This Saturday just gone was PI day. What the heck is that I hear you ask. Well, if you subscribe to the american date format, which america assume the entire world does but actually only they do, then the date was 3.14.15 as it was march 14th in 2015. Anyone worth their weight in calculators will recognize that sequence of numbers as being PI. If you were a true puritan then you would celebrate the exact moment at 9.26 on the day as this would produce the even more pleasing 3.14.15 9.26 which is the first 8 digits of PI. So PI, what is it good for? absolutely nothing? Wrong actually it is a stunningly useful constant if you need to calculate pretty much anything to do with circles. π multiplied by the diameter of a circle equals its circumference. π multiplied by a circle’s radius squared eqals the area of a circle. Four thirds multiplied by π multiplied by the radius cubed equals the volume of a sphere. Surface area of a sphere, volume of a cone… the list goes on. Pretty amazing really.
“But what has this got to do with geocaching and more importantly your 1000 milestone?” I hear you thinking. Well groundspeak decided that they would celebrate PI day by putting up for grabs 2 souvenirs for people to collect. The first for attending an event on the day and the second for solving and logging a mystery cache. Having had to log a DNF earlier in the week when trying to find our milestone, a new plan formed in my head. Perhaps we could attend an event instead, that would be pretty special for our 1000 milestone, and if we could get a souvenir as well then what could be better than that? But where was the nearest event? Well a brief search of geocaching.com showed that the nearest event on PI day was in Cassiobury Park…. in Watford… just over a kilometre away. This had to be fate!
And so it was that we got to obtain a souvenir and rack up our 1000 cache milestone in the company of other geocaches. We met up with some old friends and got to meet lots more new ones. It was great to attend a local event and get to meet so many of the names that we had been seeing in logs for so long, not least of all the event hosts gigglesloube+1 who had bagged the FTF on Sam’s Church Micro cache recently. It was a little cold, standing in the park but it was great to chat to likeminded people and nab a milestone and a souvenir at the same time.
Oh and if you thought the equation in the heading was just random think again, with a little bit of mathamatical artistic license, I can make it work…
number of events found = 6
number of trads found = 828
number of trads / 1000 = 0.828
add that to the events to get 6.828
cubed that = 318.33
multiply that by π = 1000!
I thank you!