Wednesday, May 06, 2009


So, hubby and I have started geocaching! So what is geocaching, you ask? Well, it is kind of like a combination of orienteering (if you remember doing that in grade school) and a treasure hunt. A small "cache" is hidden, and the only way to find it is by using a gps. On the website above, people give coordinates and say what kind of cache they have hid, and you go off and find it.

You're probably saying: "That sounds boring." Well it is not! First off, you get to travel and see places you may never have gotten to on your own, if you even you had found out about them. Next, finding the cache can be challenging as it can be as small as a container the size of two pencil erasers, or as big as a tupperware container. GPS receivers are not super accurate, so a little hunting around the coordinates is required. In the cache is, at a bare minimum, a "log book" where you write your name (geocaching name if you want). The log book can be a skinny piece of paper or an actual pad of paper. If the cache is big, there can be other things like a writing instrument (to write in the log book), or other cool little treasures like stickers, pins or marbles. The other stuff is on an honour system; if you take something, you leave something. So far, we have not taken anything, only because we keep forgetting to get stuff to put in! The people who create each cache also hide it so it is not just "drive to the location and find it". Some caches have been quite tricky; others very creative. There is really few limits to geocaching!


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