Our Day 16 assignment for Photography 101 was “Treasure”, so I decided to include a photo of a geocache.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices, such as an iPhone or Android phone. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
The word Geocaching refers to GEO for geography, and to CACHING, the process of hiding a cache. A cache in computer terms usually refers to information stored in memory to make it faster to retrieve, but the term is also used in hiking/camping as a hiding place for concealing and preserving provisions.
While hiking up Martis Peak near Truckee, California, just north of Lake Tahoe, I stumbled upon a geocache, which I thought would be a good “Treasure” photo. Ammunition cans are commonly used for geocaches, like this one. The fire lookout near the summit offers panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains (except to the east because of the summit).
Even though it was summer, my brother-in-law got a little adventurous, went off where he shouldn’t have, and slipped on the snow and fell down a ways before being stopped by a tree; it was a very long way down, so he was really lucky.
Here’s a brief video about Geocaching.
I hope you find your treasure.