When we got our tax return, I got a handheld GPS. I'd been wanting one for a while, and there was one at the pawn shop. Now, admittedly it's not the newest by a long shot, and I'm still learning some of the tricks, but we've been going out geocaching as much as possible.
It's a lot of fun. One of the best things about geocaching is that it's adaptable. On days when I'm up to it, we'll hike into the woods or on a bike path. On days when I can't do much, we'll find what's called "park and grabs".
My favorite caches so far... well, one I haven't even found yet! It's an abandoned railroad bridge near me, well within walking distance, and it's interesting and beautiful and fascinating. We had a lot of fun just looking around at the area, and although we didn't find the cache, we're looking forward to going back out to look for it.
The other favorite is a puzzle cache, where you have to figure something out to be able to find the cache and sign the log. In this case, we'd figured everything out, we were just having trouble getting the thing to open, and a local cacher came out to try to help us. Turns out he'd put it in the alley behind his house on purpose! We did finally get everything working, and it was nice to meet another cacher.
"We" is some combination of me (Lady Loki), Loki Silvertongue, Swordsage, Little Loki, and Gandalf Gurgi. In the case of the railroad bridge, it was me, Silvertongue, and Little Loki. We plan to go back with Swordsage, but that's not the only one we're going back to.
Silvertongue has been trying to find a cache on a certain stretch of bike path. We've been there twice and haven't found it, but we have plans to take everyone, plus our friends David and Kitty and one of her dogs. Of course, as mentioned above, I'm still learning the GPS (semi-affectionately nicknamed "Etch a Sketch"), and I recently figured out that I can zoom the silly thing in to see better where we are in relation to the cache. I wouldn't have figured that out if I wasn't taking Gandalf on his first geocaching run. In fact, he found the micro, and it was the first day I've been out that we found all the caches we tried to find!
I'll try to keep this updated. There's a story in every cache, even if it's "I didn't feel good today so we drove around getting PnGs (park and grabs)". :)