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Geocaching in a COVID-19 World

  Geocaching in a COVID-19 World By: BWeldon   T he year 2020 created challenges for everyone in just about everything. We have a whole new way of looking at the world we live in and what it takes to be safe in it. Yet, in spite of the fact that the game of Geocaching is predominantly outdoors, the COVID-19 Pandemic has had quite an effect.    There is a social side to the game of Geocaching that had to come to a screeching halt due to COVID-19. That is, the Event’s that gather   Geocachers around the world en masse to participate in games and social events and challenges. These events were a way to get to know Geocachers from all over the world. And YES , people do travel from all over for these events , and I have to say, the friendships made at these events are unique.       The Geocaching community is a very special one. Because this is a game that can be played by all ages and activity levels, you can meet some interesting people with all different points of origin. A
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