I had gotten my nephew, William, hooked on geocaching sometime last fall. For Christmas, he got a new GPS, and I had been promising I teach him how to use it and would take him geocaching again. I finally got around to fulfilling that promise yesterday.
First, I got Will set up with one of the cables I scored yesterday, and loaded EasyGPS onto his computer so he could track his waypoints. After that, we logged onto geocaching.com and found a few caches close by.
My sister lives near Lynches Woods in Newberry. There are several geocaches in the park, so we had some great targets. As we went, I showed Will how to spot impact trails and UPSs (unnatural piles of sticks.) We talked about GPS accuracy and the need to carry a compass, too.
The first find was easy. On the second cache, a king snake didn’t like our presence, and went into attack mode. We gave it a wide clearance. The cache itself was easy to find. We scored a third one in the park, then decided to call it a day. Besides, keeping up with a twelve year old was putting a strain on my injured foot.
I haven’t been geocaching very much lately. It seems that most of my geo-related activities have involved Google Earth/Maps and geotagging photographs. I believe I get the most pleasure geocaching when I go with someone new, like my nephew. I just have to make an effort to do that more often.