cathedralcachingBefore the Mega, I thought I should update this blog…

Well – since the last entry, I have around another 250 caches found and Eltham has over another 40 caches placed. It’s hard to believe that this game has hooked me in so much, but it has.

There are lots of reasons why.  Playing with satellites, the thrill of just the find of a well thought out and well hidden cache, or even the race for the First to Find – all these are amazing things that can get the adrenalin running.

The trackable items which go from cache to cache – Geocoins or even simple travel bugs all make for great fun.  My personal favourites thus far which I own would be Zoltan the Zombie.  He’s travelled almost 50,000km and is currently residing in Japan.  I have others in California and France as well. It’s great to give joy to others, but also to see the adventures these bugs and coins go on.

There are some coins which unfortunately have been “misplaced” along the way – Pretty things can go missing and end up in other peoples pockets – permanently – I guess that’s just the way things go.

The joy however of placing caches has been one of the great things I have had.  As the cache owner you also get to see the logs of all the people who visit your caches and share for a brief moment in their journey in the game.

Some caches are tiny, some are cleverly camouflaged, some are puzzling or mean, and some are crazy… However thinking about them and providing the enjoyment to others along the way is what makes this game so great.

And that’s where the community comes in.

Wondering if the Bananas, Atsmug, GeoJas or Smepster&Darcy will get the FTF on a new cache, or some one else is always fun. The community which plays this game knows no age boundaries – 4 to 104 can all play; and do.  It’s even possible to catch up with old friends and reconnect in ways not even though of. And it’s all for the game.  But even just a simple log from an as yet unknown cacher can cheer you up no end. The joy shared is joy multiplied.

So this weekend marks the Melbourne Mega event cache – over 600 people have logged “Will Attend” this event – http://coord.info/GC5GCJ8 and it is certain to be lots of fun sharing stories and being part of an energetic (albeit somewhat nerdy) community. It’s a great way to get the kids away from screens on the couch for a while and take a walk out and about.

To those who know don’t really know about Geocaching – find out some more.  It’s great fun and an amazing way to meet people.  You can visit http://geocaching.melbourne/ to find out a little more about the local Melbourne scene, and the Facebook group is active as well.

So join the crazy fun and give it a go – I hope to see you at the Mega!