+cache_test_dummies Posted March 3, 2005 Share Posted March 3, 2005 I was first introduced to Geocaching back in 2002 by Mountain_Wanderer, a person I barely knew at the time. Our daughters were playing for the same high school basketball team, and we had traveled from New Hampshire to Arizona for a tournament with the team. One morning, MW asked me if I wanted to tag along with him while he did some 'geocaching', and after he gave me a quick overview of what that meant, I said yes. I followed MW to a number of caches during the week we were out in AZ, and I was hooked. It occurred to me today that my personal style of geocaching was defined during those first days when I followed MW around Arizona. MW's particular manner of planning, how he would approach and hunt for the cache, his enthusiasm for seeking caches of all types, his attention to the details of the logs, his respect for cache and the area around it, the way he was 'stealthy', his geocaching etiquette, all these things which I observed in that first week define my current style of geocaching. My techniques have changed as I have found more caches, but my basic style remains much the same. Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if, during that trip to Arizona, my mentor had told me that micros were dumb? Or that virtuals were a waste of time? What if he had signed each of his logs 'TNLN TFTC' instead of writing at least a little bit about each and every adventure? If he had, my style might be completely different today. So thanks, Mountain_Wanderer, for getting me started in the way you did! These days, I find that I am influenced heavily by what I read in the forums. As a result of being exposed to such a wide range of views and opinions held by other geocachers (most of whom I'll never get a chance to meet), I realize that there are numerous ways to view almost every aspect of this game. I'm still learning, and my style is evolving, thanks to the ideas and views put forth in these forums. But all this got me wondering who, or what, influences (or has influenced) the personal caching style of others? Quote Link to comment
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