My name is Ethan B. I am a freshmen this year at LTHS. I have lived in Texas all my life but my heart lies all around the globe in places I haven’t visited, with people I have yet to meet, and with food I have yet to eat. I would love to learn another language but haven’t mastered any. I am a gardener, beekeeper, and musician. I love meeting new people and spreading smiles by planting sunflowers in public areas.
Chapter ten was about the new hobby spreading around the world like wild fire. Geocaching. The GPS centered game taps “into something primal…[the] neglected part of our hunter-gatherer hindbrain that needs to look for elusive things and rarely gets the chance to in a modern world…” (189). The idea of geocaching was formed in May of 2000 when a single cache was hidden and the coordinates were posted on a site for GPS users. More and more people took to the woods to hide caches and “On March 8, 2010, the geocache count on it’s website hit one million.” (191)
I think that this chapter was well written. I went from not knowing what a Geocache was, to knowing all about the hobby. I was caught of guard when I downloaded the Geocache app and discovered that there are fourteen caches within biking distance of my house. This hobby really is catching on! I found it interesting at first that full grown adults dedicated hours to finding trinkets in boxes but when I read the line from the book (in quotations above) about the game appealing to the hunter-gatherer sense that we all have, everything made sense. I am tempted to go searching for these nearby caches I spoke of earlier to see if you do get a sense of accomplishment by signing your name on a notecard you might have walked by one hundred times without noticing.