What is Geocaching? I am asked that question 2-3 times a week.
Geocaching.com, the official website for this activity, describes it this way:
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
For me, Geocaching is an obsession. It is a way to get me off the couch and moving. It takes me to places I’ve never been and allows me to see things I’ve never seen. It has introduced me to a great group of friends, and I am meeting new people on a regular basis.Best of all, because of my desire to participate in group events, I was motivated to make a lifestyle change. In the past three and a half years I have lost 65 pounds and am now in the best physical condition of my life.
I am a charter member of New Cache Order, a group of cachers in the Tri-Cities Tennessee/SW Virginia area. In addition to our love of geocaching, our group shares a passion for helping our neighbors through volunteering.Members of our group enjoy participating in a wide variety of volunteer activities such as:
- serving tables, washing dishes, and helping with food prep at One Acre Cafe,
- helping with events that raise money for our local animal shelters or provide fun activities for kids with special needs
- picking up trash and doing trail maintenance at parks like Bays Mountain Park, Laurel Run Park, Persimmon Ridge Park and more,
- serving as “parents” for wolf cubs being integrated into the pack at Bays Mountain,
- packing Blessing Bags for those less fortunate,
- picking up trash along our adopted stretch of highway 36 in Sullivan County as part of the Tennessee Adopt-a-Highway program