Ahem. Anyways. Geocachers, yes, that's what I'm here to talk about, geocachers. Last weekend while I was in the park hiding a box for this weekend's event (Hi! Park), the place was pretty busy and there were folks out there participating in all sorts of activities. And I guess some of them are geocaching. And I guess I didn't check my locations right cuz I clearly planted my previous weekend's plant too close to a geocache which was discovered by a nice geocacher, Willipan. This kind soul did the thing that letterboxers everywhere hope a thoughtful geocacher would do: found the box, did not assume it was their cache, have a look-see, signed in, put everything away, registered on AQ, and left a wonderful comment as follows:
I was out geocaching today and thought I'd found the cache for which I was looking about 10 metres from Ground Zero - what a surprise to find this letterbox instead! I've done geocaching letterboxes before but never a non-geocaching one and certainly never found one by accident - I had to sign up and log it! We were the first to find this one - I put in my geocaching stamp but unfortunately, didn't have my geocaching log book with me to use your beautiful stamp! We never did find the geocache we were hunting, but this was a great surprise!
I sometimes see how geocachers are talked about by the letterboxing community and it sort of makes me sad. Listen, no one will be more irritated than me when one of my stamps gets traded out by a geocacher who is not paying attention. But isn't that all it is? Let's face it, all letterboxes will eventually go missing. At least if it's a letterboxer, there's a chance they will come to our hobby as well.
And really, they're sort of like our cousins; they're just having a great time in the woods looking for tupperware just like us. How can you be critical of that? Yes, they play the "game" differently but we all know there's no right or wrong - just different.
So, for posterity, some reasons I love geocachers:
- When explaining letterboxing to them, unlike a muggle, they get it
- They're blazing the path for knowledge of these types of hobbies, making it easier to come in and plant in areas that are already primed for the idea
- They bring new folks to our hobby; let's face it, there are some amazing Ontario letterboxers who came to our community from geocaching
- They're inspirational when it comes to clues and hides (I mean, just look at this!)
- On the whole, they're great people just looking for a stump to hide a box in.
Have you hugged a geocacher today?
Happy trails, letterboxers and geocachers!