Greg Cohoon (drmellow) wrote,
Greg Cohoon

Geocaching and Waymarking

I had a bit of a lazy day today, but not really. This afternoon, I spent some time Geocaching and Waymarking. Having received an e-mail hint from a new geocaching friend, I found the elusive ELM-MLK cache. It was nice to check that one off my list, as it had been haunting me for a while. The second cache I hunted today was Aggie Pride, which was an easy park-and-grab. Feeling good about those two finds, I headed off to re-hunt Speak: The Furry Moist Avenger, but was unable to attempt the hunt because a muggle was taking a nap near the cache location! I had a hint for this one and poked around a little bit, but I feared that if I poked too much, I'd wake the sleeping muggle, and I really didn't want to have to explain geocaching to someone just waking up from a nap.

Another thing that I did while I was out this afternoon was start finding some waymarks. This is pretty neat: it's like geocaching, except that there is no cache to find -- the location is the goal. I ended up discovering a total of six North Carolina Highway Historical Markers, which is one of the categories of waymarks. None of the markers I saw had been cataloged, so I created waymarks for them: J-96: Cone Brothers, J-22: Confederate Cabinet, J-21 Jefferson Davis, J-102: North Carolina Railroad, J-79: Sit-Ins, and J-64: T. Gilbert Pearson. It was pretty cool to find those markers and to go on the waymarking site and create entries for them. My entries were very basic -- I basically just put in the information that was on the marker itself. The approver wrote me an email telling me that, whenever possible, it's a good idea to include more detailed information about the event that is being commemorated by the marker. I agree, and will spend some time over the next few days doing some research on the topics mentioned in the markers I found so that I can beef up the descriptions on the waymarking site some more.

All in all, it was a good day to have fun with my GPSr. When it was all said and done, I came home and created a few new photo albums. I created an album called Fun with GPS, which currently has 2 sub-albums: Geocaching and Waymarking. As I do more fun things related to geocaching and waymarking, I'll try to keep these albums up to date with photographs of my adventures.

All told, it was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Tags: geocaching, waymarking

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