Geocaching

    Posted by  ·  April 3, 2008

    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.

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    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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    Comments

    1. MamaJunke
      Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
      My family and I use to love Geocaching! We even did it while visiting family in Pittsburgh and Niagara Falls. It was so much fun to introduce our families we were visiting to it. It is something we haven't been able to do in a few years as my husband has a hard time getting around these days with his back issues. Hopefully with our new membership to the local rec center he will be up and ready to head out in the Spring!
    2. Katie
      Sunday, January 10th, 2010
      If you haven't tried letterboxing, you simply must because you will love it. It is very similar to geocaching except you find the letterboxes by following clues, and instead of trinkets, your reward is a stamp in your logbook. The stamps are usually homemade and some of them are absolutely amazing. Plus, you get to make your own personal stamp to add to the letterbox logbook. Check it out at www.letterboxing.org

      Thanks so much for all of your great ideas!
    3. Katriona
      Monday, December 15th, 2008
      Sooooooo cool! I tried it, and we had SO MUCH FUN! Thank you! (My daughters were enthusiastic out of their minds!!)
    4. Alex
      Thursday, November 20th, 2008
      wow at first i wasnt sooooo sure but then at my school my teacher showed me her geocaching account and i found out the most important part that my mom needs to let me make an account, its FREE. On saturday im gonna start geocaching then on sunday, im gonna invite my best friend, Cameron, over and we mught go geocaching!
    5. Thursday, April 10th, 2008
      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!
    6. Monday, April 7th, 2008
      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.
    7. Sunday, April 6th, 2008
      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!
    8. Sunday, April 6th, 2008
      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!
    9. Kimmy
      Saturday, April 5th, 2008
      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.
    10. Friday, April 4th, 2008
      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
    11. Friday, April 4th, 2008
      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!
    12. Friday, April 4th, 2008
      This is something I know my eldest would enjoy! Thanks for the tips... sounds like fun. :)
    13. Lisa
      Friday, April 4th, 2008
      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.
    14. Friday, April 4th, 2008
      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!
    15. Friday, April 4th, 2008
      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!
    16. Friday, April 4th, 2008
      This sounds like great fun. At least to me - have fun finding more geocaches!
    17. Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
      I've never heard of this. I have a gps. I had no idea it could be used to play games.
    18. Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
      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