‘Don’t Tell My Spouse I’m Geocaching …’


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It’s a common phrase, but American cacher Rob Pearce has taken it to another level, recording – and selling – an original song on the subject. He tells It’s Not About The Numbers how his long-suffering family cope with his geo-addiction and musical leanings.

“My wife was the one who introduced me to geocaching – and came to regret it.  It’s been more than 10 years now but, at the time, I thought GPS technology was available only to the military … that regular people couldn’t use it  and had to muddle along with a compass.  We lived in the middle of a National Forest in Pennsylvania but I don’t hunt.  I didn’t see any point in wandering around out there amongst the bears and rattlesnakes anyway.

“The GPS was a Christmas gift, and my wife included a few printed pages of local geocaches in the box.  I remember standing outside in the snow on Christmas morning for 15 minutes waiting for that first satellite fix.  The first cache was only a few miles away! That visit to Grandma’s could wait a few hours.

“It was during a forced march along a game trail in two feet of snow a few months later that my wife decided her gift might have been an error in judgement.  The kids had their snowsuits on – what did it matter if the snowdrifts came up to their waists?  The experience taught them perseverance.

“Our anniversary is near Christmas so that next year I decided she needed something special to mark the occasion.  Diamonds were a bit out of my price range.  Chocolate and roses are nice but too common.  My wife had introduced me to geocaching and is far too wonderful for such a trite gift … she needed a song.

“In retrospect, I may have gone a little overboard during that first year of geocaching.  The entire family groaned any time I mentioned what they were beginning to call the ‘G’ word.  I decided that a funny song about it would be appropriate for our anniversary since it was also marking our first year of geocaching.

“I wrote the lyrics in secret and made a lame excuse to avoid a weekend visit to my mother-in-law.  The room with the computer was transformed overnight into a recording studio, and Don’t Tell My Wife (I’m Out Geocaching) was born.  I gave it to her on our anniversary.  The kids laughed; she just smiled and shook her head.  I get that look a lot, and I think that it’s a good thing.

“Sometime later, we decided to release three copies of it into the wild as travel bugs, and they are still in circulation.  We get a lot of fun comments, and copies have circulated.  It’s been featured on podcasts and radio shows.  I get emails from all over the world asking for copies of the lyrics, usually from geocachers with limited English.  It’s been fun.

“I posted the song for sale on iTunes for one reason:  I wanted to be able to say that I had a song for sale there.  I didn’t think anyone would buy it.  I had already spread around copies for free.  I don’t have the best voice in the world, have very limited guitar skills and I recorded it on an ancient PC in the family room over one weekend.  People seemed to like it anyway.

“I have two more songs up for sale on multiple sites now.  When the Geocache Cannot Be Found and The Bomb Squad Nuked My Geocache have brought my creative output up to three songs.  I may possibly have enough for an entire album by the time I retire.  I’d say that I’m more interested in quality than quantity but I still record them in the same family room.  The computer is better, but I haven’t made much progress on the guitar yet.

“My next project is called Give Me Ten More Minutes. The wife and kids have probably heard that line from me 100 times; might as well get a song out of it.  Coming soon to a download site near you … after I finish shoveling the snow, grading papers, and replacing the fuse in the stupid microwave.”

* Rob Pearce (GC handle: TeamPearce) is a choir director in a public high school in north-western Pennsylvania. He averages about 20 sales per month on iTunes, and puts out a new geocaching song once every three years or so.  He may branch out with his subject matter if he ever runs out of geocaching themes.


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