Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and “treasure,” usually toys or trinkets of little value. Today, well over 540,000 geocaches are registered on various websites devoted to the pastime. Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Over spring break we found ourselves with nowhere to go and nothing to do, only made more painful by the long list of friends going to exciting places. We decided to make our own fun by Geocaching.

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By registering at the website and typing in your address you might find hundreds of hidden treasures right in your neighborhood, we did. Once we found our locations, printed of the details, borrowed a GPS we were off—–well it is not that simple, you know the drill–snacks, jackets, drinks………. So after we were prepared as we could be, we were off.

We found our first cache fairly easy—-THANK GOODNESS. You know I had an audience that I was trying to sell on this whole deal (and a 15 year old can be very skeptical!) . This activity NEEDED to be more fun than going to the beach or snow-skiing!

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Our first cache not only was easy to find but had some special treasures. Each cache can be filled with different items, usually small trinkets.

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Some have “travel bugs” and we were lucky to find one in our first find.

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Each child chose a little trinket from the cache and in return they each left one that we had brought from home.

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We logged our visit in a log book that is usually included in each cache.

Our next cache led us on a wild goose-chase–never to be found.

Our third cache was a wild trek over a barbed wire fence, a boggy field and a small creek, but we did score! This one had a “geocoin.”

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The “Travel Bugs” and “Geocoins” are registered by entering their code on the internet when found and then moving them to another geocache. You can watch them move along from cache to cache online.

Our next outing was a multiple cache at none other than a cemetery. Let’s just say it was really really hard and again trying desperately to keep my troops happy I begged the gravedigger (literally) in his backhoe for a clue! Having problems with the second part of the clue we again searched out the gravedigger (now digging a grave) for more help. I am sure this clue asking is NOT okay so if you are a die-hard geocacher or the geocacher police please remember I am out alone with a 15 year old, an 11 year old and a three year old on my back in a backpack—-this justifies clue asking. Finally the two micro caches led us to the final cache. Of course, it happened to be right by where they were digging the grave so all the workmen cheered for us! It only takes us a little applause and now we are totally into geocaching.

All in all it was great fun and we made some great memories! We are the KansasGrasshoppers and we left calling cards in all of the caches we found—-see if you can spot one!

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16 Responses to “Geocaching”

  1. Libby Says:

    SOunds like a great time was had by all. I’ve heard of this before but never tried it. Will have to see if there is any in my neck of the woods.

    Libby

  2. Heather Grow Says:

    I’ve never heard of this. I have a gps. I had no idea it could be used to play games.

  3. seemownay Says:

    This sounds like great fun. At least to me – have fun finding more geocaches!

  4. Cherry Says:

    I recently came across geocaching via looking into stampmaking online (love the internet for its wild tangents!) and registered. I have not yet been, but it’s on my to do list — looks like a lot of fun!

  5. regina Says:

    Love Love Love Geocaching – we go out in western NY and even plotted caches on the way to and from my parents in SC. We had my son out “in utero” and even when he was just a few months old – and we are already plotting some adventures for this summer.

    Another fun side is to create and hide your own!!! My hubby is like a kid in coming up with the theme and location.

    great family fun!

  6. Lisa Says:

    Our family loves to geocaching. Once you have a gps, this is a no expense fun family activity. Looks like you found some great stuff.

  7. miss chris Says:

    This is something I know my eldest would enjoy! Thanks for the tips… sounds like fun. :)

  8. Liz Says:

    Yeah you discovered geocashing! My husband takes our kids out regularly in the summer. There is even a geocashing weekend in our town each year. Have fun!

  9. Gabi Says:

    Oh! KIM I LOVE GEOCACHING! I have only one other friend who does this ( Wolf from Untamed ) ! It’s SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUN! I’m glad you took Lucas and the other 2 with you on the treasure hunt! It’s so awesome to find the cache, check it out and add your trinket!
    FUN FUN FUN!!!!
    ~Gabi

  10. Kimmy Says:

    This is like letterboxing. I haven’t done either but have printed out the clues for my local letterboxing places. I will have to use my dad’s geo and try this with my son too.

  11. Ann at mommysecrets Says:

    That’s soooo fun! Some city/state parks offer geo-caching to their visitors. They might offer lessons, special geo-caching days, or even let you borrow their GPS gadgets. Good for you for having a creative & frugal spring break! I bet your family will never forget it!

  12. Lynell Says:

    What fun treasures! My boys have done this as a scout activitiy. I couldn’t believe the things they found just here in our own area!

  13. Sandra Says:

    We love geocaching. My favorite ones are the book exchanges. I did one in Shanghai once that had three clues before we got to the cache. Good times.

  14. Darcy Says:

    Since I am the mom of a Cub scout, and my husband is an Eagle Scout, you would think we would have heard of this website and this totally fun idea! Thanks for sharing, I just went to the website and there are a whole bunch in our town. Now I know what to do with the kids this weekend!

    Thanks so much!

  15. Callie LaDay Says:

    Thanks for this article, very thought-provoking. I did a lot of research before I bought a system for my geocaching. It is such a fun hobby. What receiver do you use? Click here if you’d like to check out my site. Thanks again for a very educational site!

  16. Michael Powell Says:

    Hi, I stumbled across your site through Yahoo and just wanted to say that I really like it. I’ll definitely be bookmarking it!

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