+GuanoGerbil Posted July 20, 2009 Share Posted July 20, 2009 This post should ruffle a few feathers... I know people go geocaching for so many different reasons. Some caches take you to wonderful new places. Some caches have very creative hides. Some challenge you physically. Some are just plain silly. But I simply can't understand the reason for using puzzles in geocaching. Obviously the idea of getting people stumped for some time before finally working out the solution (or not) fascinates some cache owners. Why do they do this? They're obviously not trying to encourage people to visit their cache, therefore the main reason for placing that cache is simply for the puzzles sake. Is this really what geocaching is all about? I simply find it annoying that I have to waste so much time trying to solve a puzzle before I can so much as step out the door to even start trying to find it. What does searching on Google actually have to do with geocaching? If I wanted to do a puzzle, I could simply buy a puzzle book and sit inside doing them all day long. Personally, I would much rather be spending my spare time outdoors, in new places, actually geocaching instead. Some of you out there may look at some of my caches I own and point out that many of them are physically challenging, and that is not what geocaching is about either. I disagree. For one thing, it challenges people to push their comfort zone a little. When they do that, they get a great feeling of accomplishment which can be very rewarding - both to the cacher, and to read about in the logs afterwards. And they take you to some incredible places; not to mention the push-play aspect to it all. I understand that some people like to do puzzles, and some don't. Some like to be physically active, and some don't. We're all different. However, the high terrain caches are always out in the boon-docks, miles away from any cities and spread far and wide. If you don't want to do them, then these caches are easy to ignore. Puzzle caches on the other hand are invariably scattered about all over town. If you don't solve them, they sit there - right in your face - taunting you. Even worse, if you don't solve all of them, you never know if any of the spots around town are free for a cache placement or whether they’ve already been taken by yet another puzzle. It’s got to the stage now where unless it’s a straight forward puzzle to solve, I’ll throw it straight on to the pile of unsolved puzzles cluttered on my local area list, out of principle, as much as my lack of patience and lousy puzzle solving abilities! The feedback I’ve received locally is that there appears to be a few cachers out there who actually enjoy(?) puzzle caches. But then, these are obviously the ones who are creating them. I’ve got no problem with that - we’re all different after all. However, the majority out there seem to dislike them at least as much as I do. How does everyone else feel about puzzle caches out there in the big world? And more importantly, are puzzle caches really in the spirit of geocaching? OK, time to run for cover... Quote Link to comment
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