Back in January 2002 when geocaching was nothing more than an underworld, never talked about, geek’s game, The Rats (that’s us) found our very first cache some 30km north of Wollongong. From those early days when we were called SES Rats and our first find was at Trainspotting GCDFF with 2 of my SES friends we’ve since dropped the SES part and have made geocaching a real family sport to the point where many of our family activities are organised around geocaching.
In finding our 10000th find I look back and reflect on what the sport of geocaching has done for me and my family. The places we have been and sights that we would most likely not have ever known about has been truly amazing. Similarly, the like-minded people we have met and the friendships that have been forged as a result of geocaching is priceless. I recall turning up to an event thinking “I’m way outside my comfort zone as I don’t know anyone here” but within minutes we were made feel welcome and started chatting about the same common goals.
There have been 10000 memorable moments, but not that I can remember the detail of every one of them. There are some moments that stick with you forever like our
- Our milestone finds are a special time for us.
- The long bushwalks in search of a cache in some remote wilderness location.
- The unique and challenging caching containers we’ve found
- The many road trips with mates around Australia and overseas in search of caches
- The record breaking 24hr caching run around Adelaide
- The not so enjoyable time when we tried to out-run the Police
- The challenge of caching in the city.
- Finding 1000 finds in 4 days
- Testing my personal skills and capability in an attempt to find a cache, and
- Some of the great caching events we’ve attended along the way.