Gary Miller Discusses Geocaching


Monday Morning

We had 16 members back at the Retlaw Hotel on Monday morning.  Bonnie Baerwald started the sign-up sheet for the Relay for Life Brat Fry.  Charlene Pettit circulated a sign-up sheet to gauge the possible interest in a “Music Under the Stars” outing.  Gary Miller had a “Happy Buck” in honor of a friend who passed away last week.  Glen Treml was the winner the 50/50 Raffle drawing on Monday but he drew the King of Spades, not a winner.  Next week’s drawing will have 18 cards with five pay cards and a pot of at least $469.

Gary Miller – Geocaching

Gary Miller brought us his own program on Geocaching after the arranged speaker fell through.  Gary’s been geocaching for about 2½ years and had a number of interesting tales to tell.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.  The only necessities are a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone so that you can navigate to the cache, and a Membership.  Geocaches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. They may be at your local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street.

Gary noted that there are anywhere from 2.5M – 3M “geocaches” that are placed worldwide.  He also noted that there are several dozen geocachers in the Fond du Lac area.  Gary was asked was he does geocaching and he had several reasons.  First was that he found it to be a very enjoyable hobby and secondly, he has learned all kinds of things about the areas that he’s explored while geocaching.

Thanks Gary for an interesting and unique program.