|My favorite 4-legged buddy|
Why do I go back again and again? Other than just the views that nature set out for me, is the thrill of a scavenger hunt activity that some woman or man or family has put out to show me something new. Geocaching, letterboxing, Munzee hunting, Ingress and other location-based games. Millions of little reasons and lots of locations to explore. Adventures in the waiting. Some are quick "park and grabs" and some will make you pull your hair out and take hours. Somewhere in the middle are the ones I enjoy most.
opencaching.US, geocaching.com, terracaching.com and others. To add to the flip side of the fun, hide your own.
|I'd Rather Be Camping|
munzee.com. Again...they might be right under your nose...or maybe your butt. The next time you sit on a bench in a public area. Look around. You might be surprised what is lurking about. Some people are quite clever in how these are disguised. Or, they might be large and in the window of your favorite business.
Texas State Park with good views and good trails. Oh look...there's a Munzee in the window of the park headquarters! I need to get a picture with one of the park rangers to complete that locationless Terracache. Yeah! They have Pathtags here! Maybe we'll check-in on Google+. There would be time to sit and talk and relax and maybe add a few birds to our life lists. Build a fire...gotta have a campfire. Maybe make s'mores...or maybe just roast marshmallows and eat the chocolate off my fingers. Hot chocolate anyone? Let's go find that night cache that's only marked with fire tacks and glow-in-the-dark stars. A shower and then good nigh's sleep with the sound of crickets, frogs and owls in the background. Wake up to the Cardinals - man, they are early risers! MMMM! There's nothing like campfire coffee and the smell of bacon cooking. Hey, it's a good way to meet the neighbors. Later, we'd hit the trails and find caches on at least 3 listing sites. One of them would be an Earthcache and one would be a little evil bugger that my son would take pride in finding. He's the Evil-Cache Miester in the family. I'd have my markers, journal/cards and stamp in tow for those letterboxes. Were we supposed to turn left at the first trail junction or the second? Wow! Look at that stamp. I though only a machine could make an image that good! Isn't that a cool hidden pocket of boulders? I didn't know all of this was back here. There's a rare sighting for the bird list. If this is a warm enough day, we'd probably end up in the lake to cool off. Then there would be a repeat for another night and the morning on the trails. Then we'd take down the camper and remove all traces as if we had never been there. Maybe on the way home, we'll cruise by the nearest Post Office and capture a portal and add a few resonators, link it with a couple others and create a control field. (Ingress). Don't you feel Enlightened? And, being that this was the perfect weekend, all of the camping gear, laundry and food would magically get put away all on its own.
Hey...what the heck am I doing sitting here typing on this computer?! I should be out on location, location, location!!!