Hide and Seek by Gary Slinkard

This delightful paean to geocaching will warm the heart of any geocacher. Gary’s boyish ebullience and complete devotion to geocaching are evident throughout the book. There is probably not much new for the seasoned geocacher, but the book covers a wide variety of geocaching-related topics, such as various resources on the web and elsewhere, how to negotiate with a non-geocaching spouse, what hazards to watch for while geocaching, and so forth. I’ve been geocaching since 2002 and I’d never heard of WVTim and his gadget caches until I read this book, so I think you’ll find plenty of nuggets to hold your interest even if you’re an old-timer.

For newbies and those who have never geocached but are curious about it, this is an excellent place to learn about geocaching or to broaden your knowledge and gain more enjoyment from the sport. Geocaching is much more than “using billion dollar satellites to find Tupperware in the woods” as the familiar slam goes. This book will show you why.

The author is not a seasoned writer, as he admits early in the book, and it shows. If you’re the type who cannot abide a split infinitive you’ll have trouble with this book, but I can only say that I just wish the average geocache page was as well-written. There’s an extensive glossary of geocaching terms at the end. The book can thus be a good reference resource for geocachers. Such terms are usually explained in the text as well, but at times they may be used before the explanation occurs, so if you come across such terms just jump to the back. The definitions are generally full explanations. There are also dozens of web links in the end notes so you can explore particular topics more fully. I like the inclusion of many photographs in the book, as well.

By way of full disclosure, the author mentions my own Cliff Knowles Mysteries in this book, a fact I didn’t know when I bought the book.

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