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Okay, the correct answer is that the weather is never too bad to go caching. However, for the last eight years a growing number of Germans and Swiss have been able to stay indoors by going placeSpotting.
Created by Swiss software engineer Martin Fussen the site challenges you to take part in a virtual quest and find the presented location on Google Maps. Users can even create their own places and there are over 50,000 now online.
Some challenges, like the one displayed above, provide hints to allow the player to do some googling and narrow down the location. Too hard? Simply click through to have a go at a different place.
It’s a lot like Waymarking, only you don’t need to visit the location to make the find!
Fussen’s desire to create the PlaceSpotting website stemmed from his work. “I work as a programmer but at work I use very different programming languages and create much more boring things.” he says. “I liked the possibilities of interacting with Google Maps and wanted to create a game based on maps.”
Following a recent update the site now has an English language option. This will undoubtedly increase interest in the site, which has already enjoyed considerable coverage in the media since it began in 2007.
Surprisingly Fussen is not a geocacher, although he is considering taking up the obsession. “Maybe I will start in 2 or 3 years when my children are old enough to join us when looking for caches.”
So when the weather is foul and you’ve solved all the local puzzle caches why not tuck up with the laptop and go on a few virtual quests!
Source: It's Not About The Numbers
It's not about the number you've found.
It's about the fun you had along the way.
The only numbers that matter are the friends you make!
It's all about the journey, the challenge, and enjoying the outdoors!