It's been the winter that wasn't here in Indiana, and I won't lie - aside from my allergies going crazy and occasionally worries about the state of our polar ice caps, it has been awesome. Last weekend, we took advantage of the beautiful weather and got out our bikes for the first ride of the season.
We rode to the south side of town and were playing on the swings when Matt said, "hey! we should see if there are any of those geocache things here!" Turns out, the nearest one was only .1 miles away, so off we went.
Thus began the impromptu hobby quest adventure of geocaching. Geocaching is kind of like an adult treasure hunt, in which you use a GPS and clues to track down a hidden box with junk in it. You take a piece of junk and, in exchange, leave a piece of your own. And you sign your name on the little teeny tiny log book.
Our first one didn't take too long to find, thanks to the hints on the app. There it is!
We ended up doing 4 hunts and were successful in two of them.
Hobby grade: B+
- More fun than I expected. It added a sense of corny adventure to our normal bike outing
- There are a TON of these to do! We live in BFE, and there were enough to occupy us many more weekends. So never a risk of running out.
- There were some downsides. 2 of them we couldn't find. Matt demonstrates disappointment:
-To have the best experience with this hobby, you need to be more prepared that we were. Not that you need lots of gear, but you definitely want a pen to sign the log, and be wearing older shoes for walking through mud.
- You get weird looks as you climb and hunt for a small box/container in very public areas. We actually had a guy come over and talk to us when we were looking for one near the Public Works building (which we never found...).
- look at HOW TINY this one is. I don't know how Matt saw it. Do you see it??
- This is kind of a seasonal activity. I guess we could hunt for them in winter, but ew. No thanks.
- we both had some trouble operating the phone app. Apparently, compasses and directions are not strong points for either of us.
So yay! A hobby that is cheap, free, and fun. We both enjoyed this quite a bit, I think, and if the rain holds off, might look for some others this weekend. Don't worry, I'll still be subjecting Matt to juggling and basket weaving at some point. Even better, why don't YOU take 10 seconds of your life to respond to this poll and tell us what hobby you'd like us to try next.
UPDATE: Matt just got home from work. He got poison ivy from this adventure! So add that to the list of potential negatives. I've never had poison ivy in my life, so I assume I'm not allergic. Matt, on the other hand, breaks out if he's near the stuff.