August 29th, 2011 at 5:00 am
By Kim Ross
My husband recently became addicted to a new thing ~ Geocaching. He spends his lunches at work doing it and now has even started leaving for work early to “cache” a little. This week he even took our boys to hunt for “treasure” and they have even been asking nonstop when we could go again. That’s when I knew I HAD to find out what this was all about.
So, this weekend we spent 6 hours Saturday afternoon exploring our city to find Geocaches. We explored for 20 separate ones and were able to locate and sign 14 of them. So what is this Geocaching thing all about?
According to Geocaching.com, GEOCACHING is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online. We used an app on my husbands iPhone.
You can check out a great video here that gives a look at what this is all about.
I want to share some of the fun things that we found on our geocaching adventure:
- Some of the caches had tokens that you trade. We left an item and in return could take one of the items that were in the container. In many of them we saw these beads and knew that it was a particular persons item. The kids liked that they knew that the same person went to those cache’s also.
- The containers were interesting- we saw everything from plastic containers to actual waterproof boxes to magnetic boxes to film canisters.
- The ways things were hidden were interesting. Some people put a lot of effort into their containers. We found one that was in a trap door in a birdhouse, another in a hollowed out log and others hanging by wire in metal tubes.
So, you want to go Geocaching. I am convinced that I need to make a little “kit” for our next adventure.What would I include in this kit?
- Pen: all caches will include a notebook or paper to sign but most do not have something to write with
- Flashlight: when you are looking in bushes, crooks in trees or other dark areas this would be helpful
- Tweezer: One cache we found was about the size of a marker top and had a special rolled up log inside; this would of aided in getting it out
- Bug Spray: Some of the hunts took place in wooded areas and this would have saved up from mosquito bites
- Gloves: Sometimes you aren’t sure you want to put you arm or hand in to see if the cache is in there. For example, one we found was a wood pile. We were pretty sure the cache was in there but none of us wanted to stick our hands inside
- Bottle(s) of Water and Snacks: This helped to keep up our energy and was a must with children
I have to tell you that I was very leery about this adventure, but it turned out to be a lot of fun. I also was amazed at how this entertained my two sons, especially my four year old. It tired both of them out by the end of the day because there can be a lot of walking involved in some of the caches. I am sure we will hunt for many more treasures as time goes on.
Have you ever went Geocaching? What was the best one you have found?
Kim Ross also writes at A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.