After a long hard day of relaxing, my girlfriend and I decided to lace up our sneakers and go geocaching for a little bit. It’s always fun to do in the valley, something you can do on a whim, for a small amount of time or the entire day.
I understand that you’re probably wondering what geocaching is, in the wise words of Kate it’s an adult scavenger hunt. A proper definition would be “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”
Geocaching is done all over the world. You can participate where ever you are, in your own back yard or on vacation. Punch in your zip code; you’ll be surprised at how many are around you. Caches range from easy to hard, large to small, in a busy parking lot or over the river and through the woods. Some of them have cool things inside them, some you just sign and move on. There are even “trackable” items that you can take from one cache and place it in another anywhere else in the world then people can see where it is or has been.
This activity requires a keen eye and a lot of stealth. My girlfriend and I take it pretty seriously; we have a geocaching bag with supplies. I’ve heard of people who are a 12 on the serious scale (10 being the highest), they participate in challenges, go hiking through the mountains to find these. To get started and keep track of the caches you find there are apps offered on iPhones and Android devices.
Like any fun sport or game, there rules to geocaching. A few important ones are:
- If you take something from the geocache, you must put something back of equal or lesser value.
- Whether you are geocaching or not, if you find a cache put it back where it was for the next person. Don’t destroy it or ruin it for others.
- Don’t let the muggles see you! Muggles are people who aren’t geocaching, you want to be stealth, don’t let them see you doing it. It’s all part of the fun.
I could go on, but there’s a lot of information, rules and terminology to this. Check out Geocaching.com for everything you’ll need to know then get started or find a friend who’s done it before and have them go with you.
Have you gone geocaching before?