Geocaching and human connections

by Lindsay on August 28, 2010

in Environment, Relationships

I’ve recently discovered Geocaching. If you don’t know what on earth I’m talking about, then check out the website here:

Geocaching

It sounds nerdy (and I suppose it is, in a way) but it is so. much. fun.

Have you ever done something that keeps your mind and body busy and you’re enjoying yourself so much that you lose all track of time?

That happened to me today as I embarked on my geo-caching adventure. I’m seeing my city through eyes I’ve never seen it, despite having lived here for almost 5 years. I’m seeing parts of my city I’d never contemplate visiting thanks to this scavenger hunt. I’m talking to complete strangers as they look at me puzzled, thinking “She LOOKS sane but this digging around in bushes thing she’s doing while constantly looking at her iPhone would indicate otherwise…” The best part is I’m becoming part of a worldwide community of people who enjoy doing this too. Geo-caching happens all over the world and that, to me, is quite remarkable.

One of my favorite things about finding a cache, besides the “HA! FOUND IT!” feeling is reading through the log book (each hidden treasure has a log book for people to sign and leave comments). People also leave little gifts, tokens for others to take, some leave small denominations of money, others leave their business cards. People trust that if someone takes something, they leave something. So much of geocaching is based on the honor code – trust that people won’t steal things or won’t post any cheats on the Geocaching site when they get home.

This sense of being connected to people I’ve never met and likely never will is so incredible. We all need to feel like we belong. So even as I roam around the city on my lonesome – armed with only my phone and my bike – looking for things other people have hidden, I know I’m not alone.

Geocaching is just a reminder to me that we’re all connected. We’re all a part the largest community on the planet: humanity. Sure, we have countless different cultures, subcultures, communities and groups but we are all unified. We need to follow the geocaching honor system: don’t cheat, steal or lie. Enjoy life.  Live it to the fullest. And hide little things for people to find every once in a while that will make them smile.

Have you ever gone geocaching? What’s your coolest find/experience?

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{ 4 comments }

bb August 29, 2010 at 11:16 am

this is my favorite entry.

Lindsay August 29, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Thank you! :)

sheryl February 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Love geocaching. It connects us as a family…from the youngest to oldest. We love finding geocoins or travel bugs and checking to see where they came from and where all they have been. It is a game of treasure hunting with a gps. We just started in Oct and can’t believe treasures have been hidden around us for 10 years.

Lindsay February 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Oh, I know. It's incredible! I see the world through different eyes now – through the eyes of a geocacher! Anyone I've introduced to GC has loved it, too. It's something anyone of any age can do and enjoy.

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