Tuesday, October 12, 2010

10-10-10 or Using Billion Dollar Technology to Find Tupperware in the Woods

What?  ....the 10th day of the 10th month of the 10th year of the century AND the 10th anniversary of the sport of geocaching and its website Groundspeak.  What?  Well, it's basically using a handheld GPS to track down containers of all sizes that other geocachers have hidden and listed the coordinates of online.  In plain sight, more or less--and more than 1,200,000 worldwide.  That's the short version, of course, but if you'd like to learn more just check out http://www.geocaching.com/.  There are a couple of neat videos and for gabbing there are forums and a blog, and of course, links to YouTube. 

So we definitely had to help break the old record (56,654) on 10-10-10 when more than 75,000 geocachers (so far) logged at least one find on the same day.  What a lot of cachers running around, "bushwhacking"!  That's just simple geocaching, but....  a Virginia couple planned their wedding for...  10:10:10 am, 10-10-10.  And there was a 10 minute, 10 second flashmob in Tianjin, China, and a hundred or so other scheduled events.  Here in Minot I noticed that half of all the geocaches listed within 25 miles of my home were logged as found on that day by at least one person.  Didn't check to see how many had multiple people visiting them.  Whoa.... we haven't even found all of those or even that many yet!

Took Kate and Mikayla and really must do some work on ETIQUETTE.  As in, not yelling "I found it!" or jumping up and down or squabbling to see who gets to open the cache first.  Arghhh...  shades of Charlie Brown's good grief.  It's fun though when you find a tricky cache.  Some of the containers are way wicked in their construction!  For some neat examples check out http://www.cachingcontainers.com/  (I like that fake thermometer!)  We have a couple planned that will puzzle the dickens out of everyone, or give them a good laugh.  Anyhow, here's a few pics from caches that we've found (not necessarily lately), and then off to bed I'll go.