Looking for something new to do with the family? Want to spend more
time outdoors? Why not try geocaching! Geocaching is best described
as a modern day version of treasure hunting. People all over the
world hide caches of treasure, all you have to do is find it! You'll
just need a couple of things to get started. First, you'll need a GPS
device. This can be something as simple as a smart phone with a GPS
app or you may choose to invest in an outdoor device designed
specifically for geocaching.
Use a site likehttp://www.geocaching.com/ to help you find a listing of geocaches near you. Each geocache will
have a set of coordinates (latitude and longitude) to help you find
its location. Once you have your coordinates and a general idea of
the location on a map (which is likely to be in a park or along a
trail), grab your GPS and walk that area until you find the right
spot. Once there, look around, the geocache will likely be cleverly
hidden, like under a tree root or covered by leaves.
you've found it! It's likely a small waterproof box.You open it and
what do you find? Treasure: Bouncy balls, stickers, coins, bottle
caps, rubber bugs, and plastic jewelry! You may take a trinket from
the container but you'll have to bring something to trade. After all,
if you only took, eventually there would be nothing left to take. Replace the item you've taken with something you don't need like a
kids meal toy or that plastic lizard you got as a party favor but
never really liked. Hey, one person's trash is another person's
treasure. Don't leave food thought because you don't want to attract
animals! Make sure what you bring to trade is small because it has to
fit in the container. There will also be a log book in the container.
Be sure to sign your name and the date that you found the cache,
maybe even include a little note for the cache's owner. When you're
done, you need to hide the cache back where you found it for other
treasure hunters to find.
sad that the hunt is over? Don't worry, there are plenty more out
there to find. Before you know it, you'll be searching caches out on
road trips and on every family hike. You'll be surprised at the
number of places you've passed before where caches are hidden. You
may even decide to hide your own treasure – just like me! I just hid a geocache in my neighborhood. I took an old protein power container and painted it camouflage so that it would be a bit harder to find.
Then, I went to the dollar store and bought some... treasure. I also got a notebook for people to record their name and the date in.
I then filled my cache with the notebook and all of my toys and trinkets. I also slipped in a paper explaining what a geocache was, just in case someone came across it by accident and didn't know what a strange camouflage protein power container full of toys was doing in the middle of the woods.
This geocache has been inspected by: Inspector number twelve
Finally, I hid my cache. I took it to a top secret location , along with my GPS, and hid it behind... Well, I can't tell you that. I copied the coordinates of the place were I hid it down on some paper and put it into the geocache website as an official geocache.