To the finders go the spoils: Geocaching contest winners say the game is an excuse to get off the couch
Sean McMorrow of Enumclaw and Tom Ciota of Olympia, Wash., both enjoy the high-tech treasuring hunting game of geocaching for the same reason.
“I enjoy it because it gets me out of the house,” McMorrow said. “It gets me away from the Game Boy so I’m not vegetating.”
Added Ciota: “It gets me out and I can take my dog with me and see different places.”
McMorrow and Ciota are the winners of The News Tribune and The Olympian geocaching contests. The men were among the 70 people who found the two caches Oct. 23-Nov. 6.
Geocaching is a game in which players use GPS devices to locate hidden containers. There are more than 1.5 million caches hidden around the world, according to geocaching.com
The “Adventure Guys I” cache, found by 31 readers, was stashed inside a decommissioned newspaper rack at The News Tribune’s Puyallup distribution center. “Adventure Guys II,” found by 39 players, was hidden in an Olympian rack at the Lacey distribution center.
McMorrow and Ciota each won a small collection of outdoor books after having their names drawn from among those who logged their finds.
Ciota discovered geocaching in 2005 after reading an article in The Olympian and since has found more than 1,600 caches. He found the cache in Lacey while searching with his dog, Allie, on Oct. 23.
Ciota said he takes his GPS with him each spring when he goes on vacation to Arizona to watch baseball spring training. The game helps ease the disappointment he must endure each year as a Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs fan.
McMorrow started geocaching three years ago and went over 3,000 career finds on Oct. 29, the day he found both the Lacey and Puyallup caches.
“[Geocaching] is an awesome adventure,” McMorrow said.
McMorrow says he’s known as the “geocaching guy” at work.
“They’re always asking, ‘Where did you go this weekend?’” said McMorrow, who works at Sea-Tac Airport.
To look for other caches visit www.geocaching.com.