Geocaching is addictive.
Just ask my friend Jennifer over at McDougall Photography – The Blog. Jennifer is a fellow blogger, and works with me at my day job. She is also a great friend. We bonded over steak sandwiches about a year ago, became cubicle neighbours a few months ago and have since discovered that we have similar taste in books, humour and a few other random things.
Jennifer has also proven to have a taste for adventure and spontaneity. Which, in my books, rates even higher on the friendship checklist than a love for a good steak sandwich with a side of fries. Those quality also rate high as prerequisites for being a geocacher.
The other day she overheard a conversation I was having with another friend at work about geocaching. (If you’ve never worked in a cubicle, you have to trust me when I say that overhearing a conversation is NOT a hard thing to do. If you do work in a cubicle, you know exactly what I mean.) We chatted for a bit about this new found hobby of the Labuzers and about 543,087 other active geochachers around the world. I regaled her with stories of the thrill of the hunt, the excitement of finding the cache and the general awesomeness of being outside with my family doing a hobby that barely costs a thing.
|Emma checks out one of three caches we recently found in Riverside Park, Guelph|
The next thing I knew, she had a gleam in her eye and a freshly downloaded app on her iPhone. Oh yes – she was ready to make the leap. Luckily, we had some important work stuff to discuss (no, really!) and decided that a quick walk outside would be the perfect way to clear our heads and talk about a project we’re working on together. The funny thing is, there just happened to be a cache listed as being hidden a mere 200 meters from our desks.
We didn’t find the cache. But Jennifer did find out that geocaching is definitely a cool thing to do. She hit the trail that very night with her family and she hasn’t looked back.
So we’ve been swapping stories, and sharing some tips. I’m predicting there may be a few lunchtime geocaching adventures in our near future. A quick search on geocaching.com shows that there are a lot of caches to be found close to the office.
I think it’s safe to say that the McDougall’s are official geocachers. Jennifer hasn’t blogged about it yet – but I know it’s just a matter of time…..
Have you tried geocaching yet? Tell us about it!