New hobby: Geocaching!

Recently, the hubby and I, along with several friends have discovered a fun new activity: geocaching!

I had never heard of geocaching and didn't know what it was until two weeks ago. Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which "geocachers" search for items that are hidden by others, using GPS, that are logged by location on the internet.

(Here's a brief video explanation found on Geocaching.com's website)


The hidden items, know as "caches" vary in size (from micro like a pencil lead refill box to large like a trunk or chest) and contain various items, such as a log for you to sign (kind of like "Natali was here!") or items you can take (and you leave an item in return) or sometimes even items that are considered "trackables". Trackables are to be moved from cache to cache, and some have an ultimate destination.

People who hide caches log them and their GPS location into a website (geocaching.com) along with clues and a description that help other geocachers locate their hide.

When geocachers find a cache, they log it on the website along with any relevant notes that may help others (though the goal is not to give away too information- the seeking is the fun of it!).

Why geocaching is so fun?
1. It's a very inexpensive/free activity. We bought one iphone app for $10 and can now do this anytime!
2. You can do it almost anywhere- in any given location there could be as many as 100s of caches within a mile of you!
3. You can spend a day hunting for caches or 5 minutes finding one.
4. It's a family friendly activity.
5. It's neat being a part of a worldwide "game" that has been going on for ten years!
6. It's fun to find the caches that are very creatively hidden- it trains you to think outside the box!

I have pictures of myself and friends finding caches, but I'm hesitant to post them, as I don't want to ruin any of the hides for local cachers!

Just trust me- if you're looking for something fun to do with friends and family, or even if you are solo and have time to kill- geocaching is a lot of fun! Give it a try!

4 comments:

  1. Geocaching tips (from experience):

    1) Do not go in the dark.
    2) Do not go in the snow (especially if you have to walk a mile).
    3) Be prepared for things to jump out at you while opening the cache.

    ;)

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  2. Sounds neat, but be careful. All this needs is for one bad person to decide to make this an opportunity to rob or hurt someone. Sounds like easy bait for a criminal to lead an innocent person to.

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  3. Alyssa- Thanks ;-) especially for #3- what popped out????

    Anonymous- all things with common sense of course. I don't go alone, at night, or in remote places. Most of the caches I've found have been in busy store/restaurant parking lots in the middle of the day.

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  4. A SNAKE popped out (one of those things that has springs and will pop out of a can). And it was nighttime too :( I died.

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