Chutz question (geocaching)

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AustenFan
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   Posted 3/28/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chutz.  I was going to email you, but I thought others might have the same question. :-)
 
I'm really intrigued by geocaching.  I went to the website, and it sounds like so much fun.  I'm wondering, though, if your fibro makes it difficult to get to the caches.  For instance, do you have to do a lot of hiking or walk over a lot of uneven terrain?  I'm just wondering how strenuous getting to the cache usually is.
 
Thanks!
 
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Chutz
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   Posted 3/30/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Austin!

That's a really good question! There are literally thousands, if not millions of caches around the world so finding easy terrain ones is no problem at all. You can choose something first that is classes wheelchair accessible and those will be the easiest, obviously. Most of the people will explain the terrain and if not you can email them and ask about it. Tell them your limitations and I'm sure they will be more than happy to help you out. One of the things about the geocaching community is "the more people the better it is' so helping someone join in is tops.

Most of the ones I've hunted have been a terrain about 1 1/2 or 2. Those have been like walking in a park or a bit in the woods. If you go with hubby and/or daughter work as a team. That's what we do. One person can find what we call "ground zero"...the exact point where the gps says the cache is located. Then we sort of slowly spread out until we find it. It doesn't take long until you start to get an eye for hiding places like under a pile of dry bark in the woods. That's common around here.

Plus there are tons of caches in cities and those are along streets and in parks. Some caches are in tiny containers the size of my little finger nail that are magnetic and stick to the under side of a park bench. The location and types are endless. That's what makes it so fun! Then there are the 5 gallon buckets and ammo cans that hold lots of treasures to swap.

Give it a try. If that one's too much then look for ones that are rated easier. I'm sure you can do it! I do and I not only have pain from fibro, but I have pains down my legs from a collapsed disk. Plus the fresh air and moving really helps me. I've noticed since I started that I am able to putter outside longer than been able to in a long time.

If anyone else has questions please feel free to ask and I'll share what I know. I'm no expert but I do love to share the fun.

Chutzie
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jewelrylady
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   Posted 3/31/2009 12:11 AM (GMT -7)   

I have been geocaching, I really like it, it's fun.  Like looking for hidden treasure.  All of my brothers & sisters are into it so I go when I can.  I don't have my own GPS but use my brothers'. What I think is so cool is the traveling "bugs", have you found one of these Chutz?  It is fun to watch it move around the world.  My brother, Bob, has hidden many all over from here in Montana to the Oregon coast, even on top of really steep,high mountains.  No way am I ever going to find that one, even if I had the energy,I have a fear of heights. 

It is fun to take a picnic lunch & go Geocaching.  Good exercise.  Hugs, Denise


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AustenFan
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   Posted 3/31/2009 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all of the info.  I would really like to try it; it sounds like so much fun!!  :-)
 
Hugs - Austen
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