Vacationing near Cannon Beach, Ore., my brother stopped at the world’s largest Sitka spruce because there was a geocache near the tree.
While searching for a hidden object, he found a wonderful creek he never would have seen if he wasn’t strolling along with his hand-held Global Positioning System unit.
For me, a good poker game is a preferred hobby, but I could see the appeal for families who wish to search for treasure with their children. Janna Lajoie of Stanwood has found more than 350 caches, many with twins Morgan and Spencer, 9, and Parker, 7, and her husband of 15 years, Dan Lajoie.
“They are on little islands, on top of mountains, some are underwater in Florida,” Lajoie said. “It keeps the kids busy. It introduces people to beautiful places you would never find.”
Another hobbyist, Dave Baumchen of Camano Island, has more than 500 finds in his log. Semi-retired from the antique business, he keeps busy volunteering for wildlife organizations, Friends of Camano Island Parks, Shore Stewards and the Camano Island Backyard Wildlife Habitat Project.