gee … it’s a geocache!

My daughter just phoned me in a dither, “Mom! Mom! Do you know what a geocache is?! I found one! ME! I found it!”

“No, what? Where! Are you OK? What are you talking about??”

“Can’t tell ya! It’s illegal to say where they are! This is so coo — Mom, have you ever seen anything like it? I put my name in it … [Sweet!] … and I added a Jesus sticker. You know, just to add my thing! It was so … this is awesome!”

Of course, being the intelligent, well versed, social-savvy, trend-setting gangsta that I am, I knew exactly what a geocache is. Well, not exactly. To be honest, at first I thought she’d hit some questionably cached web page that was going to insidiously replicate itself on our already overburdened family computer. When I could sort through the excitement and establish that it was an item, a parcel, a – oh my goodness – awesome “outdoor activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world,” I couldn’t help but share in her excitement.

Wandering through a local building (I’m under strict oath to not disclose the whereabouts of this item), she just “happened upon” a parcel containing scads of notes and items of dozens of people who had searched the world to find it. What a wicked way to finish off a orthodontist appointment!

The amazing game of Geo-Caching is a high-tech treasure hunt. Celebrating 10 years of expeditions, over 4 million people have found 1.4 million treasures world wide! The sport (can I call it a sport?) has developed to an established network safe for family, youth, and anyone wanting a great experience. These little finds have delighted millions of people around the world for a decade, and I never even knew they existed!

Goes to say, on any typical day, that “fantastica” can be just around the corner, where and when you least expect it.

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