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Geocaching - Treasure Hunting for Adults (and Engineers)

     A couple of years ago we attended the World Geocaching Party in Fremont, Washington, home of Geocache Headquarters. While there we saw a T-shirt emblazoned with the perfect definition of geocaching - "Geocaching: What nerds do when they go outside."  My wife says you can substitute the word "nerds" with "engineers" and it would also hold true. If you are unfamiliar with geocaching, I'll leave it to you to Google it and learn about it.
    We were introduced to it in May 2015 while visiting Tromsø, Norway, by good friends.  Our initial impression was, "This is hard and this is stupid and pointless", but we quickly got hooked. It truly is treasure-hunting for adults.  But, it is also so much more:
  • You'll end up going to places you've never been before.
  • You'll discover areas you would otherwise never visit, save for the geocache search.
  • You'll become very good at navigating by GPS.
  • You'll become more observant as you hone your search skills.
  • You'll get dirty, wet, hot, cold, bug-bitten, stung by nettles, and sometimes you'll be skunked (won't find it).
     But you will get exercise, walk the dog, talk to your spouse, and have fun.  Try it.  You'll like it!

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