Geocaching 101

So I have been meaning to do a blog about our families current addiction, Geocaching, for some time now. Since the snow has melted and the we have been able to get out exploring our family has been Geocaching. What is Geocaching you say? Well to put it simple it is High Tech Treasure Hunting! We use our GPS to seek out Geocaches at various longitude and Latitude coordinates. Curious yet? Go to www.geocaching.com and use the drop down Play menu, go to Hide and Seek, type in your postal code and watch the screen fill up with caches in your area. There are around 4,500 within 100 miles of our home currently. There are 1,433,098 in the world currently, and about 5 million Geocachers hunting for them every minute.

We got started on this hobby/game last year on family day. I thought hey this sounds like a good family day activity and it could be something fun to try with the kids. Dave rolled his eyes at me and humored me, and after our first find he was hooked! I think he is more crazy about geocaching than I am. He has actually gotten up at 3am because a puzzle code was suddenly cracked and he had to go look up German to figure the rest out. Right as we were getting going on this last year we did have to slow down in June because it was too much for me and my pregnant with twins body. I am happy to say I have the eagle eyes in the family and found the last one, which I was just going to sit out on until Dave had trouble locating it.

Geocaching ranges in all kinds of people and their levels. Light and fun for families like us who enjoy taking our kids out into nature to do something cool, all the way to hardcore enthusiasts who hide and seek caches on the peeks of mountains and under the sea! It is something we do as a family together, alone and even an escape for date night. We have heard of people who simply get by using their Iphone app that cost them $10.00. We use the app and our current vehicle GPS. We are looking to upgrade to an outdoor version as ours doesn’t have the geocaching features an outdoor version would.

Geocachers all over host great weekend and day events so it is something you can really get involved with as a family. Who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend away camping and hunting down geocaches with a group of people in a competition? It is also a great way to get exercise, outdoors and do some family bonding at the same time. Even if you are a solo geocacher it is a great way to get outdoors. Also meet up with your local geocachers and hang out.

I hope this answers anyones questions and if not check out the website I posted you’ll find a ton of information there. Who knows it could be your next families outing and a real fun activity you all enjoy. We watched our friends and their family this past weekend get hooked as they came out with us for the adventure and to see what it is all about. We are always open to bringing our friends along.

So get out there and enjoy the summer, find some treasures and create some new memories with your family.

Heather

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About heathereyestone

I'm a stay at home mom of 4 kids, the youngest being twins. I try to live my life as green as I can, and love the outdoors.
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