I remember when I first started caching and finding 100 caches seemed like a monumental task that would take me forever . . . and honestly it did take a while.
Originally Posted by WhereRWe?
And when I reached 500 caches I thought I had really done something . . . and then like you I started to see folks from away who were coming into Maine on vacation with 4,000, 5,000, 6,000+ caches to their name and then I realized that the whole number thing is really, truly honestly just a way to keep your own personal score as Andy mentioned . . . you can't really compare apples to apples or cachers to cachers since folks in an urban area that have caches simply for number-sakes will always have a higher cache count than folks in an area who have caches placed due to a spot's scenic vista, historical aspect, etc.
For that reason alone I no longer get hung up on the numbers by trying to accumulate as many FTFs as I can or by keeping up with the Jones with finds, etc. For me it is just a hobby that I enjoy doing in my spare time . . . along with my other hobbies, work, renovating the house and spending quality time with my wife. I know it may be sacriligious to say this, but for me geocaching is not a way of life as some folks have stated before.
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