You all know how much we like the old Virtual Caches, simply because we also like to travel and the Virtuals have taken us to places we normally would not have gone. However, today, while reviewing some old GC forum posts we came across what is being termed as ‘Armchair Caching’ or ‘Coach Caching’. Yes, really, caching from the comfort of your coach!
It seems that there are quite a few of these types of caches, caches that do not require you to actually visit a place or to find something. They more or less just ask questions that can be answered by doing Internet searches.
To see what the process was we posted a find for the ‘Four Windows’ cache which was really just answering an old riddle. A quick search on the Internet answered the coordinate question that was asked. An email was sent to the cache owner with the answer and coordinates and within a few hours we were allowed to post our find – and it was added to our Virtual Cache stats. Seemed all very strange…
We are not in this for the numbers (well, maybe just a little :)). For us a find is determined by physically finding something using actual coordinates and a GPSr or attending a Geocaching related event. It is by getting out and exploring, hiking, meeting people and seeing new things that gives us the most enjoyment.
It’s certainly not our intent here to rant on what is right or wrong but merely to state what Geocaching is to us, and, well, because of this, we had to ‘come clean’ on this ‘find’. It really bothered us. It felt like we tainted our stats. We feel so much better now that we have told the world… except for the fact that we will forever be reminded of this when we must do a ‘one-up’ to achieve each milestone!
Again, this is just how we feel about our own Geocaching and in no way should be read as how we feel others should play. To each their own as long as you have fun! (We are quite aware that a lot of Geocachers don’t accept the Virtuals that we love so much. :))
That being said, if you have some cache finds that you are not ‘happy’ about, let us know. The confessional is open.
Keep on cachin’!