Do You Geocache?

My wife, Lynn, belongs to an international online photography club called BlipPhoto. Members take pictures and post them where other members can see them and comment on them.
Sometimes one of the members starts something that gets other members involved. A year or so ago there was a bird contest where members had to post pictures of different birds. Hundreds and hundreds of birds from around the world got shared. Lynn got 17, mostly from Nisqually and local parks.
Another BlipPhoto activity centered around a little guy named BlipBear (pictured). BlipBear travelled around the world, shipped from member to member, getting photographed in a wide variety of settings. Along the way, he picked up a fellow traveler named Kiwi who is a… …well… …a kiwi.

BlipBear and Kiwi arrived at our house in early December and our job was to take them to as many places and situations as possible, get photos and then ship them off to their next port of call.
That’s when we discovered Geocaching. A geocache is basically a little weather-proof pot hidden away in the wild, usually close to a path. Apparently there are almost 3 million caches around the world, put there by hundreds of thousands of people. The caches usually include a little pad and pencil so you can add your name when you find it. Some people also add or swap little items like Happy Meal toys or coins. When a new cache is hidden, the hider posts its approximate location on the website with GPS coordinates and perhaps some clue to its actual location. Visitors can also make comments about the cache on the website as long as they don’t reveal its exact location.
Lynn downloaded the App to her iPhone and off we went with BlipBear and Kiwi in a backpack. Our first venture was to Woodard Bay, not far from where we live. There was only one cache on the main trail but we found it fairly easily. Pictures were taken with B&K to prove they were there. The next day we went to Tolmie State Park and the 4 Cedars Trail. There were two caches and we managed to find them both although one took quite a bit longer than the other. A couple of days later we hit the upper end of the Chehalis Trail. An hour of walking, a little brainstorming and a little examination revealed all five on that section. Lots more pictures with B&K were taken.
Having spent Christmas with us, Blipbear and Kiwi have now left us and are headed to Maine. What hasn’t left us is our newly found enthusiasm for Geocaching. There are literally thousands of caches in the Pacific Northwest so we’re not going to run out of adventures any time soon.
Perhaps we’ll see you on the trail. Good hunting!

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About Chris Lee

Chris came to sales and management after ten years on the stage as an actor and musician. Born in England, he spent much of his childhood and adult life in the US. Today he works with business owners, managers and selling professionals to help them improve their people skills and achieve their goals. His clients keep telling him that what he teaches them is making a big change in the way they interact outside the workplace. Chris sees this blog as an opportunity to share some of what he teaches with the South Sound community.

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