Why Blog about Geocaching?

Hello Caching Community!  This is the Cacheology.com inaugural blog post.

As the world becomes more virtual and digital, it becomes more important than ever to connect to the physical.  Geocaching provides a link between the two.

Geocaching is typically described as a “high-tech treasure hunt.”  It’s more than that.   It is:

  • A crowd-sourced exploration of the world around us
  • An educational tool to tell a story…about a place or a time or an event
  • An fun and inexpensive activity while relaxing or vacationing with family and friends
  • A platform for location-based games and puzzles
  • A virtual tour guide to most any place in the world
  • An opportunity to connect with a community and share your knowledge and creativity with them

As an activity, geocaching is still in its infancy.  The world is truly our oyster, and the GPS is our tool to pry the sucker open and find the good stuff.

Geocaching is being reimagined and redefined every day.  There are no limits on the games we can play or the adventures we can undertake.

At this page, I’ll share the more interesting aspects of geocaching I have discovered, and try and enrich your experience with my own caches, games, challenges and ideas.

Over the course of the next 3 months, I will launch, from this page :

  • A historic, ski-themed tour of Colorado’s Front Range, with all new caches
  • A new game — a mash-up of geocaching with another outdoor sport that I love
  • A transportation-themed event cache in Denver

And that’s just the beginning.

I hope to get feedback from you on these caches and events.  You can reach me through social media or email with comments, or with any cache-related questions, particularly if you are new to caching.

I also hope this blog provides an endless source of ideas and inspiration to me, and to you, to take geocaching to the next level.

The Geocacher’s Psyche

Ice-age heat wave, can’t complain. When the world’s at large why should I remain?

Modest Mouse “World at Large”

Cachers are restless.  A geocacher’s instinct for movement simmers just below the surface of day-to-day life. Never quite satisfied, we move on to another spot, another challenge.  There is always something new to see and experience around the next corner.

In some respects, the actual cache is just a proxy for a fleeting moment:  a time, a place, the persons with you on the quest. Hardy souls who will hike up any slope, weather any weather, and drive 200 miles out of their way to see the World’s Second Largest Ball of Twine.

If there’s a cache located there.

Sign the log.  A greeting, a shout-out, an inverse message-in-the-bottle where the message stays put but the audience comes and goes.

Take something…leave something.  Just try not to leave footprints, or any other mark that you have been there (except the signed log).  After all, can’t tip the location to the next one on the way.

All threads of the geocaching experience.

This blog is a journey for me.  But I don’t want to go it alone.  I want to create unique experiences for the world at large.  To acknowledge and give back to those in the caching community who’ve been stashing caches for the last 14 years.

In the next blog post I will introduce a new series of caches commemorating the “Lost Ski Areas of Colorado’s Front Range.”  As with many enterprises in the West, they were founded on absurd expectations and some have faded almost out of memory.  But they left a mark that can be seen to this day.  If you get out and look for these caches.

Cache on!