Geocachers use GPS units to find hiddle trinkets and treasures
By MELANIE M. SIDWELL
Like all migratory fowl, Squirt is a well-traveled duck.
He began his journey in North Naples, just off Interstate 75, more than a year and a half ago. After more than 14,000 miles, the little green rubber duckie has toured places like Idaho and Washington, and even crossed the big pond to Germany before finally arriving back in Florida in April at Cape Coral.
Squirt is a “travel bug,” a hitchhiking item in an adventure called geocaching, a type of worldwide scavenger hunt growing in popularity.
When geocaching started six years ago, there were only about 2,000 people involved worldwide. Now, there are more than 200,000 geocachers in 200 countries.
“I don’t know if you would call it a game, sport, hobby or what,” said Naples geocacher John Pistor. “It’s absolutely crazy, but it’s a lot of fun.”