I use multi-million dollar satellites to find Tupperware in the woods. What’s your hobby?
OK; I stole that from a t-shirt, but in case you didn’t already know, the hobby in question is geocaching. And I geocache. Last night, in fact, I introduced my Webelos Den (Cub Scouts entering the 4th Grade this year) to the activity. I put some Boy Scout patches in Zip-Lock bags (Regina won’t let me use the “good Tupperware”), and hid them in the woods & field across the street from my house, creating Waypoints with my Garmin E-Trex Venture HC at each location for them to follow. All in all, we trekked about 150 yards to find the three patches.
I have found my share of “Tupperware in the woods,” though – my trusty E-Trex is near the top of my camping trip checklist. But it’s not just for camping – there are plenty of ‘caches to be found in all levels of civilization. I’ve found them in industrial parks, and on city streets – whoever came up with the “lamp post geocache” was a mad genius. Wherever a ‘cache is hidden, it’s intriguing to see what’s enclosed. Usually you’ll find an arrangement of trinkets and a small notebook to record your visit.
For a few months now, I’ve been diving deeper into the Twitterverse – searching out items of interest from those I’m interested in enough to follow, and re-tweeting them to those who have been gracious enough to follow me. I even manage the occasional original post. Along the way, I’ve become an active participant in “Follow Friday” - look for the #FF in your Tweet stream. It’s a great way to expand your network – and your influence – by tapping into the networks of those already in your Circle of Tweeps.
Turns out, #ff was just the first of a few recently launched methods to help us all grow our social networking prowess and influence. Back in February, #FBLT (Facebook Liking Tuesday) was introduced – by one of our #ff mainstays, by the way – and all of our “likes” are growing weekly. Newer still is LinkedIN Connect Thursday, or #LICT. Check it out tomorrow.
I’m going camping again this weekend, and much to my best friend Andrew’s chagrin, I’m bringing my E-Trex (he’s an unrepentant muggle.) Along our hike, I’ll make brief stops, as the satellites guide me, to marvel at the trinkets (maybe I’ll even take or leave one) and write a brief note in the obligatory notebook. I sure hope the last person left the pencil behind.
However your interests are fueled, I hope you never stop looking for the next one…whether it’s found in a cleverly placed piece of Tupperware in the woods, or in a less-than-140-character posting of a fellow Tweep, or (I’m going old-school here) a conversation with a new acquaintance at a real live face to face social function.