches – a lot of photographs of weeds and trees and ditches.
I realize I don’t have to actually take the pictures. The pantomime certainly doesn’t require that level of detail.
But I find that once you start looking around…
You realize that the world is a pretty interesting-looking place.