On May 2nd 2000, the sport known as geocaching became possible when selective availability was removed from the GPS Satellite signals by the federal government. The first geocache was placed the very next day. Now, over one million active geocaches later, geocachers worldwide are celebrating ten years of geocaching! RVing and geocaching go together like peas in a pod. Geocaches are located virtually anywhere in the world where you can travel with your RV. Just like a RV they take you to unique locations that the average traveler would never have the opportunity to visit. They are like your own personal tour guide to the secret places of the world. If you log onto www.geocaching.com and search for keywords involving the RV lifestyle, some of the hits will include:
The Travel Trailer Cache in Oregon
Motorhome Cache in Eastern Europe
Fifth Wheel Cache in North Carolina
You will also find listings for caches placed by fellow RVers during their travels. Some being placed during misfortunes along the way such as a failed transmission on a steep grade in the summer, some at a memorable lunch spot and others at a great boondocking location with a killer view.
Do a search with the keyword campground and you will receive hundreds of geocache locations at little known or free campsites across the country. I can’t think of a better way to end a day of RVing than finding a free campsite and doing a little geocaching after dinner. Join in on the tenth birthday celebration and start geocaching today. It’s all part of the adventure!
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.