+rjbloom & co Posted May 23, 2007 Share Posted May 23, 2007 I have another little tidbit. On one of the other threads someone was asking where people fell in the history of their state. As we know California was one of the early adopter states. When I joined about 4.5 years ago there were only 2000 caches in the entire state. Now there are 2000 caches within 20 miles of my house! It's pretty amazing how fast it's grown. It has been an exponential growth curve. It worries me that the growth curve can't just keep going like that without loss of quality. I guess it has already happened, but it doesn't seem terrible, yet. But eventually, if the growth keeps up, won't there be a cache in a lampskirt or transformer every 0.1 miles in urban areas, and caches every 0.1 miles along every possible path in every park or open space, and caches that require bushwacking in every open space that doesn't ban it? I'd guess that there's a cache in every major scenic viewpoint in San Diego county already, for example, and I'm not bothered that there are a few more to grab on the way to those spots. But where does it stop? There's really no need for caches every 0.1 miles of every trail to every scenic spot. I have been hoping that I'd see a slowdown of the growth curve after geocaching found most of the hikers and geeks, but it hasn't happened yet. Until you have been on the trail, like the one that starts at "And so the adventure begins . . . , "please don't complain about having a cache nearly every .1 of a mile. If the rock formations along that trail were in Iowa, or Kansas, the area would have been turned into a National or State Park. I highly recommend the caches along that series to anyone who can walk that distance. It is not that difficult a hike . . . really, especially on a nice cool day like today. And, if you are into numbers, you get lots of smilies while seeing some awesome country. I browsed a few of those caches before, I'm definitely looking forward to hiking that trail! And certainly not all hikes are created equal. Also, I have to admit that I've squeezed a few caches in between other caches at 0.1 intervals myself. But just a couple! Quote Link to comment
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