|Geocachers on the Lone Star Trail|
By the way, as a young farm boy, the Sears catalog was of special interest due to the fact that it had grown women posing in under clothes, but it also had a huge Christmas section at the end of the year. I can’t really recall which was more interesting, but I digress.
My dad was in my eyes a true hunter who was woods savvy. I saw him shoot a flying crow with a .22 rifle one time and he was at home when in the woods. He never got lost and would often trick my brothers and I by quizzing us about where we were or what we were looking at. I’ve written about this before, so I will not weary you by repeating.
Suffice it to say, my whole family grew up doing outdoorsy things most people only see on TV or in movies. We learned more by doing than by actual teaching. My dad was an awesome man with a lot of book and real life experience, but he was definitely not a teacher in the conventional sense. He taught by doing and we learned without realizing we were being taught.
Maybe this is the reason I am so passionate about explaining things and this brings me to the subject. I, as many of my readers know, am a geocacher. Not to take away from any other hobby especially fishing and hunting, but geocachers are the new outdoors people. To prove my point, we spend more time in the woods and trails than the other groups combined. I don’t have hard facts on that, but I’m pretty sure I’m dead on.
|Geocachers on Cedar Bayou|
I have a web page set up to explain how it works. It might be a good idea to stop reading right now and see what this geocaching thingy is before you read further. I am on the board of the Texas Geocaching Association and represent our area. I teach free geocaching 101 classes at either the EddieV Gray Wetlands Center or the Baytown Nature Center twice a year. Everyone is invited to attend and bring your kids.
It might just save them and you. You see, there are probably more seniors playing this game than young people and it’s a great way to walk off those holiday pounds.
There are a lot of things vying for our attention and much of it is bad. I can’t think of anything better in the secular world than this game to introduce people to the great big wonderful world out there. I also have a confession here and it’s embarrassing a bit. Geocachers almost to the person are nerdish. I know. Like I said, it’s embarrassing. We tend to like to read, do math, study statistics, love learning new things – all the things most people hate. But… there is a treasure hunt here and who doesn’t like to find treasure?
I know I do and it drives me to go on this geocaching adventure like a person looking for gold. The gold is nothing more than a piece of paper inside the container that I will sign the date and my geocaching name. It’s crazy. Then I will go online to geocaching.com and write a story about the adventure called “a log”. This records my visit and verifies I’ve been to the container. I often post a funny selfie too.
Register a free account at geocaching.com and download a free App for your phone and you are ready to begin the adventure. If you get a group together, I will be happy to conduct a free class in how to play the game.