Discovering Geocaching

27 06 2007

Well, I am very exciting about this whole geocaching thing!  What brilliance – why didn’t someone come up with this before and why didn’t I take the time to check it out until now? 

I had gotten a bit of an introduction to what geocaching/letterboxing is several months ago through our home school group, but I saved the messages with links in my inbox, and there it has stayed.  A friend recently brought it up and I was reminded that I had wanted to see what all the hype was, and that it did sound fun.  I have spent the last couple of hours on the net filling my brain with information on this cool thing to do.  I’m not so thrilled about the trading items part, and although I was excited about the stamping part at first, I am now more excited about using a travel bug and finding benchmarks. 

O, how I love to go.  My honey and I often just get in the car and go “juking”  (pronounced to rhyme with looking).  We have done this for 17 years.  For me, it starting when I was a kid, and was spending the night with my aunt, who suggested that we all (she, my siblings and I, and cousins) go juking.  Since we didn’t know what it was, she showed us.  We drove around with no destination at all in mind but just went where the roads led us, stopped to get a Slush Puppy, and blasted Chuch Berry the entire time!  I particularly remember hearing “No particular place to go” – Chuch Berry must’ve liked juking, too, I thought. 

I love to see new places and I cannot think of a place on this earth that I would not love to see.  I’ve been blessed to have gone to a lot of places, and all were wonderful experiences.  I can’t travel as much as I would like (sell the house and let the world be my home), but the idea of sending a travel bug to go where I can only dream of going is just too much fun! 

 Another thing is that for years I have searched for the perfect photo collection for myself.  I was first inspired when I met someone who collected photos of post offices.  I thought that was a grand idea, since post offices can be elaborate architectural masterpieces, or trailers.  I didn’t want to copy the idea, though…I was looking for something else, I just didn’t know what.  Years later I met someone who takes and collects photographs of places in Kentucky (and has made a profitable business selling them, I might add).  It seemed like such fun to do.  All of his photos were beautiful and really made you want to go there, too.  I have considered for my photographing adventure collection: bridges, out-houses, state welcome signs, park entrances, capitol buildings, but none were a perfect fit for the amount of traveling I get to do, or just weren’t that thrilling – just lacking something….but benchmarks may be just what I have been looking for.  I plan to find a few and see if it peaks my interest. 

I really don’t want to explain what everything is here.   If you are as clueless as I was about letterboxing, geocaching, travel bugs and benchmarks, and would like to know more, I would suggest you start with www.geocaching.com  Happy hunting!

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27 06 2007
snpnmnmi

Juking… HA! Never knew the name for it! My Dear Heart and I use to do it all the time! Now, as you know, he’s not home enough! He is a pro at having no place to go, though.
Have you seen the photo collections of the historic site markers? That one’s a neat one… makes you want to go!
I’m thinking of a letterbox called “bourbon balls”… a kind that gives you clues to get to another one, and then another one? Maybe put in a stamp of a ball (how easy could that be to make myself?) or put in a bunch of little “high bounce balls” to take… hmmm… also thinking of a holiday themed one for the park on this side of town… cause it has a ball field called “Carroll”… ook, I ramble!

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