Remember those childhood days, pretending we were pirates, searching for buried treasure?  Following that treasure map and looking for the mysterious “X” that marked the spot.  What did we find?  Toys?  Candy?  Fool’s Gold?  And once we found it, we couldn’t wait to do it again.  Those were the days.  Are you ready to bring them back?  Welcome to a craze that is spreading across the world…Geocaching!  It is a modern day game of hide and seek…a treasure hunt for the 21st century. 

Let's Hunt for some Treasure!

Let's Hunt for some Treasure!

 

Geocaching utilizes satellites and GPS receivers to “mark” a location where a cache, your treasure, is hidden.  The cache will be hidden in a public area, such as a park.  It can range in size from a 35 mm film canister to the size of an ammo box, or even bigger.  What is inside the cache is totally up to the pirate who “buries” it.  You really aren’t searching for what’s inside the cache…the fun is in the hunt. 

Once the cache is hidden and marked to gain coordinates, the person who hides the cache logs into the geocaching website and submits information that will help lead you to the cache.  Anyone who logs into the website can access information to this cache as well as others close to their area.  The website will give them the coordinates to the cache, let them know the size of the cache they are searching for, and many times supply them with clues to help in the search.  Once they have all the information, the search is on. 

 

Easter Egg Geocaching

Why do I love this so much?  This is a great way to get outdoors and spend time with your family and friends.  My two children, ages 3 and 6, love to do this!  They love the hunt.  For Easter last year I hid the kids’ eggs and they used the GPS to find them.   I have never had more fun watching them. 

Worried that you won’t have enough to keep you busy…you can stop.  We will never have a problem finding caches to search for.  There are over 1,800 caches listed in my local zip code alone! 

Interested?  I challenge you to give it a try.  Go to www.geocaching.com and create an account.  It is free and easy.  Find a cache close to your home, enter the coordinates into your GPS receiver, and head off to find that magical X. 

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