A new hobby for 2013, with similarities to orienteering, just updated for use with digital technology. Rather similar to old fashioned letterboxing [A small pot containing a stamp and visitors’ book is hidden and a clue is written to lead others to its position. The finder takes a copy of the stamp, as well as leaving their own personal print in the visitors’ book]. The main difference is that whilst traditional letterboxing seems to be mostly conducted in rural settings, geocaching is also perfectly suited to an urban environment.
Doing some research on the pastime opened up other related new areas of fun. Munzee hunting. Benchmarking. Trigpointing. And the fascinating Degree Confluence Project, whose goal is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world, and to take pictures at each location.
The interest by man of what are completely abstract notions of the world always astounds me; as I am always astounded by the ideas.