I’m not a builder. I don’t have the “handy” gene that most of the men in my family have. Instead, I have the nerd gene. The gene that makes me look at something online and wonder how it is done. How I would have done it differently or better. With that being said I realized I’m probably not going to be the person to build an awesome cache container, so I need to find a way to stand out doing what I do. Being a nerd. That has led me to hacking around with the cache listing page and different ideas for technology caches. I’ve found some interesting tricks lately including a way to change the image in your cache listing when the user clicks a certain link.
Ok. I admit, the title is a little misleading, but this week I found a neat little work around to the Groundspeaks limitations of what you can put in a cache listing. To some this may not seem like much but to me it opened up a while new realm of possibilities.
I’ve been working hard lately on coming up with ideas for new types of geocaches. Clever hides, good places, fun challenges, and mostly new technology that could be brought into geocaching. My best idea, or the or I’m most proud of, so far came on Shallow Esophagus which I’ll describe more in a later entry. My most recent idea came from Momma-Cache: a concentration / memory game puzzle.
This past weekend I hit a geocaching milestone. I found my 1000th geocache find. Many of my 1000 were located in parking lots or on guardrails, or other places that took little to no skill to find. Not to say that I haven’t had my fair share of memorable caches in that 1000 though. There have been some amazingly creative hides, historic places, challenging hikes, and of course the tunnel crawls. Of course my 1000th cache could not be one of the basic urban hides. Instead I had to challenge myself with a crazy climb to the top of a rusty old crane.
I was looking for an adventure, and boy did I find one. One that would challenge me mentally, physically, and push me beyond what I thought my limits were. I now know that I can do a lot more than I thought possible. But not for quite some time since my muscles are still killing me.
So I’ve written, rewritten, self-promoted, blogged, tweeted, and facebooked all in an effort to become the Checkers Fan of the year. It all paid off. I’m now one of 16 finalists for the Charlotte Checkers fan of the year. I realized after meeting the other candidates and getting more information on what is in store for me the next couple months I have just now started this journey.
Much like anything else in life not all caches are equal. Some involve long hikes or even swimming and diving. While others require nothing more than locating the correct lamp post in the Walmart parking lot. Today I did one of the cruelest caches I’ve ever done.
What is an adventure? Does adventure lie in the destination? Can you truly plan an adventure? Or is planning the counter-intuitive anti-adventure? Many people subscribe to the the cliched, yet true, “it’s about the journey not the destination” mindset. To me the best adventures occur happen when random chance crashes into good planning and ends with a smile and a great story. Right now I’m planning something that may be my next great adventure.