March 11, 2010

Geocaching – A new adventure

geocachingA few years ago, I came across Geocaching (pronounced GEO- cash-ing) and letterboxing and thought it would be great fun.  But life was busy and I let it slip away.  Well, like most good ideas, it eventually surfaced again and this time, I couldn't suppress it.

I read through this great site on geocaching, that told us all about it and keeps a database full of geocache locations. There were several geocaches in our area and  I was really getting excited about it.  I ordered an inexpensive  handheld GPS to get started. 

So what is geocaching?

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.  (from www.geocaching.com)

Essentially Geocaching is hide n’ seek to the extreme.  It’s great for nature lovers, as State Parks and other Natural Reserve places have them. You’ll find them along trails and even in fields off the side of the road.  They are everywhere, even along city streets and busy public places.7981

Today we found our first geocache!  We went walking on the bike trail near our home.  Our GPS lead us to the far end of the trail.  We started looking around.  Michael and Mason were right on top of it and then Mason found it!  We were quite happy about it!  7983  7984 Here is a picture of the geocache and contents.

7985 We brought some trinkets to trade and also a pen to sign the logbook.  We hid the geocache back in it’s original location and headed back.

2 comments:

  1. We love geocaching! Have been doing it for a few years now. Great family fun.

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  2. That sounds like fun! We have a GPS but we've never used it for anything but traveling. That might be something for us to try soon!

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