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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:

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    Great blog. I LOVE Geocaching. I discovered it last year and fell in love. It's a great way to get in some exercise and explore your surroundings. :)

    - Josie
    4079 days ago
    Wow! That sounds like loads of fun!!
    4079 days ago
    4081 days ago
    WOW...sounds great. This is the first time I have heard of it. I will definately check it out.
    4082 days ago
    Both my kids are into geocaching and have introduced my husband and I to it.It gets us out hiking and we see some odd & different places. We have even done it on our holidays and it is a good way to find your way around strange cities and countries.
    Thanks for sharing your pictures.
    4082 days ago
    I don't have a GPS, but I've always wanted to try the non-gps version with clues to the cache... maybe this would be a reason to get a GPS? LOL!
    Thanks for reminding me... and I am assuming that one of a man in the water means one of the geocaches were UNDER the water?? how cool is that???
    Summer adventures, here we come!!! :o)
    4082 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6372002
    I've heard about this and I'd LOVE to try it. Unfortunately I don't have a car, so that kinda puts a downer on that. But someday I'll totally be out there with you!
    4082 days ago
    AWESOME! We keep meaning to try this with our kids and have a few in mind near our home to search for! Maybe this Sunday - need to borrow my parents GPS as we don't own one...yet! Thanks for posting about this!
    4082 days ago
    I've heard about geocaching and it sounds like a lot of fun.
    4082 days ago
    Gosh this sounds like so much fun. And I had never heard of it. THanks,
    4082 days ago
    my niece does this with her friends.....we keep on talking about it....I need to just try it. emoticon
    4082 days ago
    I've heard of it and that it is great fun. I also don't have a GPS but when we finally get one (it's on the list) it's a definite that we will try Geocaching. Thanks for the blog and pictures!
    4083 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1242646
    I heard about that a few years ago and have been dying to do it! I do not have a GPS though....but when I get one, I'm there!

    Great exercise too- Can't wait to do it!
    4083 days ago
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