Stop, Look & Listen


Mike Inouye We live in a very fast paced world, and live news is a profession that focuses on seconds rather than minutes. You can get really caught up in things if you don’t make an effort to notice the world on which we’re reporting, though.

I recently did a story on GeoCaching for our big Fourth of July fireworks special. To describe GeoCaching as a modern day treasure hunt is a little inaccurate but probably the closest analogy one can give. (Click here to see my first adventure.)

You need to find a general area, then find the “cache” which could be hidden in virtually anything there. You have to look for things that are out of the ordinary or ordinary things that could serve as hiding places. A tree is no longer just a tree, and even a strawberry could be a faking you out (see photos for examples.)

What I got from this experience was a little glimpse of my everyday world in a slightly different way. It reminded me that you don’t have to go very far to see something new, sometimes you just have to stop, look and listen to see the same things in a different way.

Hey, I had such a great time doing the hunt that I’m now going to do a hide (with the help of veteran GeoCachers “Marky and Joani”.)

We’ll be hiding an NBC11 snowglobe (like the one pictured here) somewhere in the South Bay very soon. It will be a “travel bug” so we can track its travels… potentially around the world! Keep checking the
Traffic section of our site for more GeoCaching fun…

Mike Inouye
NBC11 Traffic Anchor


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