+TeamRabbitRun Posted July 7, 2016 Share Posted July 7, 2016 (edited) Bear with me; this is a little long but it comes back to geocaching at the end. So, I've been a geocacher for about six years. Not a lot of finds; I'm pretty busy and don't get to go out very often, but I enjoy this hobby immensely. I've tried to get my kids interested, but they're not. They're both online gamers, and this isn't an activity that they grok. My son does enjoy hiking and he's put up with the occasional cache trip as long as it's to a location that interests him. As often as not he'll sit on a stump and wait for me to finish the 'Drunken Bee Dance'. My daughter is more vampire-like in her activities, limiting herself to INDOOR pastimes, usually wifi-ical in nature. She's not really an 'outdoor' individual. She's the type of person who needs to put on sunscreen to look out the window. On a rainy day. She's always been a fan of the 'Pokemon' world. For those of you who don't know, Pokemon are creatures that you collect, train and battle against each other. Books, manga, anime (movies AND TV), videogames on every conceivable gaming platform; for twenty years it's been the gold-standard of kids' gaming. And, as I can tell you from countless friends' families, once bitten, it stays on into young adulthood. So early this evening, I see her sitting there, watching TV, and every few minutes poking at her phone. "Watchadoin'?" "Watching the Android Play Store. Waiting for a new release." After a while, there's a shriek. "WHAT?" I said, startled. "TWO YEARS! IT'S OUT!" She shows me. "Pokemon GO!" "Let's see what's here," she says as she stands in the living room, slowly turning around. My wife says, "Is that the one where you find them in your neighborhood?" "YES! (sharp intake of breath) Omigod! There's one right outside! C'MON!!!" She heads for the door. "Where's she going?" I ask. "Out there," the wife answers. "Gotta catch 'em all!" (That's Pokemon's catch-phrase, which is frequently used in these forums to point out to people that in geocaching, you don't gotta.) "Wait!" she says, pulling up short. "Which way's the front?" From across the room, pulling on my sneakers, I think about the annoying default "North-Up" map orientation of the geocaching Android app. "Tap the little compass symbol." "<Tap> Ooohhh - wow, that's cool. Wait," turning to me. "How did you know to do that?" "Just how things work, kiddo." (Every day, there are fewer and fewer opportunities to show stuff I know that she doesn't as she gets older. Take 'em as you find 'em, and take credit for 'em.) I followed her outside. She's blindly following her phone across the lawn. I catch up to her and look over her shoulder where I see a map of my neighborhood, just like the one in the caching app, with a little furry tail disappearing off the top of the screen. "It ran over to next door!" She tries to figure out how to get through the hedge. I'M wondering if SHE'S wondering how IT got through. I point out, "You can just walk around the end over there..." "Noooo," she says, dejectedly. "It looks like it went into their house. This way!" and we're off down the road, around the corner. "There's gotta be some more down by the lake." Sure enough, we get down there, about a quarter-mile away and she says (no kidding), "Shhhh!" Now, I'm digging this. Not the game, but the walk with my kid down this road through the woods. Don't get to do this often. "Shhh, she's right...there.... on the other side of...the...fence." I swear, as embarrassing as this is, I actually LOOKED over there, on the other side of...the...fence. "You can't go in there." "Don't have to." I look at the phone screen, and sure as shootin' there's an 'Eevee' bouncing up and down just a few feet away on the map, staring at her. 'Eevee' is a fox-like creature. Very cute. My daughter dressed up as one many Halloweens ago. You catch Pokemon with a device called a 'pokeball' (pronounced 'poke-e-ball'). Throw it accurately enough, and the ball sucks the critter in. And, you should know that when outside of a ball some of these things are the size of houses! Gosh, people in the Pokemon world walk around with LOTS of 'full' pokeballs in their backpacks. Challenged by another player? Just pull a ball out of your collection with a Pokemon that's best suited to the specific combat, and throw! Pop open, it's out, battle, it's back in, ball goes back in the backpack. So she pulls out a virtual pokeball in the app and manages to actually catch the darn thing! Woo-Hoo! Now, I'd like to point out that 'Eevee' is and always has been her favorite out of the more than 750 Pokemon types. Coincidence? Hmmm. She's signed in to this game, like she's been signing into Nintendo software for years. It knows who she is, so I suspect this first capture was no mere coincidence. "So, you're not going to go around staring at the map every place you go, seeing if there's one around, are you? Because that wouldn't be safe!" I said, because I've NEVER done that in the car with the GC app on my phone..... "Don't be silly, Dad. You don't REALLY have to catch 'em all, you know." --------------------- So there we were, walking back up to the house, and for some dumb reason I have this urge to go online and write a 'Found' log! No, that's wrong, so I'm doing this forum post instead. Did I just, essentially, go caching with my daughter? I think so! I wonder if I can make this work for me, and get her out looking for Tupperware.... (Edited to re-correct the spelling correction my son made to a word I hadn't mis-spelled in the first place. Lesson: Don't walk away from your PC when you're logged on.) Edited July 7, 2016 by TeamRabbitRun Quote Link to comment
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