Geocaching!

The untold want, by life and land ne’er granted,
Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.

― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

As Jay Leno, or at least a parody of him, would say: “Have you heard about this? Have you seen this?” This being geocaching. We had heard about this adult version of GPS-enabled Easter egg hunting last year, and decided to give it a try. What fun! The gist of it is that participants have hidden thousands upon thousands of caches throughout the world, and posted the GPS coordinates, descriptions, and hints on the main website. Registered users can check the site or a mobile app for caches near them or in any designated area, and navigate to the caches, find them, and log it in to keep track of your finds. It is far more fun than I am making it sound, and is great for learning about an area or breaking up the monotony of a long trip. The range of difficulty, by which I mean both the terrain and cleverness of the hiding spot, varies from easy to very difficult. Rosemarie and I started with a couple of caches a dozen blocks north of our condo in Miami Beach, and have since enjoyed the hobby during out trip across Alligator Alley, in and around Punta Gorda, and most recently in Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys. As this is a rather esoteric subject that might not be of interest to many of the tens of readers we have, we will be keeping most of our geocaching information and posts in a separate tab, which you can find near the top of our site just below the header picture of the Big Kahuna bus.

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