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Friday, June 28, 2013

A Worthwhile Investment

Last week I renewed my Premium Membership with Groundspeak.  Yes, I'm in the club for another year.  It's about this time, each year, where I reflect on the past year's worth of geocaching.  Each year I seem to open the door to the possibility that I just might not want to do it anymore.  Perhaps I'll just stick with the free account.  I might not have the opportunity to get out and hunt as many caches as in the past year.  Maybe I just don't want to do it anymore.

I then think of all the experiences I've had as a result of geocaching.  I've overcome childhood fears, climbed really big mountains, plunged into Satan's Crack, met dozens, if not hundreds, of cool folks and much, much more.  I've had the opportunity to challenge myself, both physically and mentally.  I've learned about things and visited places I never knew existed.

I've brought others along on cache finds.  Some have liked it- others, well, not so much.  That's ok, though.  As with many other things in life, it's not for everybody.

A small curiosity about a friend's past time, three years ago, has brought me to where I am today.  I can't imagine how different things would be if I never took the time to research this geocaching game she was talking about at a party.  Can you believe all I would have missed out on?

Granted, you don't need a Premium Membership to geocache.  Many are against the notion of paying to play, and I totally respect that.  To me, for what averages out to a few dollars a month, opens the door to the complete geocaching experience.  It's a worthwhile investment, if you ask me.


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LOL, I get those same feelings Dave! After all if I never got into geocaching, well, I would have never met YOU or have started this blog to begin with.
I wrangled with the premium membership to the point where I let it slide for about a year. That's about all I could take before I joined back up and never looked back. Bottom line, it's worth every penny.

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

I have just renew mine as well Dave, and like you I started after a conversation with my Niece. I just can't image not having caching in my life and the exercise plus enjoyment I get. Good post.

BigAl said...

I enjoyed this post very much. I too, like both of you stated, wrestled with the Premium membership. Mine lapsed a few months ago. I have toyed with the idea of getting it again, but I'm just not sure at this point. I mean I love Geocaching, but I'm not sure about paying the membership once again. Or at least not right now. Maybe if the phone app was also part of the deal I would do it. Let's say for now that I'll keep thinking about it.

Big_Dog1970 said...

Great Job Smithers
I totally agree with you on this topic.

Rains506 said...

Hi Dave! So, this is one of my first times on your blog as I dive into geocaching for the first time! I'm pretty obsessed with hiking (living in Boulder, CO it is quite easy!) and I'm getting ready to plant my first cache, as well as hunt down my first one as well!
I checked out Groundspeak for the first time and really digg it. Thanks for recommending it. For things I get really into, going premium tends to be how I do it as well, so, as I suspect I could get pretty into this, you may see me on the forums in there soon!

- Lauren :) (@Outdoor_Minded)

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