The kind of geocaching I like to do involves caches no one else wants to find. If it had twelve finds last month, I’m not going to bother. If only one person has made it to ground zero in the past year, my interest just perked. This particular cache hadn’t had a log entry in 5 months, so it was worth a look.
It wasn’t too far off the road, only 0.5 miles. But the forest growth was substantial. Since we are looking at fall, the undergrowth has reached its peak. And, another characteristic of this part of Pennsylvania, plenty of fallen trees to block your way. Combine this with the complete absence of foot trails and you have a winner.
I spent a good half hour wandering up and down the ridge with my android phone. Once again, I’d forgotten to take the Garmin along. Duh. Groundcover which makes Google maps useless. Yep. Nothing to guide you with on the ground. Makes one yearn for the simple compass.
I looked up and there it was! My erratic android had taken me all over the place. Not the most impressive of finds, but a triumph none the less. That one moment of eureka had made all the thorns and stickers worth the trouble. Funny how the small things in life do matter.
I think this is why the pursuit has grown so fast. Why Groundspeak has full-time employees. For an absurdly small investment you can be the star of your own adventure movie. It’s also why I feel it will continue to grow.