I see there is a new
adventure sport emerging. It is called Geocaching. Geocaching is a
real world game that consists of people hiding caches, then others go
to find it. Hide and seek for adults basically. There are some sites
that offer prizes for finding caches. One asks that you trade a found
cache for another one. It is becoming quite a trend.
Now forgive me for being naive - but if
you are going to burn gas and energy looking for treasure - why
wouldn't it be REAL
that you search out? There is so much actual bonified
out there to be found - old coins, pioneer artifacts, Indian
artifacts, actual lost mines and long buried
from yesteryear, and this is not to even mention gem minerals. The
attraction of hunting for planted "caches" just escapes me somehow.
all over, and in those
are many lost items just waiting for the fortunate hunter to dig up and
bring back to the world. Of course, this is just whole towns. Anyone
hiking in areas previously trod by early gold rush era prospectors or
pioneers is bound to stumble across lost homesteads at some time or other.
Where ever parties of pioneers, wagon trains, or stagecoaches came
through, there rests the possibility of real
Pioneers were known to often bury
when they were being pursued by those who might steal it, or when the load
became too cumbersome to be able to travel with it. I'm sure these people
meant to recover these
at a later date, but for reasons ranging from untimely death to just lost
directions, many of these caches remain buried and waiting for recovery to
What about lost mines? No
one yet has found the Lost Dutchman mine, now you want a real thrill, be
the first to dig that one up. That is only one mine lost in the archives
of history waiting to be retrieved. The Lost Cement Gold Mine still
remains lost near the head of the middle fork of the San Joaquin river and
the Lost Soldier Mine somewhere in
near the Gila River bend has thus far managed to elude hunters. This is
only a couple of mentions out of scores, possibly hundreds, of lost mines
just waiting for rediscovery. Pirates and Bandits were well known to bury
as well. No report has been made of the Lake George or South Mountain
having been found yet. Florida itself is not much more than a grand
cache, with hundreds of caches having been dug up that were left by
pirates, explorers, and people fleeing battles, and who knows how many
left to discover - and that is on land. For the adventuresome scuba diver,
the gulf is an explorers paradise, hiding wrecks of ships toren on reefs,
lost in storms, or sunk in battles.
The South Western portion of the US abounds
stories of lost Indian
caches stolen by invading Spaniards and buried to be lost later, and
stagecoach and train robberies that resulted in burial of
While some of these stories can be chocked up to legend, historical
evidence exists to support many.
So, maybe the fact with the Geocache game is
the competition and involvement with others. Real
hunting does not necessarily negate these factors. Many a
hunt that I have seen revolves around shared research and information, as
well as teams of hunters who report back to each other about progresses
and failures. Some are undertaken with the spirit of sharing a cache,
while others involve shared information but the actual discovery is pretty
much a finders-keepers, winner-take-all proposition.
So simply speaking -
while Geocaching sounds like an entertaining way to spend a weekend - for
me "ain't nothing like the real thing, baby."
Taylor, updated October, 2012.