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1000 Caches and Counting

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My youngest daughter and I like to go Geocaching. It’s not a super serious hobby, although we could certainly spend a lot more time on it if we wanted to.

Geocaching, by the way, can be described in a number of ways. My favourites are, one, a real-world treasure hunt using a GPS capable device, or, two, using multi-million dollar satellites to find plastic containers in the woods. Neither of these is completely accurate, but both give you a vague starting place. A better summary can be found in a one-minute video on the homepage of geocaching.com.

We’ve been caching for three and a half years, really, though we went out the first time the year before, and yesterday we found our thousandth cache. Many people have done it faster, but it’s always been more about the journey than the destination.

That thousandth cache was this one: GC62ZYM, A Recycled Micro. There’s a pun in there, but I won’t spoil it for you in case you want to go find it for yourself. Difficulty rating of 4.5 (this is on a scale of 1-5, so not an easy one), Terrain rating of 3 (also ranges from 1-5, in this case elevation changes, rough ground, bushwacking may be necessary), and Size 1 (actual cache has a volume of less than 100 mL). Here’s the link to see the listing.

To mark this momentous occurrence, we’ve decided to celebrate in several ways.

First, there’s the traditional photo for the thousandth find itself.

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Second, we’ve decided that we will release three travel bugs into the wild. These are special little tags/coins/figures that people move from cache to cache and log that they’ve done so. You can vicariously travel with them by tracking them online. Picked these up at an event and just haven’t decided what to tag them with or what their goals should be yet, but we’re going to and by the end of the year.

Third, we’re going to try to place (at least) ten caches, one for each hundred finds, between now and the end of the year. We’ve kind of been prepping for this for a while, with containers available ranging from a Nano (picture something the size of your smallest fingernail, or even a little smaller) to a true large (minimum 20-litre container). We just need hiding spots and proper coordinates for them.

We don’t cache every day. Once a week is doing well considering how busy life is sometimes. But if you want to catch what we’ve been doing lately as far as our favourite hobby goes, you’re looking for NinjaRock, and you can find our profile here.

Be well, everyone.

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