A “Geocaching” Question

My Geocaching hobby has got me sometimes looking at the world in a different way. Wendy probably thinks that has been caused by banging my head once too many times while looking for a cache.

For the uninitiated, geocaching is using a GPS receiver to locate something hidden by another geocacher. It could be something large (my largest find was a 5 gallon bucket) or something quite small (my smallest find is about the size on an eraser on the end of a pencil). The geocacher who places a cache posts the cache’s location’s coordinates on the Internet, along with some details and perhaps hints about the cache. The cachers looking for it transfer the coordinates from the Internet to the GPS and the hunt is on. Some of the best hides (and most challenging finds) are the caches that are hidden in plain sight. They are right in front of anyone who looks, but, because of the way they are camouflaged, no one knows it is a geocache.

A too common (and boring) hiding spot is under the skirt at the base of a light pole in a parking lot. It is now hard to walk by a light pole without thinking “geocache.”

In a way, the world has gotten much larger for me since I started geocaching 6 years ago. Things are no longer the way they appear. There may be treasures finding right under our noses. We just aren’t aware that they are there. It takes some special hints and clues and perhaps some specialized equipment to find what is hiding right in front of us. It is like looking at pond water under a microscope–it isn’t just a drop of water, it’s a entire new world. Or looking at the night sky with binoculars or a telescope. There is a lot in our world that we just can’t see unless we are looking for it.

What could be some of the things in your world that are hiding in plain sight, just waiting for you to find?

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