I came home from work tonight to find this in my email:
[GEO] pay_it_forward contacting Clan Delaney from Geocaching.com
Hmmmm. I don’t recognize the name, but I do help administer the Southern New England Geocachers website and I maintain a map of campsite reservations for the upcoming GeoJamboree 5. I meet new cachers all the time, through email anyway. So I open up the email…
And I read:
You have been nominated by your peers to receive a “2007 Pay It Forward Geocoin”, and have been selected by the project to receive one.
One of our volunteers has hidden a small cache containing your unactivated coin at the following co-ordinates: N 42° 18.429′ W 072° 24.324′
I dumped the coords into Google Earth and discovered that whatever this was, it was less than 650 feet from my front door.
I waited until my wife got home and we’d put the kiddies in bed and bundled up (it’s only 14 degrees out there tonight!) for a quick bushwhack on the other side of the highway. The email came with some pretty specific hints as to where I should look, so I was there and back in about 15 minutes. The sky was beautiful. Perfectly cloudless. Orion was out in full form right above the house as I was walking back across the yard.
From the email, I knew that I could expect to find a geocoin in this personal cache. What I was hoping to find was the secret identity of the person or persons who were responsible for this coin finding its way into my possession. And that’s precisely what I did not find. Very mysterious.
I activated the coin, but I haven’t the foggiest idea what I’m going to do with it. It deserves a noble mission. I’ll need time to mull it over.