Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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January 15, 2014

Pat Smith: Pat looks back, by popular demand

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Since I had just come from the Geocache program given by Josh Rutherford at the library Saturday. I got to the west side of the square early so ventured into the Dash for Cash Jewelry Music Pawn shop right next to the Beach & Tike Bar. Mind you now, that’s the second pawn shop I’ve ever been in and they both have been as interesting as all get out. This one has DVDs that will be good to know as soon as I learn how to use the one hooked up with my television. Of course, they have lots of other fascinating stuff too but the best is the yellow yellow bird, cockatiel or cockatoo or something like that. Heis definitely NOT for sale. He has a mirror in his cage that he loves to look into and talk. He may be lonesome so when you go by maybe you could stop in to chat with him for a few minutes. At least, he chatted with me in a most friendly manner.

Geocache? You’ll be hearing more about that as the hobby becomes more popular and as more people learn and know about it. It’s “an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called geocaches or caches, anywhere in the world.”

Josh had a display of the waterproof containers he’s used or plans to use for us to look at. Some are tiny and some are maybe 10 x10x3 but all are waterproof. When you find the container you’ll find a logbook to enter the date you found it and you sign it with your code name. After signing the logbook, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. He showed slides of geocaches all over the world.

Josh is manager of Papa John’s and Geocacheing is one of his hobbies. Josh is originally from the St. Paul area. He said he had not particularly enjoyed the outdoors until he got into Geocacheing and he’s lost quite a bit of weight since doing the walking while pursuing this hobby. More about his finds later.

 

 

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