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Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.

Volker was introduced to the game by his brother in 2004 and found his first caches in January of 2005. Judy got hooked too and the first weekend we spent together included an 11 mile hike to a geocache on top of the Big Sur Mountains. Pretty soon, Judy was better at the game than Volker and even found some caches Volker had been hunting for a long time.

So far, we have located 221 caches in nine US states and three German states. Below are some of our favorites.

The Prettiest Place in the World

N 36° 31.221 W 121° 56.633

Volker's first geocache in Point Lobos State Reserve near Monterery in January 2005.
Love is in the Air

N 36° 37.603 W 121° 54.928

Love was in the air that day. June 24, 2005. Our first geocaching-date. And Judy found this cache at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove, CA. Volker had tried to find it a couple of times before without success.
Treasure Island

N 36° 35.944 W 121° 53.074

Unfortunately, thid cache is gone. We think it was the smartest cache in all of Monterey. One actually had to get one of these paddlewheelers to get to treasure island.
360 Degrees

N 36° 15.472 W 121° 49.296

This was our first camping weekend in July 2005. And it took an 11-mile hike to get to this one, but it was absolutely worth it!
Green Bells

N 38° 20.448 W 123° 03.126

In August 2005, we took a one-week roadtrip along the California coast and located no less than 51 egocaches. This was our favorite: It is a unique memorial to young Nicholas Green, an 8 year old boy from Bodega Bay who was shot by highway robbers. This memorial is not in any guydebook and we would have never found it without geocaching!
The Empire Strikes Back

N 40° 44.902 W 073° 59.142

On a business trip to New York in March 2006, Volker located this cache on the top of the Empire State Building. One of our first out-of-state caches.

N 52° 23.713 E 013° 00.934

Steffen took us to this one during our first visit to Germany in August 2007. It was our fist international cache.
Well, so much for now. If you want to join the fun, check out the official geocaching website.

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