Monday, March 11, 2013

Author Guest Post: Morgan C. Talbot

Back in November (2012) I reviewed the first book in the mystery series, "Caching Out" entitled First to Find. While I found the plot intriguing enough, one of the questions I had was "what in the world was geocaching?" Morgan C. Talbot, the author of the "Caching Out" series was more than happy to oblige in giving me an answer.

Today she joins us with a guest post about this interesting hobby:

A Most Puzzling Hobby

All kinds of people participate in geocaching as a hobby. How can one hobby have so much appeal to so many different kinds of people? Simply put, it’s a hobby that can be nearly anything you want it to be.

Geocaching will always have the element of Hide and Seek, that quest for some sort of goal. Challenge is at the heart of geocaching. But aside from that, there are hundreds of different ways to create a geocache and a hundred more ways to go looking for them. And they all get you out of the house.

Retired folks often enjoy geocaching, and they have more time than the rest of us to indulge in it. They often have more freedom to travel to other places and find geocaches along the way, although family vacations are a great caching opportunity as well. People who travel for business often cache at their destinations. Kids love to trade for the trinkets geocache owners leave in their small and regular sized containers. And dog owners have the double benefit of bringing a cute distraction (who looks at a dog and owner stopped in the middle of nowhere and thinks it’s suspicious? Me, I just assume they’re geocaching.) and a potential cache-seeker buddy all in one.

There are a dozen different kinds of geocaches to seek, as well. Do you like quick finds in urban locations, easy without a lot of work? We have those. Do you like geocaching to be a supplement to your main outdoor activity, say, hiking or biking? Geocaches dot many outdoor trails for just that purpose. Do you like visiting strange and wonderful places you’d normally never know existed? Check out the Virtual and Earth caches. Need more of a challenge than just locating a container somewhere on the planet? Try Mystery caches, aka Puzzle caches, where you have to earn the correct coordinates through solving some kind of online or field puzzle.

The puzzles that geocaches come up with fall into every category you can imagine. On-screen jigsaw puzzles, binary or hexadecimal translations, alphabetical substitutions, data gathering from movie posters or sports stats, word searches, logic puzzles… Geocachers have it all. We’re a cross-section of the entire population, and we bring everything to our game and share it with the world.

With a hobby that lets you use multi-million dollar military satellite technology to find treasure-laden Tupperware in the woods, with dedicated GPS units and smartphone geocaching apps at your fingertips, with dozens of geocaches lurking, unfound, near your home, the only puzzle left to solve is, why haven’t you given it a try yet?

I think we can all say we've learned something new today!  Be sure to check out Morgan's new book in the series:  Death Will Attend, Book Two in the "Caching Out" Series

Excerpt from Red Adept Publishing:

Love is a many murdered thing.

Three months after catching a killer, Margarita escapes to a historic hotel with Drew and Bindi
for a Valentine’s weekend of geocaching. But during the love-themed costume ball, the CEO of
a satellite navigation company keels over—and then his body vanishes.

As the weekend progresses, Margarita discovers threatening messages in the logbooks of local
geocaches. Her attempts to unmask the blackmailer are thwarted by the last person she would
have expected.

With a stubborn sheriff on the case, Margarita and Bindi must take matters into their own hands.
But whether they’re chasing one killer or two, they have a problem: all their suspects seem to
have solid alibis.

Between misunderstandings, outright lies, old secrets, and more than one corpse, it’s not Love in
the air anymore. It’s Death.

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  1. Thanks for hosting me, Cresta! It's always a pleasure to stop by your blog.

    1. Anytime - I learned a lot from this :-)

  2. Cresta & Morgan - My neighbors were BIG into Geocaching for a long time! Cute concept for a book :)

    xx, Lauren