Well the Groundspeak 2015 Road Trip has begun. What the heck am I talking about? well, in a nutshell, it is a series of challenges between now and September 2nd where you can earn shiny souvenirs. The souvenir I can take or leave, obviously their beauty is a bit lost on me, but I am all for something that makes a challenge out of my already enjoyable hobby.
Challenge number 1 was to find a geocache with more than 10 favourite points. I did this one without even trying really. When we went out on Sunday we found two caches that fitted the bill but to be honest neither were really worthy of a favourite point, at least not from me. I was cacher number 56,547 in the entire world to earn my souvenir, apparently!
After reading My Favourite Caches which was posted on Muddy Mum’s blog recently I got to thinking about the caches I have awarded my favourite points to and what my criteria is. It is a very subjective issue… what dictates whether a cache gets an FP or not. But that is fine, you can award your favourite points however you like. Some people give them out for location, or the adventure they had finding them, or the container or maybe just because they were in a good mood that day. I will defend, to the death – well ok maybe not death but close, your right to dish out your favourite points however the hell you like.
If I had to single out one common theme amongst the caches that I award points to, it would be that they all make me smile. For whatever reason, perhaps I had to climb a tree, or laughed when I saw the container, or perhaps it was a nice warm cumulative smile achieved at the end of a nice series. If it makes me smile more than normal then it is worthy of consideration. Muddy Mum, I know it seems like I just stole your reason – but it is so true and even though I can’t prove it, I thought of it first 😛
Interestingly my favourite cache of all time, we haven’t even found yet! Last year we started on the epic multi stage cache that is Your Mission and even though we have yet to reach the final stage and sign the log book it has already made me smile so much I would award it 10 favourite points if I could. If you want to read our progress so far check out these Your Mission blog entries. We hope to finish it during the summer this year.
Right groundspeak… bring on the next challenge!