Since a couple of months I’m into geocaching. Geo what? Well Wikipedia says about geocaching the following:
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and “treasure,” usually toys or trinkets of little value. Today, well over 800,000 geocaches are registered on various websites devoted to the pastime. Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica.
I like this game or sport – I leave in the middle what it should be – because you can discover new areas, even in your neighbourhood. I found new places I’ve never seen in the small town I live for more than 15 years. Since one needs to walk outdoors, it’s healthy too.
What has this to do with SDN? Well, as mentioned above, a cache container contains a logbook and swag. Besides that, some trackable items can be found in a cache container. An example of such an item is called a Travel Bug. The geocaching definition of a Travel Bug is that it’s something that moves from place to place, picking up stories along the way. One can add their own story, or live vicariously through each bug’s adventures. The item becomes a hitchhiker that is carried from cache to cache (or person to person) in the real world and you can follow its progress online.
Such a Travel Bug is a numbered dog tag which looks very simular to a SDN Top Contributor Tag. Here comes the link. Since I happen to be – or better said, used to be – such a contributor, I received a STC tag. I though it would be nice to create a synergy between two different worlds and create a TB based on my STC. This resulted in the “SDN Top Contibutor Bug”. Its journey started yesterday when I’ve put in my first own cache. You can follow its journey and adventures can be followed via this status page.
If you are a geocacher or like to become one (check this site for details) and discover the SDN Top Contibutor Bug during your stash hunt, pls log it together with your SDN display name and make sure it continues its journey in order to meet its goals.
PS. You can read my own geocaching adventures in my dedicated blog.