Work has been crazy busy, so I haven’t been able to get outside and enjoy myself in ages. But the planets aligned today. I managed a day off from duty and the weather cooperated enough that I got to be outside. I knew just what I wanted to do: a geocache event called a Cache In, Trash Out that was being held at a local park that isn’t too far from where I’m living now. I’ve done other Cache In, Trash Out events but none here. I figured it would be a good thing to do, both for me and the environment a great day in the park having fun and also volunteering. Doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

If you don’t know, a Cache In, Trash Out event is like a park cleanup, only you hunt for geocaches at the same time. You can find organized events, although it can be as simple as bringing a trash bag with you whenever you go geocache hunting. You clean up as you search, leaving the area better than it was when you started. Don’t forget to bring your own gloves because sometimes… well, people can be gross.

When I got to the event today, I went to the organizers to check in. They gave me a trash bag and a small map, marking the area we would be cleaning. They told me that the event ended in a few hours but that I could leave whenever as long as I signed out. It was nice to know that they were treating everyone’s safety as a priority and wanted everyone to be accounted for.

I started to head north. I had already made a list of caches I wanted to hit, and there were a couple near each other in the same area. There was a group of three people about the same age as me already going that way and they called me over. That’s something I like about geocaching, you have something in common with everyone right off the bat. Just like I have with other people in uniform.

So we all hiked around together, picking up trash and hunting for geocaches. They had a great GPS unit that made it pretty easy to find every Ground Zero we were looking for. We took turns signing the log and we even found a trackable Bug in one of them. One of the other members of the group was about to go to Europe so we let her have it. We thought it would be very cool for the owner of the trackable to have it go overseas.

I met a lot of really nice people today. I’ve even made plans to meet up with some other geocache hunters at another event in a couple weeks!