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Comfort in Geocaching

A while back I posted my video about my dad’s final request – to have his ashes scattered at one of his favorite viewpoints in the mountains.

My dad was never interested in geocaching, but my wife, kids and I are and we placed a new geocache – the only one we’ve ever placed – in the same general location as where we scattered his ashes. (Back a bit from the cliff edge, though.)

As the “owner” of the cache, I get updates every time someone finds it and I see their comments. They trickle in slowly, like unexpected presents.

So far, all have been appreciative of the view. Somehow it makes me feel good that my dad’s love of that view is being spread to others.

It feels as if he’s still making a positive difference on the living.

Dec 21, Geocache 5

Ok, so I’ve come to my last geocache for the day, I’ve wandered about 6 km today.

So, what was purpose for blogging this? This time I’m equipped with new technology. I’m still using my trusty Garmin GPS but these days the support for Mac OSX is much better.

More significantly, I’ve got the iPhone. At least inside the city I’ve got google earth imagery, direct software to connect to geocaching.com, a camera and I can blog my finds while I’m on the spot.

As a first experiment, it worked pretty well.

The picture below is the area I found my last cache for the day.

Dec 21, Geocache 1

It’s another fine December morning, and the family has been called out to the dark side of Egypt (read: Chandler’s) for a Taiwanese picnic.

So, typically, I’m eschewing the picnic in favor solitary peregrinations.

There are a fair number of gepcaches in the area.

This is the first one I found.