A little elbow room please…
It’s been awhile since I’ve updated here or have been caching. With the weather turning much colder… the recent Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays… as well as increased job responsibilities, I haven’t had the chance to go out as much as I’d like. I have on occasion made time for one or two here and there, but to spend an entire day out hasn’t happened.
One thing that I have noticed lately is the increase of ‘geocaching’ appearing in the media. Whether it’s a foreign building being evacuated due to others thinking the geocache is a bomb, or the occasional news story about caching, I have been wondering how others in the geocaching community feel about increased media attention about this activity.
If you’re reading this blog, it’s probably because you are a geocacher. Regardless of your geocaching experience or number of finds, I’d like to know your thoughts about increased participation in caching.
Do you welcome more participants to geocaching? Do you feel that with increased attention to this activity, it will draw more and more people to geocaching? How do you feel about more cachers in the field?
I have mixed emotions about it. On one hand, I try to explain to members of my family or friends about geocaching to see if they might get excited about it and want to try. On the other hand, I don’t want this hobby to become over saturated with participants like everything else.
When you think about it… how many times have you wanted to go to an amusement park to ride the coasters; go camping and enjoy the outdoors; play a few rounds of golf; visit a water park and enjoy riding the tubes or shooting the rapids… pick your event and you’re going to run into crowds of people. It seems that whatever I want to do on a particular day, a gazillion other people have the same thing on their mind as well. I know this big rock of ours is growing in population every day, and wherever you go, you’re bound to run into someone doing the same activity. But (so far) when it comes to geocaching, I’ve not run into very many people doing the same thing. It’s rare that I find another person looking for a cache. It happens, but not very often.
I know I can’t have it both ways – I can’t get others excited about geocaching and yet, try to keep the number of participants down. It’s idiotic to even consider such a thing. But that balance is nice where you can still go out and not run into a line of people waiting to sign the logbook (of course I’m exaggerating there). I enjoy participating in something that is not so freakishly popular that everyone has to do it.
At the time of this writing, according to geocaching.com, “there are 1,261,292 active geocaches around the world.” That number continues to grow each day. I’m currently at 47 finds. I know I’ll be damn lucky to reach a 5 digit number of finds – unbelievably lucky. But for now, I enjoy the fact that this activity hasn’t caught on as a big fad in the general population. It may come to that, and it’s something I’ll deal with. With the recent holiday’s, I’m sure Santa delivered quite a few GPS units. And, with apps available for iPhone, iPad and Android phones, the number of participants will surely swell.
Tell me your thoughts … I’m curious how other geocachers feel about this topic.