Gary Surin Card
On a sultry day early this summer, Marcellus Cadd stood in a trendy neighborhood in downtown Austin.
His phone used GPS coordinates to tell him that he was 20 feet away from the object he was aiming for. He walked to the bank of the building’s electricity meter, kneeled down and began to feel down.
“What a hell, I found it!” He said, pulling out a small metal container. Inside was a plastic bag containing paper logs. Cadd signed “Atreides was here” with a geocaching handle.
Groundspeak, Inc. According to Cadd, it is one of the more than 1.6 million active geocachings in the United States, supporting the geocaching community and One of the main apps used by geocaching..
He has participated in essentially high-tech treasure hunts every day for the past three years. This is a volunteer-run game. Some hide the cache, others find it.
But shortly after he started, Black Cad read a forum where people were talking about rarely annoying police during geocaching.
“And I was thinking, guy, I’ve been doing this for 6 months and stopped 7 times.”
As a black man, Cadd said those encounters can be horrifying.
“Nothing bad has happened yet, but worries are always there,” he said.
The police are not the only ones asking Cad. A random stranger (mostly white) also stops him and asks why he’s poking into the neighborhood.
The geocache is not supposed to be placed where someone needs to look for the geocache Break in or pass a marker that prohibits access.. You must also agree that by uploading the coordinates of the cache page to the geocaching app, Haider has obtained “all required permits from the landowner or land manager”.
Still, Cadd avoids certain caches. For example, if you’re hiding in the yard of your private home, you feel it can be dangerous to you. And while looking for the cache, he uses some tricks to avoid unnecessary attention, such as carrying the clipboard.
“People don’t tend to pay attention to you if you look like they’re working.”
He writes on his blog about encountering racism, Geocaching between blacks.. He had some miserable encounters, Called a “boy” in Paris, Texas, etc...Or find the cache Hidden in a flagpole holding the Confederate flag..
Such experience may be the reason why black geocaching is so low. Cadd says he frequently goes to geocaching events and has only met one other African-American geocaching (although he has interacted with several others online).
Bryan Roth of Groundspeak said there is political and economic diversity among enthusiasts, but colored races are highly undervalued. He said Groundspeak frequently features color geocaching on its website and social media to further encourage participation in the game.
Geocaching is built on the idea of taking people to places that would otherwise not be possible. Caucasian Ross acknowledged that race can affect how people poking such places are perceived.
“Geocaching is just one part of it. To get rid of that prejudice, we need a radical change in society,” he said.
Roth said he hopes that as the game becomes more popular, there will be less suspicion of geocaching.
On the side of Cadd, he got so much joy from geocaching that prejudice couldn’t keep him away from entertainment.
“I’ve seen a lot and I’ve been to a lot of places. I wouldn’t have gone alone,” he said, and his blog “more than it looks like me.” This to people. ”
“There is a certain amount of joy in going to places where you are black and basically not many blacks, and you can be there and say,’I’m here, whether you like it or not.’ I can do it.”
Cadd has already found more than 3,200 cash since its inception, including at least one in each of Texas’s 254 counties. His lifelong goal is to find geocash in all counties in the United States.