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  • We don’t really have much in the way of claims to fame around our house, just a few small local recognitions, so we have to point to a spot in Time magazine where our son appears - but in a nameless fashion.

    You have to reach back to the days when public access to global positioning satellites was just beginning to invade our lives. What we now consider an essential, standard piece of technology was first treated as a toy.

    Our first experience was with an early version of Geocaching, a fun treasure-hunting activity that provided lots of excuses to get off the beaten track. People would hide a small container full of all sorts of interesting and/or quirky trinkets and post clues as to its location on a website along with GPS coordinates. Using those coordinates, players searched for the cache. If found, it was understood that you took a treasure and left another in its place.

    Within a couple of weeks of getting a GPS device for his birthday, our son prepared a cache for our spring trip to the Turtle Ranch (See story # 29092) He hid it among the rocks and Joshua trees on the long slope that runs from the mountains of southwestern Utah to the high desert of northern Arizona. A few weeks later a contributor for Time decided to try his hand at the game and it happened to be our son’s cache that he chose. He succeeded in locating it and did a nice little writeup about his adventure into the middle of nowhere.

    Having absolutely no idea how this bit of serendipity developed, we speculated that he was a journalist based in Las Vegas about 100 miles away and the cache seemed worth a shot. There were not a lot of caches to choose from in the beginning days of the game and no one to contradict our story. We were especially delighted that, once there, he seemed to appreciate the vistas and dry beauty that repeatedly draws us to the area.

    The picture was taken near the cache site with the full contingency of grandstanding kids and friends of kids mentioned in the earlier story. The cache was destroyed about 10 years later when a wild fire devastated this area.
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