Geocaching: Are you playing the game?
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Recently the husband and I have gotten into geocaching, and I wanted to spread the word about it in case anyone doesn't know already! Geocaching is a great way to find adventure in your own backyard. There are geocaches hidden all over the world -- 1,081,885 active ones at the moment, according to the website. Players find the coordinates of a geocache online, and then use a GPS to find the coordinates and locate the geocache, which generally takes the form of some kind of container with a log book and maybe some little treasures in it. Some geocaches are easy to get to; some are on top of mountains. Some of them require puzzle-solving to figure out where they are. There's a really good video that explains more about it at the geocaching website, http://www.geocaching.com/. Geocaching is free -- all you need is a GPS.
My husband and brother-and-law and I spent the weekend on their little sailboat, sailing around to the nearby little islands to find some of the geocaches out there. We had a great time and discovered all kinds of places we would never have known about if we hadn't been on a treasure hunt. We picnicked on Cedar Island, where we found a great campsite we now plan to head to in a couple of weeks. Then, on the last day of our holiday long weekend, my sister-in-law and her boyfriend and a friend joined us for some more geocaching in a nearby conservation area. It got us out of the house on a beautiful day and we had a great time, even after our GPS batteries died and we had to stop looking!
Geocaching is a really fun way to get more hiking and outdoor activity into your life if you're looking for a way to do that. It's also great to do with dogs or kids or both -- there are even kid-specific geocaches. I wanted to find out who else is geocaching (you can find us on geocaching.com as catandmatt) and let everyone who might not have heard about it know about the fun they could be having!
Some pics from our adventure: