As a non-premium member I suppose I fall into the category of one of those people who look at geo-caching as just a hobby . . . the way I figure it my time here on the earth is short and while I love geo-caching I don't want to miss out on everything else that life offers as well which is why it's just a hobby for me and it truly isn't about the numbers or first to finds (although it's fun to get one of those once in a blue moon.)
Originally Posted by WhereRWe?
That said, even as a "hobbyist" I would like to think that I've given back to geo-caching by placing meaningful caches and continuing to maintain them . . . heck, when I got into this I even made myself a vow to try to establish a new cache for every 25 or so finds as a way of giving something back to this hobby.
Personally the way I look at it there are many ways to contribute to any activity . . . and making a financial donation to a supporting organization (i.e. geocaching.com) is just one of those ways. Other ways to contribute to this activity could include hosting geo-caching events, placing caches, practicing CITO, etc. In my humble opinion, giving a financial donation isn't the only way to prove that a person is serious . . . in geo-caching or in life in general.
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