Geocaching – The modern treasure hunt
My daughter, wife, and I got out for a couple of hours of one of our favorite outdoor activities today – Geocaching.
Now, if you have never been, finish reading this post, sign up for an account at Geocaching.com, and get out there! Warmer weather is getting here and it’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors and some family time.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Once you sign up, you will be amazed how many of these treasure hunts exist in your own area and you can spend hours of fun with family or friends on the quest for “aarrrrrrr, treasure!” (My best pirate voice) And best of all, a basic membership is absolutely free. All you need is a GPS or even a cell phone with GPS capability. You can even download a Geocaching app for free on Android and IPhones.
The idea is simple, once you register on the Geocaching website you can see a list of the caches close to you (or anywhere you choose) and a brief description of each. The descriptions include hints to help find the cache in addition to the GPS coordinates, size of the cache, and logs of recent visits to the cache by others.
After you find a cache you can log that you found it on Geocaching.com, sign the guest log book in the cache, and if you take a ‘treasure’ out of the cache, you should replace it with one of your own. Typically the treasures are small toys, trinkets, etc. My kids usually carry a couple of happy meal toys, balloons or something of that type so we are ready to do some trading.
If you have never experienced this, I know it may sound a little geeky but I guarantee you will have a blast. Kids and adults all seem to love the hunt and are equally as excited with a successful find. We usually try and hit at least a couple caches near each of our camping destinations and it gives us a free activity that we can see the local areas while doing.
Again, one of our family’s favorite outdoor activities!
For a complete history of Geocaching, to learn more, or to sign up and get started, visit https://www.geocaching.com/
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