The Emergence of Geocaching tourism.
You know for the many years there have always been the die hard geocachers that take the time to travel to specific places to find specific caches or to accomplish specific goals.
Early on we had geocachers that tried to get every cache in the state, or every cache in the county. As the numbers began to increase in certain areas more traveled.
Events appeared and cachers from gathered at locations, Mega Events drawing people and tourists from around the world to the events to cache and meet others.
Recently we see another interesting development that seems to be growing. Most likely because of the growth of the number of caches concentrated in certain areas cachers are drawn to them. The sheer number of cachers draw some of the cachers to them.
I was thinking about that this weekend when Alamogul was moving through the area looking for caches. With over 46,000 caches the reason he is here is to look for more. It was intersting to think about. Someone traveling to this area to look for caches.
I pulled up the Shakespeare/McGuiver road, and started to look at the cachers that have visited. Of course we have cachers from around Utah that stopped and visited the caches. I found others. Of course people have visited from nearby states, that did not surprise me: Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona. Those were the ones that did not surprise me.
However the others, people from California, Missouri, Washington, Oregon, and others that I did not take the time to look through. Those were the ones that were drawn here.
I published a hiking trail that has 150 caches in north of vernal. That area had never held an interest to me, now there is a string. Something that would take me a day or more to hike, and the caches that go along with it. Suddenly I have an interest to spend a day or three on the trail getting the caches. It is funny how those things work out.