Geocaching then and now

Today we went out and found another three geocaches, and yesterday we found five in about an hour. With our recent surge in geocaching activity, I’ve noticed a few changes in geocaching since we started back in 2007.

Of course, the first is the increase in the number of caches that have been hidden. This is a natural result of the increase in the number of people who participate in the hobby. Because most of these new hides are in urban areas, the size of the caches has dropped, and we’re finding a lot more “micro” sized caches than when we started. This has also led to a dramatic decrease in the amount of swapping of cache swag that we’re doing. Our first cache logs listed exactly what we took from a cache, and what we left in return. However, this has become a less common part of caching for us, as the caches that we’re finding are simply too small to fit anything in them besides a logbook. Today we took the boys back to a cache which we’d found yesterday which was large enough to hold some swag but was empty. We brought some swaps with us and the boys chose some things to add to the cache.

Adding swaps to a geocache

Adding swaps to a geocache

Now that the boys are old enough to come caching with us, we might need to be a bit more selective in the caches that we look for, and aim for those that are large enough to accommodate some swaps.

PS Thanks to my wife for suggesting the topic for today’s post – I was having trouble coming up with something.

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About Andrew

I'm a health librarian in Sydney, Australia, who also happens to be a geocacher.

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