Tales from the Trails
Nothing enhances the likeability of a recreational activity more than a couple of intriguing stories about it that you can later share with fellow enthusiasts. So next time you’re out on the prowl for a cache taking instructions from your portable handheld GPS about where to go next, retell these tales to spark a little more interest. These same tales, depending upon the amount of sarcasm your comrades employ, might also spark a comment such as “Thank you so much for that bit of useless information." But the fact remains that no matter how advanced our technology gets, the value of a good tale told by a human has yet to become outmoded.
There are likely two schools of thought that operate within the bounds of the geocaching community. The first believe that it is the hunt, the process of seeking and bringing to bear their native-GPS assisted skills set to track down the geocache stash at the end of each journey. Perhaps they cling to the credo which states “life is a journey and not a destination." Perhaps that group buys Cracker Jacks for the taste and not the prize at the bottom of each box.
Then there is the other school that is in it for the prize, the end-result. This set will not be so pleased with the same old run of the mill stashes in the geocache box (the same old story) at the end of the satellite-assisted hide and seek game. This crew is going to want some variety, originality, and perhaps a proverbial Holy Grail when their geocaching day is done. Making That Geocache Stash Very Difficult to Find would be a good read for these types, incidentally.
With that said, either school of geocaching enthusiasts will appreciate a couple of intriguing stories about amazing geocaching finds – search and rescue stories that encapsulate pragmatic and even life-saving byproducts of this recreational activity. Geocaching is actually a very helpful exercise for search and rescue personnel to employ since many times they have to find stranded, lost, and hurt people in the wild in a similar manner to the way geocachers track down what they’re looking for. Even more so when rescue workers actually have GPS coordinates to work with. At any rate, a little light reading here will make you eager to get back out there and enjoy the great outdoors and seek what you should find.