I shot this video a couple weeks ago, merely to reinforce my statement that, for us, it’s all about the experience of geocaching, and not so much about the numbers. This isn’t to say that geocachers who enjoy racking up their number of finds is wrong – not at all. The idea of heading out for the main purpose of increasing my count isn’t out of the question – and while I have tried doing just that, inevitably, our purpose is diverted by an interesting town to explore, reading the text from old headstones at a cemetery find, or just taking in the sights of the surrounding area. Maybe it just comes down to the fact that we’re easily distracted.
The bottom line is, geocaching means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I welcome the chance to talk to other cachers, which is the main purpose of this blog. As always, I encourage your comments and enjoy hearing from others around the world about their experience with geocaching and what it means to them.
It was still pretty gray when this video was made two weeks ago, but with a few rains since and the temperature getting warmer, the trees have been budding and it’s starting to green up already here in Ohio. I’m looking forward to a great caching season – I look forward to your comments.
My earlier post spoke about the events surrounding the dropping of a geocoin and making that experience memorable for the owner of the coin. As I have repeatedly stated on this blog, for me, the fun with geocaching is not about racking up the number of finds. I know that some people enjoy that aspect of the game, and to those players that love that – I support your viewpoint. Regardless of how you get your enjoyment from this activity, the importance lies within the activity itself. Bottom line – it’s a whole lot of fun.
My enjoyment comes from visiting places I have never been to before, or learning about the history of the location of the cache. This is probably a big factor why I have so few finds in comparison to other players. It doesn’t happen with each find, but I do seem to linger for awhile at each location to either read the sentiments on a few gravestones at a cemetery cache, or take in the local highlights of an unfamiliar town.
With the visit to the Ohio Renaissance Festival, I was hoping for a great photo opportunity for the geocoin, but also enjoy the day and whatever it may bring. I hope you enjoy a quick video I shot of the festival. We will come back next year, and afterward, log in a few additional caches from the area.
While out geocaching on March 12, 2011, we ended up locating a few caches near the Harding Memorial in Marion, Ohio. Historical places like this are what makes caching enjoyable.