I wonder if they knew? Or even suspected?
In the 11 years and 9 months since the first geocache was placed, there is single date on which only a small fraction of geocachers have ever logged a cache. We suspect that’s because this particular date has only happened twice in geocaching history; it’s February 29, also known as leap day.
Given our penchant for all things that leap (frogs, horses, excited geocachers), we wanted to mark the third leap day in geocaching history — February 29, 2012 — by seeing how many accounts can log a cache that day.
According to Geocaching.com there are now 1,629,193 active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide.
When they hid that first one, did they intend for it to grow so big? Did it grow faster than they expected? Or slower?
Who did they expect to find that first one?
Or did someone just stumble upon a cool idea while trying to think up ways to play with a new technology?
Surely, it can’t be that simple. Can it?
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