Just curious what the folks here do to entertain themselves when they aren't dusting their SW figures. Sports? Crafts? Hunting?
My recent hobby has become geocaching. I say recent but it's been almost 2 years since I started. For those that aren't aware of geocaching, it's simply finding hidden containers in the woods/cities/parks/etc. using nothing more than provided coordinates and a handheld GPS. I'll admit that on paper it seems a bit absurd but we've come to enjoy the time outdoors that it provides us.
My wife and I came across this hobby after our first date. We lived 2+ hours apart and were looking for something to do in her neck of the woods when I was going to drive up there for the first time. I can't quite remember what brought it to our attention but since my dad had a GPS we could borrow we thought we'd give it a shot. We were hooked right away. It turned out to be a great way to explore an area, no matter how familiar. Over the course of a few days we had hiked through the 4 corners of her town and beyond, even going to places she never even knew existed. Next time she visited me we tried it in my area and once again we had a great time. Having lived here for 30 years I thought I had seen it all but even now we're still being pointed to parks I never new existed.
Geocaching turned out to be a great date idea. Beyond the initial GPS purchase it only cost us batteries occasionally and gas for the car. Another aspect we like is that the database of geocaches is made up of "caches" created by the folks who do this as a hobby. Anyone involved can create a cache by placing a container of any size out in the world and posting the coordinates online for others to find. Some of the geocaches are quite entertaining as they'll take you to a historical or famous location which being a little bit of a history nerd I rather like. For example, there is a cache hidden at the memorial for the May 4th shootings at Kent State. Man, I even went to school there and never once went to the memorial until we found that placed cache.
In the ultimate geocaching nerd move I created a cache to propose to my wife. One morning I woke her to tell her that a new cache had been placed in the park near our house that we've enjoyed hiking through. I thought we should give it a try so we jumped in the car and headed out. So deep in the woods she found the camouflaged container but rather than there being a logbook inside she found my marriage proposal. She got a real kick out of that. Soon after that we published the coordinates online so others could find our engagement cache. Friends and family have enjoyed find it as well.
Well that sums up my major non-SW hobby. Now I'm starting to get an itch for woodworking. Thanks to home improvement requirements I've got a rather nice collection of tools which are suited for trying to build something new rather than fix something old. We'll see where that goes.
What things do you enjoy?