Adventures of Discovery… Geocaching Fun

So, last week was out first week of Spring Break.  Before heading in to Jordan this week (woohooo!), a friend and I went for another geocaching round of fun.  She took me out the first time, helping me find a few caches.  If not for her, I’m not sure I’d have found any ;).  So, I thought I’d spend a little time showing another side of my home city…

For those who aren’t familiar with geocaching, it’s kind of like an adult scavenger hunt.  All around the world, people have hidden caches (some sort of small container with a log you sign).  Using geographical coordinates (or simply an app), you find the cache and sign the log.  Some logs are larger and have travel bugs (an article with a tracking number that has some sort of goal, like visit a specific number of caches or make its way through multiple countries) or trade items (little trinkets that you can take if you leave something of equal value). But some are really clever tiny caches with only enough room for the log.

I will say that I think understanding geocaching can have a cultural component.  I have tried to explain the fun in doing it to El 3atal’s family members.  Their reaction to geocaching has been much like their reaction to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), but why do you do it?  The idea of doing something just to do it, because you can, to prove to yourself that you can, seems to be hard.  The idea that I’d trek about finding out of the way spots to write my name in a log and get a smiley face on the app was far beyond comprehension ;).

But that’s the thing, it’s about finding those spots, figuring out where it’s hidden, getting that sense of accomplishment.  And, it is fun.  After hard slogs through sand that took me to see Arabian Oryx and flamingos, how can you argue with that?  I’d never have seen them otherwise… So, now for a few pictures…

Standing at an in-town cache and taking in the city view...

Standing at an in-town cache and taking in the city view…

The side of an abandoned boat... Neat one.  We didn't find this, the cache owner thought it had fallen. Have to try again later.

The side of an abandoned boat… Neat one. We didn’t find this, the cache owner thought it had fallen. Have to try again later.

Water tripping down a lovely little fountain...

Water tripping down a lovely little fountain…

Mangrove shoots... Hope they grow into full-sized trees.

Mangrove shoots… Hope they grow into full-sized trees.

Algae and small shells near the mangroves

Algae and small shells near the mangroves

Lovely view with flamingos in the distance

Lovely view with flamingos in the distance

Flamingos... who'd have thought it?

Flamingos… who’d have thought it?

Pretty much all of these are viewpoints or perspectives of the city that I normally wouldn’t see.  Some of them are quite unique.   We’ve also found fun new parks and other sites a bit off-the-beaten-path.  If you haven’t, you might want to give geocaching a try.  It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon. I’m looking forward to logging a few more caches here in Jordan, as well…

Happy scavenging!