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Friday, June 7, 2013

A Testament To Staying Power

When I was introduced to geocaching back on 2009, I wasn't quite sure what it's staying power would be, in regards to other hobbies and life activities I was involved in at the time.  I was a big gamer, at the time.  I'd invested in an Xbox 360, and built a PC, specifically for gaming.  While I always fancied sports games, there was a period of time where Battlefield 2 had turned me into a virtual zombie.  Being an eligible bachelor at the time, I pretty much had the run of the mill when it came to time.  With all apologies to the Rolling Stones, I was free to do what I want, any old time.  Geocaching had some stiff competition.

Geocaching held it's own, on my to-do list.  I found it more rewarding than gaming.  It was cheaper than going to the bar.  Most importantly, I liked the "choose your own adventure" aspect of the game.  Having played so many games, and been involved in hobbies with a rigid set of guidelines and rule sets, the appeal of potentially having a unique adventure every time I played rubbed me the right way.  One day I could be hiking steep terrains, giving my heart a much needed workout, in order to reach a cache at the top of the mountain.  The very next day I could be at the local park pulling my hair out, trying to figure out which of these 129412232 leafy objects is made of plastic, and has a bison tube attached to it.  As a side note, I never knew what a bison tube was, before I got involved in geocaching.

There was a period of time where I was finding multiple caches on a daily basis.  Cache before work.  Cache during work.  Cache after work.  Cache on the weekends.  I found 73 caches in one month, once.  For as much caching as I did,  I always wondered about other cachers.  Ya know, those with thousands upon thousands of finds.  How do they do it?  How do they find the time?

"So let me get this straight?  You can choose your own adventure, yet you choose to go in there?  Cool!"


Unfortunately, life happens from time to time.  The aforementioned 73-cache month happened immediately following the birth of my daughter, in 2011.  I believe part of that spike in cache finds was opportunity.  Another part was probably me knowing, in the back of my head, I would not be getting too many opportunities such as this anytime soon.  It was during the summer.  Work was slow, the kids were off from school, and my fiancee (at the time) was off on maternity leave.  It was only a few weeks later, where the kids would go back to school, the fiancee would go back to work, and work would get crazy again.  The daily routine would be drastically changed.



I was still out finding caches.  Perhaps not as much as I would have liked to, but I was out there.  2012  would remain a busy time.  I got married in July, and by the end of the summer, we were house hunting.  If anything slowed down everything else going on in life, including geocaching, it was the home buying process.  It wasn't my first rodeo, but the process was MUCH more strenuous than it was five years ago.  It pretty much consumed every waking hour of my day, both after work, and during-which was making an already hectic situation even more hectic!  I may have been finding a cache per week, perhaps every two weeks.  I think back just a a year or so ago, and how I marveled at the "power cachers" with there four and five-figured find counts.  Heck, at this point, I wondered how *I* managed to find the time to find as my caches as I had.

One of my favorite views from "GZ"


Thankfully, life has I funny way of balancing itself out.  We closed on our new home in February.  While work remains busy, with an increased workload, I've figured out a way to manage my new found responsibilities, in a manner which doesn't have me headed for the loony bin.  I'm slowly, but surely, getting back in the swing of things.  I've been doing more caching lately.  A cache here, a cache there.  I've been working on a cache series, and am ready to find the bonus cache, to complete that series.  I've given thought to my next milestone cache (800) and how I want to obtain it.  I'm glad to say that in my busy life, geocaching has stood the test of time.  It's sure had the staying power!  Like my good friend Bloodhounded reminded me recently, "Brother you're right back in the game, in fact, you were never out!"


3 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

So glad to see you back. Our caching has been slow too lately but hopefully that is going to change.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

So glad to see you back. Our caching has been slow too lately but hopefully that is going to change.

Gayle Labuz said...

I love the "Choose Your Own Adventure" analogy! Man, I devoured those books when I was a kid. This was a great post, because you nailed another awesome thing about caching... it doesn't matter if you have to slow down or step away from the game for a bit. You can just pick right back up again when you're ready.

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