By tls on Jan 31, 2007
The devices that promoted the Boston bomb scares yesterday reminded me of a story that happened just about month ago in Murphy, TX. A colleague of mine blogged about a similiar incident a month ago when a Geocache article was termed as a "Suspecious Device".
As I listen to all the flap about this latest incident, it's hard to determine where the line is in all of this. One one hand I'm hearing numbers like, 1/2 million was spent on this latest scare and the person planting the devices is responsible. Are they going overboard on this? Some would say, no way, especially in light of 9/11. Others would argue that we are going a bit overboad.
Back to Geocaching. The premise of geocaching is to hide some items, record the location with GPS coordinates, post that information at Geocaching.com and allow weekend warriors to find the items. It's a healthy fun activity for families to do on a weekend day. Our family will take a picnic and make a great day out of it. The kids get exercise and lean some new things. A lot of times, these items are hidden in ammo containers (to keep out the elements), often with cammo aound it to help hide it. To the unsuspecting individual, it may appear threatning. That's why it's important to always follow the rules if you ever decide to hide or re-hide a geocache.
With more of these incidents happening, I'm getting concerned about something like a fun harmless Geocache object implying the wrong thing and landing someone in jail or with a hefty fine. Hopefully Geocachine doesn't become a thing of the past.