I've never been geocaching before, though I've wanted to for a long time. When I first learned about the hobby, I didn't own a GPS, and couldn't afford to get one. Since then, I've got a smartphone, but I never got around to actually doing it. Today, in an oppressively hot summer, around noon, I went with my partner to try and find a cache in my area. We brought pens to sign the log book, and a gift to trade, if we felt like it was a fair trade for anything in the cache.
And we failed. Pretty badly. At a cache rated less than 1 out of 5 on difficulty, we searched for what felt like a half an hour, and, ultimately, gave up.
I am not discouraged. I'm looking forward to trying this again -- I figure that we're probably just not used to it yet, that there's some really obvious trick we just haven't yet learned, or we just don't know how to look for a cache.