Monday, November 12, 2012

When your Grandson gets excited so do you – Geocaching – Whoa!

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When your Grandson gets excited so do you – Geocaching – Whoa!
I was on my Facebook yesterday making my routine survey of Friends and what they are doing around the world.  It is a kind of a “Start of the Day” and “End of the Day” thing with me.  My Grandson Clifford was on as well and began a conversation excited about his new interest… and insisted that I would love this new thing he was doing.

Oh boy – here we go… Grandpa following an excited Grandson. I just finished an outdoor adventure with him entitled football.  What could this one be?

I joined Facebook on July 29, 2007 after my two daughters prompted me to get with it!  Now I am following and connected with about 1100 friends from around the world.

Yesterday I jumped into something new for me but not new in our world. It was because of my Grandson.  Where Facebook started in February 2004, this new adventure for me was first ‘launched’ or ‘played’ on March 3, 2000. 

Now officially on November 11, 2012 I jumped into another new thing – “Geocaching”. I am now a follower of and participant in Geocaching and the world is opening to me almost too fast! I am a ‘Geocacher’ – or maybe I should say a Geocache Explorer/Detective/Hiker/Treasure-hunter!!!

My older friends are still scratching their heads about Email and Facebooking – what the heck is Geocaching??? Well Geocaching is an outdoor activity filled with new adventure where you can get out of the house and head for a place where someone has hidden a cache of ‘something’ – somewhere that ordinary people would never see or guess.

Here is what Wikipedia offers… quote…
“Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System(GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking.

Geocaches are currently placed in over 200 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica, and the International Space Station.  After nearly 13 years of activity there are over 1.9 million active geocaches published on various websites. There are over 5 million geocachers worldwide.”
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So how did I get involved?  I clicked on to then I read what the possibilities were and what you can do with it.

One thing that caught my interest immediately was that my Cell Phone Model is capable to work with Geocaching.  One or two clicks on my Cell Phone and a Geocaching Ap was downloaded and installed. I kind of held my breath on this one – not having a clue what I was about to get… but before I let my breath out my Cell Phone was ready to go… waiting for me to give it instructions.

You are so right Clifford!  I absolutely love this new adventure that I am about to take. This afternoon Grandma Lincoln and I will be heading for our first Geocache from the look of it. At least two are very close to us and about another gazillion are only a short distance away.

I have worked with and even taught the use of the old fashioned compass.  I developed games for it and loved the adventure of this kind of activity.  Now I can still keep doing this in my old age!!! Wahoo!

Thank you Clifford for making Grandpa Lincoln very happy today.  I can’t wait to go along with you as well. Sheesh I feel like I am 17 again!!!! I think your other Grandpa – Grandpa Lindsay is going to love this one too.  It will be fun taking him along on an adventure of Geocaching as well.

~ Murray Lincoln ~
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