We are by no means early adopters when it comes to geocaching, having only discovered it in the summer of 2013. I got to thinking recently about how our lives would have been different if we had taken up the hobby closer to its inception in 2000, how we could have been reaping all the health benefits of long countryside walks for the best part of 15 years rather than spending all that time watching DVDs and eating pizzas – although I do look back on the movies we watched and pizzas we ate with great fondness.
Then I got to thinking about some of the great places we had been in the first 10 years of the millennium before we knew about geocaching and deep inside me a little something curled into a ball and gently sobbed.
In 2001 we went to Disney World in Florida and had a fantastic time immersing ourselves in the Mouse’s marvelous magic . On the 3rd of July that year, Magic Kingdom Virtual (GC10FB) was published, which was exactly when we were there!! We could have been amongst the first people to ever log that cache. *whimper*
In May 2002 we went to Athens and I realised a dream of mine to stand and gaze upon the Acropolis with my own eyes – something which, due to my blindness, is no longer possible. While we were in Athens we could have found and signed ATHINA KIPOS (GC25EB) a cache that had been placed the previous October. *sniff*
And in 2003, the big one, we went to New Zealand, the birthplace of my better half, for an amazing 3 week holiday. I can barely bring myself to search the caches that we could have found but I know that Huka Falls (GC931D), a traditional placed in 2002, was among them.*sob*
Then there was our trips to Lille and Paris in France and then back to the states again to visit my sister in Minnesota and That’s just the international travel. In the UK we went to Sheffield, Bristol, Leicester, Cornwall, Shrewsbury and … and… and *sigh*. If I had known about geocaching back then I could have had finds spanning the entire globe by now.
Still… it’s almost October 21st 2015 which means if I can just find my way to the fictional town of Hill Valley in California I might be able to nick the DeLorean from Marty McFly when he arrives and then those caches are mine. muhahahahahahaha.
If you had a time machine which places would you pop back to so you could snag a smiley or two?