• Geocaching

    Geocaching

    by I know I’ve talked a bit about it before, but… Geocaching, in its barest, simplest form, is a real-world treasure hunt. Armed with a set of GPS coordinates and a device of some kind to tell you how close you are to those coordinates, you go out into the world and find the secret treasure, the geocache. It could be very large. It could be very small. It’s likely small and quite probably camouflaged in some way. Not always. It may have little things to trade inside. Probably, but there’s no guarantee, there’s a slip of paper or a small book or something for you to sign and date.…

  • Life

    Lost Hobbies

    by When I was a kid, for a bunch of years, I collected stamps. Lately, I think it’s called. I still have most of the box, having tried twice in adulthood to go back to it, but not since my oldest child was very, very small, and he’s almost 20 now. I used to love it, the detail put into many of them, the old printing processes, the tiny variations that could happen just from some little flick of the machine, things being printed backwards or upside down, stamps from all over the world. I have a couple of boxes full of albums and envelopes. Thousands of stamps. Tens of…

  • Geocaching

    Placing Caches

    by So with the sadness and horror all around about the US election (even I posted about it, and I probably will again as some of the horror begins to morph into real-world shapes), it’s time for something a little lighter. Youngest and I are taking our geocaching to the next level. We’ve been talking hiding more of our own caches about it for a while, and since we decided to celebrate our thousandth find by placing ten new ones of our own, it’s time. But she wants to do more than just basic caches. She wants to place interesting, strange, entertaining, or bizarre caches. I think we should do…

  • Life

    1000 Caches and Counting

    by 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…

  • Gaming,  Life

    The Joys of Geocaching

    by If you’ve never heard of Geocaching, you’re not alone. And that’s okay. It’s a fairly recently development, coming about not too long after the advent of reasonably affordable handheld GPS devices. And reasonably affordable gets more so every year, depending on the bells and whistles you want. Of course, these days you can go out with a smart phone. As long as you have data access, you have a working GPS device, and there are apps for every platform. But I’m getting a little ahead of myself. I haven’t actually told you what Geocaching is it. And while it would probably be easier just to steal some copy from…