Have you started geocaching yet? If not, you are going to flip for this! Geocaching is basically a high-tech treasure hunt using a GPS device. Currently there are 2,081,976 caches hidden all over the world! This trend is a blast for the kids and the best part is that it is free!
How to get started:
- Log onto Geocaching.com to find geocaches in your area. It makes it more fun if you create a "geocaching name" to keep a log of your found caches.
- If you have a smart phone, download free apps like Geocaching Intro for iPhone or OpenCaching for android. Or just use any GPS device. The apps make it easier for geocaching on the go. You won't have to check the website for GPS coordinates before you leave. It also helps navigate you to the cache. Some apps help unscramble secret codes.
- Pack some little trinkets from around the house or visit the dollar store for small toys or other tokens. The rule on geocaching is "take a treasure, leave a treasure". If you don't have something to leave in the geocache when you find it, you can always just sign the logbook to leave a record that you were there.
Geocaching can be a great learning tool. There are geocaches inside museums and in libraries. It's also a great way to get the kids out for a walk or hike. When they are looking for something, it doesn't seem like exercise. Here's a pic of one of our friends finding a cache on a hike:
You can find geocaches on vacation too! That way your travels can be logged on geocaching.com and you can go back in later years to see the places you've visited.
"Trackables" can be found inside some caches. Trackables are etched with a special code. Once you find a trackable, whether it's a Geocoin or a Travel Bug, you can log it then leave it in a future cache in your next destination. You can track this item in your account to see how far around the world it goes. Pretty fun!
Get all of the details and start your own treasure hunt on Geocaching.com. And be sure to share your geocaching experiences with me!