Kurt Milligan, www.madcacher.com, is our guest blogger today. Kurt has a great perspective on geocaching and shares his story.
Creative Geocaching – A Journey
Kurt Milligan – www.madcacher.com
Each year it seems more and more people are discovering the joys of geocaching; a great way to get off the couch or out from behind a computer screen for some much needed exercise. In today’s fast paced technology driven environment, it gets harder and harder to just slow down, go outside and simply enjoy our surroundings. Geocaching blends technology with a feeling of adventure, which drew me to the activity and away from the computer screen years ago.
My name is Kurt Milligan and I am co-owner of “The Madcacher Geocaching Blog and Navicache. My father introduced me to Geocaching and at first thought the activity was a complete waste of time. I didn’t understand the allure of walking around looking for toys and trinkets in the woods. He was always carrying on about some new TB’s he had found or some new place he had discovered. He began collecting geocoins and I started to wonder if he might be losing his mind. Over time, I started asking more questions about his new hobby and decided to tag along for an outing. It didn’t take long for me to get hooked.
For me, geocaching is much more than finding hidden treasure, its about exploring new environments. I’ve moved a lot over the last few years and geocaching gave me a way to navigate my new surroundings and discover the hidden beauty of an area. I’ve met plenty of people out on the geocaching trail, several of whom I am still friends with today. As my interest grew I began seeking out others who enjoyed the thrill of the hunt.
A long time friend, EJ Martin, got the geocaching bug in New York. Over a conversation one evening we found we both enjoyed the activity and wanted to share our experiences. To that end, we acquired The Madcacher Blog and Navicache. Since acquiring the blog, we have seen a great deal of growth and our presence on Facebook increases daily. We are humbled by the support of our fans which has spurned the funding efforts of relaunching Navicache. Navicache is one of the oldest geocaching websites on the Internet and we wanted to ensure it did not fall into obscurity.
What does this have to do with creative geocaching? Well, EJ and I are a little odd. Geocaching is fun, but we wanted to make it FUNNER! Over a few beers one evening we discussed the finer details of finding caches and wanted to make them, well, more difficult. With a few empties under out belt we drafted out “101 Devil Caches”. Our geocache hides are designed to stump even the most seasoned of cacher’s. For us, its not enough that you hiked 6 miles into a mosquito infested bog for the FTF, once there, we want you to solve a puzzle box while standing on one leg – we’re a little twisted. It was a lot of fun writing our first book and the sales have exceeded out expectations. All proceeds from the book go to the relaunch of Navicache and funding of future developments. The book is on sale at Amazon for those interested in checking it out. Given the popularity of the book we are thinking of writing another, this time with a different flair.
One of the great aspects of geocaching is the opportunity to be creative, from an interesting cache like The TB Train Station – GC15XZ1 which is a model of a house in Texas, to geocaches hidden under water. Travel Bugs are no exception with people constructing elaborate races and missions that make finding a trackable item an experience in itself. We encourage creativity and will try and promote it as much as we can with the Navicache relaunch.
Geocaching is certainly a positive sport for children and adults. Have a story you’d like to share or find a geocaching club in your area? Visit www.madcacher.com and tell us what you think, we can also be found on FB: https://www.facebook.com/TheMadCacher